pyramids and temples


During my recent visit to the Teotihucan archaeological site, I overhead an English-speaking girl say to her boyfriend, “It’s awesome that Mexico has so many pyramids and temples. . . The U.S. doesn’t have anything like this at all.”

In a literal sense, the girl was correct: the indigenous peoples of the continental United States aren’t known for building massively tall temples.  On the other hand, the U.S. is ripe with natural temples.  In no particular order, here are three of my favorite:

1. Mount San Jacinto in southern California. Mount S.J. looms over the dessicated San Gorgonio Desert, and is one of the few places to simultaneously view the Pacific Ocean and the state of Nevada.

2. Spencer’s Butte in Eugene, Oregon. 

3. Sourdough Mountain in the North Cascades National Park.

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