America’s New Age Towns

Best New Age In The USA

This is our list of the best new age and spiritual towns that we’ve found through our research and travels through North America. The towns vary from metaphysical destinations to yoga meccas to hippy havens, but all have some sense of new age spirituality, as defined by us. We haven’t been to all of the towns we list, and many that we have visited were part of our exploration rather than sources for research. The towns we have documented the most are listed at the top, with links to our pages. The towns still in need of more investigation are below. The (√) indicates that a representative of the site, currently me, has experienced the place in some significant way. Lastly, if you’re looking for our ranking of the best metaphysical and new age towns, we aren’t there yet, but it will come. The information provided, along with your own experience, will help you make that determination.



North County SD Beach

Encinitas (√)

The hippest of San Diego’s north county beach towns, Encinitas is one of the fittest cities we know. Full of yoga and surfing, and Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship as well.

Idyllwild (√)

A very small mountain town, population 3800, in Southern California. It is home to a disproportionately large number of artists, musicians and new age practitioners.

Laguna Beach (√)

We’ve been through, a few times, but we haven’t written it up. We can attest that it is full of art and yoga and eclectic people. And it’s got a nice little beach and basketball court. And the Tommy Bahama restaurant has (at least in 2018) a great happy hour.

Joshua Tree, California (√)

A high desert town with two stop lights, throngs of climbers wandering in and out, a few healthy eateries and good new age/artsy vibe. To us, it reminded us of Topanga, not because of the landscape, which is vastly different, but because of the vibe of the people.

Forlorn Joshua Tree

A Forlorn Joshua Tree

North Park (San Diego) (√)

North Park is a hipster neighborhood in San Diego just north of Balboa Park. It’s got grunge, tattoos, lots of yoga and some adorable little cottage homes for the family set. Of course, there’s a little metaphysical thrown in for good measure.

Palm Springs, California (√)

Not a traditional new age town (we know, traditional new age is ironic), but on a quick walk through downtown Palm Springs we passed two psychics and a tarot reader. So we thought it worth a mention. Still an LGBT destination, there are also many coffee shops and outdoor restaurants and art galleries and a combined art gallery/coffee shop.

Santa Cruz

We’ve been through but once. However, it’s categorization as a new age town in accepted fact in California.


Drum Circle Venice, Just as the Cops Show

Venice (√)

There really are canals in California’s Venice, as well as lots of organic food and yoga and psychics and artists and just about anything else you’re looking for.


Sedona (√)

Yes, yes. Sedona will be at the top of the list when the ranking is compiled. The way metaphysical pursuits pervade every facet of the town is extremely rare, but understandable. Not only is it home to a number of high energy vortexes, but one look at the red cliffs and awe is invoked. We’ve spent a goodly amount of time there and fully believe that Sedona is one of the prettiest places in the U.S. If you haven’t been, go, for no other reason than the beauty.



Maui, Kauai, The Big Island. We know spiritual energy flows through all of the islands. They’re volcanic for one. Heck, Kilauea is still spewing lava into the ocean. Kauai’s got jungle folks and shamans and reiki. There’s surfing all over the place and more ecosystems than you can shake a stick at. We’re starting with two, Paia and Puna.

Puna, The Big Island (√)

Paia, Maui (√)

We’d say more about Hawaii, but it’s as close to paradise as we’ve found.

North Carolina

Asheville (√)

The South doesn’t have the same density of new age communities as the West, but Asheville is definitely on the list. It’s pretty, wooded, and even though it’s pushing 100,000 people it still has a quaintness to it. And the new age vibe is broad spectrum. There’s lots of yoga, reiki, meditation and a number of spiritual retreat centers.



Not on our radar initially, but once we started our on-line digging into alternative spiritual towns, Salem, Massachusetts popped up frequently. The legacy of the witches remains and still influences the area. However, our research indicates that some modern metaphysics and yoga has entered the area.


