Create An Epic Road Trip With Visits To These Best Bookstores

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I’ve created a guide of some of the best bookstores in the U.S. that have been recommended by friends. I’ve shared their comments about the bookstore, if available, as well.

I don’t know about you guys but I love reading, I’ll admit that I mostly read on my kindle because its convenient, but I love browsing and visiting a good bookstore.

These bookstores hit the mark for being some of the best in each region. 

If you have a bookstore you love drop us a line and we’ll add it to our list.

A Guide to the Best Bookstores in the US-East

Photo From The Montague Bookmill Website


Jack And Allie’s – Vernon, CT “Delightful.” Brett Martin


Baldwin’s Book Barn – West Chester, PA “I adore Baldwin’s Book Barn which is a HUGE barn full of books. It’s an amazing place. Simply magical.” Kelly Whalen


The Montague Bookmill – Montague, MA

Edgartown Books – Edgartown, MA

Porter Square Books – Cambridge, MA


River Road Books – Fair Haven, NJ “…is like a flashback to when bookstores were community gathering places. The owners/staff are the best mix of literary knowledge and friendly neighbor. Love it there.” Cristie Ritz King


The Book Corner – Niagara Falls, NY “One of Niagara Falls’ oldest and most beloved businesses – and celebrated 90 years of business this year!” Elizabeth Anne

A Guide to the Best Bookstores in the US-Midwest

Photo From Bookbug Website


Prairie Lights – Iowa City, IA

River Lights Bookstore – Dubuque, IA

Dragonfly Books – Decorah, IA “Large selection of books, special orders, select books for gifts, gif wraps, delievers, book readings, actively involved in the community and CVB.” Charlene Corson Selbee

Book Vault – Oskaloosa, IA


Indy Reads Books – Indianapolis, IN

The Two Sisters: Books and More – Richmond, IN “2800 square feet of one of a kind finds. They have a Harry Potter room too! They craft their own tea blends… very tasty.” Nancy Sartain


Anderson’s Bookshops – Naperville, IL “Nice selection of books and educational toys.” Kathy Rodeghier

Lake Forest Bookstore – Lake Forest, IL “My home town favorite!” Kirsten Maxwell

City Lit Books – Chicago, IL

Women and Children First – Chicago, IL


Watermark Books & Cafe – Wichita, KS

Rainy Day Books – Fairway, KS


McLean and Eakin – Petoskey, MI One of my favorite “Up North” bookstores in Michigan! Deb

Bookbug – Kalamazoo, MI

Archives Book Shop – East Lansing, MI “I’ve always loved the Archives in East Lansing.” Becky FIxel

Battle Creek Books – Battle Creek, MI “Owned by a local and has regular book signings and authors in. I love that they are great with encouraging locals to write, and have poetry reading nights!” Katie Hale

The Dawn Treader Book Shop – Ann Arbor, MI “Super Eclectic!” Kimberly Williams

Curious Book Shop – East Lansing, MI

The Cottage Book Shop – Glen Arbor, MI

John K. King Used & Rare Books – Detroit, MI “An amazing place.” Renee Monforton

Reader’s World – Holland, MI “Their supply of magazines is mind-boggling. They regularly stock hundreds and hundreds of mags alongside their books.” Amy S. Eckert


Magers & Quinn Booksellers – Minneapolis, MN “…is amazing! They mix new and used books and have a friendly and helpful staff.” Kelly Whalen

Once Upon A Crime Mystery Books – Minneapolis, MN


Dunaway Books – St. Louis, MO


The Book Loft of German Village – Columbus, OH “32 rooms filled with books!” Megumi Robinson

Loganberry Books – Shaker Heights, OH


Renaissance Book Shop – Milwaukee, WI

A Guide to the Best Bookstores in the US-South

Photo From Avid Bookshop Website


Sundog Books – Seaside, FL

Bookstore 1 Sarasota – Sarasota, FL

Key West Island Books – Key West, FL “Quaint little place with new, used, original print editions, signed copies, and more!” Stephanee Barnes


A Cappella Books – Atlanta, GA

Avid Bookshop – Athens, GA

Atlanta Vintage Books – Brookhaven, GA If you’re looking for a cool place to visit in addition to a stop at the bookstore be sure to visit Brookhaven.

Horton’s Books & Gifts – Carrollton, GA “The oldest independent bookstore in Georgia.” Ruth Birch Sykes

Underground Books – Carrollton, GA


Square Books – Oxford, MS


Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe – Asheville, NC

Park Road Books – Charlotte, NC

Main Street Books – Davidson, NC

Quail Ridge Books – Raleigh, NC

Hudson Booksellers – Raleigh, NC


Blue Bicycle Books – Charleston, SC


Fountain Bookstore, Inc. – Richmond, VA


Taylor Books – Charleston, WV “Amazing!” Keryn Means

Four Seasons Bookshop – Shepherdstown, WV (recommended by LitsyApp member @MuddyPuddle)

A Guide to the Best Bookstores in the US-Mountain

Photo From The Poisoned Pen Bookstore Website


Changing Hands Bookstore – Phoenix, AZ

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore – Scottsdale, AZ


Page 1 Books – Albuquerque, NM


Recycled Books – Denton, TX

A Guide to the Best Bookstores in the US-West

Photo From A Great Good Place For Books Website


The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles, CA

Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA “Specializes in sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and mystery. Been shopping with them for years.” Kari Embree

City Lights – San Fransisco, CA

Green Apple – San Fransisco, CA

A Great Good Place for Books – Oakland, CA


Powell’s City of Books – Portland, OR


Village Books – Bellingham, WA “One of the best in Bellingham, WA. 300 singings a year!” Max Hartshorne

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