Sacred Places North America, by Brad Olsen
Sacred Places North America made me want to hit the road immediately, especially as I read about fascinating places in my own region that I had never heard of before. One such destination is Arcosanti, an "urban experiment" in Arizona built according to concepts of "arcology," a blend of architecture and ecology. And I can't help wanting to head to Florida to check out the ancient remains at Bimini that might tie in with the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis.
In addition to providing detailed descriptions and clear directions and instructions for visiting each of the 108 destinations he profiles, Olsen has included hand-drawn maps for each area. At first glance, these might seems inferior to the slick, computer-generated maps we've all become so accustomed to, but they are definitely worth a closer look. Without sacrificing accuracy, Olsen's maps read like treasure maps, and they enhance the sense of mystery and wonder he creates with his prose.
Olsen has criss-crossed the continent numerous
times, and he has left no region unrepresented in this book.
In Rhode Island, you can visit Newport Tower, "the most
hotly disputed structure in New England." In the South,
check out ancient "temple mounds" in Alabama, Arkansas,
and Florida. In Canada, discover the Moose Mountain Medicine
Wheel, a 2,000-year-old astronomical observatory, and take
a tour of California's historic missions. Find the best spots
for UFO-sightings in Nevada and New Mexico, and take the waters
at Indian Hot Springs in southern Texas. Sacred Places North
America is an extraordinary collection of unique road trip
destinations, and reading it is a great armchair adventure,