For the traveler who can never seem to put down a good book, you can often cater your travels to your passion for reading. From historic libraries to actual settings authors used in your favorite stories, there are a number of spots across the United States book nerds can appreciate. Perhaps no greater spot than a famous author’s home can make a book nerd swoon. Here are a few homes you can tour across the U.S. where those famous authors often penned their greatest works.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
A fixture in the heart of Old Town Key West, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum acted as a venue for the great author to compose several novels and stories for over a decade. A tour of the home showcases Hemingway’s life in Key West including looks at his collection of Spanish furniture and his ahead-of-its-time in-ground swimming pool. General admission costs $13.
Margaret Mitchell House
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the turn of the century Tudor Revival home opens up for tours, mostly for fans of Margaret Mitchell. The Margaret Mitchell House hails from 1899 and was once the home of the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gone with the Wind. Officially on the National Register of Historic Places, tours of the home include a look at the apartment where Mitchell lived and also exhibitions about her life. Tours cost about $13 for general admission.
Mark Twain House and Museum
Book nerds frequenting Connecticut will want to seek out Mark Twain’s forever home in Hartford. The Picturesque Gothic architecture home boasts 25 rooms. Twain lived here with his family from 1874 to 1891. It was throughout these walls in which he penned some of his most important works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Prince and the Pauper. Along with a tour of the home, visitors can also stop in the museum for its rotating exhibits on Twain’s work and influence. Tickets costs $18 for adults.
Emily Dickinson Museum
Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Emily Dickinson Museum boasts both the Homestead, the home where the poet was born and lived most of her life along with the Evergreens, her brother’s home. The two structures lord over three acres of the original property. The museum aims to educate on the life, family and creative work of Emily Dickinson. Tours guide visitors through the restored properties, all while showing off some of Emily Dickinson’s prized pieces such as her writing desk. General admission runs at $12.