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US Destinations for Book Lovers

If you’re a bibliophile with a passion for travelling, you’re in for a treat. There’s no season too hot, too cold, or too wet for a little literary-travel. Having said that, it does help that most of these destinations are indoors, and coffee isn’t a difficult thing to find!

The American Writers’ Museum, Chicago

The American Writers’ Museum is the first national one of its kind. Not only does it highlight the richly diverse literary inheritance of the city of Chicago, but it also celebrates the entire history, present, and future of the written word in this country.

Brattle Book Shop, Massachusetts

Brattle Book Shop has shelf space indoors and outside, a real treat in the fall thanks to how beautiful Boston is during this time of year. As well as being one of the biggest, and oldest, bookstores in the whole of the United States, having been founded all the way back in 1825, Brattle Book Shop has an unparalleled collection of antiquarian and rare books. This is a virtual guarantee that you will leave here with something you’ll not be able to find anywhere else.

Carson McCullers’ Home in MidTown, Columbus

Visit the home where renowned author Carson McCullers grew up, the beautiful MidTown is in Columbus. She was born and raised in this part of the USA, and it was the experiences she underwent here that shaped her and inspired her classic novels The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, and Reflections in a Golden Eye. Touring her childhood home will not only help you gain a little insight into the gifted writer’s life and work but also leave you with an idea of what Columbus was like in the first half of the 20th century.

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Florida

Hemingway lived in and wrote from this home for more than a decade, and rumour has it that every single cat in Key West is a descendant of the great writer’s original feline companions. There are as many cats here as there are pokies games in Australia!

Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa

Iowa City’s Prairie Lights Bookstore is a cosy, crowded space, stocked with local authors’ works and international bestsellers alike. It also features a jam-packed calendar of author events, and this city is the same one that hosts the renowned Writers’ Workshop. Plus, it’s located in the very heart of Iowa City’s downtown area, so once you’ve stocked up on stuff to read you’re guaranteed to find a great coffee spot to enjoy your new books at.

Strand Bookstore, New York

Now taking up 18 miles’ worth of literary space in New York City, Strand Bookstore has been a staple on book lovers’ bucket lists since its establishment in the 1890s. This independent bookstore in the East Village specialises in new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles alike and also offers author readings and other incredible literary events. Think of it as Disney World for bibliophiles!