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Liverpool, England
Entrench yourself in the gray, dingy birth-place of the Beatles.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada
Visit St. Anne Basilica, the site of many recorded miracles dating back to the 1650s and one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in North America.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Pay homage to John Belushi and his esoteric humor at his resting place.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Trek to Apostle St. James’ tomb, where pilgrims have arrived daily since the 9th century after walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago across northern Spain.

Key West, Florida
Immerse yourself in author Ernest Hemingway’s home, now preserved as a museum.

Waipoua Forest Park, Northland, New Zealand
Gaze at Tane Mahuta, a 1,200-year-old kauri tree that towers 170 feet tall, is 46 feet wide and is one of the oldest trees on the planet.

Black Hills, South Dakota
Explore the seven sacred sites of the Lakota people — legend says this highly spiritual area was created after the animal nations had a race around the Black Hills and wore down the earth, forming the valley called “Ikanka Ocanku.”

Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
In the Nov. 1 All Saints Day activities, the living pay tribute to the dead by flying giant, colorful kites to raise the souls of the departed to heaven.

Click here to read other stories in our special travel edition. Melinda Clynes is a Dearborn-based travel writer. E-mail her at

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