It’s no secret that books can transport us to amazing places. We can be anyone, go anywhere, and experience anything we want by simply opening a book.
Once you’ve gotten lost in the pages of a good book, the next natural step is to start thinking about where the story might have taken place. Wouldn’t it be amazing to visit some of the most famous locations from your favorite books?
This list features the places I would love to visit and why. Including real-world locations that are mentioned in novels, as well as fictional places I wish, was real.
It features some locations from books you may have read and others you may not have, but all should evoke a sense of wonder and excitement.
Must-Visit Real Book Locations
There are so many fantastic locations for book enthusiasts to visit! Here are a few of my personal favorites.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Are you a fan of the hit series ‘Outlander‘? Then Edinburgh is the perfect place for you! Now a popular tourist destination. Visitors can tour the highlands, visit Craigh na Dun (the standing stones from the series), and much more.
Paris, France – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
As the most romantic city in the world, there’s no better place to visit than Paris! Anna and Etienne’s love affair started here, so why not find your own French romance?
Anna and the French Kiss is a classic young adult romance that’s popular with teens and adults alike.
Mount Everest – High Exposure by Tracy Crow
This adventure thriller takes place on the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest! For those who are interested in mountaineering or traveling to Nepal, this is a must-read.
Not only will it give you an adrenaline rush but it’ll inspire you to visit this beautiful country as well.
London, England – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Okay, so there aren’t really any magical doors to lead you from London’s Piccadilly Circus Tube station, but it sure is a great setting for an adventure!
If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman or the dark fantasy genre, Neverwhere is a great book that takes place in one of my favorite cities.
Iceland – Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason
Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! If you can get past the cold, this country has some amazing scenery.
This dark mystery novel may not be your typical feel-good read but it’ll definitely make you want to visit Iceland…although I wouldn’t recommend trying to solve a case of your own while you’re there!
New York City – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a classic that takes place in New York City during the roaring ’20s! If you haven’t been, this is a perfect excuse to visit the city that never sleeps.
Walking the streets of Manhattan is like stepping into a time machine and you can practically feel the glamor and excitement in the air.
Fictional Book Locations I Wish Were Real
Here are three of my favorite fantasy book locations that I’d love to visit, if only they were real.
Of all the fictional book settings that I’d love to visit, Hogwarts is at the top of my list. The castle’s many hallways are filled with life-like staircases, moving paintings, talking portraits, secret passageways, and hidden alcoves.
I’d love to visit Hogwarts as a student going to classes with other witches and wizards my age, taking care of magical creatures, and playing quidditch. I’d also love to visit the castle as an adult working for the Ministry of Magic or helping out with house-elves at Hogwarts’ onsite cafe, The Three Broomsticks.
I’ve always been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy books, and I’d love to visit Middle Earth too!
Tolkien’s stories are filled with Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and wizards. The books also take place during a time when humans are still new to the land of Middle Earth.
In The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, children find their way into the land of Narnia through a wardrobe. Once they’re in, each season lasts for years and time passes differently than it does in our world.
Narnia is incredibly beautiful with snowcapped forests that are home to talking animals.
If I had the chance to visit Narnia, I would want to experience it as one of its characters. I’d love to be adventurous like Edmund or brave like Peter.
If there is a location from a book that you’d love to visit someday, tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.