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From famous author's homes to writing rooms to the places that inspired our favorite stories, if you're a literature lover then this road trip is for you!
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351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, USA
Though it's not the birthplace of Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, it is the birthplace of some of Twain's most famous works, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee...
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120 N Main St, Hannibal, MO 63401, USA
Visit the home where Samuel Clemens grew up (aka "where the real adventures of Tom Sawyer took place"). See the famous white-washed fence as well as the homes of the Tom Blankenship and Laura Hawkins, who inspired the characters of Huckleberry...
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28 Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, USA
It's the town that inspired Washington Irving's headless horseman tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. See where the infamous old bridge used to stand and visit Washington Irving's grave in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Other sites of interest include...
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70 3rd Ave, Waltham, MA 02451, USA
Walden Pond retains the charm that inspired Henry David Thoreau's account of the area in the late 1800's in the book Walden. Hike along the vast untouched woods, canoe across the pristine waters, swim in the glacially deep kettle-hole pond, and...
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340 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Indianapolis is the hometown of legendary Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. For those who are fans of his work, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is the perfect monument to his literary genius. Filled with original Vonnegut artwork,...
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907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Key West’s most famous literary resident, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this two-story Spanish-colonial villa for nearly a decade and composed several of his best-known works here. His second wife, Pauline, insisted they add a pool to the...

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115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
The House of Seven Gables (aka the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion) is New England's oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion. It was also the inspiration of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel. House tours are available throughout the year. And when you're...
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New York, NY, USA
One of my favorite highlights of Central Park is the carousel, not least because of its (if you'll excuse the pun) pivotal appearance in The Catcher in the Rye. The carousel itself is a beautiful throwback, and an activity that both parents and...
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1 Washington Rd, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections includes the unpublished stories of J.D. Salinger. "The majority of the Salinger material (including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls) ...is housed on-site and no...
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59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
The Algonquin Hotel is most famous for Dorothy Parker and her celebrated group of actor, critic and writer friends who dubbed themselves “The Vicious Circle” and met every day for lunch around Algonquin’s round tables where they indulged...
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8 Strawberry Ln, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675, USA
"The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer." The 200-year-old former sea captain's house and Gorey exhibits are open to the public from...
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207 E Charlton St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Go back in time to Flannery O'Connor's childhood home— "a museum house dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and short story writer." Visitors can take a guided tour and view a rare book collection.
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2628 N Columbia St, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA
A dirt road off a small highway in Milledgeville, a little under two hours from Atlanta, leads you to the home of writer Flannery O'Connor. The farm, which came to be known as Andalusia, was in the O'Connor family for years, but as Flannery's...
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280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002, USA
The Emily Dickinson Museum includes both the Homestead property where Dickinson resided from her birth in 1830 and the Evergreens property where Dickinson's brother and sister-in-law lived. Dickinson wrote much of her poetry between 1858-1865 at...
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916 Old Taylor Rd, Oxford, MS 38655, USA
Originally built in 1844, Rowan Oak was the Faulkner family home for 40 years. Sitting on 29 acres, the house and grounds are open year-round for visits.
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70 Willow St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's from this 11-bedroom, pale yellow, Brooklyn Heights home (though technically he was living in the basement, which he rented). The home is private property, so visitors will just be able to snap a shot of the...
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4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

In an age when many independent bookstores have surrendered to the advance of chain stores and Amazon, City Lights is a true survivor. Since it was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, it has served as a gathering place for San...

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5 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
Many New York hotels have style, but not all have character—the Marlton is a fine example of a property where the two are powerfully present. Originally built in 1900 as a cheap place to stay (and attracting the likes of writers including...
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48603 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a bookshop–cultural center dedicated to the bohemian author who once called Big Sur home. It has become a hot spot for concerts by the likes of Gillian Welch and Arcade Fire and a Thursday night summer...
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Concord, MA, USA
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy - a carer, a writer, a musician, an artist. Many girls grew up with these 'Little Women' in their minds. So did I. The creator of these literary characters rests in peace at the Sleepy Hollow in Concord. It was humbling to have...
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3060 State Hwy A, Mansfield, MO 65704, USA
Laura, Almanzo and Rose moved to Missouri in 1894, and it was in their Rocky Ridge Farm house that the Little House books were written. The New York Times calls the restored home “a must detour for lovers of the Little House books.”
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532 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a quick and worthwhile stop for anyone interested in one of literature’s most enigmatic authors. It doesn’t take much time to tour the house and it provides a revealing glimpse into Poe’s life during...
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515 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
It's easy to miss Westminster Hall and its famous cemetery from the busy Baltimore streets that surround it. A sweeping, black iron fence signifies something worth seeing, though, and the clusters of families with cameras hanging off their wrists...
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8619 Cavendish Rd, Cavendish, PE C0A 1M0, Canada
Located in Prince Edward Island National Park, the house is the inspiration for author L.M. Montgomery novel. Nearby museums and other sights also provide visitors with more info on Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables.