Move over, Indiana Jones — the silver screen isn’t the only place movie magic can happen. If you ever wondered where famous scenes are filmed around the world (or how to get to Hobbiton), look no further. Whether you’re a film buff or a casual moviegoer, we’ve got a list of cinema-worthy destinations you’ll love.
1. See the real Gotham City
Futuristic yet full of old-world charm, the urban landscape of Hong Kong wowed audiences in Christopher Nolan’s fan-favorite, “The Dark Knight.” A dense jungle of concrete, this vast metropolis is full of incredible skyscrapers and gorgeous hotels. Our tip? Get to know the ins and outs of this otherworldly gem with your very own local guide. Before you know it, you’ll start to feel at home in this jaw-dropping, film-inspiring city even Batman can’t help but fall for.
2. Stroll through Amelie’s neighborhood
In the mood for a little romance? Look no further than Paris — the French capital of love and cinema. Charmingly depicted in the whimsical comedy “Amelie,” the famous neighborhood of Montmartre sits atop a hill with incredible views of the city. Stroll through the historic district’s bohemian Artists’ Square, sip espresso in one of the numerous cafes frequented by Picasso, and catch a cabaret show in the red light district. Eclectic and energetic, this Parisian gem shines just as much in real life as it does on screen.
3. Visit the old country
We’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse — an authentic taste tour of Sicily. This incredible Italian region was made famous in Francis Ford Coppola’s celebrated film, “The Godfather.” Join the Corleone family and explore the Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone met the father of his future wife. After that, head to Chiesa di San Nicolo, the church where Michael was married. Top it off with a plate of fresh pasta, Sicilian wine, and an incredible view of the coastline. But don’t forget — leave the gun, take the cannoli.
4. Channel your inner Lara Croft
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Head to Siem Reap to witness the ancient world of Angkor Wat. Featured in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” this incredible location is more than a stunning backdrop for the video-game-turned-film-series phenomenon, it’s an Asian kingdom steeped in ancient history and intrigue. You know what this means. It’s time to strap on some hiking boots and explore 600-year-old temples. Bring a camera and get ready to gaze at stone statues of both gods and demons (short shorts not included).
5. Search for the Holy Grail
Time to dust off the old fedora and get cracking with your whip skills — a trip to Raqmu is just on the horizon. Featured in “Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade,” the World Heritage UNESCO Site now known as Petra has inspired many to buck up and walk in Harrison Ford’s dusty footsteps to experience a world of the past. Unforgettable even without the magic of cinema on its side, this ancient location featuring a rock-carved Treasury, stunning Monastery, and Place of Sacrifice is sure to knock your socks right off.
6. Journey through Middle Earth
Rich with green hillsides and mountainous landscapes, it only makes sense that Peter Jackson chose to film the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy in New Zealand. Step into Tolkien’s world of wizards, hobbits, elves, and trolls by visiting locations now synonymous with Middle Earth. And don’t forget about the Shire. Make the most of your visit by wandering through the Hobbit Holes and Mill, while eventually sampling the best of Middle Earth’s brews at the world-famous Green Dragon Inn. And don’t worry, ringwraiths aren’t invited.
7. Leave the muggle struggle behind
Though the series has come to an end, the magic of Harry Potter lives on throughout the United Kingdom. With so many famous filming spots to choose from, it isn’t hard to walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches). Leave the muggle struggle behind on a Harry Potter tour in London. Step off the city streets and onto the famous cobblestones of Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and more. And if you’d rather head to Hogwarts, this trip aboard the Hogwarts Express has your name written all over it.
8. Welcome to Jurassic Park
A wild terrain where giant reptiles once roamed, the island of Oahu is a prehistoric wonderland. Made famous by Steven Spielberg’s larger-than-life film, “Jurassic Park,” this epic landscape is begging to be explored. Head to Oahu to experience all the flora and fauna of island-living — without running for your life. From the majestic Ko’olau Mountains to Hanauma Bay, this incredible landscape is sure to stun even without the dinosaurs it’s come to be known for.
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