The United States is the epitome of Hollywood moments, and that’s why I love it. It is so familiar to me even before I get there. Some cities in the US are so full of filming locations that you can find them on every corner if you look hard enough.

However, some of the best movie and tv filming locations in the USA are those which are found in the most obscure places – small towns and off the beaten track regions – which many tourists haven’t even heard of. But often enough, Hollywood has – and have made more than one film or tv show in that location. They’re the ones I love most. Sometimes I see a location so much I can spot it immediately now. That’s my secret talent. But for me, it’s about the chance to explore real places – real streets, real houses, real towns in and outside of the larger tourist filled cities of America.

Since 2008, I have traveled across the United States chasing filming locations and it has led me to some of the most amazing towns and locations I could have ever wished to see. And I am not the only one who does this. So for this particular article, I asked fellow travelers what their favourite filming locations were in the US, and I received a huge response back. Thus, this won’t be one of those generic “Top 10 filming locations” to see in the USA articles. Far from it. There are so many more than 10 top filming locations in a country as big as the USA, and you will soon see why.

Many of these locations, I have been to myself – which only highlights just how popular some of these filming locations actually are within the United States. But some are still on my list, and I want to see them now more than ever.

If you are traveling in the United States and want to add something fun to your itinerary, I wholly recommend you visit some of these locations and the towns that they live in to make your vacation even more exciting. One of the best travel memories one can have is getting to say “I’ve been there!” when you spot one on a re-watch of something you love.

So what are the most popular and iconic filming locations that all travelers should see when exploring the USA?

Here are our top picks of what is on offer in the US – but there is so much more than just what we have listed here (and more will be added over time!) All locations featured are broken down into STATE and CITY so they are easier to find. And any questions – just ask! And if you are heading over to the USA soon, be sure to join my Facebook community Travel In The USA – Practical Advice For Everyone!

California

 

– Los Angeles –

The Office

(2005 – 2013)

by Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Based on the UK series of the same name, The Office  is set in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the style of a ‘mockumentary’, using a single camera setup. The Office centers on the employees of Dunder Mifflin, a mediocre paper company run by boss, Michael Scott. Cameras follow the everyday lives of the employees as they attempt to get through their workdays, and navigate their personal relationships with each other – in and outside of the office.

Starring

Steve Carrell (Michael Scott), John Krasinski (Jim Halpet), Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beasley)

About The Office Dunder Mifflin Filming Location

Was The Office filmed in Scranton? Sorry guys, it wasn’t. Fans of the show will recognize many filming locations from The Office  within the Northern Los Angeles areas (not Scranton!). But it is one specific location which 5 years after the show ended – still draws fans to it, myself included – the office building where The Office took place.

While the interior of The Office was shot on an LA set, the Chandler Valley Center Studios is the actual exterior of the Dunder Mifflin building, and was used throughout it’s entire series run. Many memorable scenes were shot outside in the carpark and the entrance of the building or the accompanying street, with classic scenes including “The Fire” episode aka when “Ryan started the fire”, when Michael runs Meredith over with his car and Pam and Jim’s secret relationship finally being exposed.

As a fan of the show – I have no actual number on how often I have watched this show from start to finish, it is that good – to be able to see this very location in the flesh was everything to me this past September. This is the epitome of locations for The Office fans and always will be.

The Dunder Mifflin building from The Office is located at 13927 Saticoy Street in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. 

Beverly Hills Cop

(1984)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Axel Foley is a cop from Detroit stirring up trouble for the Beverly Hills Police Department when he investigates his friends murder.

Starring

Eddie Murphy (Axel Foley), Judge Reinhold (Det. Billy Rosewood), John Ashton (Sgt. John Taggart)

About The Beverly Hills Cop Filming Location

A visit to Beverly Hills makes any fan of Beverly Hills Cop feel like they are back in the film. Whether it is the City Hall, which stood in for the Beverly Hills Police Department or just Rodeo Drive, it’s hard not to hear Eddie Murphy’s signature laugh everywhere you go. But one location is a real highlight when in Los Angeles, and that is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is famous for the iconic “banana in the tailpipe” scene in Beverly Hills Cop ; where Axel realizes he is being followed to his hotel by the Detectives, so he sends out room service to their car so they don’t see him placing bananas in their tailpipe. Thus, when he exits the hotel a few minutes later, they go to follow him and their car breaks down. This scene is one of the best in the film, and thus why many trek to this location – myself included. But far more has been shot at the Biltmore than just Beverly Hills Cop, from Pretty In Pink to Ghostbusters to Pretty Woman so it is one location worth checking out if you’re exploring Downtown LA.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel from Beverly Hills Cop is located at 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles.

Pretty Woman

(1990)

by Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

The unlikely coupling of a prostitute named Vivian, who works Hollywood Blvd and a rich and handsome visiting businessman named Edward is the main plot point in this romantic drama. After Edward hires Vivian to be his date (with benefits) for the week; business and pleasure intertwine in one of the most popular love stories to ever grace our screens – and made Julia Roberts a household name.

Starring

Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward), Richard Gere (Edward Lewis), Hector Elizondo (Barney Thompson)

About The Pretty Woman Apartment Filming Location 

Any lover of Pretty Woman would recognize the Las Palmas Hotel as Vivian’s Apartment from the opening and closing scenes of Pretty Woman. The most notable scenes that were shot here are the opening ones when Vivian leaves her apartment to work Hollywood Blvd; and the “grand gesture” of Edward rescuing Vivian by climbing the ladder to her fire escape to profess his love for her – and to save her from her LA lifestyle.

This is the ultimate Pretty Woman location beyond Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Rodeo Drive. “Big Mistake!…HUGE!” remember? If you are walking along Hollywood Blvd, a pit stop to this location is a must, as it really is within walking distance to Hollywood and Highland and those touristy areas.

The Pretty Woman apartment is located on 1738 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles.

The Brady Bunch

(1969 – 1974)

by Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Here’s a story…about a mum with 3 daughters who marries a dad with 3 sons, add in a housekeeper and a dog and you have a very large bunch of people under one roof! This show is the ultimate television classic and it’s house is an icon among all of the filming locations in Los Angeles.

Starring 

Florence Henderson (Carol Brady), Robert Reed (Mike Brady), Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)

About The Brady Bunch House Filming Location

The Brady Bunch house is the ultimate icon in Los Angeles – and is said to be the 2nd most photographed house in the United States, behind The White House in Washington DC. Most recently, it made the news after former N’SYNC member Lance Bass lost out to HGTV for the purchase of the house, after it went on sale for the first time in 50 years.

HGTV are going to renovate the house for a TV special so that coverage alone will pay for the cost of the house – which set them back a cool $3.5 million USD – over $1.5 million more than the $1.89 million USD asking price! You will need a car to get to this house given how suburban it is and as always please respect the property if you visit. It is a private residence and not a real film set.

The Brady Bunch house is located at 11222 Dilling St, North Hollywood.

Father Of The Bride

(1991)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

When daddy’s little girl returns after studying abroad with an engagement ring and a soon to be husband – George Banks finds it really hard to let her go. Add in an over the top wedding planner and a wedding that blows the budget and his sanity…can George give his daughter the wedding of her dreams or will he crack under the pressure?

Starring

Steve Martin (George Banks), Diane Keaton (Nina Banks), Martin Short (Franck Egglehoffer), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Annie Banks)

About The Father Of The Bride House Filming Location

Pasadena is a charming town to visit anytime you visit the Los Angeles area. So many films and television shows have used properties right here as the houses for their productions. Why? Because all the houses in Pasadena are just stunning pieces of architecture and so are the streets they sit on! The jewel in the crown in this neighbourhood though is the Father Of The Bride house. And one look at it will explain one.

Though only the exterior of this house was used in Father Of The Bride, the front of the house was used at this location – but not the backyard where those famous basketball scenes were shot. That was another property. This house is so pretty, and sits on a lovely street where people walk their dogs and bicycle along. It is honestly straight out of a movie – even in real life. And luckily for me, I have been able to see it twice! If only Steve Martin and Diane Keaton were there to say hello to!

If you visit please ensure you are respectful of the homeowners and their property, as well as those who live on the street.

The Father Of The Bride house is located at 843 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena. 

Gilmore Girls

(2000 – 2007)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Lorelai's House , Warner Bros. Set Tour

TV Show Synopsis

A mother –  daughter story full of fast talking, pop culture and small town charm. Thirty-something Lorelai Gilmore has raised daughter Rory on her own since she was 16. Now, with a teenage daughter, a re-established but complicated relationship with her parents, dreams of opening her own inn and the endless characters which make small town life in Stars Hollow that much more charming – no day is ever boring in this town.

Starring

Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore).

About The Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow Filming Locations

When visiting Los Angeles, a detour to Burbank is a must with a tour of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The Warner Bros Tour is the best studio tour in Los Angeles, as well as the United States. Fans get to see so much.

