Books become a part of us from the moment we open their pages. We all have favorite authors, and we turn to them again and again for entertainment, escaping to them as often as we can from the daily grind. The lives of some of our favorite authors are mysterious. Some wrote about their lives. Still, we often hope to learn more. These tours are designed around literary legends and can be customized in any way you want. Take a look at the itineraries we’ve built around literature.
Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Missouri
The writings of Samuel L. Clemens, known in literature as Mark Twain, come alive when you visit the banks of the Mississippi River and the Hannibal of Mark Twain’s childhood. This five-day tour lets you experience his boyhood home, museums in his honor, the exciting Mark Twain cave, stories from his fiction, live performances, and much, much more.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Literature Tour
Her books are beloved by generations of readers and those who appreciate authentic stories from American culture. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing is simple and truthful, a series of memoirs from the fascinating life of a family establishing their place in the American frontier and in history. This tour lets you explore the locations and details from her stories as well as the life of the beloved author herself.
Literary Tour to Concord, Massachusetts
Many of America’s most influential literary figures of the 19th century lived near each other in Concord, Massachusetts. Many of them were friends in life, meeting together to discuss the popular philosophy of transcendentalism. Their insights, the lectures they provided, and the artistic works that resulted from them, are all symbolic of the revolution that began here in the arts and sciences, politics, and social reform. The area is perfect for literary tours because of the many famous authors who lived nearby. Your tour of Concord, Walden Pond, Amherst, and Salem, Massachusetts, will give you a greater understanding of this fascinating era and the literature it produced.
The Bridges of Madison County
Spend some time in the beautiful region of Iowa that is featured in the book, The Bridges of Madison County. Written by Robert James Waller, the book spent 150 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. This tour will take you to the historic sites that inspired it.