Washington © Author Adventures

Literary Washington

The Washington Author Adventures Trail runs north-south between Seattle and Tacoma with one stop in Puyallup.

Washington’s literary history is in action right now as several current authors make the state their home. However, since we focus on historical landmarks, the Author Adventures trail includes a 19th century town founder and preserver of the Oregon Trail, a prize-winning peace activist, a poet, and a best-selling science fiction writer. All four lived robustly and left a legacy of popular books.

Since two of the five stops are outdoors (Floyd Schmoe’s and Frank Herbert’s), seasonal weather may interfere with visiting all in one trip. In spring and summer, however, it is possible to visit all in one day, depending on how much time is spent at each stop. The first stop is a small park near a busy intersection and it is in close driving distance to the second stop, which is Hugo House. The third stop will take about an hour, two at the most. The final stops include a large park adjacent to Puget Sound and a warehouse-size indie bookstore, together making for a great morning or afternoon.

Click any link below for author and place information.

A. Floyd Schmoe, Seattle
B. Richard Hugo, Seattle
C. Ezra Meeker, Puyallup
D. Frank Herbert and King’s Books, Tacoma

More Ideas Near Washington

A possible additional stop is the library frequented by author Carol Ryrie Brink in the town where she grew up and where her father was the mayor, near the Washington-Idaho border. Moscow, Idaho, also has a park named for the author of more than 30 books, including the Newbery award-winning Caddie Woodlawn. Read more here: Carol Ryrie Brink.

Similarly, traveling a few miles southwest of Washington will allow a stop at the William Clark and Meriwether Lewis National Historic Park in Astoria, Oregon, accessed via the four-mile Astoria-Megler Bridge. Read about it here: Lewis and Clark in Oregon.

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