10 U.S. Destinations That May Be Able to Cure What Ails You
For those eager for spiritual renewal and self-reflection, here are 10 destinations that may be able to provide the energy and enlightenment you’ve been seeking.
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Big Sur, California
Considered by many to be a leading destination for healing and rejuvenation, Big Sur boasts numerous wellness-focused resorts and hotels, like Post Ranch Inn and Ventana Big Sur, both of which enable self-discovery through yoga classes, Japanese hot baths and relaxing ocean vistas. At nearby Esalen, reserve a spot in the nourishing hot springs for public night bathing, which is done from 1 am to 3 am. Even the final scene of Mad Men is said to be the basis of a real-life Big Sur retreat for spiritual enlightenment.
Sedona has long been a favorite among those eager to tap into its spiraling spiritual energy. Four best-known energy vortexes, including Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock, are said to be alive with healing energy. It’s easy to reach these vortex sites for meditation, yoga or prayer by way of easy hiking trails. Or, sign up for a guided tour to help you best experience the metaphysical energy for yourself. Some say it can be a powerful experience.
Crater Lake, Oregon
Oregon’s Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It’s easy to stare out into the pristine, deep blue waters. That can be a spiritual experience on its own. However, the Klamath Native American Indian tribe believes Crater Lake to be sacred, the location of a mythical battle that destroyed a mountain that once stood in the location of Crater Lake. Several energy-rich vortexes can be found around the lake, and even clay at the lake has been said to have healing properties.
Ojai, California draws in seekers of spiritual energy thanks to its location in the Ojai Valley, tucked away in the Topatopa Mountains. It’s also thought to be centered on a mystical vortex that emanates healing vibes and is conducive to meditation and spiritual soul-searching. Just minutes from Ojai, you’ll also find two natural hot springs. Take a clothing-optional soak to let the mineral-rich healing waters cleanse your body and soul.
Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
As the highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina is known for blue sky views as far as the eye can see. The energy is said to be more subtle than that which emanates from the vortexes in Sedona and Ojai, but the spiritual energy is nonetheless within the mountains. Take the Mount Michell Trail from the Black Mountain Campground to reach the top of the mountain and maximize the transformational energy you can receive from the mountain.
Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah
Situated on the border of Arizona and Utah, Monument Valley is considered a sacred site by the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American Indian tribe in the U.S. It’s also served as the background for countless Western films, including a dozen starring John Wayne. Some say it’s even an energy vortex, releasing a renewing spiritual energy. Take a guided tour with one of five spirit guides with Navajo Spirit Tours who will engage you in the soul and spirituality of the valley.
Mount Shasta, California
Located in Northern California, Mount Shasta is both a delightfully scenic mountain town and a volcano towering more than 14,000 feet high. The volcano, in particular, is said to have a magical energy, one that draws visitors. Local Native American tribes believe that Mount Shasta is inhabited by a chief who came down from heaven to the summit of the mountain. The energy emanating from Mount Shasta is said to be able to provide a sense of guidance and renewal.
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
The Haleakalā Crater sits at 10,000 feet above sea level. Translated to mean "House of the Sun," Haleakalā Crater at Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii has great spiritual significance to native Hawaiians. A popular spot for watching the sun rise above the clouds from the rim — so popular you now need to make a reservation up to two months in advance at Recreation.gov — many Hawaiians worship the rising sun here to give thanks for the revitalizing power of the sun.
Taos, New Mexico
Since the early 1990s, a low-frequency buzzing sound has been reported in Taos, a small New Mexico town. It’s called the "Taos Hum" and it’s said that around two percent of the population can hear the whirring or rumbling sound. Uncertainty abounds as to whether the "Taos Hum" still exists. However, according to folklore, the hum is Mother Nature delicately singing in the town to retain balance and harmony among the town and its residents.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas has more than 45 natural hot springs. Known for their therapeutic properties, these hot springs were highly regarded by Native American Indian tribes long before settlers arrived in Arkansas. By the late 18th century, the hot springs were considered a popular vacation destination. Explore Bathhouse Row, then go inside one of the eight bathhouses to unwind and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich healing waters.