The last few years have seen a rise in the demand for spiritual vacations. These retreats offer a safe space to unplug from the demands and pressures of everyday life and refocus on inward growth and healing. Worldwide, there are many locations reportedly providing the peaceful atmosphere necessary for revitalization and self-focus, and several are located in the U.S. Planning a vacation near a spiritual nexus delivers an experience not soon forgotten.

Sedona, Arizona

With stunning red rock formations dating back millions of years, Sedona has a well-earned reputation as a spiritual mecca and draws visitors from around the world. This unique place, nestled in the Arizona desert, is home to natural geomagnetic points that create energy centers called vortexes. These vortexes are believed to have healing powers and are hotspots for psychic energy. Whether the goal is searching for greater enlightenment or just a stunning vacation spot, many travelers locate a vacation home to rent in Sedona and make plans to stay for a while.

Joshua Tree, California

Located to the east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park encompasses the Mojave and Colorado desert systems. Named for the distinct twisted, gnarled trees prevalent in this region of the country, Joshua Tree includes many specific energy fields, assisting visitors seeking healing or guidance along their spiritual journey. Located in California’s high desert, Joshua Tree has a reputation for providing seekers with clarity and new insight into their lives and purpose. 

Taos, New Mexico

Famous for world-class ski resorts, the town of Taos, New Mexico, also has a long-standing reputation as one of the best places to live and work in New Mexico. Taos has been home to the Pueblo people for more than 1,000 years, making it one of the oldest settlements in what is now the United States.  This area of northern New Mexico has jaw-dropping mountain views and is a popular destination for rugged outdoor activities. Many American artists and thinkers like Georgia O’Keefe and Carl Jung have sought inspiration in this magical place

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, located in south-central Oregon, was formed nearly 8,000 years ago in the remains of a violent volcanic eruption. With a depth of almost 2,000 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country, and while swimming is permitted, the water is quite cold. With no known tributaries or other water sources, Crater Lake’s fluctuating water level is a mystery confounding scientists for centuries. Native people consider the lake to be Oregon’s most sacred place. It is the site of vision quests and other spiritual pursuits for those seeking guidance from a higher source.

St. Aiugustine, Florida

Settled more than 500 years ago, St. Augustine has a long and exciting history. Established by Spain in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the New World, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. But, several years earlier, Ponce De Leon, on a search for the legendary Agua de Vida, encountered springs that, according to legend, restored a youthful appearance to all who drank from them.

Unfortunately, the search for the eternal youth and immortality promised by the legend continues, but the energy fields found in the area are said to provide a calming sense of clarity and focus along with a sense of inner peace.