8 Real-Life TV Show and Movie Locations You Can Visit on Your Next Vacay

By | 09/21/2021

A great movie has the charm and the pull in it to transport you from your seat to the scene itself. You can be stranded alone on a deserted island with Tom Hanks in ‘Cast Away’, or be one of the ‘no-maj’ trying to escape the fearful presence of Grindelwald in New York City. 

Here’s some good news, many famous movie and TV locations are real and you can visit them. Even though you might not actually be a wizard or a desolate survivor trying to stay alive and search for a way back home, you can relive the movie magic yourself. 

Pack your bags and prepare for an adventure straight from the big screen because here are 8 famous movie locations worth adding to your top travel destinations for the year. 

Gstaad Palace – Archer

Archer and his team at the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) travel to a variety of high-flying locations around the world on a regular basis. Despite the fact that it is an animated series, many of the locations depicted in the series are real, three-dimensional locations. Although the flirtatious espionage and snowmobile chases in Season 2 are entirely fictitious, the setting was inspired by the town and its famous Gstaad ski resort.

Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan – Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

If you’ve ever wanted to live in the world of the action-packed adventure film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” your wish has come true. The Canyon of the Crescent Moon was based on Al Khazneh, a massive sandstone temple built in one of the most enthralling places on the planet, Petra, Jordan. While it does not contain the Holy Grail, Al Khazneh is a gorgeous spot perfect for history buffs and film enthusiasts alike. 

American Horror Story: Murder House

Nobody could forget the stunning—and insanely haunted—mansion that began it all. The 1908 structure is better known to American Horror Story fans as the “Murder House,” where much of the first season was set. However, the fictional mansion is home to a swarm of homicidal ghosts who were quick to take their vengeance on any brave buyer who dared to move in. But the visitors will be relieved to know that the real thing is phantasm-free and utterly stunning. Its standout feature is the main hall, which features a turreted stairwell and is lit with Tiffany stained glass windows.

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England – Harry Potter series 

Hogwarts is real for a lot of people. Well it surely is or at least the building is. The book adapted “Harry Potter” series used exterior shots of Oxford Christ Church Cathedral. An awe-inspiring place of worship was the basis for the enchanted Hogwarts. Movie magic makes it look like the place the famous Potter calls home.

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles — La La Land

If you are on the West coast go head to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. It is here, where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone danced around inside! They ended up re-creating the observatory on a set as shooting scenes was and still is not permitted inside. But they still used the exterior nevertheless. 

You should surely visit the Hermosa Beach Jazz club in Los Angeles too. Gosling takes Stone here, when she says she doesn’t like jazz.  If in town, you could also try delta-8 THC gummies for a nice calm stay. 

Varda Viaduct in Adana, Turkey — Skyfall

All Daniel Craig fans, the Varda Viaduct is worth a visit. The sight where the opening scene of the James Bond blockbuster, Skyfall ended. Originally intended as a railway between Europe and the Middle East, The Varda viaduct has now become a treasured price of Bond history. After the film, the bridge has now become very popular among local and foreign tourists alike. Photography aficionados are often seen scattered around the area to capture a moment at this beautiful spot. 

Katz Delicatessen in New York City — When Harry Met Sally

Do you want what “She’s having”? Then you should heat to 205 East Houston Street on New York City’s Lower East Side to find Katz Deli. If you think the place looks familiar, that’s because this is the place where the most iconic scene from “When Harry Met Sally ” took place.

Katz Delicatessen is also very famous throughout the last couple of decades, for serving up enormous pastrami sandwiches

Point Dume, Malibu — Planet of the Apes

The final scene from the 1968 classic “Planet of the Apes” was filmed at Point Dume in Malibu, California. You can still see Charlton Heston’s fist slamming the beach over what… Ahh almost had you all there, no spoilers from my end. It’s an amazing movie to see and with that comes the iconic beach.

These days, Point Dume is a celebrity beach hotspot where you may see stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Aniston.

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