Luckily, fans of the show don’t need to settle for just one location from Gilmore Girls. There are tons here with the entire Stars Hollow town on offer to explore! Fans can see the houses used in the filming, including Lorelai’s house, Sookie’s house and Kim’s Antiques. Luke’s Diner and Miss Patty’s Dance Studio are also there to see, as well as the town square, where so much happened throughout the series – though whether the iconic Gilmore Girls  gazebo is in the square on your visit is pure chance. (Sometimes it is there, or taken out depending on what is filming on the day).

Warner Bros. Town Centre

If you want to know what the Warner Bros tour is like, read all about what you can see right here. It is truly amazing and one of the best things to do in LA.

The Warner Bros tour is located at 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank.

Grease

(1978)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

An Australian girl meets a boy at the beach during her Californian Summer – who turns out to be the stud of the local high school, which she ends up attending. It’s 1950’s America in all it’s musical glory. Summer Lovin indeed.

Starring

Olivia Newton-John (Sandy), John Travolta (Danny), Stockhard Channing (Rizzo), Didi Conn (Frenchy)

About The Grease High School Filming Location

Grease is as classic as Hollywood films come. And best of all for fans of Grease the high school is a real location found in Venice Beach, California. The exterior of Venice High School was used as the setting of Rydell High, which becomes clear the minute you see it. It’s such a well known building on a worldwide scale.

The exterior of the building, front and back were used in the filming, though fans are only really able to see the front as it can be deemed as trespassing if you try and enter the school grounds – which is the case in any school. This is a real functioning school and people can’t just walk around it wherever they like – especially if kids are around.

That all being said, if you’re visiting Venice Beach during the school year or school day, just be mindful of all of this and respect the grounds.

The Grease high school, Venice High School is located at 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles.

Die Hard

(1988)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Photo ©Sarah Davidson

Film Synopsis

New York City police officer, John McClane travels to LA to save his marriage on Christmas Eve. However, he’s not the only outsider heading to the Nagatomi Plaza for the company Christmas party; as terrorists take over and hold everyone and the building hostage. John may be the only man that can save them.

Starring

Bruce Willis (John McClane), Alan Rickman (Hans Gruber)

About The Die Hard Nagatomi Building Filming Location

When people visit Los Angeles, many make a point of tracking down the famed Nagatomi Plaza aka “the Die Hard building” during their visit. It is as iconic as the Hollywood sign here. This film was a hit, given the amount of sequels on offer. So it only makes sense that this location is so popular, especially for the male population.

In real life, the Die Hard building it’s the Fox Plaza Tower. Not the ‘Nagatomi’ obviously, but the building is the same as what it looked like in the film so one can really re-live their Die Hard dreams in LA. I mean c’mon – who doesn’t want to pretend they are Bruce Willis for a day right?

A picture with this building is a must if you love Die Hard and are in LA. Yippee-ki-yay and all that!

The Nagatomi building from Die Hard is located at 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, Los Angeles.

Friends

(1994 – 2004)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Six friends living in New York encounter all the issues that come along with adulthood: romance, career, friendship and more. Life isn’t always easy, but one liners and comedic moments make this one of the best sitcoms in TV history.

Starring

Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), David Schwimmer (Ross Gellar), Counteney Cox (Monica Gellar), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay).

About The Friends Central Perk Filming Location

There are two major locations of Friends that fans of the show can see in the United States. One is located in Los Angeles and the other in New York City (see the NYC section below for that one!). Like the Gilmore Girls locations; the Friends coffee house, Central Perk is located right at the end of the Warner Bros. Tour in Burbank for all to enjoy.

Visitors can sit on the couch and have their photo taken just like I did, in the re-created Central Perk set – which looks just how it appeared in the final scene of the final episode of Season 10. Seeing Central Perk is a must for any Friends fan given the number of endless iconic scenes that were shot here. It really does bring it all back when you see it – and the couch is pretty comfy too!

This is one of the major highlights on the Warner Bros tour – so don’t miss out on it.

The Warner Bros tour is located at  3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank.

La La Land

(2016)

By Ketki of Dotted Globe

Film Synopsis

La La Land  revolves around the life of two star-crossed lovers who must choose between their careers in Tinseltown and their relationship.

Starring

Ryan Gosling (Sebastian), Emma Stone (Mia)

About The La La Land Griffith Observatory Filming Location

La La Land, won six academy awards in 2016 and was shot at various locales in Los Angeles.

Ryan Gosling looks plain gorgeous throughout the movie and the songs are very catchy. One of the popular scenes has the couple visit Griffith Observatory and dance inside it. Griffith Observatory is an iconic LA location and is visited by thousands of visitors every day.

It is my favorite place in the city for a couple of reasons: interesting science exhibits, beautiful views of LA and for its reputation as a filming locale. Apart from La La Land, Griffith Observatory has been featured in various other movies including Rebel Without a Cause, The Terminator, and Transformers.

Visitors can also see a show inside the Planetarium theatre, where the La La Land characters dance to a song and the famous Foucault Pendulum which displays earth’s rotation. While I visited Griffith Observatory for the first time before La La Land was released, it felt great to see the Observatory pictured in the movie.

The Griffith Observatory is located at 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles.

This Is Us

(2016 – Present)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

The emotional story of two parents and their unique triplets, told in the present tense with flashbacks to the past.

Starring

Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), Mandy Moore (Rebecca), Chrissy Metz (Kate), Justin Hartley (Kevin), Sterling K. Brown (Randall)

About The This Is Us House Filming Location

This Is Us shot to the top of the ratings over the past 2 years, and rightfully so. It is so emotional – no matter what the episode. But, that’s what has helped it skyrocket to all the USA filming location lists. When I made it to the US last September, I knew I had to see the 2 houses I could get to which were Randall’s Mansion House and the Pearson family home (pre fire).

Randall’s house is actually located in Altadena – and when I saw it I recognised it immediately as the original house from 7th Heaven – which changed after the first episode to a house in Santa Monica. Randall lives here with his family in This Is Us and since he has really made a life for himself in the show, this is highlighted by the grandeur of his house and neighbourhood. The house is really impressive to look at though.

The Pearson house is located between Pasadena and Glendale in Eagle Rock, about a 15 minute drive from Randall’s house. This was where the Pearson family lived until a house fire gutted it and ultimately killed Jack due to his health issues which resulted from the smoke of the fire.

Both locations are worth seeing if you a fan of the show and are found in truly beautiful areas of Los Angeles – places I would happily live in. But there are heaps more out there to see – so I will be back to see more.

The This Is Us houses are located at:

Randall’s House is located at 1090 Rubio St, Altadena.

Pearson family home is located at 5223 Shearin Ave, Los Angeles.

Charmed

(1998 -2006)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Three sisters living in San Francisco, discover their destiny to battle against the forces of evil, using their special powers.

Starring

Shannen Doherty (Prue), Holly Marie Combs (Piper), Alyssa Milano (Phoebe), Rose McGowan (Paige)

About The Charmed House Filming Location

In the 1990s, Charmed was one of the hottest shows on television. Lasting 8 seasons, and establishing a new re-boot in 2018, it seems that the show still resonates with fans.

The Charmed  house is not located in San Francisco like many people like – thus the magic of Hollywood. But it is found in Los Angeles in a suburban area of Angelino Heights, a stone’s throw from Echo Park and Dodger Stadium. The house is pretty epic to see in the flesh. I saw so many locations the day I saw the Charmed house and pulling up unsure about what I was there to see was quickly resolved when I saw the house. I knew it was Charmed that I was standing in front of.

The Charmed house is located at 1329 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles.

Back To The Future

(1985)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

In this 1980’s classic, Marty McFly is transported back to the 1950’s – to the time his parents first met. To protect his own future existence, he must ensure his parents fall in love, as well as save the life of eccentric scientist Doc Brown upon his return.

Starring

Michael J. Fox (Marty), Christopher LLoyd (Doc), Lea Thompson (Lorraine)

About The Back To The Future House Filming Location

The Back To The Future  House is one of the most recognized in Hollywood history. And the street the house sits on is as well, because it is where that famous quote “where we’re going, we don’t need roads” is said at the conclusion of the film.

I have heard different accounts from people who have been to The Back To The Future house and some say the owners of the house are quite frustrated by the people who stop by and take photos of their house, and I even read that they wished the house had never been used in the film, but I didn’t find any of that when i went in Sept 2018 – though I didn’t stay too long just in case it was true!

But if you enjoy classic films and want to go truly back to the 80’s, then coming to see the Back To The Future house is a must! It really doesn’t get better than this! If you go to the top of the street too, you’ll recognise it as the place the “Lyon Estates” signs were located as well, which Marty skates past – which is pretty cool too.

The Back To The Future House is located at 9303 Roslyndale Avenue in Arleta, California. (Within the San Fernando Valley area).

