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If you ever had the chance to be in your favorite movie, would you do it? Half of us would gladly say “yes.” And why wouldn’t we? Some of us are just a little more obsessed with the complexities of filmmaking than others. And while there is no way to teleport into the movie of your choice, there is an alternative. You can visit real-life locations where several well-known movies were filmed. Even without film crews or your favorite stars on the set, visiting the locations used in movies may be a fantastic experience.
So, whether you’re dreaming of living out your Harry Potter fantasies or just dying to stand next to some of the world’s most incredible movie locations, this list will tell you where you need to be. And who knows? Maybe some of these iconic movie locations will inspire a summer vacation!
Without further ado, here are some of the best movie locations you need to add to your bucket list:
Al Khazneh, Jordan – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
If you adore Indiana Jones, you might recognize this fantastic building as the mythical temple of the Holy Grail, which is sculpted into the side of a canyon. The Al Khazneh Temple is a historical tomb in Petra, Jordan. The interior of Al Khazneh is only a narrow, stone room, not the complex chambers seen in the movie. Thus, visitors aren’t allowed to go inside, but the exterior is truly a magnificent sight.
Side-Bar: If you’re more into western motion pictures, the Pioneertown Western movie set is an excellent pick. It is Hollywood’s favorite movie set for producing cowboy and hillbilly movies. Also, here’s a fun fact: Pioneertown was never actually a historic town; it was built as a movie set.
Siem Reap – Tomb Raider
This one is for you if you’ve ever played the video game Tomb Raider and visualized yourself in the maze-like tomb. Do you recall the 2001 release of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie? In the video game, Siem Reap looks the same. At the moment where Lara Croft (Jolie) finds the other part of the “Triangle of Light,” try and spot the Angkor Wat temple.
The main draw in Cambodia is the most prominent religious structure in the world, which has also served as a popular filming site for Hollywood. You will undoubtedly be in awe of Angkor Wat’s grandeur, atmosphere, craftsmanship, and overall beauty.
Silver Falls State Park – Twilight
Twilight, an American love story novel published in 2008, was hugely successful, especially with young people. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, the primary characters, are lounging in the treetops in one scene. The producers shot the scene in the coastal American state of Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park. Oregan, known for its forests and mountainous landscapes, is a fantasy location for everyone who is enthralled by vampire love tales. It is also one of the Hollywood spots that are used the most.
The Baseball Diamond, Lowa – Field of Dreams
Due to the initial agreement made by Universal Studios during the production of the picture, the surface utilized for the ground-breaking film Field of Dreams has quite a peculiar background. After filming, the two families split ownership of the territory that had been bought, which straddled the properties of two different farms. As a result, a tourist attraction found itself in the unique situation of having two parking lots, two entry costs, and two gift stores. One of the families eventually bought the other’s share, and construction is set to begin on a multimillion-dollar structure called “Baseball Heaven.”
Blue John Canyon, Utah – 127 Hours
Even those who haven’t seen 127 Hours have heard about the powerful, emotionally charged self-amputation moment. Based on the valid account of Aron Ralston in Blue John Canyon, this 2010 film is about a lone hiker who finds himself in an unsustainable circumstance. This spot, close to Canyonlands National Park, was used for much of the movie’s filming. You’ll need to travel more than 10 kilometers across rough terrain to reach the location where the climber was pinned down. You can travel to this stunning area of Utah to experience canyons, escarpments, and the four park districts, including the Colorado River, the Island in the Sky, the Maze, and the Needles.
King Cross Station, London – Harry Potter
Even if you’ve only watched the first Harry Potter movie, you’re probably familiar with the memorable scene where Harry enters the King’s Cross Station. The magical station for the Hogwarts Express is seen and described throughout the film series numerous times. It has become so well known that King’s Cross Station has designated the platform between platforms nine and ten. There are currently frequent photo sessions there with HP aficionados.
As you can see from the list above, there is no shortage of options for expressing your love for movies through tourism. You can portray your favorite tales with these destinations and be there in person to experience them all. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your movie-themed vacation today and get a load of these incredible and exciting places.