What books give you an overwhelming sense of the place (and, perhaps, the time) that they're set in? Whether urban, rural, "exotic," fantastic, widescope, claustrophobic, or entirely imaginary, it's the places, the buildings, the landscapes, the "sets" (to use a theatrical term) that stay with me most in a lot of my favorite fiction. And in fact, a lot of fiction that I hate, I hate because it doesn't give any satisfying sense of the space in which the characters run through their stories.
For example? Well, The Lord of the Rings is probably the obvious one. Many people forgave Peter Jackson much tampering with plot and character because he got the settings so exactly right. Those lingering establishing shots are the equivalent of Tolkien's lengthy descriptions, and it's those, more than anything, that makes Middle-Earth seem inhabitable.
But I've also felt as though I could step into (at random) Dickens' London, L. M. Montgomery's Avonlea, Patrick O'Brian's ship's decks, and Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles. And without having any firsthand knowledge of London, provincial Canada, the sea, or L.A. That's the difference between description that just sits there on the page, requiring you to know what the author knows before it comes alive, and description which makes a place you've never seen or imagined come alive.
So where do you like to visit?