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Famous Home Road Trip, Pt. I

A summer road trip is a great way to spend a sunny vacation, and you can add even more fun to your travels by visiting famous landmarks, but how in the world do you decide where to go? 

There are always the big-ticket items, like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the World’s Largest Frying Pan (all of them), but just as neat are those little out-of-the-way places … like the homes of the famous figures of our past.

The neat thing about many of these homes is that the style and interior design has been preserved, which acts as a window into another world. Here are some of the coolest historic homes and their sometime owners:

1. Ernest Hemingway (Key West, FL)

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is visited by thousands each year, despite its relatively remote location on a tiny island at the end of the Florida Keys. The attraction is famous for its gardens and many resident cats, and is a popular spot for weddings.

Hemingway lived at the house for 10 years, during some of his most productive years as a writer. “Death in the Afternoon” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” are among several books he penned at the residence.

2. Mark Twain (Hartford, CT)

Although Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, the Mark Twain House & Museum is located in Hartford, Connecticut, and is where he lived after he married his wife, Livy, in 1870.

Twain and his family lived in the Hartford house, which they had built, for a total of 30 years. Twain wrote most of his work there, including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Prince and the Pauper.”

3. Elvis Presley (Memphis, TN) 

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is arguably the world’s most famous rock n’ roll residence, and was purchased by The King in 1959 for $100,000.

The legendary rocker had many residences, but Graceland was always home, and is also where he and family members are laid to rest.

Check back tomorrow for more stops on your summer tour of famous homes.   

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