Have you ever read a book and thought, “I’d love to go there!” There are so many settings, real and fictional, that leave us wanderlust. Reading is a great way to travel vicariously through characters, but sometimes, we need to visit the settings to make it more real. Which is why I compiled a list of book settings to visit below.
Scotland (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)
Scotland may not be as wild as it once was in the 18th century, but it’s certainly still beautiful. Check out my full review of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!
Grand Canyon (The Anomaly by Michael Rutger)
A visit to the Grand Canyon does not have to be as horrific as it was for the characters in Rutger’s book, but it’s a sight everyone should see at least once in their lives. Check out my full review of The Anomaly by Michael Rutger!
Delft, Holland (The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier)
Who doesn’t want to travel to Holland with all those colorful, seaside buildings? Check out my full review of The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier!
Greece (Circe by Madeline Miller)
This is definitely on my bucket list! As I’m sure it is for lots of other people, too. Santorini looks like heaven on Earth! Check out my full review of Circe by Madeline Miller!
Taiwan (The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan)
A trip to Taiwan doesn’t have to be as emotionally charged as it was for the main character in The Astonishing Color, but it would be an amazing place to see. Check out my full review of The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan!
Alaska (To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey)
Alaska may be fully mapped out by now, but that doesn’t mean it’s tame. There are still areas only accessible by plane. I can’t imagine how beautiful it would be to visit during the summer months. Check out my full review of To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey!
North Carolina coastline (Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens)
I’ve never wanted to visit a marsh/swamp area, but Owens sure made it sound beautiful. Even if the swamp area might not be my favorite, at least the ocean’s right there. Check out my full review of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens!
Dyatlov Pass (Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar)
If you’re into haunted tourism, this might be a great place to visit! It seems desolate, and it might just take a while to get there. But imagine just how surreal it would be to stand on the same mountain where those hikers once were. Check out my full review of Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar!
Washington coastline (Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson)
The northeast coastline has always been one of my favorite places. It’s dreary, but that’s part of what makes it so beautiful. I’m sure the hiking would be amazing. Check out my full review of Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson!
Lincoln Cathedral, England (The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett)
The town of Kingsbridge is actually fictional, but I looked it up, and Lincoln Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in England. It was even built around the same time as the cathedral in the book! So, even though the cathedral of the book is fictional, Lincoln Cathedral appears very similar. Check out my full review of The Pillars of the Earth by Kenn Follett!
This is a list of just ten book settings to visit, but there are so many books and so many settings left to explore! Which book setting would you visit?