With overseas travel still somewhat out of reach, more seniors are traveling regionally to satisfy their itchy foot. For aficionados of good southern stories, the Southern Literary Trail may become your next road trip. The trail became official in 2009 and honors writers in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. You can enjoy your adventure as your favorite books come to life with each town you visit.
Monroeville, Alabama, holds regular productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Monroe County Courthouse, which inspired the setting for the film starring Gregory Peck. Harper Lee used to go to the courthouse as a child to visit her father.
In Montgomery, you can sleep in the home where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived during a year of their tempestuous marriage. If their ghosts keep you up, head downstairs to the museum and view some of Zelda’s paintings.
The trail highlights 28 Southern 20th-century authors. How can you pick a favorite when you have Margaret Mitchell, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, or Lillian Hellman as your choices? The list continues as you travel through moss-covered roads and sultry landscape.