Using Google Lit Trips to follow your favorite characters in Google Earth

Adding geographical context to a story can be a great way to dive further into it.  A great example of that is following the path of Louis Zamperini from “Unbroken”, as he had an amazing journey.  If you enjoy that kind of thing, then the Google Lit Trips site is something you’ll really enjoy. grapes-of-wrath

The site is updated frequently and features hundreds of books from every reading level.  Here’s how they describe it:

Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.

You’re encouraged to contribute your own work to the site, or simply browse through their impressive collection.  Check it out for yourself at

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Jerome Burg, founder of Google Lit Trips…
    Just wanted to express my gratitude for your mention of the Google Lit Trips project. Your post has been linked to multiple times!


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