 

– Buelleton, Santa Ynez, Solvang & Los Olivos –

Sideways

(2004)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

No California roadtrip is complete without wine – so why wouldn’t there be a film about a bachelor party long weekend, exploring the local wine areas of Buelleton, Los Olivos, Solvang and Santa Ynez? That’s exactly what Sideways did – although it was adapted from the novel of the same name too. Miles and Jack hit the road to celebrate Jack’s last days as a bachelor, but complications arise when Jack decides to have one last hurrah before tying the knot, with a local woman named Stephanie. Miles, while dealing with his own issues of becoming a published author, also finds himself caught up in a complicated relationship – as well as having to keep tabs on Jack.

Starring

Paul Giamatti (Miles), Thomas Haden Church (Jack), Sandra Oh (Stephanie), Virginia Madsen (Mya)

About The Sideways Tour Filming Locations

Fans of Sideways  can take the Sideways  self tour when visiting the Santa Barbara County region.

From staying at the Sideways Inn (where Miles and Jack stayed when exploring the area in Sideways; to eating dinner at The Hitching Post II (where Miles introduces Jack to Mya); the Wine Merchant Cafe in Los Olivos (where Miles demands that “we are not drinking any fucking Merlot!”) or indulging in breakfast at the Solvang Restaurant (there is a plaque on the booth Miles and Jack sit in); to drinking at any one of the wineries featured in the film, this is one cool area to explore if you love Sideways.

The wineries worth seeing as part of the Sideways  tour include:

Fess Parker (where Miles gets drunk and drinks out of the spit bucket) , Kalyra Winery (An Australian winery where Miles and Jack meet Stephanie), Foxen and Firestone.

The Santa Barbara county wine region is truly remarkable – and actually gives Napa Valley a run for its money. Whether you love the film or not, this is one region that must be explored if you are driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Do not miss it.

The Sideways Filming Locations Worth Seeing Are:

Sideways Inn, located at 114 E, CA-246, Buelleton

Hitching Post II, located at 406 E Hwy 246, Buellton

Solvang Restaurant, located at 1672 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang

Kalyra Winery, located at 343 N Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez

Fess Parker Winery, located at 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos

Wine Merchant Restaurant, located at 2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

 

– Death Valley National Park –

Star Wars

(1977)

By Melynda of Traveling Mel

Film Synopsis

A Galaxy is in the midst of war with the Imperial Forces under leader Darth Vader, holding Princess Leia hostage in a bid to quell a rebellion. Can Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, work together to help the Rebel Alliance restore freedom to the Galaxy – and save the Princess?

Starring

David Prowse (Darth Vader), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).

About The Star Wars Death Valley Filming Location

When my sons and I were hiking through Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley National Park a few years ago, we ran into a Park Ranger. He started talking to us about the geology and biology of the park. It was very interesting. But, what really sparked the kids’ interest was finding out that parts of Star Wars, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and many others, was filmed partially in Death Valley.

The 1977 film, directed by George Lucas about a galaxy in the midst of a civil war, was filmed all over the world. Part of the movie takes place on a planet called Tatooine, and was filmed primarily in Tunisia. When they needed to do retakes after returning home, they used Death Valley as a stand in. Some of the places in Death Valley that were used in the film are:

-Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes – scene where R2D2 goes his separate way after he and C3P0 crash their escape pod on Tatooine (spliced with footage shot in Tunisia)

-Artists Palette & Golden Canyon – Canyon where R2D2 is abducted by Jawas (spliced with footage shot at Sidi Bouhlel, Tunisia)

-Artist’s Drive – Where the miniature Sandcrawler was filmed for the shot of R2D2 being carried up to it by Jawas

-Desolation Canyon – Canyon where Tusken Raiders mount Bantha before Luke Skywalker is attacked (spliced with Sidi Bouhlel footage)

-Dante’s View – panoramic establishing shot of Mos Eisley (spliced with Sidi Bouhlel footage of Luke and Obi-Wan standing on rocky outcrop)

My kids are huge Star Wars fans, and I remember seeing it in the movie theaters when it was first released. Hiking in Death Valley took on even more mystique as we imagined it as Tatooine.

Death Valley National Park is located at 328 Greenland Blvd, Death Valley, California

 

– San Diego –

Some Like It Hot

(1959)

By Chris of Explore Now or Never

Film Synopsis

In this iconic romantic comedy, two male musicians dress in drag in order to skip town after Chicago mafia puts a hit out on them for witnessing a murder. They join an all-girl band headed to a gig in Florida, where they become enamored with fellow band mate and ukulele player “Sugar” (Marilyn Monroe). From there, it’s a crazy dust-up of mistaken identities and men in drag while one of the boys courts Sugar dressed as a millionaire and the other rebuffs the advances of a real millionaire. Love triumphs in the end, which is especially satisfying since this film flirts with the ideas of homosexuality…groundbreaking in its day.

Starring

Marilyn Monroe (Sugar Kane), Jack Lemmon (Jerry), Tony Curtis (Joe).

About The Some Like It Hot Filming Location

With its distinctive red roofs, palm trees, pergolas and white wood siding, The Hotel Del off the coast of San Diego on Coronado is immediately recognizable as the scene of beachy shenanigans from Some Like It Hot…almost 60 years after it was filmed there!

Hollywood style stars in the cement sidewalk just in front of the hotel commemorate the event with the names of director Billy Wilder and each of the major actors.  If you head up the stairs to view the swank pool with the Pacific just beyond, it’s easy to envision Marilyn on a film break here with a cocktail in hand. And just behind the hotel is Coronado’s famous Silver Strand State Beach…where families, teenagers, and other romantic adventurers are still swimming and sunning all these years later.

The Some Like It Hot hotel is located at 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado.

Top Gun

(1986)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis 

Hotshot fighter pilot Maverick has the skills in the sky as well as with the ladies. Sent to school to compete against the other Top Guns, can he land the top spot and the heart of flight instructor Charlotte? Full of action, romance, an epic 80’s soundtrack and 3 signature theme songs including “Dangerzone”, “Take My Breath Away” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”…what film has managed to intertwine classic music into it’s storyline as much as this? None!

Starring

Tom Cruise (Maverick), Anthony Edwards (Goose), Kelly McGillis (Charlotte), Val Kilmer (Iceman).

About The Top Gun Bar Filming Location

When one visits San Diego, Top Gun is everywhere – the naval presence, the bars and of course the coastal views. It’s not hard to remember that Top Gun is home to this amazing city. The ultimate highlight here in San Diego is Kansas City Barbeque – a historic and harbor district bar – which many refer to as ‘the Top Gun bar’.

The food is really good here – the BBQ sauce is to die for. And the Top Gun memorabilia and naval themes here make it a fantastic place to visit when dining in San Diego.

The actual part of the barbeque where filming of Top Gun took place is the restaurant interior area on the left hand side when you walk in. This is the scene where Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan sing “Great Balls of Fire”, at the piano with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. The bar area was not used in the filming but still has memorabilia all around – including the famous piano they sang on which has been placed in the corner of the left hand side of the establishment – where the bar itself is.

On a side note – many people ask if the Top Gun house, the house Kelly McGillis lives is still standing? It is.

The Top Gun house, is located about 40 minutes from San Diego. Everything around it has been demolished – but not the house because of its historical significance within the film but also the area, as it is one of the last cottages still standing since it was built in the 1880s. Though it is not in the best state either. It has been proposed that it will be saved and restored – even though developers are planning to build a hotel on the vacant lot next to it. The city has confirmed fans will still be able to visit the house, but hopefully it begins to look a lot better than the state it is currently once they do this.

The address for Kansas City Barbeque is 600 W Harbor Dr, San Diego.

The address for the Top Gun house is 102 N Pacific St, Oceanside.

 

– San Francisco –

Full House

(1987 – 1995)

By Constance of The Adventures Of Panda Bear

TV Show Synopsis

Every single Full House fanatic knows about the famous ‘Painted Ladies’ that are shown in the opening credits of Full House from season 4. The TV show Full House, was about the Tanner family’s life in San Francisco, California. This location is where the Tanner family have a picnic in Alamo Square park with Postcard Row in the background.

Starring

Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Candace Cameron (DJ Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner), John Stamos (Uncle Jesse), Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey), and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen (Michelle Tanner).

About the Full House Filming Location

The Painted Ladies are also known as “Postcard Row” because they are often featured in postcards. These 7 colorful homes are a set of California Victorian houses located by Alamo Square in San Francisco.

It is definitely a popular spot for fans of Full House to visit even though the houses aren’t actually in the show, they used another house as a stand-in at 1709 Broderick Street.

We’ve seen so many fans of the show visit and take photos with the houses. The homeowners take care to maintain the homes so they are always beautifully colored and the Victorian details are gorgeous to behold.

As fans of the show, we loved visiting the Painted Ladies, but Alamo Square has also gotten super crowded because of the homes. People will double park on the street just so they can take a photo and tour buses will pass by to join in on the fun. In that sense, it isn’t the most relaxing spot in San Francisco, but it is still worth a visit. Just be sure to follow traffic rules and stay safe.

Alamo Square is located at Steiner St & Hayes St, San Francisco.

Mrs Doubtfire

(1993)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A father who will do anything to see his children following his divorce, dresses up as a British housekeeper called Mrs Doubtfire and is unknowingly hired by his ex-wife to look after their children.

