Local, independent bookstores are a must-see destination for any of my trips. I love ducking into a cozy store, browsing next to locals, finding a great deal on a book I’d never seen before, reading staff recommendations and treating myself to a warm drink at the café. It’s a relaxing way to pass an afternoon—or maybe just a spare hour—and it makes me feel all sophisticated and literary. Plus, the local color is usually walking around in full force. Huge or historic (or both), these 8 U.S. bookstores are worth a browse. Click here to read the story on Matador Life.