Throughout my life, books and movies have inspired many of my travels. Mark Twain’s description of the muddy Mississippi compelled me to head to the river shore and gaze across its wide expanse. William Faulkner’s detailed prose made me curious to explore the real state of Mississippi and imagine his fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Similarly, movie images of urban areas from Boston to Berlin were motivation to see the cities for myself. And what Austen or Bronte fan hasn’t pictured themselves amongst the English peaks and moors?
While film-inspired “location vacations” are growing in popularity, I have never traveled specifically to find a spot where a movie was filmed or a favorite chapter takes place. That’s all about to change, thanks in part to a previously-planned tour of the Pacific Northwest and our daughter’s fascination with the Twilight books and movie.
For weeks, we have been working to nail down the details of our summer trek through Washington, British Columbia