Starring

Robin Williams (Daniel Hillard /Mrs Doubtfire), Sally Field (Miranda Hillard)

About the Mrs Doubtfire Filming Location

The Mrs Doubtfire house is one of the most famous San Francisco filming locations of all time. It’s so popular that pretty much every time I have been – another fan has always been there; plus when Robin Williams died, which truly gutted me; fans placed flowers right here on the front stoop, because this was the epitome of film locations to do with this film and Robin Williams.

The Mrs Doubtfire house is located on Steiner Street, just like the address in the film. It remains one of the most famous movie houses of all time and rightfully so – it is magnificent. Although with a tree in the front area of the house now, it does look a little different to how it appeared in the film.

If you are in San Francisco, this is one must stop location in a really nice, but hilly area. And on a further note, the Party of Five house is literally around the corner (follow the corner the Mrs Doubtfire house is on along Broadway and it’s 100 metres or so from there) at 2311 Broadway, San Francisco.

The Mrs Doubtfire house is located at 2640 Steiner St, San Francisco.

Sister Act

(1992)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

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Film Synopsis

Deloris, a Reno lounge singer goes into witness protection after witnessing her mobster boyfriend commit a murder. A detective places her in a convent in San Francisco, where she does anything but keep a low profile. Can she stay safe or will the mobsters get to her?

Starring

Whoopi Goldberg (Deloris Van Cartier), Kathy Najimy (Sister Mary Patrick), Harvey Keitel (Vince), Maggie Smith (Mother Superior)

About the Sister Act  Church Filming Location

I have managed to get to this location once – but only because I had a car. I don’t recommend catching public transport or walking down this way from the San Francisco CBD area as it won’t take you through the best neighbourhoods. Take a bus tour that will go past it if nothing else if you aren’t planning on hiring a car.

That said, the Sister Act church is one of the coolest filming locations you can see in San Francisco. Standing there in front of a place you have seen so many times – because who hasn’t seen Sister Act 100 times right? is such a memorable moment. This location really took me back to childhood, and the area does look pretty similar to how it did in the film. Thus it is so easy to picture scenes in the film and hear “Just A Touch of Love” in your head as you stand there and take it all in. If you’re lucky enough to be there when a church service is taking place – you can even go inside.

I loved seeing this location – I just wish I could find my photo of it but for now this one will have to do in the meantime.

The Sister Act church is located at 221 Valley St, San Francisco.

The Princess Diaries

(2001)

By Laura from What’s Hot

Film Synopsis

Mia Thermopolis is a perfectly ordinary awkward teenager. Then suddenly she finds out that she’s actually a princess and heir to the throne of Genovia! She embarks on a journey to learn all the ins and outs of royal life with the help of her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi.

Starring

Anne Hathaway (Mia) Julie Andrews (Queen Renaldi)

About The Princess Diaries filming location

The Princess Diaries is set in San Francisco and there are a couple of filming locations dotted around the city. The most fun filming location to visit is the arm wrestling machine in the Musee Mecanique, where Mia takes her grandmother on a day out in the bay. I had to visit myself so I could see if I could beat the machine! Whilst I thought the machine’s strength was all for show in the movie, it turns out it’s actually pretty damn strong – I didn’t stand a chance.

It was my first visit to San Francisco so I feel like I experienced all the same emotions as Queen Clarisse as I discovered more about sprawling San Francisco and slowly fell in love with it. I even tried a corn dog, just like they did! I was so happy to discover that these parts of the film were real locations, as “Genovia” most definitely does not exist!

The Princess Diaries arm wrestling machine is located at Musee Mecanique at Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco.

 

-Monterey & Big Sur-

Big Little Lies

(2017 – Present)

By Mary Beth of MBSees

TV Show Synopsis

Big Little Lies is based on Liane Moriarty’s book of the same name, about a murder mystery involving three well-to-do moms who live seemingly perfect lives by the beach.

Starring

Reese Witherspoon (Madeline), Nicole Kidman (Celeste), Shailene Woodley (Jane). Meryl Streep has been introduced for the second season.

About the Big Little Lies Filming Locations

I recently got to see Big Little Lies filming in Pacific Grove, California, and it was a mini-bucket list moment!

I’ll be honest, I had never watched the HBO series before discovering that it filmed in my newly-adopted hometown. I found out after a local casting call for the show in Monterey which, of course, I had to attend! While I didn’t get a role, my excitement knowing it would be filming just a mile from my house was too much – I had to go see for myself. The park I work-out at was suddenly transformed into a film set with Reese, Nicole and Meryl strolling around on the same patch of grass where I exercise three time a week… eeeeekkkk!!! For 3 days, I stood behind the police line with dozens of other fans, anxiously watching these fabulous ladies film scenes for the upcoming season.

Now that I’ve seen it being filmed, I can’t not  watch Big Little Lies. It’s pretty cool seeing a television show, knowing you were standing just off to the side at the exact moment that episode was taped. I yell, “I’ve been to that park!” and “I ate at that restaurant!” and “I was there!” every time I see a place I recognize on Big Little Lies. It never gets old!

Lovers Point Park is located at 631 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove.

 

Georgia

– Savannah –

Forrest Gump

(1994)

By Erin of Sand Sun & Messy Buns

Film Synopsis

If you’re not familiar with Forrest Gump, the movie tells the tale of a simple man from Alabama who lives an extraordinary life filled with memorable adventures. Forrest, brilliantly played by Tom Hanks, always found himself in the right place at the right time to witness – and become an active participant in – some of the most important moments in history. Forrest narrates the story of his life from a bench located on Chippewa Square in Savannah, and the spot where he famously sat with his box of chocolates is still one of the most-photographed locations in Savannah.

Starring

Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Sally Field (Mama Gump), Gary Sinese (Lt. Dan), Robyn Wright (Jenny)

About The Forrest Gump Bus Stop Filming Location

Most tourists don’t realize the bench isn’t actually located IN the square! The bench was a prop designed specifically for the movie, and it was placed along the road on the north side of the square, where you see the Chippewa sign in this photo. (The sidewalk beneath the bench was part of the prop!)

Paramount Studios created 4 benches for the movie, and they donated one to the city of Savannah. It currently sits in the Savannah History Museum, which is located inside the Savannah Welcome Center. It’s roped off in the museum, so unfortunately you can’t take a selfie on it.

You can, however, still dine in Jenny’s Café. It currently goes by the name Debi’s Diner.

Thanks to Georgia’s numerous tax credits for filmmakers, plus the presence of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah has become known as the “Hollywood of the East Coast” in recent years. It’s common to spot celebrities (Chloe Sevigny and AnnaSophie Robb are currently in town, amongst others.)

In the past month, I’ve been on the set of Goodbye Stranger, Disney’s upcoming live-action Lady and the Tramp movie, multiple times. I was able to watch as they added fake snow to the treetops and brought in snow machines to turn our Southern streets into a wintry wonderland!

No matter when you visit Savannah, there’s a good chance you’ll spot celebrities and/or film crews in action. It’s incredibly fun to watch movies such as Forrest Gump, The Conspirator, or Forces of Nature, and then visit the actual locations in town! Others must love it as much as I do, because Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is widely credited with putting Savannah on the tourism map! Tourism from that book and the following movie is still going 20 years later.

Chippewa Square is located on Bull Street, Savannah.

Debi’s Diner and is located on 10 W. State Street, Savannah.

Savannah History Museum is located at 303 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah.

 

Hawaii

– Oahu –

Jurassic Park

(1993)

By Michelle of Travel Fun Fam

 

Film Synopsis

Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe, Hawaii is commonly known as Jurassic Valley. As you may have guessed from the nickname, it’s where the famous Jurassic Park trilogy and the newer Jurassic World movies have all been filmed. The movies tell the story of John Hammond, a  billionaire that created a theme park where the main attraction is dinosaurs. What could possibly go wrong? Right?

Starring

Even if you have not seen any of the films, over the years Jurassic has become a synonym for dinosaur thanks to actors like Sam Neill (Alan Grant), Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm), Julianne Moore (Dr. Sarah Harding) and most recently Chris Pratt (Owen).

About The Jurassic Park Filming Location

As soon as you arrive you will feel like you are entering the Jurassic zone and will find yourself humming the theme anthem. Many things in the movies are edited but the mountains and all the greenery found in the area cannot be replicated. It’s nature at its best after all!

We certainly did not want to leave and, of course, when we got home we watched a few of the other movies filmed at Kualoa Ranch mentioned by the tour guide. Suddenly, we started to see past the Hollywood magic since we knew what was real and what was green screen or photo shopped. However, it is still amazing to watch the movie and say “that’s by the field near the dead tree!”, or “that’s by the 50 First Dates road!”

Truly a unique experience that changed the way we view movies filmed in Hawaii.

