Pilgrimage destinations are all around. They aren’t a thing of the past and don’t belong to any one faith tradition. They can be fun or solemn ... even adventurous.
Many people do them for religious reasons, but modern pilgrimages may be undertaken for a variety of reasons and by people who aren't religious.
Your reason for going can influence the pilgrimage path you choose.
Here are some pilgrimage destinations I’ve found — sacred, patriotic, historic, and meaningful. Links are built in, where I have them.
Area and pilgrimage site details are found on each of the main linked pages, but I've gathered all of them here in one place for quick reference.
If they’re currently listed but there is no link … that page is in the queue but not quite finished. Otherwise, click onward and enjoy!
Temples & St Francis Xavier Memorial Church in Hirado, Japan
- Dilwara Jain Temples in Mount Abu – + Churches, Temples & a Climate that Won’t Kill You
- Great Wall of India – The 2nd-Longest Wall in the World Surrounding Kumbhalgarh Fort & Its 364 Temples
- Rajasthan – Making the Temple Rounds (Because stairs and such are good for the soul!)
- Hidden Christian Sites in Nagasaki – When centuries of suppression & persecution ended ... many hidden Christians were revealed!
- Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage – There are only 2 UNESCO World Heritage trails in the world: the Camino de Santiago and the Kumano Kodo.
- Rome – Castel Sant'Angelo (and a bridge & a tunnel)
- Rome – St Peter’s Basilica & the Pantheon (Historical greats. Don't miss!)
- Rome – The Underworld Tour (& a Little Gelato)
Websites and communities are great, but books are still my favorite way to find out more about my inner journey, a place's history, or my next pilgrimage destination (or just to ride along on someone else's journey!). Give these a look ...
- A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Timothy Egan
- American Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys and Spiritual Destinations, by Mark Ogilbee and Jana Riess
- Fertile Ground: A Pilgrimage Through Pregnancy
by Laura S.Jansson and Clare Freeman
- Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ
- Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World
by Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshaghi
- Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe
by Derry Brabbs
- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Soul Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within,
by Christine Vaulters Paintner
- The Way of Abundance: A 60-Day Journey Into a Deeply Meaningful Life, by Ann Voskamp (named by Christianity Today as 1 of 50 women most shaping culture & the church today)