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Thank you so much. All of us attending the trip to Atlanta have been singing your praises since our return!! Everything was so organized and personable. We had a great visit and your Son Tours staff were the greatest hosts a group could ever have!! Thank you so much!

Rachel S.,
Ray D. Molo School

I want to thank you for leading such an excellent tour! I felt that this has been the best tour experience our students have enjoyed in years. How refreshing to deal with professionals who plan well and see service as their primary goal. You truly did all you promised to do and renewed my faith in touring.

Bethlehem Lutheran School

Thank you for making my job as group leader so easy! The care which you took in planning our activities and in arranging our lodging and meals was clearly evident. The parents were impressed with the quality of your work. I look forward to traveling with you again.

Pam N.,
Andrew Jackson Middle School

We thank our Son Tours escort who took the time to stand in line for tickets so we did not have to. Thanks for always being one step ahead of us so the tour went smoothly. And thanks for making sure everything was perfect. The care and professionalism you and your staff have shown us, indicates what a top-notched company you have.

Barbara B.,
Marion County School

Literature is so much more than words on a page. Teach your students about the lives and inspiration behind countless works of amazing American literature through tour sites in key cities across the country. Son Tours offers a variety of customizable options for students to explore American literature through tours of the following cities:

American Literature Tours in Atlanta

The area in and around metro Atlanta is bursting with literary history. Within the city, students can visit Margaret Mitchell’s home, a stop on the Southern Literary Trail, to understand the mindsets behind the Confederate side of the Civil War and to learn about the twentieth-century perspectives behind Gone with the Wind. Students can also explore the extensive Robert W. Woodruff Library and the Central Library, both of which house multiple floors of books and hold various exhibitions and events throughout the year. Literature learners can also participate in a number of events within the city, including those held by Write Club and the Georgia Center for the Book.

Just outside of Atlanta, students on a U.S. literature tour can explore the historical homes of authors like Alice Walker and Flannery O’Connor. If visiting over Labor Day Weekend, student tour groups can also enjoy the Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the country.

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U.S. Literary Tours in Boston

Boston is a well-known hub of American literature tour sites. Within the same city known for its Revolutionary War history, students can also explore the historical homes of authors such as Lois Lowry, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and many others in the renowned Boston Literary Cultural District. In this same area, students on U.S. literature tours can see the locations where a number of notable works were written or set, such as the famous bridge from The Trumpet of the Swan and the burial ground where a few of the fictional characters from The Scarlet Letter were buried. Plus, literary learners can visit locations that are historically significant for literature as a whole, such as the Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in the U.S. Furthermore, there are various literary events that take place throughout the district year round that students can enjoy.

Outside of the city, student travel groups can visit the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, or the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield. The Emily Dickinson Museum and the Jones Library are both in Amherst, making it an excellent excursion for those on United States literary tours. Students can also take a closer trip to Walden Pond in Concord, where Henry David Thoreau penned some of his most famous transcendentalist works, found in Walden. This area is especially significant for literature, as the area was owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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U.S. Literature Tours in Chicago

The Windy City is home to an abundance of U.S. literature tour sites for literature students to explore. Students can visit the Lorraine Hansberry House, former home of the author of A Raisin in the Sun, and the Ernest Hemingway Museum and Birthplace. The Newberry Library is another excellent location with exhibits, tours, readings, and much more for students to enjoy. Furthermore, Chicago is home to the Poetry Foundation, which holds over 30,000 volumes of poetry, exhibitions on a regular basis, and performances of the foundation’s public readings.

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American Literature Tour Sites in New Orleans

Louisiana has been both home to and inspiration for many authors throughout the course of America’s history. Mark Twain found inspiration and enjoyment on New Orleans’ Canal Street, and Frances Parkinson Keyes found a setting for one of her most famous novels, Dinner at Antoine’s, at Antoine’s Restaurant between Royal and Bourbon Streets. No American literary tour of New Orleans would be complete without a trip to the Hotel Monteleone, where a number of authors stayed and wrote, including Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, John Grisham, and more. Students learning about the works of Tennessee Williams may find a new connection to the playwright at his various homes in New Orleans. Another noteworthy home in this city is that of William Faulkner (who also wrote in the Hotel Monteleone). His former residence, in fact, is now also a bookstore that carries a wide array of first editions and rarities, a treat to see in itself.

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U.S. Literature Tours in New York

Thinking about taking your literature students on a U.S. literary tour through New York City? The Big Apple is bustling in the present, but it’s absolutely teeming with the literature of the past. Students can visit Walt Whitman’s birthplace, which is now a state historic site, and they can explore the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. The Morgan Library and Museum and the New York Public Library are also excellent stops for those on an American literature tour, as both libraries hold various historical tomes and manuscripts.

For those who want students to see where famous authors set their scenes, New York City is a fantastic place to let the literature come to life. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye features some notable historical landmarks that students can visit today, including the Rockefeller Skating Rink and the Central Park Zoo Carousel. Students can also visit the Plaza Hotel, where Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby had their showdown in The Great Gatsby. This sprawling city has no shortage of locales that set the scene for famous works of literature.

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American Literary Tours in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to more than just cheesesteaks and chocolate. It houses some of the most interesting literary locations in the nation, making it more than worthy of a U.S. literature tour. Here, students can explore one of Edgar Allan Poe’s former residences at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. The Library Company of Philadelphia and the Parkway Central Library of Philadelphia also live in this sprawling city. At the University of Pennsylvania, students on an American literature tour can also find rare tomes at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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U.S. Tours for Literature Classes in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is more than just a place to learn about the American government. Students on a U.S. literature tour of D.C. can learn about Frederick Douglass at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and many other authors, not to mention the countless volumes housed at the Library of Congress. A short drive away, students can visit the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum as well as the famous writer’s final resting place. Washington, D.C. is also home to various literary festivals and events that are both educational and entertaining for students on an American literature tour.

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