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Best Urban Exploration Society Los Angeles 2013 

Los Angeles Obscura Society

AtlasObscura.com is a crowdsourced compendium of the world's most curious places, with content so compelling that Google's Field Trip app and Slate.com regularly aggregate its stuff. During the past few years, the website's success has spawned a series of local, offline Obscura Societies. As head of the Los Angeles Obscura Society, Matt Blitz helps Angelenos discover strange and wonderful things about their city. Working with a pair of "field agents," Blitz and his colleagues have organized excursions to places such as the Bunny Museum (also featured in this section), a home-based taxidermist, an exotic-cat refuge and a Palmdale-based falcon master. The group hosts at least one event a month, usually more, with most events selling out. While its mission is to inspire people to explore their own neighborhoods, it's also about getting people together. As Blitz says, "It's not just the places we go, it's the people we meet." atlasobscura.com. —Tanja M. Laden

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