Surely you’ve dreamed of going to Hogwarts or go explore the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones, have you not?
In the age of computer graphics and special effects, fantasy films and other genres alike showcases realistic worlds and locations that would be difficult or impossible to build in a studio or location set. Hats off though to those films where directors incorporate real locations and enhanced with visual effects and graphics (our eyes are on you George Lucas).
Films transport us to places where we’d rather be and where want to visit in the future. It satisfies our feet itchy for a travel adventure.
If you’re like us who loves movies and travel, check out these movie locations you can actually visit—maybe you’ll find the time to do so in the future!
#1: Place: Angel Falls in Southern Venezuela
Pixar’s Up was and will always be a tear-jerker, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, you’d still find yourself with tears streaming down your cheeks. It’s a great adventure movie that inspires us to travel, open our hearts and mind, widen our perspective, and continue to treasure our remaining years by living our (and our loved ones’) dreams.
The movie showcases the beauty and serenity Carl and Ellie Fredrickson’s dream adventure—Paradise Falls, which was inspired by Angel Falls’ landscape. The director of the film (Pete Docter) and a number of his Pixar team trekked their way to see witness the picturesque Angel Falls themselves. And the result, as you see, is a heart-warming film encompassing a breathtaking view.
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#2: Place: The Firehouse in New York City
Yes, it’s no fiction—the Ghostbusters’ New York City headquarters is located at 14 North Moore Street, corner Varick Street in TriBeCa. In fact, it’s the Hook & Ladder Company Fire Department firehouse. Don’t mistake it from the actual firehouse in the movie though. The interiors of the firehouse was shot in a different location (firehouse in Los Angeles).
Photo from Wikimedia Commons
#3: Place: New Zealand
Movies: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy
Both Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogy boast attention-grabbing fantasy landscapes. Yes, they have used graphics to add visual effects; and yes, you can visit some of the places in both films.
Scenes from the LoTR and The Hobbit films were shot in particular areas in New Zealand: scenes for the Shire and Hobbiton, Rivendell, ‘One Ring;, and several others. For the sake of the adventure junkie and LoTR/The Hobbit fan within you, go and explore these places and check that out off your bucket list.
Photo from 100% Pure New Zealand
#4: Place: Hatley Castle in British Columbia, Canada
Ever wished to set foot on the real Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and just pretend to be a mutant for a good 5 minutes? All Marvel and X-Men heads out there, you may find yourself listing this down on your travel bucket list.
Hatley Castle, standing tall in British Columbia, Canada, appeared in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand. If you happen to have the time to stop by around Canada, put this on your itinerary and awaken the X-Men child in you.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons
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#5: Place: Katz’s Deli in New York City
Movie: When Harry Met Sally
One of the century’s most loved rom-coms, When Harry Met Sally, left us with one of the most iconic scenes in which delivers one of the most iconic lines: “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Oh, and the cinema’s unarguably most famous orgasm scene. That’s one of the factors that made the movie stand out. If you ever book a flight to New York, don’t miss passing by Katz’s Delicatessen where the iconic scene took place. People having orgasmic reenactments of the scene is no stranger in the deli. In fact, they have a sign pointed at the table where Harry and Sally sat. Once you’re there, don’t forget to have what she had.
Photo from Mirror
#6: Place: Monument Valley
Movie: Forrest Gump
Highway 162 through Monument Valley, the road where everyone’s beloved character, Forrest Gump, decided to stop running. Suffice to say, it’s an incredible experience to drive by this road, just stand in the middle of it and appreciate the beauty of the landscape. Yes, it’s a long drive but we assure you, it’s worth every minute of it.
Photo from slantmagazine.com
What film locations have you plan on visiting? We’d like to know—share it with us!