Previously, I’ve tried to find the closest real-life approximations to the ages of MYST and the islands of RIVEN. Continuing that trend, here are your best options for visiting the first ages of URU: AGES BEYOND MYST (later known as Myst Online), the 6 worlds available when the game went live in 2003: the Cleft, Gahreesen, Eder Gira, Eder Kemo, Kadish Tolesa, and Teledahn.
The Cleft: Black Volcano, New Mexico
There may not be a fissure, or an airstream trailer, or an entrance to D’ni at this long-inactive volcano near Albuquerque, but it sure does feel like Atrus’s first home.
Gahreesen: Wulingyuan, China
These towering karst formations in Hunan Province are laced with rivers and waterfalls, just like the age of the Maintainers.
Eder Gira: Havasu Falls, Arizona
There’s even a rock shelter behind the falls. Thankfully, you don’t have to kick any fish traps around to access it.
Eder Kemo: Ik Kil Cenote, Yucatán, Mexico
One of many cenotes near Chichen Itza, Ik Kil is open for swimming (no linking books, though).
Kadish Tolesa: Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, California
Visit Sequoia National Park for that same dwarfed-by-trees sensation you get in Kadish, minus the constant threat of walking off a cliff or getting stuck in a pyramid.
Teledahn: Kew Gardens, London, United Kingdom
Sadly, there are no real-life mushrooms as enormous as Teledahn’s, but the mushroom sculptures at London’s Kew Gardens are a decent facsimile.
Next time, I’ll tackle the URU expansion packs and its other added ages.