Ashland, Oregon (√)

We’ve been there, and it’s a cool town, but we didn’t delve into the new age scene very much. The town does host a Shakespeare festival and live bands during the summer at a little amphitheater downtown.

Austin, Texas (√)

Austin is a little too big to qualify as a town, so we’re going to attempt to narrow it down to a neighborhood or two. But as a former resident, we can confirm that the weird scene is alive and well, even with the influx of technology money. In the meantime, check out South Congress and East Sixth. And don’t worry, the music scene is still thriving.

Big Sur, California

The home of Esalen, [LINK] a new age retreat center that’s been around for more than fifty years and has spawned tell sites such as ESALeaks. [LINK] Conflict and new age converge — we’ve got to go investigate for ourselves.

Boulder, Colorado

Another town we’ve visited. That trip, however, was about NIST and seeing the atomic clock, which was super cool if you’re into the theory of time. Beyond that, the town is definitely liberal. There are a lot of pot shops and college students and bars. It’s also the center of Ken Wilber-based integral movement. And then there’s the skiing.

Cassadaga, Florida

We know very little about the purported ‘Psychic Capital of the World’, but we’re intrigued. The more we read about it, the more we HAVE TO GO. And Florida’s not so bad in the winter.

Crestone, Colorado

Reputed to have a spiritual center on every corner. Or so we heard. But it’s so small that there aren’t many corners.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Thanks to a tip from Jane-Ann, we found another metaphysical town in Arkansas. It appears that the springs bring the vibe, and if the Thorncrown Chapel is an indication, it’s home to some pretty cool architecture as well.

Floyd, Virginia

The rumor is that there are at least ten intentional communities in the area. That’s pretty new age to us.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

This springs town we discovered from our on-line search. We haven’t been to Hot Springs, but we like to get ourselves into hot water, so there’s a draw right there.

Lily Dale, New York

According to the Travel Channel, [LINK] of the 275 residents, 45 are certified psychics. And it’s close to Cassadaga, NY, namesake and spiritual compadre to Cassadaga, Florida.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta, California (via

Manitou Springs (Colorado Springs), Colorado

Word is that there is a solid pagan contingent there. And we happened upon the Earth Spirit Pagans [LINK] which has some resources for Colorado Springs pagans.

Mount Shasta, California

Shasta is another little town we drove through but didn’t dive into. There are a lot of stories about the mountain. We hear it’s an energy vortex for the first chakra. There are, of course, Lemurians hanging around. And it’s a volcano. Even dormant volcanos have strong energy. So we’ll make our way back soon enough.

Ojai, California

The long time home of the enlightened guru J. Krishnamurti, it now boasts the highest number of mind-body spas per capita in America.

Port Townsend, Washington (√)

A small coastal town on a stretch of land jutting off of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s isolated, a little funky, and has a nice new age vibe. And, as we understand it, the weather is better than on other parts of the peninsula due to some isolated weather patterns. The town itself had an Idyllwild vibe, with more ocean and less rock climbing.

Santa Monica, California

Trendy, still hipster, and full of health food and esoteric yoga. Movie stars wander the streets, eat at local restaurants and wear yoga pants. And rumor is that there’s a beach nearby. But maybe that’s just rumor, because it doesn’t feel beachy at all.

Savannah, Georgia

This just popped up on our radar, and we discovered it was the host city for the Pagan Pride day in August, 2016. We spent a couple of days there in 2014 walking the city and were pleasantly surprised. You can catch a chess game at The Gallery Expresso or a band at the Warehouse Bar down by the water. And we dare you to walk the historic district without bumping into a park. We dare you. As for new age happenings, coffee shop chess was as close as we got. But then, we were weren’t looking.

Summertown, Tennessee

Tucker, in the comments below, has verified that there is a 1000 acre Farm with hippies and solar power and plots of land where food is grown. What’s more new age than a vegetarian commune? And anyone is welcome, as long as you respect the residents. Here’s the link to the Farm Community.

Taos, New Mexico

While Santa Fe has the art scene and expensive restaurants, Taos is more conducive to the hippy crowd. And of course, there are reports of aliens in the area, and earthships.

