1. Walden Pond: Fans of Henry David Thoreau should enjoy seeing the inspiration for his well-known book, Walden, at the real Walden Pond where Thoreau lived from 1845-1847. His book helped to raise awareness for environmental awareness, and because of this legacy, the Pond was designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement.
2. Holcomb, Kansas: Author Truman Capote brought this small Kansas town to the public's attention, in his true crime bestseller In Cold Blood. The novel chronicles the horrific 1959 murders of farmer Herbert Clutter, his wife, and two of their four children. True crime buffs might add Holcomb to their list of travels, to see with their own eyes where these killings took place over 40 years ago.
3. Stamps, Arkansas: Author and poet Maya Angelou's memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, takes place almost entirely in the small town of Stamps, Arkansas. Angelou aficionados should relish in seeing its sights firsthand, and taking in the environment which (in some ways) shaped the writer's life.
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4. Cannery Row (Monterey), CA: American author John Steinbeck immortalized this canning district in Monterey, CA, which today is mostly visited for its shopping and aquarium. You will also find occasional tributes to the author, and some of the spots cited in the novel Cannery Row.
5. Tarrytown, NY: As the setting for Washington Irving's classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this location will be sure to stir up some creepy feelings... just try to imagine the headless horseman riding past, as you wander through Tarrytown Woods! While there, you can also visit the home of Washington Irving himself.
6. Green Gables/Avonlea, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island: If you find yourself in the town of Cavendish in Prince Edward Island, Canada, a visit to Avonlea Village from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (series) is definitely in order. Visitors can tour the home, which is featured in the movie versions, and also the surrounding area which serves as a backdrop for this wonderful children's tale.