Bucket list for loos? Guide to the world’s most amazing toilets
A log outhouse at Chena Hot Springs Resort, about 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. It’s one of the toilets featured in Lonely Planet’s “Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide.”(Sunny Awazuhara- Reed / Design Pics / Getty Images/500px)
A portable toilet surrounded by wild dogs stands in the Utah side of Monument Valley in America’s Southwest.(Jure Kravanja / 500px)
Little “toilet island” in the middle of Caribbean sea off the coast of Placencia, Belize, one of the more solitary loos in “Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide.”(Tomas Mähring/500px )
Toilets next to the road in Chott el Djerid, a large former salt lake in southern Tunisia. The ancient lake bed was the setting for Luke Skywalker’s boyhood home in the 1977 “Star Wars” movie, according to the guide.(Lucio Valmaggia /500px)
A washroom which taps its water from the nearby waterfall in Baiyang Trail in Taroko National Park, Taiwan.(Jan Philipp Kohrs / 500px)
Lavatory with a special view in Jonsknuten, Kongsberg, Norway.(Olaf Menz / 500px)
Who could resist seeking out a fountain made of 10,000 toilets, sinks and urinals at Shiwan Park in Foshan, China.(Al Sol / 500px)
A toilet at the base of the Himalayan mountain Ama Dablam in Nepal is one of the loos featured in “Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide.” It’s the perfect spot to admire the stunning 22,350-foot peak.(David Ruiz Luna / 500px)
Toilets along the Tonto Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.(James Capo / 500px)
A loo with a view: This toilet in Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh, India, is located at Thiksey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.(Bernhard S. / 500px)
Toilet within Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland. It’s on the northern end of the popular Laugarvegur hiking trail.(Gísli Hjálmar Svendsen / 500px)
A loo in the rugged outdoors near Steamboat Springs, Colo.(Guy Sagi / 500px)
The ultra-modern men’s restroom at the Sony Center in Berlin.(Werner Monatsspruch / 500px)
An outhouse with a view, which flushes itself twice a day. It’s on the shoreline of Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, Canada.(Chris Kolaczan / 500px)
Two toilets made of palm tree leaves (his and hers) on Jericoacoara Beach on the west coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil.(Thomas Heinze / 500px)
A side profile view of a toilet designed for use in outer space.(Copyright Adam Jamieson/Getty Images/500px)
Toilets are necessities, but they can also be things of beauty. Lonely Planet collects more than 100 around the world inside its new “Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide,” which features photographs and stories about the places we all use at one time or another.
“Whatever you prefer to call them -- lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, washroom or water closet -- toilets are a (sometimes opaque, often wide-open) window into the secret soul of a destination,” the introduction reads.
With that in mind, the guide goes on to display photos of toilets that, um, will make you want to go -- visit, that is.
The visual journey will take you to remote, snowy high points as well as urban sites. (Take a look at 16 of them in the photo gallery above.)
There’s a toilet on its own island off the coast of Belize; a loo inside London’s Shard skyscraper that offers breathtaking views of the city; two designed as grass shacks on a Brazilian beach; and lobster loos (designed like two claws) in Wellington, New Zealand.
Fifteen toilets in the U.S. are featured in the book. Among them are a vintage watch tower on Alcatraz Island, and a lone restroom in the California ghost town of Bodie.
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