Topanga, California

Hidden away in a twisting valley northwest of Los Angeles, it’s where famous people go to hide. We also know there’s a good element of energy healing and mysticism in this valley, but our stay focused on coffee and Mexican food, and a hike of course.

Woodstock, New York

Ranked by Yoga Journal as one of the top 10 yoga towns in the country, Woodstock is home to both Krishna Das and the group SRI Kiran so if you’re searching for devotional music, you’ll find some. We’re on our way — eventually.

21 responses to “America’s New Age Towns”

  1. I can attest to the fact that Salem, MA is a very spiritual place. I vacation in Cape Ann every summer and it’s because of how great I feel with the new age energy work in that area. It’s incredible! I was very glad to see it on the list! Great job!

  2. Thanks for mentioning Crestone, CO. It is up and coming, not quickly though. Let’s hope they keep the momentum.

  3. John Bosco says:

    North Park California ~ 1988-1989 is where I started my life long New Age journey. ☀️

  4. Tindo The Healer says:

    First, I am happy and grateful to be here. I am so thankful for this website and for the information you served me with. I am on the path in my journey where I am ready to begin my work. I have graduated from the school of life now its application time. I have lived in TX for 25 years and I am in Austin as we speak. I have been in Austin for a year now and some months. Austin is great for spiritual individuals and has a lot to offer besides technology. I have been in solitary pretty much all my life and now I am ready for the outdoor world. What will be a great place to move and live for at least 5-10yrs that will cater to my growth and provide me heaven like beauty. I love water very much and I am open to mountains now. I am closing the phase of my life and closing the chapter in TX. I appreciate all the feedback that I maybe given in assisting me to move to my new beginning. Thank you all!

  5. Robert Chirpin says:

    Do you know of communities that embrace a “New Age” mentality and are relatively free of excessive EMF radiation form cell towers?

  6. Deb says:

    I live near Cassadaga. It is only about 5 houses used as businesses plus a small community. If someone is super into psychics or working as one then it is good to visit. I couldn’t imagine living within 20 minutes unless retirement age. The energy is overwhelming for me. Mount Dora near there might be a better fit.

  7. Cara says:

    What about Santa Cruz, CA and Laguna Beach, CA? Might want to add those to your list. . .and thanks for compiling this list.

    • Explorer of the New Age says:

      We put them on the list page, and just so happen to be heading through Santa Cruz today. We’ll take a closer look. Thanks.

  8. Traci Refior says:

    Nice List! Thank you for compiling this wealth of information.

    I live in Colorado at the moment and it takes less than an hour to get to Crestone Colorado. There is a small gemstone shop that sells things from india. Nice small shop with incense and hippy clothing. There are a couple little coffee shops and art galleries and the best ever health food store around. There are around 150 year round residents and over a dozen spiritual centers. You would never know it has a dozen spiritual centers. They are scattered around out of sight. My favorite is the Crestone Drop off where you can bring your old clothes and household items to donate. It is FREE to pick up and drop off things.

    Taos is south from me by 1 hour and 40 minutes. This is an amazing little town that hosts a plethora of camping, mountain scenery, Taos indian arts, crafts and pow-wows, there are many art galleries and coffee shops. They also have a great health food store.

    I lived in Nashville and dated a guy that was born and lived on “The Farm”. His mother knows Ina May Gaskin very well and boasts 6 children that she as a midwife helped birth! The farm is an amazing place. The “Farm Kids” are probably grown up now, since I was there, but they hold a few fun festivities, such as “Rag Weed Day” where the They serve up soy-cream instead of ice-cream. I recommend buying their vegan cook book.
    My mom was a Montessori school director and she brought “Kids to the Country” where city children could enjoy the country life and the swimming hole! I wanted to live there at one point and have my babies there, but I chose another route.

