14 Spiritual Travel Destinations In the United States
Looking for places to go that will expand your horizon, while invoking awe and inspiration? Somewhere new to go? A fresh perspective? From people to places, I've compiled a list of must-see travel destinations for the spiritually inclined -
1. omega institute
Omega Institute is like a spiritual summer camp for adults. I’ve stayed on their campus in one of the camping huts for a long weekend, and it was one of the most transformative periods of my life. Located in beautiful Rhinebeck, NY, where some of my family likes to hang out, the local town has some really fantastic eateries and coffee shops, including Rhinebeck Bagels which I plan to swing back around to on my next stop.
2. Mount Shasta
It’s a very spiritual place with legends and vortices galore. For a while there, I wrote many of my blogs from a cabin that overlooked the peak of Mount Shasta. It's just as powerful and magical as everyone (including NPR) has said. I suggest visiting during the wet season in the late spring - early summer.
3. the integratron
Take a sound healing bath at most acoustically sound building in the world. Approximately a 3 hour drive from San Diego, it is worth every minute of the trip. After your bath, make sure to stick around and explore. The desert area surrounding the Integratron is a geomagnetic vortex, and healing in and of itself.
4. lineville gorge
Located in North Carolina, this mountain wilderness contains some of the oldest growth forests (read: never been logged) in the world. Virgin forests, like raw, natural crystals, have incredible healing and centering energy. Some backpackers have found this spot so magical, they call it the Grand Canyon of the East.
Check out a map before you go to find the older growth gulleys, which will be particularly healing.
5. holy Chimayo
Near Santa Fe, NM, there's a little church with miraculous healing powers. Each year, over 300,000 people visit Chimayo and get some of its healing soil (also known as "holy dirt"), located in the center of the adobe structure.
The National Park Service has called it one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage centers in the United States.
Cassadaga is home to more psychic mediums per capita than any other city in the United States. A place where the veil in thin and the spirit energy strong, Cassadaga is a mecca.
If you are a medium yourself, keep in mind, experiencing some spirit anxiety while in Cassadaga, is to be expected and if you can't make the trip, check out their sister location, Lilydale.
7. the voodoo spiritual temple
Priestess Miriam founded the Voodoo Temple in 1900. The Temple has become known as one of the most authentic places for respectful visitors to go and learn about Voodoo, and dispel any misinformation they've been given about it.
8. monument valley
Monument Valley is one of the most majestic places on planet Earth, and a it's sacred site on the Navajo Nation, AZ. The landscape has been a background to countless Western Movies, as this site draws feelings of awe and inspiration in all peoples. Also, it's an energy vortex.
Tip: some of the best locations in the valley are only accessible when accompanied by a traditional Navajo Guide.
9. witch city usa
Salem, Massachusetts (known to many as Witch City USA) is home many spiritual landmarks, and one of the most untimely massacres of spiritual women in North America. In 1692, 19 women and 1 man were tried and hung for witchcraft, trials that were later declared unlawful the magistrate. Witchcraft, is now widely celebrated in the city.
The nearby village of Danvers is home to the scene of the outbreak, check out visitors information here.
10. big horn medicine wheel
Constructed over 700 years ago and still in use, this is the first medicine wheel to which the term was applied. Located on public lands and available for visiting during the summer months (due to elevation), the wheel is thought to contain strong centers of Earth, Sun and Moon Balancing energy.
11. the stardreaming temples
Sixteen open-air temples and labyrinths over a span of 22 acres in the New Mexico Desert. Each temple is oriented to specific stellar, lunar or solar alignments and all include unique healing, transformation and spiritual energy. The Temple of Magic, was featured on the recent documentary, For the Next 7 Generations.
Stardreaming limits visitors to 10 per day and reservations are required.
12. the arizona vortexes
In and around the Sedona, Arizona area, you'll find 6 distinct energy vortexes which contain healing energy for your feminine side, your masculine side, and the balance of the two. The vortexes are famous worldwide, and open to the public via relatively easy hiking trails (though one trail does cross a dry waterway that will run after it rains).
For a map on visiting the vortexes, and shopping and lodging in the the Sedona area, visit: http://www.sedona.net/
13. The Gathering of Nations
North America's Largest Pow-Wow. Over 700 tribes and 3,000 dancers gather in Albuquerque, NM at the end of April each year, for the past 33 years. With vendors, food and lodging, this event is an experience that's open to the public.
Th gatherings are hosted April every year.
14. the black hills and badlands
Sacred Land for the Lakota - Sioux, the first settlers of the area, the Bad Lands are a geologic formation that leads into the Black Hills Forest, in an area spanning both South Dakota and Wyoming. Both areas are sacred and within day-driving distance of each other.