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23 Storybook Destinations You Can Actually Visit

Ready to max out on magic and go full-on fairytale? From a Wonderland backyard and superior lantern pageant to castles match for a royal, we’ve searched each nook of the world for locations that channel your favourite tales in large methods. Scroll down for extra on these wonderful spots—plus can’t-miss guide suggestions in your little readers!

Held within the Nevada dessert, this lantern pageant is all types of magical and positively brings to thoughts the notorious lantern scene from Tangled. Before you launch your lantern, you possibly can even inscribe it with a message, prayer, or decision. (Psst! We suppose “at last I see the light” would work splendidly.)

Read/Watch Before You Go: Rapunzel/Tangled
Online: risefestival.com

photograph: Doncram by way of Wikimedia Commons

You can’t comply with a yellow brick street to get there, however the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve remains to be nicely price a go to. It’s a good way to introduce little ones to an superior nationwide park, and if you happen to go to throughout poppy season you’ll catch colourful blooms so far as the attention can see.

Read Before You Go: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Online: parks.ca.gov

A go to to Boston is incomplete with out a cease to say hello to Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings. Head to the nook of Beacon Street and Charles Street to seek out this pretty group that is usually adorned for the season.

Read earlier than you go: Make Way for Ducklings
Online: schon.com

photograph: Rominator by way of Wikimedia Commons

Dinosaurs could not star in your common fairytale, however they’ve positively cast a spell over our dino-loving youngsters. That’s why the towering rock formations at this public Colorado park are so excellent for followers of the prehistoric period. Add in some climbing, mountaineering, biking, and horseback using and you have your self a contented ending.

Read Before You Go: The Land Before Time
Online: gardenofgods.com

Tour all of the spots that James go to once you come to NYC from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty, which Gloworm illuminates in Roald Dahl’s traditional guide.

Read earlier than you go: James and the Giant Peach
Online: roalddahl.com

If your childhood did not contain pouring over Ramona Quimby books, you must change that. Not solely did writer Beverly Cleary work briefly as a librarian in Portland however you possibly can take a walking tour of a number of the vital websites in Portland once you go to.

Read earlier than you go: The Ramona Collection
Online: oregonencyclopedia.org

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photograph: Anton Nikiforov by way of Wikimedia Commons

It doesn’t get rather more picturesque than this tiny Austrian village, which was solely reachable by boat or slim trails till the late nineteenth century. In truth, it’s so stunning {that a} full-scale reproduction of all the city was inbuilt China. The unique, nonetheless, remains to be one-of-a-kind.

Read Before You Go: Heidi
Online: hallstatt.net

photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Don’t be late for an important date with this wild escape in Wiltshire, England. There’s not solely a safari concerned—suppose lions, tigers, and monkeys—but additionally a hedge maze and stately manor which might be positive to remind you of a sure wonder-filled land and its Queen of Hearts.

Read Before You Go: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Online: longleat.co.uk

“There goes the baker with his tray, like always!” Remember that peaceable village that kicks off all of Belle’s adventures? The city of Colmar, France seems to be like identical to it. And with all of the hubbub in regards to the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast film, we’ll wager this already-popular city is about to change into a real hotspot.

Read Before You Go: Beauty and the Beast
Online: tourisme-colmar.com

photograph: Thomas Sulman by way of Wikimedia Commons

This castle-turned-museum has all of the trimmings of a fairytale abode, however it additionally options the “Talking Mirror” that will have belonged to a real-life depraved stepmother. A cool place to go to if you happen to’re ever in Germany, however maintain a watch out for poisoned apples.

Read Before You Go: Snow White
Online: spessartmuseum.de

photograph: otter by way of Wikimedia Commons

Feeling Brave? The setting for the Disney-Pixar movie could have been a fictionalized Scotland, however that doesn’t imply you possibly can’t go to the real-life spots that impressed vital moments within the story–like these standing stones which might be equal components spectacular and mysterious.

Watch Before You Go: Brave
Online: visitscotland.com

photograph: Russ CC by way of Wikimedia Commons

If you wanna be the place the persons are, you gotta head over to the city Hans Christian Andersen as soon as referred to as dwelling: Copenhagen. This mermaid statue sits on a rock in Copenhagen Harbor and is the proper spot for little followers of The Little Mermaid. (And when you’re in Denmark, you may as nicely pay a go to to the Hans Christian Andersen Fairytale House.)

