A great film can transport you to another time and place. But there’s nothing quite like really being there. At these 18 filming locations, you can actually visit the places where iconic scenes were filmed and relive the movie magic firsthand.
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Hanapepe Valley in Kauai, Hawaii: Jurassic Park
While the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are forever terrifying, the hit movie’s location is simply stunning.
Remember the scene where the cast is in a helicopter flying into Isla Nublar? The shots of the lush valley below capture the Hanapepe Valley. To truly relive the moment, you can take a helicopter tour and spot the same amazing sights, including Jurassic Falls.
Astoria, Oregon: The Goonies
The Goonies was famously filmed in Astoria, Oregon. Home to the “Goon Docks,” Oregonians remain quite proud of that part of their history.
The hit 80s movie was mostly filmed along the spectacular North Oregon Coast. For the full effect, take a drive across the famous Astoria Bridge if you’re traveling to the Pacific Northwest.
Hobbiton in Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the fictional town of Hobbiton, make your way to Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies set awaits you.
In 1998, Peter Jackson was on the hunt for the perfect place to film. When he found the Alexander farm, he instantly knew the hobbits finally had a real-life home. Open seven days a week, take a Hobbiton Tour and immerse yourself in the movies once again.
Skopelos, Greece: Mamma Mia!
In the OG Mamma Mia!, the Greek island of Skopelos took on a role of its own, playing the fictional island of Kalokairi. Even from afar, it’s not hard to see how picturesque Skopelos landed the part.
But why not explore the small and scenic wonder while you can?
Chances are, you won’t be the only Mamma Mia! fan in Skopelos. Small guided tours exploring the rom-com’s filming locations remain incredibly popular year-round.
Varda Viaduct in Adana, Turkey: Skyfall
Locally known as Koca Köprü, this historic railway was featured in the opening chase of Skyfall. Remember that insane train jump scene?
Once upon a time, this spot was pretty remote. But thanks to the 25th James Bond movie’s release, the 72-meter-long and 98-meter-high Varda Bridge is now an incredibly popular tourist destination. It also boasts one of the most striking valley views you’ll ever see.
The Mrs. Doubtfire House in San Francisco, California: Mrs. Doubtfire
When Sally Field’s character gave out a real address in Mrs. Doubtfire, it sealed this house’s fate. While you can’t go inside, standing on the sidewalk and staring at this world-famous house feels pretty special.
Located in Pacific Heights, the stately home was built in 1893. It’s also surrounded by tons of beautiful properties worth ogling. Or, if you take any given tour of San Fran landmarks, it’s typically one of the main stops along the way.
Fun fact: the Mrs. Doubtfire house is currently worth about $4.45 million.
Skellig Michael, County of Kerry, Ireland: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
In The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Skelling Michael portrayed the watery planet of Ahch-To. Best known as the birthplace of the Jedi Order and Luke Skywalker’s home sweet home, you can visit the Irish island all year long.
Before it was one of the most famous filming locations on earth, it was a remote retreat for medieval monks. Today, you can walk the same stairs that Rey climbs to meet Luke for the first time.
Al Khazneh in Petra, Jordan: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Whether you’re an Indiana Jones fan or not, there’s nothing quite like the beloved franchise’s filming locations around the world.
Unsurprisingly, the iconic monuments of Petra are often considered the most iconic in all the land.
Of all the famed rock-cut facades in Petra, “the Treasury” (or Khazneh) is the most famous, due in major part to its cinematic history. Al Khazneh served as the fictional final resting place of the Holy Grail.
Make sure to allow yourself a few hours to explore this one. There’s no shortage of intricate and intriguing wonders to see.
Point Dume, Malibu: Planet of the Apes
In 1968, the final scene of this beloved sci-fi flick was filmed at Point Dume State Beach. And it’s not the only movie filmed there, either.
