Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 27 B Y E L I Z A M Y E R S T here is something universal about the way a few bars of music can reach straight to the soul. Worship music especially allows listeners to feel the presence of a higher power right in their bones. Faith-based groups can harness music as an emotional conduit to God with a trip to one of America's Christian music festivals. Each of these events attracts a long roster of Christian music's top-billed artists, so festivalgoers feel they've attended numer- ous concerts wrapped up into one. Attendees not only listen to the uplifting music, but also participate in each of the festivals' numerous activities, offered to add fun, prayer and creative outlets. After groups worship together at these festivals, they can also enjoy the area's attractions for an experience that will solidify both faith and friendships. S C E N E RY S O U N D A N D T H E S E FA I T H - B A S E D AT T R A C T I O N S A R E G R O W I N G A N D I M P R O V I N G Courtesy Creation Festivals Creation Northwest draws thousands of music fans to rural Washington each summer. [ HILLS ALIVE FESTIVAL ] RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA Groups retreat into the Black Hills of South Dakota to unplug from the day-to- day stresses and devote time to the Lord at the Hills Alive Festival in Rapid City. Started in 1985, the festival provides a family environment for people to connect to their faith through contemporary Christian music. Since it began 30-plus years ago, the festival has grown from six bands and a couple thousand people on just one day to more than 20 artists and up to 25,000 visitors over three days. The July festival starts on a Friday in Main Street Square and moves to Memorial Park for the rest of the weekend. Last year, the concert drew RED, Sidewalk Prophets, Building 429 and Casting Crowns, among others. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Rapid City serves as a jumping-off point for several major parks in the area, including Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial. A plethora of attractions for groups await within the city limits. Many groups start at City View Trolley for a narrated tour of Rapid City with stops along the way. The city boasts two historic districts, bronze sculptures of the presidents, art galleries and the popular Journey Museum. Set amid a forested backdrop, the Chapel in the Hills offers a place of quiet reflection for faith-based groups. The church replicates the striking Norwegian Borgan Stavkirke, with an attached museum illustrating the day-to-day reali- ties of the area's Scandinavian pioneers. www.hillsalive.com

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