Kualoa Ranch is located at 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

(2008)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Photos provided by Julie Barker and Katy from Untold Morsels

©Julie Barker

Film Synopsis

A heartbroken musician from Los Angeles heads to Hawaii to forget about his ex-girlfriend, tv star Sarah Marshall – who happens to be at the same Hawaiian resort – with her new singer boyfriend. Can he get over her with the help of a customer service representative named Rachel?

Starring

Jason Segel (Peter Bretter), Kristen Bell (Sarah Marshall), Russell Brand (Aldous Snow), Mila Kunis (Rachel Jansen).

About The Forgetting Sarah Marshall Filming Location

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of Hawaii’s most notable films and truly makes this destination shine on film.

The hotel which featured in the film is not in Honolulu like many expect it to be. It is located in Oahu, but on the North Shore region at one of the most well-known hotels in that area, The Turtle Bay Resort Hotel.

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Many features of The Turtle Bay were included in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, including the front reception desk, hotel lobby, grounds and some of the exterior suites and villas. However, they have renovated and changed things since the filming so it doesn’t look entirely the same as it did in the film in those areas as you can see by the photos.

I am dying to stay here and explore the North Shore a lot more, but currently live vicariously through my mates Julie and Katy who shared their photos with me for the purpose of being included in this post.

The Turtle Bay Hotel is located at 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Hawaii.

 

Illinois

 

– Chicago –

My Best Friend’s Wedding

(1997)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

After making a pact that they marry if they are both single when they turn 28, Julianne and Michael’s friendship becomes complicated when he meets and proposes to 20-something Kimmy. With only 4 days notice of the impending nuptials, can Julianne win the heart of her best friend before she loses it to someone else?

Starring

Julia Roberts (Julianne), Dermot Mulroney (Michael), Cameron Diaz (Kimmy), Rupert Everett (George)

About The My Best Friend’s Wedding Union Station Filming Location

Chicago is often featured in Hollywood films, and when My Best Friend’s Wedding  was released it did help put Chicago back on the map for Hollywood. While many locations for the film were filmed in Chicago, one location is a real highlight from My Best Friend’s Wedding, and that is Union Station right in the heart of Chicago.

Featured in an array of films including The Untouchables, Union Station is where Julianne finds Michael. He is looking for Kimmy after she sees Julianne and Michael kiss – throwing the wedding into jeopardy. It is here that Julianne realises she doesn’t love Michael like she thought she did, and in fact wants him to marry Kimmy and be truly happy. She comes clean about every plan she created to sabotage the wedding and promises Michael that she will find Kimmy so he can marry her as planned, which she ends up doing.

Union Station is a truly stunning location in Chicago – whether you love the films shot here or just love seeing historic buildings. There are many beautiful train stations in the United States but this one is one of the prettiest and just from the photo you can see why. The fact that a pivotal scene was shot right here from My Best Friend’s Wedding only adds to it’s charm for fans when visiting. Union Station even get in on the film location aspect with a set up of film posters with information about what films where shot at Union Station. So, it’s nice that they expect film fans to visit for this reason – as much as catching a train is fun!

Union Station is located at 225 S Canal St, Chicago.

 

– Winnetka –

Home Alone

(1990)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

An 8 year old boy named Kevin McCallister, is left home alone when his family accidentally leave for their trip to Paris without him. Given it’s Christmas, burglars are on the prowl, including idiot “wet bandits” Marv and Harry, who underestimate Kevin and his determination to protect his house. Can he do it?

Starring

Macaulay Culkin (Kevin),  Joe Pesci (Harry), Daniel Stern (Marv).

About The Home Alone House Filming Location

If there was one filming location I wanted to see in my life, it was the Home Alone house. And luckily for me – I have now seen it twice! However, not everyone is so lucky because the owners started fixing the house up over the past couple of years so it hasn’t been easy to see with fencing up all around it. (And apparently the garage has been demolished).

When they can eventually see it in all it’s former glory, fans of the film can reminisce about all the major scenes that took place right here, including Kevin’s famous “I’m not afraid anymore!” speech. It never gets old – and that scream haha!

That said, this is one location people trek to when visiting Chicago. It is a short train ride out to the suburbs from Chicago’s Ogilvie Station to the town of Winnetka. The Home Alone church is located in Wilmette, the next town over. I find it a highlight to venture out into the outer towns of Chicago because they are as picturesque as they appear on screen. Lovely houses, beautiful tree lined streets and safe feeling neighborhoods. No ‘wet bandits” here.

The Home Alone house is located at 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, Illinois (and the Murphy’s house is right across the road from it too at 656 Lincoln Ave!)

 

– Woodstock –

Groundhog Day

(1993)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

An egotistical weatherman re-lives “Groundhog Day” over and over again, an event which takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Februaury 2nd every year – much to his frustration. No matter what he does, he cannot escape it – not even by death. So he starts to help the people of Punxsutawney in a bid to win the heart of his producer, Rita.

Starring

Bill Murray (Phil), Andie McDowall (Rita)

About The Groundhog Day Filming Locations

Groundhog Day takes place every year in Puxutauney, Pennsylvania, where the Groundhog may predict 6 more weeks of Winter. But for the filming of Groundhog Day, this took place in a very small, blink and you’ll miss it town, Woodstock, Illinois, about 90 minutes’ train ride outside Chicago.

Best of all, the entire Woodstock town celebrates it’s standing as being the Groundhog Day town, which is great for fans when they visit. They even have a self-guided tour map and plaques around the city that people can use, to enjoy all the sites from the film whether it is Gobbler’s Knob itself, the Bed and Breakfast Phil stays in which is actually an inn you can stay in called Royal Victorian Manor; the hotel Rita stays in called the Pennsylvanian Hotel, which is actually the Woodstock Opera House, the diner, the bowling alley or even the street where Phil steps in an icy puddle after talking to Ned Ryerson. Bing!

All the good memories of Groundhog Day are found right here and pretty much look exactly the same as they did in the film, beyond a few modern improvements. Which is why fans really relish coming here.

When I visited Woodstock, I experienced a major train delay due to a personal incident on the tracks between Chicago and Woodstock, which meant the 90 minute journey took over 5 hours – we literally sat on the train for that long! I ended up with about an hour in Woodstock before I had to get back to Chicago. But I managed to see it all (I had to run between places) and look forward to returning for a proper visit on another trip. I will drive next time though. Woodstock is a cute as hell town, and is well worth a visit, particularly if you love Groundhog Day.

The Groundhog Day filming locations worth seeing are:

Gobbler’s Knob is located at the Southwest Corner of Woodstock Square Park.

Phil’s Bed & Breakfast The Cherry Street Inn, Royal Vicotiran Manor is located at 344 Fremont Street, Woodstock. 

Pennsylvanian Hotel, The Woodstock Opera Hotel is located at 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock

The street Phil steps in a puddle is located at 100 Cass Street, Woodstock. 

 

Iowa

– Winterset –

Bridges of Madison County

(1995)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A housewife whose husband and children are away on a trip, embarks on a life changing love affair with a man who is in town to photograph the historic bridges of Madison County. This is no sordid love story, but a tragic one about finding your soulmate – too late.

Starring

Meryl Streep (Francesca), Clint Eastwood (Robert)

About The Bridges of Madison County Filming Locations

Iowa is often called a flyover state. But it shouldn’t be.

Nestled less than an hour’s drive from Des Moines, sits Winterset, Iowa. A town which is home to many amazing things. Winterset is the setting for the novel “The Bridges of Madison County”, and the subsequent film which followed. But it is also home to an American icon of history – the house that country western actor and Hollywood icon John Wayne was born in. There is also a birthplace museum all about him there too.

But the ultimate highlight here in Winterset for film lovers, or just those who love beautiful places, are the 6 covered bridges of Madison County. Where are the Bridges of Madison located? Five of the bridges are located within Winterset’s town limits, and one is located in the neighbouring town of St Charles. The covered bridge which featured in The Bridges of Madison County however is the Holliwell Bridge. Constructed in 1880, this bridge is a true highlight – but all of them are lovely to visit. The Winterset Visitors Center in the main town square has props from the film on show, which is a really lovely touch, including the ironing board Meryl Streep’s character used in the film.

Visitors can take a self-tour of the bridges which takes around 2-2.5 hours if you pace yourself well. If you want longer, you can stretch it out. You can read all about the Bridges of Madison Country self tour I took right here.

The Holliwell Bridge is located at 123 Holliwell Bridge Rd, Winterset, Iowa.

 

Louisiana

– New Orleans –

Girls Trip

(2017)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Four best friends embark on New Orleans for Essence Fest for the ultimate girl’s trip! Nothing can go wrong…right?

Starring

Jada Pinkett-Smith (Lisa), Tiffany Haddish (Dina), Queen Latifah (Sasha), Regina Hall (Ryan)

About the Girls Trip Carousel Bar Filming Location

Girls Trip was one of the breakout successes for 2017, and if you have seen it you’ll understand why. It’s truly hilarious.

One filming location that is well worth seeing – and it’s a hidden gem location that tourists don’t always know about when visiting New Orleans – is the Hotel Monteleone and it’s iconic Carousel Bar.

