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...

Wind-Blasted Ruins of Tiahuanaco

High on the treeless plains just south of Lake Titicaca stand the wind-blasted ruins of Tiahuanaco. Here reside the remnants of a once-great ceremonial center called the “Gateway of the Sun,” appropriately elevated on...

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,...

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...

The Cave Temples of Ajanta & Ellora

It’s quite a proposition, getting to the ancient cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta, in far-flung Maharashtra, India, about 388km (241 miles) east of Mumbai. What really makes it worth the trip is not...

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...

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...

Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery

Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery have been the inspiration of Christian, Jewish, and Moslem pilgrimage for over 1,300 years. The Monastery is the oldest continuously used religious retreat on earth. Perhaps the most sacred...

Thebes – Ancient Center of Egyptian Religious Life

The cyclical rhythms of nature — the annual flood of the Nile that made agriculture possible and the daily phases of the sun — became the basis for Egypt’s worldview. The cycle of birth,...

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...

Iao Valley – Point of Religious Activity in West Maui

Long a place of pilgrimage for the royalty and warrior classes of Maui, the Iao Valley is renowned for its unprecedented beauty. Today it continues to be one of the top tourist attractions on...

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...

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