Traveling Writer: 3 Places Every Writer Should Visit

For the writer, traveling is not just a balm—it’s a career necessity. And I’m not just talking novelists here; even freelance writers need the new and stimulating experiences brought about by visiting exciting places. Why not add some travel to your bucket list, writer? Here are three US destinations every writer should visit.


New York City for the Traveling Writer

Traveling Writers Should Visit NYC
Traveling writers should visit NYC. Steve Kelley/Moment Collection/Getty

You can’t go wrong with the big apple, simply due to the sheer volume of writers’ haunts you can check out. Poets can take in the favorite nights spots of the beat generation, or pay homage to Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Drinking poets may want to stop by Dylan Thomas' favorite hangout, The White Horse Tavern. 

Not into poetry? Fancy yourself a novelist? Perhaps a trip to Brooklyn is more up your alley. You can visit the former homes of Truman Capote, H.P. Lovecraft or Henry Miller, there, and then skip boroughs over to the Bronx to visit Poe’s cottage. 

For the journalists and editors out there, we all know that Manhattan is the center of the newspaper and publishing spheres. A look at the New York Times’ building puts you in the center of other Manhattan tourist attractions, and then take a short subway ride to lower Manhattan to visit the gravesite of John Peter Zenger, whose libel suit helped to establish freedom of the press.

Last, but certainly not least, every writer should make a pilgrimage to the New York Public Library. The branch at the corner of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue is flanked by the famous sculptured lions, Patience and Fortitude, and possesses archival materials of famous writers such as Thomas Jefferson, Henry Melville and Vladimir Nabokov.    

Screenwriters Must Travel to LA

Writers Should Travel to LA
Writers should travel to LA. Jennie Shai/EyeEm Collection/Getty Images

The City of Angels may be listed second on our list, but it’s definitely first place for screenwriters, who know Movie City, USA as their Mecca. In addition, LA is a prime setting for many a famous work, especially when it comes to the gritty noir of Raymond Chandler or Ross McDonald. Well-known authors throughout the years have heeded the siren call of the west coast, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, and of course, no poet could resist a visit to the gravesite of Charles Bukowski, whose tomb marker reads “Don’t Try”!

Travel to New England, Writer

Writers should travel to New England
Writers should travel to New England for inspiration. Joe Sohm Visions of America/Photodisc Collection/Getty Images

New England is the home of a rich treasure trove when it comes to early American literature, but who could resist the most tempting setting of all, Walden Pond? Those who want to attempt to experience the transcendental as made famous by Thoreau can visit the attraction in Concord, Massachusetts. And, while you’re in the area, travel to Amherst to see the Emily Dickinson museum. Round out your visit with a road trip to the Mark Twain Museum in Connecticut.

Have Writer, Will Travel

Traveling and writing go together. Grab some inspiration and work on your bucket list at the same time by finding the attractions and historic sites that speak to you, writer!