Today we have a guest post from author C.E. Smith all about the gorgeous places in America that are a must-visit for any book lovers.

Love to read? Love to travel? Love fun road trips? Then stay tuned, because America’s got a lot to offer for the bookworm traveler!

8. Tarrytown, New York


Step into a horror story if you dare! Tarrytown is a region of New York where the most famous town of Sleepy Hallow was set in. Are you brave enough to go looking for the headless horseman?



7. Jonesboro, Georgia

Bless your neighbor’s heart and snack on a peach as you venture to the Southern state of Georgia. Jonesboro is believed to be where the fictional plantation of Tara was located in Gone With the Wind. 

6. Hannibal, Missouri and the Mississippi River


Let Google guide you on a special journey to follow Huck and Jim’s journey down the Mississippi River. Google maps explains the significance of each stop in relation to the famous tale of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

And Mark Twain fans be sure to stop at his birthplace in Hannibal, MO for some extra Twain celebrations.


5. Forks, Washington


Love or hate Twilight, there’s no denying the influence it had on the modern young adult classics. And in multiple interviews Mrs. Meyer said the name of the town Forks played a big role of her famous story’s setting. So if you’re traveling in Washington, after you hit Seattle for the first ever Starbucks…check out Forks if you’re traveling with or are a Twilight fan.

Die hard Twilight fans be sure to book your trip September 13th, as the whole town celebrates Bella’s birthday!



4. San Antonio, Texas


Davy Crockett fans best not forget to visit the Alamo! One of the most popular tourist attraction in Texas is home to one of America’s oldest battle grounds and inspired popular songs like Remember the Alamo and The Ballard of Davy Crockett.


3. Chicago, Illinois


Holy Midwest, Batman! The Windy City not only has the best hotdogs in the world but inspired dozens of popular stories as well…including the dark defenders home city of Gotham.

Not to mention Veronica Roth’s smash hit Divergent series is set in Chicago as well as numerous films and TV shows and even a Broadway hit named after the city.


2. New Orleans, Louisiana


Jazz, great Gumbo and lively history — what’s not to love? It’s no wonder this city inspired so many stories.

Although stories can most likely be found around every corner of New Orleans, one of the most famous can probably be hailed as Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. A Streetcar Named Desire is also a notable story set in the jazz city.

Another fun story that might be more family-friendly set in New Orleans, although a movie, is Disney’s Princess and the Frog.


1. New York City, New York



While other cities like L.A. and Vegas also has an impressive list of popular stories set in their metropolis streets, New York is one of the countries most iconic city of them all.

It’s easy to think about TV shows and movies set in New York City from How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Sleepless in Seattle to King Kong, NYC is a popular image on the American screen. But it is also a popular city between the pages of American literature. From Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Catcher in the Rye and of course one of the most popular American novels of all time: The Great Gatsby.



What about you? What cities do you think about in the USA when you think of American Literature? Share in the comments below!

About the Author:


C.E. Smith is author of the Duke’s Trumpet, which is soon to be re-released in October 2014! Visit Claire on her blog, Life, Muse and Coffee!