While Hollywood’s creative sets and advances in technology make it seem as if every movie is filmed in Los Angeles, a true film connoisseur knows that sets can be found all around the world. Some of the best movies of all time never saw the California coast, and instead traveled far and wide to capture an authentic setting. We gathered some of the most iconic, real locations so that you can someday experience a piece of the films that have impacted generations. Prepare to book your next vacation with movie themes in mind.
1. The Tributes Accommodations – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Next time you want to book your stay in a new city filled with culture, find theMarriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. This is where Katniss, Pita, Finnick, and other tributes lived during the 75th Hunger Games.
2. Hobbiton — The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit were filmed on the two islands of New Zealand. The most iconic setting is the Hobbiton, the hobbit village built for The Lord of the Rings but used in The Hobbit – it’s located on the North Island, Matamata.
3. King’s Cross — Harry Potter
Harry Potter and his schoolmates board the Hogwarts Express at King’s Cross Station. There you can also find Platform 9 3/4 and take a photo of you, pushing at the cart as though you too are on your way to wizard land!
4. Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment — Sex and the City
As you dreamily stroll through the streets of the iconic New York City, stop by 66 Perry Street to see where the most fabulous New Yorker of all time once dwelled.
5. The Café des 2 Moulins— Amelie
Visit this real Café des 2 Moulins in Paris to eat where Amelie worked. Sample the crème brulée, which is now named after this movie’s beloved character.
6. Batman’s building in Gotham — The Dark Knight
Batman peers down over the city of Gotham from atop the Sears Tower, the tallest building in Chicago. Although you can’t sit on the building’s rooftop like our Dark Knight, the Skydeck offers a spectacular, one-of-a-kind view of this unique American city.
7. Yavin — Star Wars Episode IV
The planet of Yavin depicts scenery from the lands of Tikal, Guatemala. The rebel base, or “the Massassi Outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin”, seen toward the end of the movie, is a giant Mayan temple complex.
8. Opening Bridge Scene — James Bond “Skyfall”
We all gasped in fear as we watched the iconic James Bond fall to his seemingly impending death. Visit the bridge in Varda Viaduct, Adana Province, Turkey and experience the ultimate Bond moment. Train rides can be booked in advance.
9. The resting place of the Holy Grail — Indiana Jones
The third movie of the Indiana Jones series takes us on a thrilling ride that ends here: Al Khazneh. Located in Petra, Jordan, this site is perfect for Indiana lovers and history buffs. Beware of the snakes!
10. Bar Vitelli — The Godfather
Visit Bar Vitelli, the place where Michael Corleone met his future wife. Located in the beautiful little non-touristy village of Savoca, Sicily, this is a travel destination for anyone who wants a famous film experience in Italy.
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This article was written by Camille Cobbs.