The hotel and the Carousel Bar feature in the film so for fans, it is like stepping into the film. I loved just walking around taking photos and picturing all of the scenes that took place here. The Carousel Bar is an icon in New Orleans – in line with the status of beignets. (Eat some at Cafe Du Monde!) Girls Trip filmed here during the scenes where the girls check into their hotel and see Ryan’s husband talking to another woman, so it is a memorable part of the film.

The Carousel Bar does turn like a carousel – but at a really slow pace! But it is still cool to sit in and have a drink. It opens at 11am and there are always people waiting – so bear that in mind when you visit.

The Carousel Bar from Girls Trip is located at 214 Royal St, New Orleans (inside the Hotel Monteleone).

 

– Vacherie –

The Skeleton Key

(2005)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Caroline, a nurse living in New Orleans quits her job at a local hospice to work for Violet, an elderly woman whose husband has suffered a stroke. After getting suspicious about Ben’s illness, and the mysterious history of the mansion, Caroline realizes that Violet is keeping a sinister secret.

Starring

Kate Hudson (Caroline), Gena Rowlands (Violet), John Hunt (Ben), Peter Sarsgaard (Luke)

About the Skeleton Key House Filming Location

Louisiana is full of plantation homes – which are 100% worth visiting. One plantation home which currently is not available to tour, but accessible if you gain permission like I did, is the Felicity Plantation which is located in Plantation County, an hour outside New Orleans. The Felicity Plantation is where The Skeleton Key was filmed.

What I love about the Felicity Plantation is it looks like how it did in the film – except the backyard area which was built on for the film and removed. There is no bayou or pier on the Felicity Plantation.

So how did I get access to a plantation that doesnt run tours or is open to the public? I emailed the owner – who happens to own and run tours for the neighbouring Plantation, St Joseph Plantation, a sugar cane plantation that is well worth touring to learn the history of the region. The owner allowed me access and took me over there herself so I could take some photos of it. I will forever be in debt to her for that! It was a dream come true, and I had it all to myself.

The Felicity Plantation is not currently open for tours but it is being renovated and tidied up so that tours can be run here in the near future. Once this happens, I will update about it all here.

The Felicity Plantation is located at 3535 LA-18, Vacherie, Louisiana. 

Interview With The Vampire

(1994)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Louis, an 18th Century Lord is turned into a vampire due to his suicidal thoughts about the loss of his family by Lestat, a vampire. Louis is interviewed about his life by a San Francisco journalist in present day, which sees him reflect on his maker, who he wishes to leave but its guilted into staying with after a 10 year old girl is turned.

Starring

Brad Pitt (Louis), Tom Cruise (Lestat), Kirsten Dunst (Claudia), Christian Slater (Daniel)

About The Interview With The Vampire Filming Location

Although many films and television shows have shot here including Days Of Our Lives, it is Interview With The Vampire  which remains the most famous – unless you count Beyonce’s Deja Vu video? – to film at Oak Alley Plantation.

Oak Alley Plantation is a stunning property located a few minutes from the Felicity Plantation, and is famed for it’s Oak Alley pathway which leads to the Plantation home. Tours are available at Oak Alley – or if you are short on time, just pay admission and enjoy the grounds. I can guarantee you will spend at least 30 minutes photographing and having photos taken of yourself on the Oak Alley pathway no matter what you do. But it is a great tour and well worth doing to understand the history of this home and how it compares to other plantation homes in Plantation County.

Whether you are a fan of Interview With The Vampire, Beyonce or whatever else filmed here – you will never forget a visit here. It is truly stunning!

Oak Alley Plantation is located at 3645 LA-18, Vacherie, Louisiana.

 

Massachusetts

– Boston –

Good Will Hunting

(1996)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ, but works as a janitor at MIT. When he is the only person to solve a difficult math problem, his talent is discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.

Starring

Matt Damon (Will Hunting), Minnie Driver (Skylar), Stellan Skarsgard (Gerald Lambeau), Robin Williams (Sean Maguire), Ben Affleck (Chuckie)

About the Good Will Hunting Park Bench Filming Location

Boston is a great city to visit. But one filming location that should not be missed – even if it hadn’t made it into the film Good Will Hunting, is the Boston Public Gardens. Here there is an expansive landscape of greenery, with ponds and boat rides and just stunning scenery existing everywhere.

For fans of the film, it’s seeing the park bench where Robin Williams and Matt Damon sit (which when Williams passed away, was also turned into a shrine by fans, like the Mrs Doubtfire house was too). In the scene, Williams’s character Sean serves Damon (Will) with a monologue about his past and about loving his wife who he lost to cancer and being so vulnerable with her that he truly felt loved. He talks about the fact that Will hides behind books, and doesn’t take real chances in his life, be vulnerable and if he wants to live a great life that he needs to look at how he is living his right now. That if he is willing to open up about himself to Sean, to take those steps, that Sean will be there.

This scene is one of the most memorable in cinematic history. It is a highlight in the film thanks to the quote “You’re move, Chief”, and the setting only makes it stronger. To sit on this park bench and take it all in is a rite of passage in Boston and should not be missed whether you love the film or just a scenic place. It was a huge deal for me to sit here and think of this scene when I visited Boston.

The Good Will Hunting  park bench is located in Boston Public Garden, right in line of the statue of George Washington. (Arlington Street Entrance)

Cheers

(1982 – 1993)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

A Boston bar where everybody knows your name. Resident bartender Sam is in love with Diane (and then Rebecca). In between his love pursuits, he serves liquid gold to all the regulars at the bar with some of the most well-known characters in television history, Frasier Crane starting out right here.

Starring

Ted Danson (Sam), Reah Pearlman (Carla), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Shelley Long (Diane), Kirstie Alley (Rebecca), Woody Harrelson (Woody).

About The Cheers Bar Filming Location 

Is the Cheers bar a real bar? Unfortunately not. This Cheers Bar location wasn’t used in the actual filming of Cheers, but it is the ultimate filming location for most people traveling to the USA, because it is the bar that Cheers was based on. The exterior of the bar was used as a stock shot for the bar though, like many tv shows and films out there, so it’s still a decent filming location to go to.

The Cheers bar is popular, and because of the continued interest in the bar as a filming location, a modern day replica has been built on the first floor of the building. But it is only a replica and not the exact bar which was used in the filming of the show. But, it’s as close as you’ll get to the real thing, which is still really cool!

The Cheers bar is located at 84 Beacon St, Boston.

 

Nevada

– Las Vegas –

The Hangover

(2009)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Two days before his wedding, Doug and his groomsmen travel to Las Vegas for his bachelor party. The next morning they wake up with no memory of the night before, Doug is missing and the antics of the night only serve to get worse as they recount their steps to remember it and find Doug so he can make it back in time to say I do.

Starring

Bradley Cooper (Phil), Zack Galifianakis (Alan), Ed Helms (Stu), Justin Bartha (Doug), Ken Jeong (Mr Chow)

About The Hangover  Filming Locations

When one visits Vegas, The Hangover  is the one film which people think of. There are a number of filming locations for The Hangover  on offer in Las Vegas. But the major one that was used is Caesar’s Palace. The hotel entrance, foyer and swimming pool of Caeser’s Palace were all used in the filming of The Hangover – so an even better experience for fans would be staying here to really get the complete Hangover experience.

The Las Vegas Strip was also featured in the film, as well as a few places off the Strip, including the empty lot opposite the Luxor where Mr Chow first appears, and Atomic Liquors, a dive bar that is open for drinking – and a local favourite when exploring Fremont Street; which is the location where the car accident happens that the guys are involved in with Mr Chow.

And just in case you’re wondering – No, the real Caesar did not live here and the hotel is not pager friendly.

Caesar’s Palace is located at 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.

 

New Mexico

– Albuquerque –

Breaking Bad

(2008-2012)

By Helen of Differentville

TV Show Synopsis

When chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with lung cancer he decides to start a sideline to make some extra money for his family – cooking crystal meth with local drug dealer Jessie Pinkman. AMC’s Breaking Bad ran for five seasons and is widely thought of as one of the most iconic TV shows of the decade.

Starring

Bryan Cranston (Walter White) , Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman)

About The Breaking Bad Filming Locations

When your partner is THE biggest Breaking Bad fan and he has his 5oth birthday coming up, there’s only one place to take him to celebrate – Albuquerque – the city where Breaking Bad was filmed.

You don’t have to search hard to find where the show was shot – the location of almost every scene has been documented online. You want to go to the Tiki bar where Combo sells drugs – hit up Burt’s Tiki Lounge (it’s not at all scary in real life!), you want to sweeten your coffee with stevia in the café where Lydia gets her comeuppance – it’s all good, The Grove Cafe & Market has packs on the table. And talking of tables, Garduno’s on Louisiana Blvd is where to go if you want guacamole mixed at yours – awkward silence not included.  The Visit Albuquerque tourist board even offer a self-drive map.

