An Epic Journey Through America's Sacred Past

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"Sacred Places North America (2nd ed.)" Wins Top Travel Guide Award

Brad Olsen has received his share of praise during his nearly two decades as a travel writer. Director Oliver Stone called his 'World Stompers' guidebook a "subversive masterpiece of travel writing," and Publisher’s Weekly has characterized his ‘Sacred Places: 108 Destinations’ book series as: “Body and Soul are Individually Served.” Last month when the San Francisco Bay Area Travel Writers selected his 'Sacred Places North America, 2nd Ed.' as 2010's "Best Travel Book for Planet Earth,” Brad Olsen now has a top gold prize to add to his list of accolades.

Judges Dr. Gail Lash and Brad Newsham summarized the title best when they commented at the award ceremony:

"The history books most of us studied in school often presented woefully incomplete, even fraudulent, ideas of North America. 'Sacred Places' builds an entirely new context, a more believable and worthy context, around our stunning homeland. It illuminates numerous cultures that thrived here millennia before 1492, and makes laughable the idea that Columbus was the first to lead European explorers to North America (he was late by at least several hundred years).

"The tour guides Brad Olsen brings along to assist in our re-education include experts in carbon-dating, geological history, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. 'Sacred Places' enhances these scientific facts with an impressive array of ancient and mystical knowledge. The 108 sites we visit form an epic journey through the beliefs, rituals, and daily lives of North America's historic and prehistoric human inhabitants. And always, in the background, loom the awe-inspiring landscapes of this deservedly fabled continent."

Brad Olsen has been writing and publishing travel related books and articles since the introduction of 'World Stompers, A Global Travel Manifesto' in 1995, now in its 5th edition. This title, along with numerous print and eBooks, including, 'Key to Solomon's Key: Is This the Lost Symbol of Masonry?'; and, 'Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations' by other CCC Publishing authors are available on his book publishing website,

Brad Olsen is an award-winning travel guide book author, with seven books under his belt and hundreds of published articles. He writes a regular travel column for Heartland Healing magazine called "Sacred Destinations: On the Road with Brad Olsen" and is a contributing editor for World Explorer magazine. Brad Olsen has also written the script and submitted the photos for over a dozen "Visual Travel Tours" in the format of a downloadable podcast tours. His TV travel show on the subject of sacred places is being produced by Ireland’s "Below the Radar" and it is currently being pitched to "National Geographic" and the "Discovery Channel."

Brad Olsen can be reached at 415-933-8132


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