Top Literary Travel Destinations

  • Hotel Angleterre & Residence, Lausanne, Switzerland

    A gorgeous property with stunning views of the nearby Alps, Lord Byron stayed here and famously praised the luxurious accommodations, which are still very much in evidence today.

    Photo courtesy of Hotel Angleterre & Residence

  • Green Gables House, Charlottetown, Canada

    Lucy May Montgomery, creator of beloved children's books, most notably Anne of Green Gables, was inspired by this house, the real-life version of the house in her books.

    Photo courtesy of David Mertl/Flickr

  • Hotel Monteleone, French Quarter, New Orleans

    For whatever reason, legendary authors over the years have visited, been inspired by, and written about this hotel, including Hemingway, Faulkner, and (more recently) John Grisham and Anne Rice. 

    Photo courtesy of Weekly Dig/Flickr

  • Six-toed cat at the Hemingway House

    Hemingway House in Key West

    A designated US National Historic Landmark, this site is a no-brainer for literary buffs. Hemingway lived here from 1931-1939, and today it's populated by six and even seven-toed cats that tour guides assure visitors are descendants of the author's own pets.

    Photo courtesy of Jeff Wright/Flickr

  • Main Street Haworth

    Haworth in the Yorkshire Moors, England

    This rustic little moor village in England is best known for its association with the Brontë sisters, a nineteenth century literary family that produced timeless works such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

    Photo courtesy of Sonia Marotta/Flickr

  • Orchard House

    Louisa May Alcott home: Concord, Massachusetts

    The Alcott House is perhaps most unique among all authors homes in that no structural or aesthetic changes have been made to the property since Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women) lived there in the late 19th century.

    Photo courtesy of redjar/Flickr

  • William Shakespeare birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, England

    This house in Stratford, which was established in 1200, is a recreation of what Shakespeare's home may have looked like in his lifetime, filled with Tudor artifacts and priceless first editions of the great master's plays.

    Photo courtesy of RachelH_/Flickr

  • Mark Twain home: Hannibal, Missouri

    A humble little house that belies the greatness of Mark Twain, this site doubles as a Mark Twain Museum, and its positively brimming with period pieces and edifying displays.

    Photo courtesy of CMFrango/Flickr