Salon.com posted a great article about unusual travel destinations and the books that inspire families to visit. I love the idea and after you read the article, I’ve got a few more to share.
Little House on the Prairie series – Laura Ingalls Wilder House. Located in Mansfield, Missouri, readers of the Little House series (and/or TV show) get a look at artifacts from Laura’s life as well as her daughter’s, Rose Wilder Lane.
Anne of Green Gables series – Prince Edward Island, Canada. The tourism website for PEI (as its known) has an entire section devoted just to Anne and her fans. You can visit the farmhouse that inspired the story, watch the Anne of Green Gables musical, and walk the lanes and meadows that Anne did on the page.
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Gardens – Springfield, Massachusetts. Walk among the characters that Dr. Seuss created in this amazing sculpture garden in the city in which he was born.
Little Women author Louisa May Alcott’s home – Concord, Massachusetts. Visit Orchard House and see where Louisa May Alcott spent a pivotal part of her childhood. Bonus: it’s walking distance to Nathanial Hawthorne’s home, Henry David Thoreau’s, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s.
And for those of you able to swing a more expensive literary vacation, check out this tour of England that promises to show you all of Harry Potter’s hangouts, including Platform 9 3/4!