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Traveling The Movies

Iconic Film Locations Around the World

By Jason Jourdan

Who hasn’t wished they could visit the worlds of their favorite movies or television series at one time or another? Plan an ultimate fan vacation and travel the movies by visiting the filming locations of the most iconic films and TV series! Tourism hasn’t quite reached the point where ‘traveling by map’ is a real thing; there are ways for avid fans to experience their favorite cinematic universes in the physical world.

Maybe it’s time for a different kind of summer vacation? Hollywood is known for scouting some of the most unique and breathtaking locales around the globe for their productions. From obscure towns, remote deserts, and spectacular mountain vistas to island paradises and noirish city streets, many film and television locations are available to visit and explore.

To that end, Travel + Leisure recommends a list of 31 movie locales for those ready to experience their favorite movies in a whole new context. Highlights include:

Monty Python’s Holy Grail – Doune Castle in Doune, Scotland 

Mama Mia – The real-life island of Skopelos, Greece 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, USA

Lara Croft – Bayon Temple in Cambodia 

Game of Thrones – Streets of King’s Landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Breaking Bad – Walter White’s House in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Active Times has an even broader list of 51 Famous Movie Locations ideal for international travel adventures.

Ready to embark on an adventure into celluloid dreams? Through a range of genres, movies take viewers on fantastical journeys sure to appeal to everyone’s taste. Whether one prefers sci-fi, horror, comedy, or action-adventure, there’s bound to be an iconic film location to fit the bill. Here are some of the best tours and sites available from popular movies and TV.

Yearning for galaxies far, far, away? National Geographic has compiled a list of places to visit for those who love  Star Wars.

If grounded superheroes are the day’s flavor, how about the Batman movie franchise? Since director Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, filmmakers have taken the Caped Crusader outside Gotham City to locations worthy of a James Bond movie!

Speaking of 007, for more than fifty years, movies about the world’s foremost secret agent routinely feature the most stunning locations worldwide. CNET knows where to find all the fantastic James Bond-inspired sights!

Horror movie enthusiasts dying for a trip into the shadows will enjoy Matador Network‘s list of the 10 Most Iconic Horror Movie Locations. There’s also the Camp Crystal Lake Tours for those who can’t get enough of the Friday the 13th  franchise!

The Active Times is ready to fulfill those dreams of princesses and medieval fantasies with a tour of Enchanted Castles!

Board the train for Hogwarts and enjoy the behind-the-scenes magic of the Harry Potter films on The Making of Harry Potter London Studio Tour. Warner Bros. Studio conjures a trip through sets, costumes, and props used in the Harry Potter films and visits to locations like the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and Hagrid’s hut!

For muggles in search of even more behind-the-scenes thrills, The Guardian has compiled a list of the Best Studio Tours worldwide.

How about the rich history of going to the movies? Cinemas Around the World offers a database for those interested in visiting and learning about historic movie houses across the globe.

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