The most iconic locations include the homes of the main characters – Walter White and Jessie Pinkman – although the people who live in the homes had no idea what they were signing up for when they started this thing. As such, the couple who live in Walter White’s house recently put up a fence to try and stop people throwing pizzas on the roof to try and get a particularly iconic shot. Jessie’s house has also had a few alterations and doesn’t look quite the same perhaps to stop the pilgrims.

Still standing though is the Octopus Car Wash (known as A1 in the series) that Walt sets up to launder his money – and they were pretty okay with people wandering in to take pictures. The laundry where Gus Fring sets up his meth lab is less open to visitors, but you can see the outside. Lawyer Saul Goodman’s office is also still standing – a restaurant called Hooligans in the middle of a strip mall – possibly waiting for its new appearance in Better Call Saul.

Sadly, the highlight of the trip for us is no more. On Walt’s birthday, he’s alone and broken and he goes to Denny’s for his traditional free breakfast, making a number 50 in bacon. It was the number one thing my partner wanted to do on his 50th and the waitress made sure he ordered the same breakfast and sat in the same chair as Walt. But progress stops for no-one and the Denny’s closed shortly after we visited. The famous Twisties that stands in for the Los Pollos Hermanos is still standing though and has a handy sign for you to take pics next to on the wall.

I could go on and on as there are so many Breaking Bad locations in Albuquerque that you can visit. But, if you want to pick up a souvenir from your trip make your last stop the Candy Lady in the Old Town – she made the famous blue meth for filming and you can buy it in little baggies – complete with a note for the TSA in case they open your suitcase!

Breaking Bad is of course no more, but it’s prequel Better Call Saul is still filming in the city – even now we shout ‘we’ve been there’ when we see them sitting in the Route 66 diner. Bryan Cranston however, does still own a home in the city – so keep an eye out in his favourite restaurant El Pinto. That man in the hat and glasses might be EXACTLY who you think he is.

The Breaking Bad locations can be found at various locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

New York

– New York City –

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

(1961)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Based on the novel by Truman Capote, Breakfast At Tiffany’s is the story of Holly Golightly, a superficial New York socialite. Paul Varjak, a struggling writer, moves into her building and they become friends. Ultimately Paul falls in love with Holly but will she reciprocate his feelings or follow her own ambitions instead?

Starring

Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly), George Peppard (Paul Varjak), Mickey Rooney (Mr Yunioshi)

About The Breakfast At Tiffany’s Filming Location

Nothing says New York other than Tiffany & Co – a jewelry store which sees millions enter it’s doors just to say they have been there.

When it comes to the film Breakfast At Tiffany’s however, it is the opening shot of Audrey Hepburn getting out of a taxi and standing in front of Tiffany & Co eating breakfast at sunrise which remains iconic. Her outfit in this scene is mimicked to this day on any Halloween, with Hepburn dressed to the nines in a long, black cocktail dress, pearls around her neck, dark sunglasses on with her hair in an up-do.

This is quintessential classic New York City, and if one was to recount Hollywood’s most memorable moments, this would easily be in the top 5 of all time. You don’t need to have seen this film to know what this outfit and scene represents. So why would you miss seeing it when you’re in New York?

On a side note, Sweet Home Alabama also filmed here – where Patrick Dempsey proposes to Reese Witherspoon, and outside Tiffany’s is where Trey proposes to Charlotte in Sex and the City.  So this location is very much a romance one these days!

Tiffany and Co is located at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, New York City. 

Sex & The City

(1998-2004)

By Melissa of Thrifty Family Travels

TV Show Synopsis

Sex and the City is a TV series which has also been turned into two movies.  Both the TV series and films follows the life of Carrie Bradshaw, a columnist working in Manhattan, as well as her three best friends Samantha,
Charlotte and Miranda.

Starring

Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Kim Cattrall (Samantha), Kristin Davis (Charlotte) and Cynthia Nixon (Miranda).

About The Sex and the City  Apartment Filming Location

It was pretty surreal standing outside Carrie Bradshaw’s house. Having seen it countless numbers of time over the years whilst watching the show, I kept waiting for her to pop out the door or to walk down the street after being out partying all night.

It was pretty easy to spot the house as there were quite a few other fans out the front taking photographs. I used to watch Sex and the City as a young single female, so I really relate to the show as I was going through similar things at the time with dating and friends etc.  Plus it was just super cool seeing Manhattan – such a cool city. I haven’t seen the show or film since visiting her house, but I do suspect next time to do watch it, it will feel rather different now having been there and knowing what the surrounding area looked like.

The Sex and the City  apartment, aka Carrie’s apartment is located at 66 Perry Street, New York City.

Friends

(1994 – 2004)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Six friends living in New York encounter all the issues that come along with adulthood: romance, career, friendship and more. Life isn’t always easy, but one liners and comedic moments make this one of the best sitcoms in TV history.

Starring

Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), David Schwimmer (Ross Gellar), Counteney Cox (Monica Gellar), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay)

About the Friends Building Filming Location

Besides the Warner Brothers tour where you can sit in the real Central Perk coffee house, the next best thing for Friends fans is to see the apartment building that was used in the show. Although the interior was a set, the exterior is not.

When exploring the Village in New York City, a detour to the Friends building is a must. Every time I am there, I see someone taking a photo of this building. It’s that popular – about the same as Carrie’s Apartment in Sex and the City, which isn’t too far from this location.

On a side note, this building has been used for more than Friends. It was also the location of the romantic comedy starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart, No Reservations. In the closing scene of that film, the cafe on the ground level of the building was the ‘restaurant’ the characters opened…so there is some trivia for you!

To visit New York City and not visit the Friends apartment building would be blasphemy – so make sure you stop here!

The Friends apartment building is located at 90 Bedford Street, at the corner of Grove Street, New York City. 

Seinfeld

(1989-1998)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Seinfeld follows a New York stand up comic, and his neurotic friends as they circumnavigate friendship, dating and more in a show that is literally about ‘nothing’.

Starring

Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry), Jason Alexander (George), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine), Michael Richards (Kramer)

About The Seinfeld Restaurant Filming Location

Seinfeld is a show that is set in New York City – but it was actually filmed in LA and the Seinfeld apartment exterior is in LA as well. However, one of the icons of the show, the local diner restaurant called Monk’s is located in New York City and is a real restaurant which has been serving New Yorkers since the 1940’s.

The restaurant exterior is not hard to recognise given how often it appeared in the show and is actually a restaurant called ‘Tom’s Restaurant’, located right within reach of Columbia University. But the interior of the restaurant was not used in the show, that was a set in LA made specifically for Seinfeld. However, fans continue to trek to eat here, just so they can say they did…so why not join in on the fun and do it too? Maybe eat a big salad?

The Seinfeld Restaurant, Tom’s Restaurant is located at West 112th Street and Broadway, New York City. 

Home Alone 2

(1992)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A young boy, who was already left Home Alone on a previous Christmas, is heading to Florida with his family for another Christmas vacation. In their rush to get to the plane, Kevin loses his family in the airport, and ends up on a plane to New York City. Shacked up at The Plaza Hotel in New York, it’s not long before he’s discovered by his enemies and ‘wet bandits’, Harry and Marv, who want revenge for his last ‘alone’ stint; as well as the hotel concierge, Mr Hector. Will Kevin ever get to celebrate Christmas with his family?

Starring

Macaulay Culkin (Kevin), Joe Pesci (Harry), Daniel Stern (Marv), Tim Curry (Mr Hector).

About the Home Alone 2 Hotel Filming Location 

Home Alone is one of the best films ever made. But, many people rate Home Alone 2 as being better than the original because it built on what the first one did so well.

For fans of Home Alone 2, there are a number of locations one can see in New York, including the famed Rockefeller Tree – because Kevin loves Christmas trees; Central Park, where Kevin befriends the pigeon lady and of course The Plaza Hotel – where Kevin stays in all his “ding, dang, dong” luxury after making it it New York all by himself. The Plaza is a cool hotel to explore. You can’t access the lobby itself – well, you couldn’t on my last visit, unless you are a guest so that is annoying. But, Charlie Sheen did go crazy here and trash his hotel room, so i guess security measures are needed…

On the basement level, there is a Food Hall which is open to everyone, with heaps of yummy things to enjoy – with nice treats or bigger meals, or even just a clean toilet stop if needed. I always visit that to take a breather and do a toilet stop here, because New York is a huge city and navigating it isn’t easy if you don’t know where things are – like the good toilets!

Home Alone 2 isn’t the only film that has filmed here, with the likes of Bride Wars, Big Buisness, The Way We Were, Sex and the City and more setting scenes right here. It is a true icon of New York City.

New York City is at its best at Christmas which only adds to it’s allure. But for many, it is synonymous with Kevin and the Home Alone 2 story.  Or is it just me that thinks this?

The Plaza Hotel from Home Alone 2 is located at 768 Fifth Ave – right where Central Park begins.

 

How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

(2003)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A magazine columnist and an advertising executive secretly undertake a 10 day bet. Her bet – to make him break things off. His bet – to make her fall in love with him. Is all fair in love and war?

