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Whether you’re a travel junkie or a newbie to the experience, planning your vacation around a favorite movie is a good way to narrow the field and have a memorable trip to boot. Here are some of the most popular movie set location destinations for the novice, or even the veteran traveler. And… Action!
Goonie Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon is actually called Haystack Rock. Part of the movie’s popularity is the spooky way it was filmed, making this gloomy destination an odd choice. Unless you like to be scared put of your wits on one of your trips…
The Hunger Games
Looking Glass Falls in North Carolina is the second most visited and scenic waterfall in the US. Since the movie was released, it’s even more popular, so expect a crowd. But, it’s more accessible than Niagara Falls, and you can actually bathe in its wading pool.
Amity Island is actually Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts Lots of the movie’s original sets were real and still exist. But you might wanna skip driving over the Chappaquiddick Bridge and take the ferry instead…
Field Of Dreams
The famous baseball diamond with a cornfield as the outfield wall still packs in the devotees of this strange movie. Don’t expect Shoeless Joe Jackson (or even Ray Liotta) to emerge from the stalks. But it does prove the movie’s most famous line: Build it and they will come…
Mystic Pizza is a real restaurant named for its town in Connecticut. Forget that only the exterior was used in the film and go and have yourself a slice. Even diehard, NY style pizza lovers give it high ratings.
For a few years after Rocky blew up the movie world, there was an actual bronze statue on the steps of City Hall, commemorating the iconic scene. Apparently, it wasn’t in the right spirit, so, if you want to have your own Rocky moment, head for the Philadelphia Museum Of Modern Art instead.
Some would say London itself is the setting for the entire series of Harry Potter films. But, there is a mock town in the city called the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, which is like going on a Disney ride. Bring your own broom…
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is an iconic travel destination in itself, owing to its dramatic appearance. Throw in the possibility that you just might be visited by a friendly alien and whisked away to a place where you never die isn’t a bad way for a vacation to end up!
Easily the most popular film set vacation location, Hobbiton started out as an elaborate film set in New Zealand and was converted into a legitimate, full service travel destination and hotel resort. This business model is sure to be repeated for more famous movie locales, but don’t expect to vacation on Mars any time soon…
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