Fictional Places From Books We Wish We Could Visit

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

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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 some of our favorite book characters).

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

From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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While we’d probably only spend a few minutes with Jay “old sport” Gatsby himself, spending the evening at one of his legendary West Egg parties would be the bee’s knees.


From Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

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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. 

Related: 10 Books Like One Hundred Years of Solitude


From Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

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A beautiful and peaceful planet—”the third planet of the star Malak in the spiral nebula Messier 101,” to be exact—sounds exactly like our idea of heaven, and perhaps like a good way to catch our breath after visiting some of the more perilous fictional places on this list.

Related: Adult Books for Fans of A Wrinkle in Time

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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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 don’t forget your towel!


From Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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While we’ll never be able to visit the fictional estate owned by Darcy, we can take a tour of the set used for the 1995 BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudiceour favorite adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel

Jurassic Park

From Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park

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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

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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.


From J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

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Picking just one location from the epic journey taken in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was extremely difficult. But while we’d also love to visit The Shire, Isengard, or Edoras, we’d be more than happy to spend a few nights in the elven town of Rivendell.

Related: 12 Engrossing Fantasy Books Like The Lord of the Rings


From Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

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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! 


From J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

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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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