The beautiful beach has been featured in films for decades, including Iron Man, The Big Lebowski, and Face-Off. It’s even been ranked as the second most filmed location in the country, so a stroll in the sand will undoubtedly connect you to cinema history.
Doune Castle in Doune, Scotland: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
So many classic scenes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail were shot at Doune Castle. Most recently, it served as the filming location for the popular Starz series Outlander.
The famous 14th-century castle is located about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. If you’re lucky, you can take a tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s own Terry Jones. Guests are invited to use headsets as they explore the sprawling castle led by their virtual guide.
Katz Delicatessen in New York City: When Harry Met Sally
Of all the iconic scenes in When Harry Met Sally, the one shot at Katz Delicatessen in New York City remains the most famous. I can only imagine how many times a day the staff hear someone say “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Katz has been a major Big Apple Landmark since 1888, but the hit rom-com put it on the star map. After you stop in for their monster-sized pastrami on rye, take a stroll through Central Park. Over 200 movies have been filmed there, and you can take a guided tour of every spot while you walk off your meal.
Bayon Temple, Cambodia: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Many of the film sets in Tomb Raider were altered to make the locations more visually dynamic and eerie. But these famous ruins in Cambodia didn’t have to be messed with.
Also called The Temple of Ta Prohm, this jungle-covered and maze-like Buddhist temple is like something out of a dream.
On top of its well-known movie relation, this 12th-century temple remains a popular destination for those looking to explore mysteriously abandoned places.
Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio: The Shawshank Redemption
Built between 1886 and 1910, the historic prison where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed is now a popular destination for those who want to explore something famous, abandoned, and seriously spooky.
The prison now serves as a museum for the hit movie. The Shawshank Trail boasts tours of Andy’s office, the warden’s office the tunnel where Andy escaped. You’ll also be invited to learn the truly unique history of the Mansfield Reformatory.
Cafe des 2 Moulins in Paris: Amélie
French for “Two Windmills,” Cafe des 2 Moulins is a Paris celebrity in its own right. But after appearing in 2001’s Amélie, it’s more famous than ever before.
Located at the junction of Rue Lepic and Rue Cauchois, this classic cafe served as the title character’s workplace. And while it’s appeared in various films over the years, those who love Amelie stop in for a cafe au lait the most.
Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo: Lost In Translation
Many famous guests have called Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel home including director Sofia Coppola. She loved it so much, she made it the crowned jewel of Lost in Translation, revolving most of the movie’s visuals around the hotel.
In 1994, the Park Hyatt Tokyo became the first western luxury hotel ever opened in Japan. Be warned that a room for the night won’t be cheap. Currently, it will run you over $1000 to stay there. But you can also pop in for a drink at the rooftop bar, where many famous scenes were also shot.
Stairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Rocky
On any given day in Philly, you’ll see people recreating Rocky’s triumphant run up “the Rocky steps.” Considering reenacting the iconic moment comes at no cost, why wouldn’t you?
The famous 72 stone steps lead up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art entrance. There’s also a Rocky statue at the bottom of the stairs that visitors frequently pose with. But if you want to take a picture with the “Italian Stallion” replica, you’ll likely have to wait in line.
Durham Cathedral in Durham, England: Harry Potter
Once upon an unforgettable time, Durham Cathedral served as Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And a tour of the film site is truly magical.
Built in 1093, Durham Cathedral is a working church, museum, library and community hub. The best part for Harry Potter fans? Entry is typically free.
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The Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia: Dirty Dancing
Just a short drive from Roanoke, you can visit where it all went down in Dirty Dancing. Go in the fall when leaves are vibrantly changing or in spring when flowers are in bloom.
As you can see, it can get quite foggy on the mountain top, so be sure to do a weather check no matter when you go.
Mountain Lake Lodge remains open to the public for dinner, drinks, overnight stays, and tours. Frequented by those forever obsessed with the 80s classic, there’s movie memorabilia everywhere. And the view from the famed overlook is once in a lifetime.
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