One of the best parts of reading a novel is getting lost in a whole other world. Some of our favorite books feature incredible world-building or inventive locales, and we’ve spent more time than we’d like to admit imagining ourselves in these places (or pretending that we’re really friends with ).
Below is a list of all the fictional places from books that we wish we could visit. Keep in mind that this means the less pleasant places—Dante’s Inferno; Dracula’s castle; pretty much anywhere in the Game of Thrones universe—did not make the cut.
The Gatsby Mansion
Touches of magical realism make the forest town of Macondo appealing—but what truly makes us want to visit are the inhabitants of the sequestered town, especially the Buendía family.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Also known as Milliways, this five-star restaurant offers talking food, a view of the Gnab Gib (the Big Bang in reverse), and incredible people watching. The best part is you can make reservations after you visit, and, thanks to compound interest, depositing one penny in a savings account during your own era will cover the exorbitant cost of your meal at the end of the universe. Just !
Will we regret going to a theme park known to have prehistoric creatures running amok? Almost definitely. Are we willing to risk it all in order to see real live dinosaurs? Also almost definitely.
Wonka's Chocolate Factory
Problematic Oompa Loompa worker’s rights issues aside, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory seems like a dream come true. Edible wallpaper, a chocolate river, Wonkavision—we want to see and taste it all.
We’re also okay with missing out on The Shire if we can visit Lilliput, the fictional island where the residents are only 6 inches tall. What can we say—we love tiny things!
Though we’re long past the cut-off of 11 years old, we’re still hoping a mistake was made and that one day we’ll get that letter from Hogwarts (who knows—maybe Errol was in charge of delivering our letters). Stepping onto Platform 9 ¾, sitting in the Great Hall, taking Transfiguration lessons from Professor McGonagall...we’ll never give up hope!
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