Fiction or Reality? 13 Destinations Perfect for Avid Readers

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Big Ben on a rainy day
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London

Many works of literature take place in London including the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Take the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour and then solve the mystery of missing pints at the Sherlock Holmes Pub.

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Amherst, Massachusetts

Some of America's most recognizable literature names lived in Amherst such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. Visit the former home of Emily Dickinson, now the Emily Dickinson Museum, to witness the scenic landscapes that inspired much of her work.

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Stockholm

The literary history of Stockholm runs deep from "Pippi Longstocking" to the more modern "Millennium" series. Every Saturday, you can take the Millennium Tour, offered in English and Swedish.

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Hemingway statue near a Cuban fort
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Cojimar, Cuba

Ernest Hemingway traveled throughout his life but his favorite place may have been Cuba. He took inspiration from this small fishing village when he wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" while living at Finca Vigia.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is well-known as the city where J.K. Rowling wrote the bulk of "Harry Potter." Grab a coffee at the Elephant's House where she spent most of her time and stop by the Writer's Museum to learn about Scotland's most popular authors.

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balcony of Romeo and Juliet
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Verona, Italy

The iconic love story of "Romeo and Juliet" is set in Verona, Italy, and you can visit many of the places believed to inspire Shakespeare. A few of the places include Juliet's grave, Juliet's balcony and the family home of Romeo.

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Bleak House: Broadstairs, England

The Bleak House in Broadstairs, England, is where Charles Dickens took inspiration in writing "David Copperfield" and other works. The house today is a wedding venue on England's National Heritage List.

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Mark Twain Cave: Hannibal, Missouri

Originally McDowell's Cave, this cave is referenced to by Mark Twain in a few of his works. The cave opened in 1886 and you can still tour it today and visit the nearby wineries.

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Ingalls Home museum
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De Smet, South Dakota

Laura Ingalls Wilder lived here and the pioneer settlement served as the inspiration for the "Little House" series. In this small town of about 1,000 people you can visit many famous locations from the novels.

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Pooh Bear toy at pooh sticks competition
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Ashdown Forest, England

The Ashdown Forest near Sussex, England, influenced the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh." Attend the annual Poohsticks competition in nearby Whitney, England, to embrace your inner child.

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courtyard of a British manor
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Great Maytham Hall: Kent, England

Frances Hodgson Burnett lived in this manor during her later years and the garden was an inspiration for "The Secret Garden." You can walk the same spacious courtyards as Burnett and if you're lucky, you'll find a robin to befriend.

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

If you love the horror genre, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" should ring a bell. The small New England town is considered one of the most haunted places in America so be sure not to miss the cemetery tour.

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Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, Colorado

After staying one night, Stephen King used this hotel as the inspiration for "The Shining." You can reserve a room here and take a history tour to learn more about its haunted history.

By Tyler Carnahan on 12/06/2018

Book lovers often wish they could step into the pages of their favorite book to become a part of that fictional world. Many great writers take influence and inspiration from very real places in creating their world of fiction. The locations can range from places they lived, visited or simply read about.

Although it's impossible for you to visit your favorite fictional world, you can explore these real-world locations that, at one time or another, served as inspiration in an author's writing.

Tyler Carnahan
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Tyler Carnahan is originally from Orlando, Florida, and has lived in the Augusta,...