5 Cities Every Book Lover Should Visit

1. Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios Orlando Florida (6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819) is the next best thing to visiting the Diagon Alley in England. Visit Diagon Alley for wands, novelty shops, ice cream, and even try and escape from the Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Next, hop on the Hogwarts Express to go to Hogsmeade at Island Adventures Theme Park. There enjoy a butterbeer from the Three Broomsticks, shop for wizarding supplies like Omnioculars, visit Filch’s Confiscate Goods Emporium, and even step into Honeyduke’s for some delicious sweets. Other sites include a day trip to Kennedy Space Center, Walt Disney World, and much, much more. Great for the whole family, but make sure to get Park-To-Park Admissions.


2. Hartford, Connecticut

Home of one of the greatest authors of all time, Hartford has had many residents become authors. Some include Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Mark Twain, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. While here, you can visit the Mark Twain House, full of unique architecture, a gorgeous conservatory, and some interesting historic background. You can also visit a science museum, Bushnell Park, the Hartford Public Library, and other great sites centered around the arts as well as a few well-known pubs.


3. London, England

Home to a lot of great fictional characters, this place is perfect for getting your book nerd on. You can visit 221B Baker Street to see the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Then, you can take a Harry Potter tour with britmovietour.com. If the price is a little steep, try visiting Kings Cross station on the official Warner Bros. in London to see the sets of Harry Potter. Other destinations include seeing the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway play, real life Downton Abbey Locations, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a traditional play, Kensington Gardens (Peter Pan), Charles Dickens Museum, or even visit some Mom and Pop bookshops.


4. New York City, New York

New York is quite the center for the average book lovers. There’s the New York Public Library ( with over 87 branches, Fifth Ave at 42nd St is Main Branch), one of the largest in the country, lots of mom and pop book shops, delicious restaurants Broadway plays, and you can even take a NYC TV and Movie Bus Tour (some places are even Marvel-based movies, Near Broadway and 51st Street). Other sites may include the site of the 9/11 memorial, and Statue of Liberty (have many books written about them). Need a place to say? They have a Library Hotel that has book-themed rooms, continental breakfast and refreshments, and even its own library (299 Madison Avenue at East 41st Street). This place has lots of stuff to do for everyone.


5. Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is not only the hub for politics, but also for literature. It’s also home to the Library of Congress and International Spy Museum, with gadgets from Tom Clancy, Ian Fleming, and other authors and movies. You can also visit the Busboys and Poets for great food and an on-site library, local bookshops and comic stores, Folger Shakespeare Library, various history museums, and more. Of course, don’t forget to see the Pentagon and White House, which are mentioned in many books (request must be submitted 3 months in advance. Must have letter from a congressman to get a tour of the White House).

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