Are you an avid reader seeking to combine your love for literature with travel? If so, buckle up for an exciting literary adventure by flying with us. In this article, we bring you four standout destinations where you can immerse yourself in iconic bookstores, famous authors' homes, and enriching literary festivals.
Start at our hub, Minneapolis, which hosts one of the biggest literary scenes in the Midwest. Explore "Milkweed Books" in Minneapolis, known for its carefully curated shelves featuring independent and local authors. On the St. Paul side of the Twin Cities, Black Garnet Books is an easy trek via the METRO Green Line and a small, but welcoming, gem. Be sure to also pay a visit to "Open Book", the largest literary arts center in the U.S., featuring writing workshops, author readings, and literary events.
Boston, a city steeped in history and literature, is a haven for book lovers. From the grandeur of the Boston Public Library to the Brattle Book Shop, one of America's largest used bookstores, there's a lot to discover. While in town, pay a visit to the homes of legendary writers such as Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau in nearby Concord.
Hop on a Sun Country flight to San Francisco, the city that nurtured the Beat Generation. Visit the iconic City Lights Bookstore, known for its commitment to progressive politics and world literature. For Beat Generation fans, the Beat Museum is a must-visit. With collections of manuscripts, rare books, letters, and personal effects, it's a literary time capsule.
Finally, venture to Portland, home to Powell's City of Books. Occupying a full city block, Powell's is an enchanting maze of books (don’t worry, there’s a map!) with a vast selection that will keep you engrossed for hours. If you plan your trip in November, check out the Literary Arts' annual Portland Book Festival, showcasing local and national authors through readings, lectures, and workshops.
Get ready to go on a literary journey with us that is more than just a vacation. It's a chance to follow in the footsteps of beloved authors, explore incredible bookshops, and soak up the vibrant literary cultures of these amazing cities. So, grab a good book for the flight and let Sun Country take you on your next reading adventure.