From Seuss-inspired cruises to quixotic landscapes, escape to worlds that look and feel like they belong in a Seuss book.
Dr. Seuss is famous for creating fantastical, colorful worlds populated by wild characters and quirky landscapes. So in honor of his birthday—the author, born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, would have celebrated 113 years of age today—here's a roundup of some of the best vacation options that take inspiration from his quixotic and, ultimately, fully escapist literature. He may have passed away in 1991, but his imaginative legacy surely lives on.
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Take the Seuss experience very literally at Universal's Seuss-influenced rides at Seuss Landing at the Orlando, Florida theme park, attractions that bring the author's stories and characters to life in motion, like the Caro-Seuss-el or the Cat In The Hat adventure.
Carnival's Seuss at Sea
Cruise in colorful style with Carnival's dedicated Dr. Seuss experience, which includes character parades, arts and crafts activities, and themed breakfasts (green eggs and ham, anyone?).
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
A more adult take on the world of Seuss awaits visitors to Springfield, MA's outdoor sculpture garden, filled with life-sized (and larger-than-life) bronze casts of many of Seuss's most famous characters. From the elephant Horton to the Cat in the Hat, the dynamic outdoor museum is free and open to the public—and offers many a photo opp for fans. An adjoining Seuss museum is also scheduled to open soon; Springfield was his childhood hometown.
Socotra Island, Yemen
For an adventure to one of the out-of-this-world-type landscapes that populate Seuss's tales, consider this little-known escape off the coast of Yemen, part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The island's isolation means that a third of its unusual flora is endemic only to Socotra. Think: alien-looking "dragon's blood" trees shaped like giant flying saucers, and others like bulbous flowering tentacles.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The largest salt flat in the world stretches for 4,086 square miles of endless, eye-bending desert. Once the bowl of a prehistoric lake, it's now often likened to Mars—and is a popular (although remote) tourist attraction for its otherworldly beauty. It will remind Seuss fans of his characters' treks across empty landscapes.
Barcelona's Parc Güell
Architect Antoni Gaudí's curvilinear, colorful style comes out in full force at the sun-soaked Parc Guell, a bustling Barcelona park and optimum photo opp. You can easily imagine Seuss's upbeat Whos making a home for themselves amongst the bright mosaics and organic-seeming arches of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Joshua Tree National Park
California's Joshua trees are a native desert species of odd-looking growths, often short and stubby arboreal shoots with prickly, cactus-like tops. They're scattered across an otherwise barren and dry landscape, giving the area a distinctively Seuss-like look against bright blue skies.
La Jolla, California
Dr. Seuss called La Jolla home for the later part of his life after he returned to the U.S. from World War II, and his famous Lorax tree can still be found on the beachside southern California town's picturesque cliffs. Although his house is not open to visitors, there is a library on the local UC San Diego campus with a collection of over 8,500 items relating to the author, and the nearby Hotel del Coronado was also an inspiration in his works.