CAHOKIA MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE, IL
Meander around the eerie, 1,000-year- old earthen mounds of ancient Cahokia in southern Illinois— and rest easy knowing that archaeologists excavated more than 250 human skeletons from one. From the vertical positioning of their fi ngers, scientists concluded the Cahokians had been digging in the sand, very much alive, and trying to pull themselves out of the mass burial.
DO IT Check out the Cahokians’ earthwork on the Nature/Culture Trail, a 6.2-mile circuit. From the parking lot ( 38.654172, -90.058643), do the loop clockwise: Pass the Twin Mounds, then come up on Mound 72 near mile .5. Continue past Woodhenge, a timber circle ˆ la Stonehenge, before reaching Monks Mound and closing the loop. Find Haunted Hikes ($17; Falcon Guides) wherever books are sold.