Places to Pilgrimage

A lot of time and love has been poured into creating this list of holy and historic sites for you and your family to easily find places to pilgrimage to and learn about Catholic heritage in the United States!

Also, check out our FREE Pilgrimage Guide for the United States! It’s 18 pages of pilgrimage sites listed in categories such as Marian shrines, grottos, where holy Americans are buried, all the cathedrals and basilicas, and more. All in a fun and simple way to help you find pilgrimage sites near where you live or where you may travel to!

Please comment below if you have a suggestion for a place to be included on this list!


Cathedral of St. Paul, Birmingham

Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

Christ the King Catholic Church, Daphne

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Fort Mitchell

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville

EWTN studios, Irondale

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile

St. Peter Catholic Church, Montgomery


Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Anchorage

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Fairbanks

National Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Co-Cathedral, Juneau

St. Nicholas Catholic Church, North Pole


Our Lady of the Sierras Shrine, Hereford

St. Peregrine Cancer Shrine, Mesa

St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix

San Xavier Del Bac Mission, Tucson

Tumacácori National Historic Park , Tumacácori – National Park

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona

Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains, Yarnell


St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church , Eureka Springs

Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine, Fort Smith

Cathedral of St. Andrew, Little Rock

Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco – Benedictine Abbey


St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Copatroness of the Unborn, Bakersfield

Shrine of St. Thérèse, Fresno

Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang Shrine, Garden Grove

Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine

Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Laton

Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Livingston

St. Andrew Catholic Church, Pasadena

Sanctuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Sacramento

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, San Francisco

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

Shrine of Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara

Shrine of Saint Joseph, Santa Cruz

The California Missions:

This is a list of the 21 California Missions in order from south to north along The Camino Real (“The King’s Road” that connects the 21 missions).  

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá  – Guided tours (book in advance, fee)

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Oceanside – Spiritual retreat center, museum with self guided tour and entry fee

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, San Gabriel

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, Mission Hills

Mission Basilica San Buenaventura, San Buenaventura

Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Ines Virgen y Martir, Lompoc

Mission La Purisima Concepcion, California State Park

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

Mission San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Soledad

Mission Basilica San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel, Carmel – location of St. Junipero Serra’s tomb

Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista

Mission Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara

Mission San Jose, Fremont

Mission San Francisco de Asis & Mission Dolores Basilica, San Francisco

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, San Rafael

Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma – part of the Sonoma State Historic Park


Camp St. Malo (St. Catherine of Sienna Chapel), Allenspark

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Antonito – oldest church in Colorado

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver – tomb of Servant of God Julia Greeley

Mother Cabrini Shrine, Golden

Shrine of St. Therese, Pueblo

Chapel of All Saints and Shrine of the Stations of the Cross, San Luis

Ave Maria Shrine, Trinidad


St. Margaret’s Shrine, Bridgeport

The Shrine of Lourdes, Litchfield

Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center, New Haven – Knights of Columbus Museum

St. Mary’s Church, New Haven – where Blessed Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus and is entombed

Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury


Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace, New Castle – 32 foot tall, stainless steel statue of Mary

District of Columbia

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle – location of Pres. John F. Kennedy’s funeral

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Saint John Paul ll National Shrine

Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family


Basilica of St. Paul, Daytona Beach

Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, High Springs

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Jacksonville

Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West

Sanctuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity), Miami

Schoenstatt Shrine Light and Way to the Merciful Father, Miami

Mary, Queen of the Universe Basilica & National Shrine, Orlando

Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola

National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche & Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, St. Augustine


Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Augusta – first Catholic church in Georgia

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Atlanta

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

Flannery O’Conner’s childhood home, Savannah – historic site

Andalusia, Flannery O’Conner’s home, Milledgeville – historic site


Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu, Oahu – site of St. Marianne Cope’s tomb and St. Damien’s ordination

Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Kalaupapa Peninsula, Molokai – historic site – location of St. Philomena Church and St. Damien Molokai’s original burial site

St. Gabriel Mission “Coral Miracle Church”, Keanae, Maui ***in need of donations for critical repairs

Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church, Molokai

Holy Ghost Mission, Waiakoa, Maui


Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Boise

Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood – Benedictine Sisters

Old Mission State Park, Couer d’Alene


National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville

Basilica of St. Hyacinth, Chicago

Basilica of Queen of All Saints, Chicago

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago

National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Chicago – location of St. Cabrini’s death

National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago

National Shrine of St. Therese, Darien

Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Spiritual Centre, El Paso

The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Libertyville

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum, Peoria

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria – location Venerable Fulton Sheen’s tomb

St. Peter Cemetery – burial site of Ven. Augustus Tolton


Basilica of the Most Sacred Heart, Notre Dame

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Notre Dame

Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John

Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods – location of St. Theodore Guerin’s tomb

Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln and Monte Cassino Shrine, St. Meinard

Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (Old Cathedral), Vincennes


Basilica of St. John the Apostle, Des Moines

Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, Dyserville

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend


Benedictine College, Atchison – Mary’s Grotto

St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison – Benedictine abbey

Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Mound City

St. Mary’s Church, St. Benedict

Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Witchita


St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral Basilica, Bardstown

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Louisville – has remains of third century saints from Rome

Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Gethsemani and Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist – Trappist monastery


St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria

Shrine of St. John Berchmans, Grand Coteau

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – Natchitoches

Saint Jude’s International Shrine, New Orleans

Museum at the Old Ursuline Convent, New Orleans

National Shrine of Blessed Frances Xavier Seelos, New Orleans

National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, New Orleans


St. Mary’s Church, Annapolis

Charles Carroll House, Annapolis

Carroll Museums, Baltimore – historic sites of the Catholic signer of the Declaration, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

St. Jude Shrine, Baltimore

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption, Baltimore – America’s first cathedral

St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Mother Seton House, Baltimore – First Roman Catholic Seminary in the U.S., Home of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and site of first African-American Catholic parish

National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Baltimore

Our Lady of Mount Providence Chapel, Baltimore – location of Servant of God Mary Lange’s tomb

Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City

National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg

Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg – location of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton’s tomb


National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro

Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine, Boston

St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, Boston

St. Francis Chapel, Boston

Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Chicopee

Portiuncula Chapel, Hanover – built with materials from Assisi and constructed to replicate the chapel St. Francis built.

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Fall River

St. Anne Shrine, Fall River

St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, Lowell

The Museum of Family Prayer, North Easton

  • nearby Cemetery of Holy Cross Religious is the burial site of Venerable Patrick Peyton

Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Springfield

National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge

St. Joseph Basilica, Webster

Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Worcester


St. Anthony Franciscan Friary, Kennebunk

Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica, Lewiston


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Detroit – known for it’s grotto

Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit, Detroit

Old St. Mary’s, Detroit – three indoor grottos

Solanus Casey Center, Detroit – location of the tomb of Blessed Solanus Casey

Basilica of St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids

Father Marquette National Memorial, St. Ignace – located in Straits State Park

Marquette Mission Park, St. Ignace

Bishop Baraga Shrine, L’Anse

Bishop Baraga Museum, Marquette

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak

National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods, Indian River

Our Lady of the Woods Shrine, Mio


Assumption Chapel, Cold Spring

Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

National Shrine of St. Odilia, Onamia

Schoenstatt on the Lake Shrine, Sleepy Eye

Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Winona


St. Augustine Seminary, Bay Saint Louis

Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle, Jackson

St. Mary Basilica, Natchez


Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Conception Abbey, Conception

Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Florissant – historic site

National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Laurie

Black Madonna Shrine & Grottos, Pacific

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Perryville

Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine, Portage Des Sioux

Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne, Saint Charles – location of St. Philippine Duchesne’s tomb

Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral), St. Louis

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, St. Louis

Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis

Saint Louis Abbey, Creve Coeur – Benedictine Abbey

Saint Mary of Victories Catholic Church, St. Louis

Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Starkenburg


Our Lady of the Rockies, Butte – third tallest statue in the United States

Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena

Historic St. Mary’s Mission & Museum, Stevensville – historic park of the first Jesuit mission in Montana


Doyd Memorial Chapel, Boys Town – Servant of God Edward Flanagan’s tomb

Cloisters on the Platte, Gretna

Holy Family Shrine, Gretna

Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln

Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha

Christ the King Priory and Saint Benedict Center, Schuyler – Benedictine priory


Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Las Vegas – the city’s first Catholic church

Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer, Las Vegas

St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno

Saint Mary of the Mountains, Virginia City

New Hampshire

Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Enfield

New Jersey

The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Asbury

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark

St. Lucy’s Church, National Shrine of St. Gerard, Newark

Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling

New Mexico

Monastery of Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu

San Felipe de Neri Church and Sister Blandina Convent Museum, Albuquerque

Shrine of St. Bernadette, Albuquerque

El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo

Basilica of San Albino, Mesilla

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Asissi, Sante Fe

San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe – oldest church still in use in the continental U.S.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe

The Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe – location of the stairs believed to be built by St. Joseph

New York

Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, Auriesville – birthplace of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish & Shrine, Bowmansville

Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn

Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Brooklyn

Basilica of Regina Pacis, Brooklyn

St. Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site, Fonda – home of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Our Lady of Victory Basilica & National Shrine, Lackawanna

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown

Our Lady of the Rosary Church and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, New York

Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York – tomb of Venerable Pierre Toussaint

St. Frances Cabrini Shrine, New York City – tomb of St. Frances Cabrini

St. Peter’s Church, New York – oldest parish in New York

Basilica of St. Mary of Angels, Olean

Maryknoll Mission Center, Ossining

Schoenstatt Shrine of Light, Staten Island

National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Stony Point

Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Syracuse

Saint Marianne Cope Museum , Syracuse

National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, Youngstown

North Carolina

Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville

Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, Belmont

St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope, Hot Springs

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, Wilmington

North Dakota

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck

Basilica of St. James, Jamestown

Assumption Abbey, Richardton


Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

Catholic Familyland, Bloomingdale – location of Holy Family Fest of the Apostolate of Family Consecration

Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Canton

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati

Holy Cross-Immaculata Church, Cincinnati – known for praying the “Good Friday Steps” up to the hilltop church

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Cincinnati

St. Anthony Shrine and Friary, Cincinatti

Catholic Museum of Art and History, Columbus

Our Lady of Lourdes National Shrine, Euclid

Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein

Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, Marietta

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, North Jackson

Franciscan University, Steubenville – replica Portiuncula Chapel, Lourdes Grotto, and more

Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown


Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Bison

Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, Hulbert – Benedictine abbey

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Okarche – Blessed Stanley Rother’s home parish

Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine, Oklahoma City – being constructed, completion expected 2022

St. Joseph Old Cathedral, Oklahoma City

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pawhuska

National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, Prague


St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City

National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, “the Grotto”, Portland

Mount Angel Abbey, Mount Angel – Benedictine abbey

St. Mary Catholic Church, Mount Angel


National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto

Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg

Basilica of Sts. Cyril and Methodius – Danville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hanover

Mother Pauline Visintainer Religious Foundation, Kulpmont

St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica, Latrobe

Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto

Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

The Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia

Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, Philadelphia – tomb of St. Katharine Drexel

National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, Philadelphia – tomb of St. John Neumann

National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, Philadelphia

Old St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia

Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, Scranton

Rhode Island

St. Mary’s Church, Newport – Rhode Island’s first parish and location of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding

Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence

South Carolina

Basilica of St. Peter, Columbia

Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope, Kingstree

Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner

South Dakota

Fatima Family Shrine, Alexandria

Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Sioux Falls

The House of Mary Shrine, Yankton


Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Chattanooga

Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor, New Hope

Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis – gravesite of SoG Thea Bowman

St. Martin de Porres National Shrine & Institute, Memphis

St. Peter Church, Memphis

Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor, New Hope

Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Knoxville


The Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, Austin

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont

Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas

Shrine of the True Cross, Dickinson

El Paso Mission Trail, El Paso

Presidio Chapel of San Elizario, El Paso

St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Galveston

Presidio La Bahia, Goliad

Schoenstatt Cor Unum in Patre Shrine, Helotes

Schoenstatt Shrine of Confidence, Lamar

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & Shrine, Midland

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, San Antonio

Lourdes Grotto & Tepeyac de San Antonio, San Antonio

Shrine of St. Padre Pio, San Antonio

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, San Juan

Painted Churches of Schulenburg, Texas Hill Country

The Texas Missions:

Corpus Christi de la Ysleta, El Paso

Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, Goliad – Texas state park

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park, active church

San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), San Antonio – historic park, not an active church

San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park and active, parish church

San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park, active church

San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park, active church

Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion de Los Piros de Socorro del Sur, Socorro

San Francisco de los Tejas, Weches – Texas state park


Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City

Escalante Cross Trail, Spanish Fork


Saint Anne’s Shrine, Isle La Motte

Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer, Jamaica – replica of Mary’s house in Ephesus, Turkey.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Stowe – church built on the farmland where Servant of God Joseph Dutton grew up, and is dedicated to him.


Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria

Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk

National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Williamsburg


De Goede Farm and Gardens Chapel, Mossyrock – chapel and trail with Stations of the Cross to a great concrete cross on hilltop

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane

Providence Academy, Vancouver – former orphanage and school built by Mother Joseph – historic tour

Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, Vancouver

West Virginia

Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston

Cathedral of St. Joseph, Wheeling


National Shrine of St. Philomena, Briggsville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion

  • site of the only Church-approved Marian Apparition

National Shrine of St. Joseph, De Pere

Dickeyville Grotto, Dickeyville

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Hubertus

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse

Schoenstatt Founder Shrine, Madison

Saint Joan of Arc Chapel, Milwaukie

Saint Josaphat’s Basilica, Milwaukee

Schoenstatt Exile Shrine, Milwaukee (shrines also located in Madison & Waukesha)

Rudolph Grotto Gardens, Rudolph

Schoenstatt International Shrine, Waukesha


Cathedral of St. Mary, Cheyenne

Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Grand Teton National Park

Our Lady of Peace Shrine, Pine Bluffs

St. Stephens Indian Mission, St. Stephen’s

5 thoughts on “Places to Pilgrimage

  1. St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows in Nashville, TN is beautiful. We visited during the year of Mercy, as they had doors of mercy.

    Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor in New Hope, TN. Its a beautiful setting with a walking rosary.

    St. Anthony’s chapel in Pittsburgh, PA has an incredible collection of relics and amazing Stations of the Cross.

    St. Peter in Richmond, VA, the diocese first Cathedral and just a block from Capitol Square is beautiful and historic.

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