WHO DOES NOT LIKE walking the aisles of bookstores? I could spend hours in them, just browsing and enjoying the quiet atmosphere, and if the bookstore has a coffee shop, I’m likely to spend half the day getting buzzed on espressos and reading my new purchases or writing in my journal. Many a time while in a foreign city, I’d escape the street noise or the biting cold to seek refuge in a local bookstore. Once in Prague, I ducked into a bookshop that catered to expats and found myself in the middle of a heated trivia night competition at the attached bar/café. I was traveling alone but instantly felt at home in the joyous atmosphere.
If you’re like me and you think bookstores are local attractions always worth visiting, check out the 28 coolest independent bookstores in the US and start planning a literary road trip.