Spirituality is a deeply personal journey for each person. To say that one travel destination is somehow more “spiritual” than another really depends on the individual. For some people, the simple fact of an open nature is deeply spiritual. For others, spiritual places that have a rich history of worship or religious significance. All of this is valid, for who are we to decide what is sacred to someone?

That said, some places in the US are especially spiritual, depending on the types of travelers they attract, what they have to offer seekers, and their history. I think it’s important to keep in mind that many of them are considered spiritual today because of the beliefs and practices of Native Americans, who have a special sacred bond with them. This is one of the many reasons why it is essential to visit each of these places with the utmost respect for nature and the indigenous peoples who are considered its protectors.

If you want to incorporate spirituality into your next trip to the United States, consider one of these magical places:

1. Sedona, AZ

Since Sedona is part of one of the most powerful energy vortices in the world, it is not surprising that it is one of the most spiritual places in the country. Some believe it includes a giant energy vortex — a large energy vortex of the Earth-while others identify four major vortices: at Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.

Sedona also represents a more New Age form of spirituality that focuses on things like energy healing, yoga, and sound baths. Here you will find an abundance of wellness spas, healing centers, yoga studios and other spiritual undertakings. There are also many neat Airbnb’s in Sedona that are particularly peaceful and have healing energy.

Surrounded by red rock canyons, jagged forests, and even a few waterfalls, the simple fact that Sedona is so naturally beautiful may be enough to consider it a spiritual destination. Whether it’s soaking up the turquoise waters of nearby Havasu Falls, visiting the chapel of the Holy Cross, taking a sound bath session, there are many spiritual things to do in Sedona for anyone who wants to connect with nature, regardless of the higher spirit they believe in, or just themselves.

2. Big Island, Hawaii

You could easily say that each of the Hawaiian islands is particularly spiritual in its own way, but there is something very special about the Big Island. The goddess Pele, who is responsible for the fire and volcanic activity of Hawaii, is especially present there, since four of the active volcanoes of the state live there. You can hike them in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is also an epic Stargazer on a clear night.

Another spiritually charged place on the Big Island is the Pu’u Loa petroglyphs site, which is also located in the same National park. This important historical site is incredibly important to Hawaiian spirituality, so don’t miss it.

In addition to the spectacular scenery and general beauty of the Big Island, there are many destinations for spiritual travelers. From retreat centers to yoga studios to historic sites where you can learn more about the island and its people, there are many opportunities to find the connection you are looking for.

3. Joshua Tree, California

As a very popular getaway from Los Angeles and San Diego, Joshua Tree receives all kinds of nature-loving visitors who come to see the trees of the same name and the surrounding desert. Many people find the desert spiritual, which evokes a sense of secret and magical attraction. I mean, the Joshua trees themselves are a little mystical, don’t you think?

For many years, people have also believed that Joshua Tree attracts extraterrestrial life forms. They even built specific structures, such as the Integratron building, to communicate with them. Nowadays the Integratron is the place where you can go for an intense sound healing session. There are other places with a similar feel to Joshua Tree, such as the desert Reset retreat and many yoga studios.

Whether you’re curious about aliens, dreaming of waking up with a view of the desert, or looking for healing, you’re sure to find something spiritual in this special place.

4. Mount Shasta, California

Mount Shasta in California has a reputation for being the root chakra of the Earth. It is true, some believe that Planet Earth has chakra energy centers just like the human body. Although the mighty Shasta has not erupted for 200-300 years, it is still an active volcano that contains a lot of energy. This concentration of energy, or a vortex, is the reason why so many spiritual seekers visit the mountain.

Native Americans have long visited Mount Shasta to perform celebration and ceremonies dedicated to the creator. These are still happening today, but now you will see a more diverse group of people visiting for similar purposes. Here you will find reiki healers, as well as meditation teachers and others hoping to help travelers on their healing journey.

5. Taos, NM

Taos, a small town in the high desert of New Mexico, is one of the oldest and most enchanting cities in the American West. In fact, Taos has cast a magic spell on its visitors since the arrival of Spanish settlers in 1540. There you will find many small Adobe chapels that capture the essence of the spirituality of the city and date back hundreds of years.

Today, Taos is home to one of the most innovative “biotecture” communities in the United States. It has more than 70 houses, called Earthships, which exist completely off the grid. It’s inspiring to experience a community committed to sustainability and saving Mother Nature’s resources. There is something very spiritually healing about knowing that so many people are working hard to live more sustainably.

Retreat centers such as Blue Sky Retreat and High-Frequency Loft offer meditation, yoga, sound healing, and ecstatic dancing.

6. Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe attracts a crowd of spiritual healers, bodyworkers, yoga teachers, artists, and even psychics — and has been for quite some time! Some people say this is the original spiritual capital of the United States, and I can’t blame them. There is a general mystical atmosphere there, which is evident in the art galleries on Canyon Road, where I advise you to start exploring the city.

Just 30 minutes from downtown Santa Fe is the historic sanctuary of Chimayó, a sacred place of worship that predates the sanctuary’s construction in 1813. Even if you are not Catholic or Christian, it is said that this holy place has healing powers for all who visit it.

Santa Fe is also home to a world-famous Buddhist monastery, the upaya Institute, and the Zen Center. This spiritual center offers daily Zen meditation sessions, as well as other special events, conferences, and retreats.

7. Crater Lake, Oregon

What is now Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the entire country, was once the volcanic mountain Mazama. Due to a spectacular eruption, the mountain blew off its summit and became the giant crater we see today. Eventually, it filled with water, giving us now the beautiful and sacred Crater Lake.

For hundreds of years, if not thousands, the lake has been a sacred place to Native Americans, especially the Klamath Tribe. Doing peril and heroic spirit quests at the lake have been a part of Klamath traditions for centuries and continue to this day.

Visiting Crater Lake National Park can be a deeply spiritual experience, just to spend time in nature by the lake. You won’t find many retreat centers here, as in other places on this list. That said, it’s ideal for travelers who feel the most spiritual when they connect with nature.

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