Some people travel to offbeat locations. Other people like to travel to beach and some choose to travel to the mountains. I love all of the above but I love movie-inspired travel. I don’t necessarily seek out movie locations when choosing a travel destination, but once the destination is chosen, I do a quick search to see if there are in movie locations we have to check out. The locations may be at local colleges, bars, restaurants, parks and more. I don’t discriminate either…it doesn’t have to be a movie or television show that I loved. I want to see it all.
When my husband and I were on our ten year anniversary in Hawaii, I dragged him all over the island of Oahu to spot locations where the TV show, LOST was filmed. We found the Others’ homes, the beach where the plane crashed and the church where Jin and Sun got married. We also took a tour of Kualoa Ranch, where we learned that Lost was not the only thing filmed in the valley but also Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Windtalkers, Godzilla, and more.
On a family trip to Austria, I made my dad, stepmom and the rest of my family do a little jig with me in front of the Sound of Music gazebo where Leisl sang the words “I am sixteen, going on seventeen.”
During a very long road trip through Wyoming we stopped at Hell’s Half Acre and saw where some of Starship Troopers was filmed. There isn’t much out there but I was awed by the landscape much like I think I will be if I ever get to the Grand Canyon.
We live about an hour and a half away from the house that Jim Carey lived in while filming his character in The Truman Show but we had never stopped to see it. A few months ago, we finally made a point to stop in Seaside, Florida and while I was underwhelmed by the changes (it has been years since the filming, of course), we loved seeing a part of that film history.
What is on my list for future trips?
New York City, a city that seems to always seems just out of reach, is one of my top film location spots. The movies and television filmed there are limitless.
Sometime in the next year or so, I would love to take my children to Clearwater, Florida to see where parts of Dolphin Tale were filmed.
Forks, Washington is a bit far away, but I would love to visit the sites that were made popular with the filming of Twilight. I may have to wait until my daughter is old enough to the read the books herself before we make that trip!
What movie locations do you want to visit?