Watch Before You Go: The Little Mermaid
Online: visitcopenhagen.com

photograph: Allen Watkin by way of Wikimedia Commons

If your youngsters can’t get sufficient of Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, and Hunca Munca, they’ll be tickled by the real-life dwelling of Beatrix Potter. The surrounding land hosts most of the animals you’ll discover in her whimsical tales and there’s even a devoted nature path for Peter Rabbits-in-training.

Read Before You Go: Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales
Online: nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

photograph: Wikimedia Commons

A 100-year nap sounds fairly candy, particularly if it means staying within the Neuschwanstein Castle. In truth, this fantastical house is so fairytale-perfect that Sleeping Beauty’s citadel in Disneyland is definitely modeled after it.

Read Before You Go: Sleeping Beauty
Online: neuschwanstein.de

photograph: Jeff Hitchcock by way of Wikimedia Commons

If Hobbiton seems to be acquainted, it is as a result of it is truly the identical Shire from the LOTR movie set. That means visiting this city could be like an enormous dream-come-true for little Hobbits. (And in honor of Hobbits’ every day seven meals, we might positively be all the way down to dine at The Green Dragon Inn!)

Read Before You Go: Lord of the Rings
Online: hobbitontours.com

photograph: John5199 by way of Wikimedia Commons

We occur to suppose these majestic beech bushes (planted method again within the 18th century) have their very own type of magic on a street that appears ready-made for journey. They additionally occur to return with some haunting tales in regards to the Famous Grey Lady–and they’ve made a star look in a Game of Thrones episode, too.

Watch Before You Go: Into the Woods
Online: discovernorthernireland.com

photograph: Kengi by way of Wikimedia Commons

Like any storybook story price its salt, the crooked forest in Poland comes with its personal thriller—is it artifical or naturally fashioned? About 400 pine bushes develop in unusual angles whereas the bushes surrounding them stay as straight as a pin. We can completely see Red Riding Hood veering off the trail in a forest like this.

Watch Before You Go: Hoodwinked
Online: earthporm.com

photograph: User:Colin by way of Wikimedia Commons

Here to offer Lost Boys and Girls all over the place a Peter Pan second, this iconic structure is formally often known as the Elizabeth Tower. Although to us and everybody else around the globe, it’s extra famously often known as Big Ben.

Read Before You Go: Peter Pan
Online: parliament.uk

photograph: Katzegoesireland by way of Wikimedia Commons

Back within the day, the Glendalough Round Tower was the old fashioned lighthouse for land vacationers. Pilgrims thought-about these Irish towers extra of a secure haven than a jail, however our storybook dominated brains can’t assist however consider the miller’s daughter being locked in there to spin gold for the king.

Read Before You Go: Rumpelstiltskin
Online: megalithicireland.com

photograph: Sven Teschke by way of Wikimedia Commons

Sitting on prime of a lush hill with beneficiant views of nature, this citadel truly belonged to actual royalty till 1918 (when the German monarchy ended). Isolated citadel, surrounded by a dense forest? Now we all know how Snow White escaped the Huntsman.

Read Before You Go: Snow White
Online: burg-hohenzollern.com

photograph: Wikimedia Commons

This decorative backyard is a results of three many years (and nonetheless ongoing) of arduous work and passionate inexperienced thumbs. Not solely does it have wonderful natural sculptures made from rocks and crops, however that is the place you will discover Europe’s solely pineapple pit!

Read Before You Go: Thumbelina
Online: heligan.com

photograph: Exodus Travels

The story behind the Taj Mahal is nearly as epic as any fairy story: Commissioned in 1632 by the emperor as a memorial to his third spouse, this magnificent marble citadel was a unfastened inspiration for the palace within the film Aladdin.

Watch Before You Go: Aladdin
Online: tajmahal.gov.in

photograph: Tom Corser by way of Wikimedia Commons

If Elsa had the coronation at her ice palace, she positively would’ve spiced it as much as appear to be the ever altering Ice Hotel in Sweden. This glacier area is rebuilt every year (by completely different artists) for a cool retreat earlier than it melts again into nature in April.

Watch Before You Go: Frozen
Online: icehotel.com

—Kate Loweth, Abigail Matsumoto & Christal Yuen

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