Here is a list of the Top 19 independent bookstores in the US:
Barbara's Bookstore, Chicago, IL
Black Oak Books, Berkeley, CA
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
City Lights Booksellers, San Francisco, CA
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Haslam's Book Store, St. Petersburg, FL
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
Page One Bookstore, Albuquerque, NM
Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
Powell's City of Books, Portland, OR
Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Harry W Schwartz Bookshop, Milwaukee, WI
Square Books, Oxford, MS
The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
Vroman's, Pasadena, CA
The list with addresses and more info can be found here:
Powell's is the most amazing bookstore I've ever been to. We usually go there several times whenever we are in Portland. It is a city block, and requires a map to get around. They sell used and new books.
The Tattered Cover in Denver is a very nice bookstore in Denver (the Historic LoDo store is quite nice). Vroman's in Pasadena is also a great store.
Have you been to any of these bookstores? What is your favorite bookstore?