GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted May 3rd,


    Weekends with Twain, Poe &
    More: Parks for Book Lovers


    Happy Camper Blog


                  America is teeming with
    spots that pay homage to our most famous and beloved authors making a lit
    lover’s road trip fairly simple to plan. When you’re mapping out your
    scholarly journey, take a note from Thoreau and remember that the great
    outdoors stimulates literary inspiration. So skip the hotel and curl up with
    a good book at a nearby campground along your route.

    Need some inspiration? Try some of these literary
    landmark/campground pairings to round out your perfect reader’s

    Edgar Allan Poe Museum
    Richmond, Virginia

    Attracted to the dark genius of Edgar Allan Poe? Then the Poe Museum – just
    blocks from the writer’s first home in Richmond – is a must visit. You’ll
    explore the world’s finest collection of Poe’s manuscripts, letters, first
    editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. Pair your Poe pilgrimage with
    a stay at Ed
    Allen’s Campground & Cottages
    , located 30 miles away on the
    shores of Chickahominy Lake, which features a wide range of accommodations
    and outdoors activities, from fishing to hiking and

    Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

    Hannibal, Missouri

    It’s clear from the minute you set foot in Hannibal that this town is
    incredibly proud of its favorite son, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark
    Twain). In fact, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is one of just
    countless ways to get to know the author of the Adventures of Huckleberry
    Finn and other classics. Campers can keep the Twain vibe going with a stay at
    the Mark
    Twain Landing Resort & Water Park
    . Located 20 miles from
    Hannibal, this family-friendly park offers up accommodations ranging from RV
    spots to cabins and provides plenty of diversions for everyone including a
    full water park, water sports, themed nights and weekends, mini golf and

    F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tours and Sinclair
    Lewis Boyhood Home


    From your home base at the Ham Lake Campground, you can head to St. Paul
    for a 75 minute walking tour of the neighborhood where F. Scott Fitzgerald
    spent most of his youth. Then, move on to Sauk Centre to visit the boyhood
    home of Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in
    Literature. Providing an “up north” feel, yet only 30 miles from the Twin
    Cities, Ham Lake
    is peaceful retreat with the comforts and conveniences
    book lovers crave.


    Steinbeck Home
    and Restaurant and the Jack London State Historic Park


    Start your California road trip with a tour of the stately Queen Anne-style
    Victorian where John Steinbeck spent his childhood. You can also enjoy an
    unforgettable meal in the gourmet restaurant that now occupies a portion of
    the Steinbeck home. Then, relax for a day or two at Morgan
    Hill RV Resort & Campground
    , surrounded by the
    inspirational rolling hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Finally, wrap up
    your trek by heading two hours north to the 1,400 acre Jack London State
    Historic Park which features trails, stunning vistas and historic buildings
    from the era when the famous writer and adventurer lived in the area.

    The Ernest Hemmingway Home and

    Key West, Florida
    “Papa” called the Spanish colonial at 917 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key
    West home for 10 years. Today, in this National Historic Landmark, you’ll
    still find many personal touches added by Hemmingway and his wife. After your
    tour, take a 30 minute cruise to Sugar Loaf
    Key/Key West KOA
    perfectly located between the waters of the Gulf
    of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to round out your Keys excursion. Featuring
    the largest tent camping area in the Florida Keys in addition to RV spots and
    cabins, this campground will keep the entire family occupied from sun up to
    sun down.