This summer, plan a getaway to a location that inspired some of the best classic and contemporary literature and film. We’ve rounded up 7 bookish destinations that are must-visit stops on your 2017 vacation. Whether traveling cross-country or abroad, these locales will conjure up all those whimsical feelings from your favorite reads.
1. The Temple of Apollo — Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Hidden in the enchanting Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire, England, The Temple of Apollo is the dreamy location where Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) proposes to Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) in the 2005 film based on Austen’s most popular novel.
2. Ingalls Homestead — Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series
Located on the wide-open prairie in De Smet, South Dakota, visit the Ingalls Homestead that inspired Wilder’s famous pioneer stories. Experience life in the Dakota Territory by driving a covered wagon, visiting a one-room schoolhouse, and making arts and crafts inspired by the novels. This trip back to childhood will be an instant classic.
3. Ashdown Forest — A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh
A.A. Milne often took his son, Christopher Robin, on walks in Ashdown Forest in Sussex. Illustrator E.H. Shepard based his artwork for the popular children’s tale on Ashdown. Additionally, the park has several mapped walks based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books.
4. Narni, Italy — C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia
It’s suggested that C.S. Lewis based his fictional kingdom on a real-life town called Narni, located about 50 miles from Rome. Walter Hooper, Lewis’ personal secretary, recently revealed a Latin atlas belonging to Lewis, in which the author underlined the very-real town of Narnia.
5. Oheka Castle — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2013)
Long Island’s Oheka Castle provided inspiration for the 2013 film-version of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. While most of the film was based on specialized sets, according to Architectural Digest, this Gold Coast property inspired Gatsby’s lavish mansion in the film. Additionally, the Old Westbury Gardens inspired Daisy and Tom’s estate.
6. King’s Cross Station — J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
If traveling through London, make it a point to use the transit at King’s Cross Station. Rowling’s iconic mention of Platform 9 ¾ is inspired by the railway station and is a nod to the place her parents met for the first time.
7. Voodoo Doughnut — E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey series
If contemporary women’s fiction is on your book list, then a trip to Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon will delight your tastebuds and your reader’s wanderlust. James featured the famous bake shop in the popular Fifty Shades books.