How many times have you found yourself with a book curled up on the couch, imagining you're somewhere else? Authors' words have a way of transporting us through space and time, creating vivid images of incredible places far beyond our living spaces.
"It's about getting beyond the ordinary way of seeing things when you travel to places an author has written about," says Laurielle Penny, director of literary touring company Classical Pursuits. "Somehow, it feels like you're entering into a secret—you get to feel the place, rather than just see it; it's one step beyond just being a tourist."
From the magical streets of Paris to the beaches in Cuba, these are the places worthy of songs, books, poems, and sonnets, according to some of history's most famous American writers.