’s Top 10 Favorite Literary Locales


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BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – December 1, 2010) – There is nothing like escaping into another world with a good book., the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, takes that experience to the next level with its list of Top 10 Literary Locales. takes you on a journey to the settings from classic stories such as The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet to the magical world of Harry Potter.

Here are five of’s favorite novel hotspots:

  • J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series (1997 – 2007) — Harry Potter may live in a magical world, but that doesn’t mean muggles everywhere can’t enjoy it. Travel to Harry Potter film locations where the series draws inspiration. Mostly set in Oxford, England, hot spots like Christ Church College’s dining hall and Bodleian Library at the Divinity School of Oxford University will give readers a taste of Hogwarts. Craving more magic? Head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

  • Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926) — A poetically placed expat, Jake Barnes in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises drinks his way through Paris and Pamplona. If you’re traveling to Paris, grab a cocktail at the places he does in Book 1: The classic 1920’s bohemian character drops in at la Rotonde and sips the night away at Les Deux Magots, where he meets Lady Brett Ashley. Follow in their shoes next to Pamplona, where they watched the running of the bulls. Search and compare cheap flights to Paris and cheap flights to Pamplona.

  • Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597) — Brit lit geeks will love the place deemed “Juliet’s Balcony” in Verona, Italy. The balcony (and the house) belonged to a Veronese family whose epic rivalry with neighbors inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The balcony and its courtyard below attract tourists from all over the world, and the statue of Juliet is supposed to give luck when touched. Search and compare cheap flights to Verona.

  • Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love (2006) — It’s the trip known around the world — Elizabeth Gilbert’s solo travel excursion that took her through a carbohydrate-filled quest in Italy, a reflective period in India, and an adventurous journey in Indonesia. Now, you can do the same. Fill up on gelato and pizza in Rome, pay homage to the Taj Mahal in India and mellow out on one of Bali’s beaches of Nusa Lembongan.

  • Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (1908) — A surprise to her adoptive guardians, Anne of Green Gables is a spirited young girl that takes her adventures all through Prince Edward Island in Canada. Cavendish now celebrates her literary legend with tourism-friendly spots like the Balsam Hollow which inspired the Haunted Woods. Visit Cavendish to explore the quaint surroundings of Anne’s eventful story. Search and compare cheap flights to Prince Edward Island.

Other literary destinations to make the list include:

  • New York City in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby;
  • Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England, in Roger Lancelyn Green’s, Robin Hood;
  • Walden Pond in Massachusetts in Henry David Thoreau’s, Walden;
  • Kenya in Isak Dinesen’s, Out of Africa;
  • The Appalachian Trail in Bill Bryson’s, A Walk in the Woods.

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