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Free Your Mind While at Spiritual Destinations

While people can have powerful experiences anywhere they go, some spots are magical and filled with divine energy that will open your mind. If you're looking to get away and see the world in a new light, consider visiting one of these breath-taking oases in the United States.


01 Mount Shasta, California

Described as "a community where Heaven and Earth meet," Mount Shasta is the name of a lively city and stunning mountain peak. It's a popular destination for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities, but people also rave about its powerful spiritual energy and healing vibrations. Some claim the mountain contains an energy vortex that helps visitors connect to other planes of existence.

02 Sedona, Arizona

Known for its red sandstone cliffs and dramatic mountain landscape, Sedona has been popular for its beauty since it was founded in 1902. The canyon's unique energy attracts travelers seeking spiritual awakening and a life-changing experience. Locals claim that several energy vortexes are located in the area, helping people heal and grow. The artist community in Sedona adds another layer of culture, and many of them express inner epiphanies in their art.

Cliffs in Sedona, Arizona Burazin / Getty Images

03 Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Often called "the Grand Canyon of North Carolina," Linville Gorge is a gorgeous canyon that hosts one of the last old-growth forests in the U.S. The steep canyon walls and rough terrain prevented settlement or logging, so hiking in this canyon can feel like stepping back in time. Legend has it that this canyon contains sacred healing energy, particularly in the rich soil. Many visitors remove their shoes and sink their bare feet into the dirt while meditating or praying.

Sunrise over Linville Gorge skiserge1 / Getty Images

04 Chimayo, New Mexico

The small town of Chimayo is an unlikely tourist destination. Still, it's home to one of the largest spiritual pilgrimages in the U.S.; El Santuario de Chimayo is a small chapel with a dirt floor that supposedly contains healing properties. Every Easter week, thousands of visitors flock to the chapel for healing. During the rest of the year, the chapel is known for its peaceful, sacred atmosphere. It's also located close to Santa Fe and Taos's cities, both known for their own spiritual properties.

05 Salvation Mountain, California

For a more offbeat otherworldly excursion, head out to Slab City, California. This unique community is made up of artists, retirees, and eccentrics, creating their own style. While the city is worth a visit, the famous sacred spot is known as Salvation Mountain. The late Leonard Knight created this art project in an attempt to spread the love of God. While it's rooted in Christian theology, visitors of all faiths make spiritual pilgrimages to it and volunteers from all walks of life work to keep it maintained.

06 Shambala Mountain Center, Colorado

A traditional Buddhist stupa is the last thing you'd expect in Colorado, but you can find this religious structure at the Shambala Mountain Center. This beautiful destination is located just a short drive from Fort Collins and contains about 600 acres of beautiful mountain land. Visitors are welcome to tour the shrines and meditate as they walk along the paths, or you can sign up for one of the spiritual retreats hosted at the center.

07 The Integratron, California

Located near the small town of Landers, California, the Integratron is a unique experience. This dome-shaped structure was built by the late George van Tassel, who claimed he was following instructions given to him by an alien visitor. The Venus alien told him it had healing properties and could help people travel in time and space. While those claims haven't panned out, modern visitors still find the structure spiritual, particularly during the "sound baths," where harmonic tones resonate throughout the structure.

08 Baha'i House of Worship, Illinois

Just 30 minutes north of Chicago is the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette. This stunning temple is worth visiting for its beautiful architecture and artistic design. The interior contains white quartz and cement walls that have been intricately carved for a lace-like appearance. Visitors of all faiths are welcome at the temple, and many people find it a peaceful and meditative experience.

Traditional Baha'i Temple from above Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

09 Headlands Dark Sky Park, Michigan

People rarely experience true, natural darkness without the glow of screens and streetlights, and those who have, describe it as surreal and calming. The Headlands Dark Sky Park, which borders Lake Michigan, is a popular destination for stargazing in the midnight sky. The park is easy to access, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. Aurora borealis — better known as the northern lights — is commonly seen in the park creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Summer aurora at Cassidy Point, Northwest Territories, Canada with sun setting in background and silhouette of trees in foreground. mericsso / Getty images

10 Crater Lake, Oregon

Famed for its deep blue waters and surrounding lush forests, Crater Lake has long fascinated visitors. Native American legends tell the story of its formation — when a volcanic peak erupted and collapsed, the deepest lake in the U.S was created. Some people believe that the volcanic energy helps charge the water and give it spiritual properties, while others find peace in the beautiful scenery and quiet atmosphere.

Crater Lake National Park George Rose / Getty Images

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