Haleakala – Very Sacred Place to Ancient Hawaiians

Everything in East Maui centers around, or is inside, the massive cone-shaped Haleakala volcano. Rising 10,023 feet (3,007 m) into the tropical sky, from a sea-level base of 33 miles (53 km) in diameter,...

America’s Stonehenge

On a hilltop near the Massachusetts border are a series of low stonewalls and cobbled rock chambers called America’s Stonehenge. The entire complex covers about 30 acres (12 ha) of hills and woodland, around...

Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park

Travelers who’ve been to the Grand Canyon and think they’ve seen all the Southwest has to offer when it comes to massive gorges have a surprise waiting in south-central Colorado. The Black Canyon of...

Archipelago of Tonga

The archipelago of Tonga borders the western frontier of Melanesia, yet is distinctly Polynesian in race, culture and language. The actual land area is a scant 269 square miles (433 sq. km) of verdant...

Chaco Canyon – American Cradle of Civilization

Called the “American Cradle of Civilization,” Chaco Canyon represents the most important concentration of archaeological remains in the United States. The 12-mile (19-km) long and one-mile (1.6-km) wide canyon was a thriving urban center...

Putuo Shan – Sacred Peak

Just an hour’s flight from Shanghai, Putuo Shan is worlds away from the bustling Chinese metropolis. This tiny, 12-sq.-km (4 2 ⁄ 3 -sq.-mile) island, 32km (20 miles) off the China coast in the...

Axum – First Christian Kingdom?

The holiest city of the Ethiopian Orthodox faith, Axum was founded over 2,000 years ago and is capital to one of the most glorious empires in history. The numerous churches and monasteries of Axum...

Nan Madol – Venice of the Pacific

Early European explorers called Nan Madol the “Venice of the Pacific” because the ancient city was built upon a coral reef and is intersected by artificial water canals. On the remote Micronesian island of Pohnpei...

Saint Peter’s Basilica – The Heart of Christianity

The autonomous state of Vatican City (Holy See) has been the focus of Catholic pilgrims for many centuries. Crossing the Tiber River on the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge, the visitor is welcomed to the world’s...

The Potala Palace

Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in the entire Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky...

Tell el-Amarna

Midway down the Nile between the two ancient capitals, Memphis and Thebes, a rebel pharaoh started his own capital. The lost city of Tell el-Amarna was initiated solely by the pharaoh Akhunaton and his...

Climbing Mount Shasta

The landmark Mount Shasta is the 14,162-foot (4,249-m) centerpiece of northern California, rising like a giant diamond in a field of evergreens. Long regarded as a place of intense energy, Mount Shasta has a...