Photos: The 25 Greatest Travel Books of All Time

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California's stunning Highway One, featured in Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road.
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In On the Road, Kerouac captures the complexities of our collective drive West to such revered locales as California's Big Sur.
Paul Bowles captures the stark, alien nature of the African Sahara in The Sheltering Sky.
An American couple and their male friend embark on an ill-considered trip to the Sahara desert in Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky.
Elizabeth Kostova's novel The Historian follows several generations of scholars on a search for Dracula all the way to the hills of Transylvania, Romania.
Elizabeth Kostova's novel The Historian follows scholars' search for Dracula; here, Bran Castle—better known as Dracula's Castle—perched atop a 197-foot peak. The castle dates back to 1382.
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A view of Koh Phi Phi Leh, in Thailand, where they filmed the movie adaptation of Alex Garland's book The Beach.
Alex Garland's The Beach explores expat culture along the shores of Thailand, including Railey Beach.
The Palace of Westminster—pictured here, at night, as seen from the south bank of the river Thames—in London, the central setting of Zadie Smith's White Teeth.
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A South Asian dance performance in the courtyard of Somerset House, in London; Zadie Smith's White Teeth follows the lives of immigrants in Britain.
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The famed Taj Mahal, located in Agra, India; E. M. Forster's A Passage to India explores British and Indian relations in India.
Locals riding an elephant in Kanha, India; E. M. Forster's A Passage to India brings the country to life.
Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley creates a vision of the sun-bleached southern Italian shore that fills the dreams of pasty citizens of the world's cold-weather towns; here, Ischia Ponte, in Campania, Italy.
Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley celebrates the Italian landscape; here, the Castello Aragonese, off of Naples, Italy.
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Teju Cole's Open City features iconic New York City imagery, such as the Wall Street Stock Exchange building, pictured here.
Teju Cole's Open City explores the wondrous maze of Manhattan, New York.
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas ventures to an (imagined) apocalyptic Hawaii; here, McGregor Point on the south Maui coast.
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas brings alive the South Pacific Ocean in the mid-1800s; here, Motu Tape, Bora Bora.
A row of boats waits to be taken out into canals in Mexico City—the setting of D. H. Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent.
Guanajuato, Mexico—the setting of D. H. Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent.
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Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn follows a young Irish girl's struggle to acclimate to her new life in New York City; here, the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan.
Union Street in Brooklyn, New York—the setting of Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn.
Pamplona, Spain, where Jake Barnes—the narrator of Ernest Hemingway's classic The Sun Also Rises—marvels at the exploits of a bullfighter.
A bullfight in Pamplona, Spain, features prominently in Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises.
Bill Bryson's travelogue In a Sunburned Country eloquently captures the curious geography of Australia; here, Uluru—or Ayer's Rock—in Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia.
Bill Bryson's travelogue In a Sunburned Country eloquently captures the curious animals of Australia, such as this dingo.
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Writer Pico Iyer's book Video Night in Kathmandu is a collection of essays on 10 Southeast Asian countries, including Nepal; here, the Nepalese city of Kathmandu.
Pico Iyer's book Video Night in Kathmandu visits 10 Southeast Asian countries; here, the Soi Cowboy Red Light District in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild follows the exploits of Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who was found dead in the Alaskan wilderness; here, an Alaskan coastal brown bear wading in a pool near Hyder, Alaska.
Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild celebrates the Alaskan wilderness; here, Denali National Park, Alaska.
John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley follows a road trip the famous author took across the U.S.; here, Greenfield, California.
In Travels With Charley, writer John Steinbeck marvels at the giant redwood trees of northern California; here, the Avenue of the Giants, along California's Highway 101.
In Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey chronicles his relationship with Utah's red-rock landscape, cultivated while working as a ranger in Arches National Park; here, the Delicate Arch, in Arches National Park, Utah.
Arches National Park—pictured here, after a rainstorm—is the central setting of Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey.
The bustle of Tokyo, Japan, plays a key role in Wrong About Japan, by Peter Carey.
Wrong About Japan, by Peter Carey, explores the anime culture of Japan; here, an anime expo in Odaiba, Japan.
In Confederates in the Attic, writer Tony Horwitz indulges a childhood obsession with the Civil War with a project that begins as a tour of preserved battlefields but evolves into a funny and massively insightful exploration of the contemporary American South; here, Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Delta, Louisiana.
In Confederates in the Attic, writer Tony Horwitz indulges a childhood obsession with the Civil War with a project that begins as a tour of preserved battlefields but evolves into a funny and massively insightful exploration of the contemporary American South; here, Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Delta, Louisiana.
Karen Blixen (who wrote under the name Isak Dinesen) chronicles her life as a Danish farmer in present-day Kenya, in Out of Africa; here, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.
A cheetah in Mara, Kenya, the setting of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass.
The Himalayas—the setting of The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen.
The elusive object of The Snow Leopard, by Peter Matthiessen.
The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux, celebrates the grain train systems linking Europe and Asia; here, the Orient Express railway station.
The Great Railway Bazaar, by Paul Theroux, celebrates the grain train systems linking Europe and Asia; here, a train platform in China.
Writer Bruce Chatwin traveled to the frozen tip of South America to report In Patagonia; here, a bird of prey in Torres del Paine National Park, in Chilean Patagonia.
Writer Bruce Chatwin traveled to the frozen tip of South America to report In Patagonia; here, the peaks of Torres del Paine, from Lake Pehoé, in Torres del National Park, in Chilean Patagonia.
In Great Plains, writer Ian Frazier takes us to a land of tough farming and hard living, an increasingly overlooked swath of America—running roughly from Montana to Texas—that most people only see from an airplane.
In Great Plains, writer Ian Frazier takes us to a land of tough farming and hard living, an increasingly overlooked swath of America—running roughly from Montana to Texas—that most people only see from an airplane; here, a view of hay bales, in Allegany Township, Pennsylvania.
Valparaíso, Chile, which is where the story of Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende, begins.
In Daughter of Fortune, writer Isabel Allende's description of boomtown San Francisco—with its surging crowds of fortune-hunters from around the world—would spark the imagination of any traveler who has ventured into an unknown city for the first time; here, modern-day Powell Street at Union Square in San Francisco, California.

From the bustling streets of Brooklyn to the empty expanse of the Sahara, our guide to the best travel reads of all time will inspire you to add a few new places to your to-go list. Your first stop? The local library.

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