Travel Guides

Where to Begin: Bhutan

A First-Timer's Guide to Bhutan

Bhutan only opened to visitors in 1974, and keeps their numbers limited by charging a daily fee of $250 per traveler. Is it worth the price? Yes, it absolutely is.

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The Mother City

Cape Town Delivers in Three Distinct Ways

From the city to the coast to the countryside, Cape Town is the kind of place that has something for everyone.

Where to Begin: Toronto

A First-Timer's Guide to Toronto

Diversity is the word to describe Toronto, both in culture and attractions. It’s a city where you can find any community of people, and almost any kind of activity.

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Decisions, Decisions

Chiang Mai, Santiago or Cappadocia?

When you work in travel, you’re exposed to a seemingly endless amount of amazing vacation options, and choosing between them can sometimes be paralyzing. Our own Mitchell Friedman is experiencing this indecision quite acutely, and he needs your help. Where should he go next?

Where to Begin: Cusco

A First-Timer's Guide to Cusco

Don’t just settle for Machu Picchu — Peru’s Cusco region contains far more than that one amazing ancient ruin. It’s also got a lovely and lively capital city.

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City Improper

The Unexpected Side of Chicago

Chicago’s famous attractions are as iconic as the Midwestern reputation for niceness. But things are not always what they seem. With help from Atlas Obscura, we’re exposing a lesser-known side of the city — and its residents.

Where to Begin: Prague

A First-Timer's Guide to Prague

Prague is 10 centuries old and full to the brim with castles, monasteries, gorgeous Gothic architecture, and of course, a whole lot of delicious beer.

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Bound For Glory

Finding Faith in the Parklands of Utah

Utah is overflowing with glorious landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Its backcountry is blessed with numerous state and national parks, monuments, forests, and preserves — and Mark Fedeli spent his honeymoon trying to visit them all. The experience was profound.

“Mouth of Hell” sculpture at the Parco dei Mostri

Stop Wining

The Sober Guide to Secret Tuscany

Tuscany isn’t all just vineyards and wine tours. With help from our friends at Atlas Obscura, we’re shedding some light on the hidden places, mysterious marvels, and curious oddities that often go overlooked in the region.

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ME Madrid

Spanish Why?

Five Reasons You Should Visit Madrid

Everyone knows Madrid. It is, after all, Spain’s capital and largest city. But when it comes to arousing the imagination, it tends to get overshadowed by Barcelona and Seville. Well, not anymore. We’ve compiled five reasons why Madrid is just as exciting as those splashier Spanish cities.