Atlas Obscura Travel Challenge

I don’t think I’ve mentioned lately how much I love Atlas Obscura. In addition to their map of obscure travel destinations, they also have a ton of really interesting articles on topics ranging from food to culture to why people hate tourists.

Recently, I came across this article and was totally inspired.

New goal: travel to each of these landmarks, get photos, and lay them out side by side with these in-progress photos!

Honestly, it’s just an excuse to go to a bunch of these places. (Not that I really needed one, I suppose.) I’ve already been to a couple of these landmarks, and the rest are going on my list, for sure.

Paris | The Eiffel Tower

A photograph by Louis-Émile Durandelle of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, taken in January 1888. In this photo, the tower is reaching its first level; it was completed on March 31, 1889.
Atlas Obscura | A photograph by Louis-Émile Durandelle of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, taken in January 1888. In this photo, the tower is reaching its first level; it was completed on March 31, 1889. COURTESY OF THE GETTY’S OPEN CONTENT PROGRAM

 

Hong Kong | Bank of China Building

Hong Kong's Bank of China building under construction, 1988.
Atlas Obscura | Hong Kong’s Bank of China building under construction, 1988. MATTHEW LAIRD ACRED/CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Sydney | Harbor Bridge

Edward Seale's 1930 photograph of the Sydney Harbor Bridge under construction.
Atlas Obscura | Edward Seale’s 1930 photograph of the Sydney Harbor Bridge under construction. STATE LIBRARY OF NSW/MITCHELL LIBRARY DL PX 162/63-6

 

I haven’t heen here yet. On the list!

 

London | The Underground

Excavating for the London Underground, Great Northern and City Railway, London, c. 1903.
Atlas Obscura | Excavating for the London Underground, Great Northern and City Railway, London, c. 1903. THE PRINT COLLECTOR/GETTY IMAGES

 

I have been here, but I have no pictures. Must be rectified. On the list!

Rio de Janeiro | Chris the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer statue under scaffolding prior to its unveiling, Rio de Janeiro, 1931.
Atlas Obscura | Christ the Redeemer statue under scaffolding prior to its unveiling, Rio de Janeiro, 1931. BETTMANN/GETTY IMAGES

 

I haven’t been here. On the list!

 

Manhattan Bridge, March 23, 1909.
Atlas Obscura | Manhattan Bridge, March 23, 1909. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-USZ62-100104

I’ve definitely been here.

 

Panama | Panama Canal

Concrete construction at Gatun Lock site, Panama Canal, c.1910.
Atlas Obscura | Concrete construction at Gatun Lock site, Panama Canal, c.1910. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-USZ62-117345

 

I haven’t been here. On the list!

 

Jakarta | National Monument

Jakarta's National Monument under construction, 1963.
Jakarta’s National Monument under construction, 1963. NATIONAL MONUMENT OFFICE/PUBLIC DOMAIN

On the list!

 

London | Trafalgar Square

An 1844 photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot of Nelson's Column under construction in Trafalgar Square, London.
Atlas Obscura | An 1844 photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot of Nelson’s Column under construction in Trafalgar Square, London. COURTESY OF THE GETTY’S OPEN CONTENT PROGRAM

 

On the list!

 

Sydney | Opera House

Work on the Sydney Opera House, 1966.
Atlas Obscura | Work on the Sydney Opera House, 1966. ROBEYCLARK/CC BY-SA 3.0

On the list!

 

San Francisco | Golden Gate Bridge

This one made me tear up a little. As much as I love New York, I really miss home sometimes.

The beginnings of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1934.
Atlas Obscura | The beginnings of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1934. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-USZ62-122793

How do I not have a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge? How is that possible? I literally lived less than 4 miles away from this bridge. (Most people in San Francisco do, to be fair. The city is only 7mi x 7mi, right?)


2 thoughts on “Atlas Obscura Travel Challenge

  1. Hi Kaitlin, it’s your old (literally) pal Arnie. Enjoying your blog!! I just got the Culture Trip app. Do you know it? Good stuff by worldly and not so worldly travelers.
    Are you in NYC now??

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