    There are so many opportunities, if you seek, you shall surely find! xoxo Traci Moon

  9. Skip Clark says:

    I happened upon this website because I met and was healed by an astonishing healer and visionary during my travels in the Far East. I would like to get this genius set up in the States in an environment that would enable her to share her gifts with as many people as possible. The methods she has channeled and developed over the last half century can be applied not only to healing chronic conditions, but also education, organic farming, water purification, soil enrichment, food preservation, and on and on. I’m not a wealthy man, but I’m willing to invest in this individual because I’m absolutely certain that if given the right setting she will help an immense number of people. Any information you come across would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Explorer of the New Age says:

      Without getting into any immigration issues, I will answer as if we were bringing someone in. Rather than pick a specific town, we would pick a region and work with retreat centers. Some hire temporary practitioners, and your healer could pursue that route. We would start in Maui, Sedona and California, since we are mostly west-coast based. If you were to explore outside of the U.S., this would allow for short term stints in multiple countries. If you are looking for one specific location, we suggest one that is either very large–such as Los Angeles, San Francisco or Austin–or one caters to spiritual tourists. The Big Sur area could work, as would Ashland, OR. A lot of this, unfortunately, will come down to marketing. We wish you the best. If we come across something more specific, we’ll update this comment.

      • Misty Johnson says:

        I appreciate the article for starters Thank You,
        Question: What would you suggest for a seeker who say, loves cliffs water and mountains and sea food and fishing when I am hungry. I am 42 I am retired I have already done almost everything I have wanted to do so my actual goal is just to do what ever it is I feel like doing. Honestly, but that includes learning any and all practices being fully in the moment with out being required to use money to do it I had that life and it has its perks. To put it simply I like me better when I have the opportunity appreciate. Obviously keeping in the laws of the universe. So I want to be around a community but the interactions with them are when I choose. No expectations but standards. As well as let’s say if I felt like just packing a bag and taking off no plans, full on magical journey self were would start? Oh wow I’m a Gypsy I just realized this about myself. Ok so were would you start if you were a Gypsy?
        Thank you,

        • Wendy says:

          I’d love to hear where your journey has taken you. I’mooking for something similar but I have financial restrictions so it’s gotta be affordable for retirement income. Hope you have time to tell me!
          Thank you!

    • Heart of a Healer says:

      Hello, Skip Clark. Please get in contact with me at csma131@gmail. I will share with you the contact information of a respected healer I know in the USA. He and his colleague also has a program that helps with developing & nurturing someone’s gifts in the Healing Arts. I feel like getting in contact with him will lead you closer to what you are seeking.

    • Hope says:

      Hi Skip,

      I would be interested in chatting with you about this healer. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and am looking to move either to a different part of the same city or further north within Arizona. Sedona has an amazing energy and healers and people who offer many different modalities like myself often thrive more easily in places like Sedona. Contact me through Hope’s Healing Path which is my business page on Facebook. This site wouldn’t allow me to post anything else. Thank you ? Namaste,

    • Hi Skip, I’m likewise hoping to found or join or help a Spiritual Community with a Healing Center and am wondering if you would care to correspond about it. I’m being guided in this by Higher Levels, but no help has been forthcoming as of yet. Let me know if you want to dialogue. I’m a healer myself, which is all explained on my website:

    • Sally says:

      Who was the healer? and where is she from?

  10. Tucker Tingle says:

    I think you are trying to refer to Summertown, TN. And you will be happy to know it isn’t a rumer. The community is known as “The Farm” a.k.a The Hippy Farm. I grew up about 15 min south. It is a cool little place anyone can visit, as long as you are mindful of the residents everyone is welcome.

    • Explorer of the New Age says:

      We made the update a while ago, but were remiss in not thanking you for the information. We also appreciate corrections of suggestions.

  11. Diane Otti says:

    Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association in Escondido, CA is still an active center for over 100 years…
    Even after the fires!!

    • Explorer of the New Age says:

      Sorry for the delay. We’re exploring Hawaii. But we’ll look into the Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association. Thanks for the heads up. And glad you survived the fires.

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