Five Cities with Book Tours
Everyone loves a book where the setting is as important as the characters. The Help wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t in Jackson, Mississippi. The Firm just had to be in Memphis to be believable, and of course Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Vatican City and Rome.
Some cities just know how to take advantage of their book fame. Here’s a brief listing of towns worth checking out next time you’re up for a book tour.
Savannah, Georgia – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Savannah picked up its game after the 1994 best seller, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was released. A strong drive for historic preservation hit the city and they stepped up to the plate with several book-related tours. Book yourself on one of those tours here.
Forks, Washington – Twilight Saga
Forks doesn’t promise you’ll see vampires in their beautiful forests, but they do have a map to show visitors highlights from the movie including Bella’s truck, the Cullen house and more. Learn more about the Twilight tours here.
Bangor, Maine – Stepen King’s Tommyknockers and more
Stephen King knows how to scare readers. Bangor knows how to give them a tour that will scare them even more. Bangor offers some of the creepiest tours around – places featured in King’s books. See the cemetery that inspired Pet Sematary, sites that helped create the sheer lunacy of It, and other sites Stephen King frequents. Learn more here.
Jackson, Mississippi – The Help
Thankfully, Jackson, Mississippi, is a different place than it was during the civil rights era featured in The Help. The Bellhaven neighborhood featured in the book embraces the story about their past with a tour of places in the book like the Junior League headquarters, the Jatran bus stop, and the junction of Myrtle and Devine, the streets where Miss Hilly and Elizabeth Leefolt lived. Find details about the tour here.
Rome, Italy – Angels & Demons
Bonus with the Angels and Demons tour: Visitors get to see a lot of the real Rome along the places not often traveled until the book came out. Visit the St. Maria del Popolo Church, St. Peter’s Square, .St. Maria della Vittoria Church, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo and “Il Passetto” (from the outside) on one of these amazing, historical and mysterious tours.