A good movie should put you right in the middle of the action. It’s enough to make you long for a life of magic and adventure like that of Harry Potter or Indiana Jones.
The good news is that you can visit several of the most well-known filming locations. So, you can recreate the movie magic even if you’re not a magician or an archaeologist looking for buried gold. Here are a few well-known filming locations that would make excellent stops on your next trip if you’re looking for a little adventure.
Petra, Jordan, as seen in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
The 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade brought international attention to the ancient city of Petra, which is known for its sculpted rose-red sandstone façade, tombs, and temple. One of the seven wonders of the world, Petra, was used as the setting for Indiana Jones’s quest for the Holy Grail.
Jurassic Park: Kauai’s Hanapepe Valley
Hanapepe Valley, Kauai, Hawaii, was used as the setting for the Jurassic Park films. The great Steven Spielberg, who directed a portion of Jurassic Park, filmed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Located in Hanapepe Valley, not far from the Na Pali Coast, is Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurassic Falls, where the helicopter rides and waterfall shots were filmed. Helicopter rides are offered to the very private falls where visitors can explore and take photographs, even if many other parts of the island are inaccessible to them. Kauai, with its tropical warmth and verdant rainforests, is the least populated of the Hawaiian islands.
Greece, Damouchari To the tune of “Mamma Mia!”
In the film Mamma Mia, a mother is getting ready for her daughter’s wedding while the daughter is having three guys stay at the hotel so she may find out which one of them is her biological father. It was shot on a Greek island with a fishing village and crystal pure ocean. You can go there and remember how great it felt to sing and dance in the sand. The island of Skopelos is now a popular vacation spot because of its appearance in the movie Mamma Mia. Fans of the film Mamma Mia! have complained that Skopelos does not look like the film’s iconic locations. Damouchari has fewer tourists and more than enough breathtaking scenery to please any photographer.
Slumdog Millionaire in Mumbai
The majority of the action takes place in Mumbai, where we see the contrast between Jamal’s slum upbringing and the gleaming skyscrapers of the city’s corporate centers. A diversion to see the Taj Mahal in Agra is included. In addition, during the closing credits, Jamal and Latika visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the location where the Hindi dance sequence to “Jai Ho” was shot. Since nearly seven million people pass through the station every day, dancing is probably not in the cards.
Carolina del Sur, “The Notebook”
The Notebook is widely regarded as one of the finest cinematic examples of the love story genre. In it, Noah tells Ali that he would build a white mansion with blue shutters for her one day when he finds an abandoned mansion. Throughout the film, the mansion serves as a symbol of his love and leads Ali back to the place where she first met Noah and fell in love with him. The video was shot in dreamy South Carolina, where lush forests of oaks, mosses, and palms line the highway. Have you ever been curious about the whereabouts of the mansion that Noah remodelled for Ali? Like the house where Noah used to have his dance parties on the front porch when he was a kid. Martin’s Point Plantation on Wadmalaw Island is home to the mansion. The house where Noah grew up can be seen near Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
The Sound Of Music
The slopes of Austria undoubtedly echo the sounds of music… and tourists. Even though Mozart was born there, the movie The Sound of Music is mostly responsible for the city’s current prominence. As Maria did, confidently sprint across Residenzplatz Square and through the hedge tunnel into the Mirabell Gardens, singing “Do-Re-Mi.” The youngsters famously fell into the lake at the Palace of Leopoldskron, one of the homes used as the Von Trapp Home. The other is the exterior of Frohnburg Castle, which was used for moments like Maria’s entrance at the family home. Check out these other classic musicals and see how they stack up against The Sound of Music.
Atlanta, Georgia, The Swan House in The Hunger Games
Location scouting, when done in the Atlanta area, where the film industry is thriving, should always go smoothly. The crew of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) hit the jackpot when they discovered the Swan House in the city.
The Atlanta Historical Society ordinarily occupies the 1920s-era house, but during the filming of The Hunger Games, Donald Sutherland’s villain, President Snow, made it his home. Filming took place on the property, although the crew took precautions to save the old house.
The Rocky Steps Outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1976)
Rocky is the nickname given to a series of films starring Sylvester Stallone that are popular among fans of films about sports. Rocky Balboa is a journeyman fighter who has to work and cry his way to the top. Millions of people have been moved by this tale. The scene on the steps has become a universally recognised symbol of this film. Rocky sprints up the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s famous 72-stone steps. These actions shot to prominence immediately. It has been dubbed the “Rocky Steps” in recent years. The view from the top of the stairs is well worth the climb. A bronze statue of Rocky was gifted by Sylvester Stallone. This is located near the base of the stairwell. If you’re a fan of Rocky, this is the perfect place to get your photo shot.
Inception’s Pont de Bir-Hakeim Bridge
Without the moving mirrors, it may take a moment to place this bridge as the location where Leonardo DiCaprio instructs Ellen Page in the art of dream construction in the film Inception. Location: Paris, France, spanning the Seine between the 15th and 16th arrondissements.
The Lord of The Rings Setting in New Zealand
New Zealand’s economy has benefited greatly from the increased attention it received while filming Lord of the Rings there. Some of New Zealand’s most stunning locations were hand-picked for the film’s countless sequences, drawing admiring glances from viewers everywhere. Hobbiton was built amid the rolling Matamata hills, with flowers and crops planted a year before filming began to serve as a backdrop for Frodo and Bilbo’s dwellings. Filming for both Mount Doom and Mordor took place in the foreboding volcanic region of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. The Misty Mountains, where Gollum hid the ring, were filmed on location in the South Island glaciers and the Southern Alps. Millions have been touched by the enchanting scenery of Middle Earth, made famous in the classic film.
The magic of the movies, in other words, isn’t limited to the warm glow of movie screens or the convenience of our living rooms. It is clear from our travels to the actual sites of famous film sets that cinema gives our towns, landscapes, and buildings a magic that lasts for decades. A film buff or restless soul can experience a tangible piece of cinematic history by visiting one of these locations, which will forever bear the imprint of the stories they hosted.
Inviting us to relive our favorite movie moments in a deeply personal way, these locations range from the colorful, romantic streets of Paris seen in Amélie to the vast, majestic vistas of New Zealand seen in The Lord of the Rings and the rustic beauty of Matamata’s Hobbiton. These landmarks are more than simply movie sets; they are part of our collective consciousness and a monument to the transformative power of good storytelling.
The tremendous enchantment of cinema, with its capacity to inspire, transform, and connect, is brought home to us when we walk out of the reel and into the real. The world is a vast theatre waiting to be discovered; a never-ending set beckoning us to come closer, to dig a little deeper, and to create our own stories. The real-life settings of these well-known films are just waiting to be explored by movie buffs, explorers, and nature lovers alike. Prepare for your cinematic adventure by gathering some snacks and your passport.