Starring

Kate Hudson (Andie), Matthew McConaughey (Ben)

About The How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days Filming Location

There are many romantic comedies out there to see filming locations from, but How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days was a surprise hit and has a classic edge now that it is have been over 15 years since it was made. There are many filming locations on offer for How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days but the main one to see is on Staten Island and man is it a good one!

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk & Beach is a real gem and was the location where Ben teaches Andie how to ride a motorcycle along the boardwalk. The Verrazanno-Narrows Bridge sitting in the distance makes for a really pretty backdrop too. I completely love it here whether I loved this film or not. What a highlight of a place to visit when visiting New York City.

Additionally, you can take the Staten Island ferry over to Staten Island – which is free, and re-create another How To Lose A Guy scene. The Staten Island ferry was also featured in Sex and the City and The Dark Knight – among others. So why would you miss out on that too?

The How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days boardwalk is located on Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island, New York.

One Fine Day

(1996)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

An architect and a reporter end up with their children for the day after they miss their kid’s school field trip drop off. Given their hectic schedules, they agree to put aside their bickering for the day – but their children don’t make that plan an easy one to follow.

Starring

Michelle Pfeiffer (Melanie), George Clooney (Jack)

About the One Fine Day Central Park Filming Location

Central Park has had a zillion appearances in movies and television shows. But there are certain areas of Central Park which seem to appear more than others. One Fine Day was one such film which utilized this – with the Bethesda Terrace a trademark when it comes to New York filming locations. Here, was where George Clooney picks Michelle Pfeiffer up so she doesn’t have to walk through a puddle.

Additionally, everything from Friends With Benefits to It Takes Two to Gossip Girl to 27 Dresses has used this location in Central Park. Plus, if you keep walking and hit the famed “Mall” in Central Park, you’ll find yourself walking around almost every New York City filming location with so many films and tv shows having filmed right here. Personal favourites include, The Other Woman, Big Daddy, Maid In Manhattan and more.

Bethesda Terrace and The Mall are located in Central Park, New York City. 

 

Serendipity

(2001)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Two strangers fatefully meet at Bloomingdale’s in New York City, sparking a ‘what if’ scenario in their lives many years later when both are set to marry other people. Does serendipity really exist?

Starring

John Cusack (Jonathan), Kate Beckinsale (Sara), Jeremy Piven (Dean), Bridget Monahan (Halley)

About The Serendipity Filming Location

Serendipity is a movie which means a lot to me – my blog name which I carefully selected even has the name in it. I love the word Serendipity – a fortunate accident, a twist of fate, meant to be…which is why I ended up at Serendipity 3, a restaurant and general store which is one of the most iconic restaurants in New York City.

Serendipity 3 has been a filming location in a number of films and tv shows, not just as the cafe Jonathan and Sara drink frozen hot chocolates in after first meeting in Serendipity. Besides this scene, it has been featured in everything from One Fine Day to Glee to Keeping Up With The Kardashians, when it filmed in New York.

If you want an awesome dessert – I love the chocolate sundaes, they have some amazing things to try here, plus other menu items that are savoury or larger meals. I always eat here every time I visit New York. I love the decor, the vibe of this place and that it’s been in so many films and tv shows. But best of all, because it played such an iconic role in the film Serendipity.

Serendipity 3 is located at 225 East 60th Street.

 

North Carolina

– Asheville –

Richie Rich

(1994)

by Paul from Travel Is Life

Film Synopsis

Richie Rich is the film adaption of the comic book about the world’s wealthiest kid. Richie (played by Macaulay Culkin), his butler, and his new friends embark on a mission to save Richie’s parents and thwart the plan of an evil businessman who is intent on stealing their family fortune.

Starring

Macaulay Culkin (Richie Rich), John Larroquette (Lawrence Van Dough), Edward Herrmann (Richard Rich), Christine Ebersole (Regina Rich), Jonathan Hyde (Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury), Michael McShane (Professor Keenbean)

About The Richie Rich Filming Location

The Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned estate in America and the biggest tourist attraction in Asheville, NC – my hometown. Most tourists have heard about this HUGE house because of its history, architecture, and wineries, but not everyone who visits realizes that it was also a filming location for several movies including Tap Roots (1948), The Swan (1956), Being There (1979), The Private Eyes (1980), Mr. Destiny (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Richie Rich (1994), My Fellow Americans (1996), Patch Adams (1998), Hannibal (2000), and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).

My dad accidentally fell into the role of playing a security guard extra in Richie Rich when they filmed part of the movie there in 1993. My family read in the local newspaper that Warner Brothers was looking for child actors to be extras in the movie, so my sister and I went down to the audition, only to discover that the newspaper got the story wrong. The studio was actually looking for ADULT actors, not children, so they ended up choosing from all the parents of the children who showed up to audition – including my dad who got cast the role of a security guard for “looking mean”. My dad earned $40/day as a non-speaking extra but got to meet Macaulay Culkin and all the other actors who were there filming at The Biltmore Estate, which the studio used to portray Richie Rich’s home in the movie. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our small city of Asheville NC – which at the time, wasn’t quite on the Hollywood map yet!

Everytime I visit The Biltmore Estate, I’ll always remember the big fountain and that giant front door from the scenes in Richie Rich that my dad appeared in!

The Biltmore Estate is located at One Lodge Street Asheville, North Carolina.

 

– Outer Banks –

Nights In Rodanthe

(2008)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A divorcee looks after a hotel in the Outer Banks for her friend. The hotel has one guest, a doctor who is visiting to speak to a former patient’s family. Over the space of the weekend, they find comfort and love within each other but are soon faced with a tragic twist of fate.

Starring

Diane Lane (Adrienne), Richard Gere (Paul), Viola Davis (Jean)

About the Nights In Rodanthe House Filming Location

The Nights In Rodanthe house is as spectacular as they come. And it’s one of the most famous Nicholas Sparks filming locations in the United States. Best of all – you can stay at the Nights In Rodanthe house, as it is a vacation rental.

You will notice the house isn’t sitting on the beach like it was in the film. It was moved a little further back, but still on the beach to protect it from hurricane weather. You can read more about the Nights In Rodanthe house and how you can stay in it here.

Above all else, the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a must stop destination and missing it would be a disservice to your trip if you’re near there. You can drive along the Highway with epic coastal views on the side of the road, houses on stilts on the beach and sand dunes whirling sand across the road as you go. This destination is spectacular!

The Nights In Rodanthe house is located on Highway 12, at Beacon Rd East, Rodanthe. 

– Wilmington –

Dawson’s Creek

(1997 – 2002)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Four teens starting their freshman year of high school, have to navigate growing up without growing apart in this coming of age series which spanned 6 seasons.

Starring

James Van Der Beek (Dawson), Katie Holmes (Joey), Joshua Jackson (Pacey), Michelle Williams (Jen)

About the Dawson’s Creek Filming Locations

Set in the picturesque town of Wilmington, North Carolina, and surrounding regions, Dawson’s Creek really put Wilmington on the Hollywood Map as the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts. Dawson’s Creek was also one of the biggest shows in the late 1990’s, so for many who visit it is the chance to re-live one’s youth and explore a town which looks so familiar – you think you have been there. I constantly have deja-vu whenever I visit here!

Whether it is a walk down the historic main street area or along the river, or exploring the UNCW campus which stood in for Capeside High School (Alderman Hall specifically), it is pretty endless what locations you can see to reminisce about this show. Hell’s Kitchen where Joey worked in Season 5 is a real restaurant, as are the restaurant’s that stood in for Leery’s Fresh Fish and Pacey’s Restaurant in the final episode.

The house Dawson lives in with his parents is also a favourite for visitors but it is a private residence so if you do make it there please be respectful and ask permission before entering the creekside area of the property. Otherwise, just stick with the other locations which are easily found around the town.

Seeing Dawson’s house was a real highlight for me in 2008, and it was the one filming location I wanted to see more than anything else in the world. I was lucky enough to get a personal tour of the real house, so I know what it looks like inside and how it compares to the Dawson’s Creek set. But sitting on the pier, looking up at Dawson’s room or standing on the porch – which I had access to really made it easy to pretend I was in Capeside for the day. And it was cool to see what props they still had up all those years after filming took place.

The Dawson’s Creek locations worth seeing are (pictured):

Dawson’s House –  6424 Head Road, Wilmington

Capeside High School – UNCW Campus, 601 S College Rd, Wilmington

Historic Wilimington (main street area, riverwalk etc) Market Street and North Water Street

Hell’s Kitchen 118 Princess St, Wilmington

Elijah’s Resturant (Pacey’s Restaurant) Wilmington Riverwalk.

One Tree Hill

(2003 – 2012)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Two half brothers end up on the same high school basketball team, creating drama in the town they live. Ego’s, NBA dreams, girlfriend issues, daddy issues, parents who are never there and more keep this small town full of intrigue. But can these two brothers learn to get along for the sake of the team and their own relationship?

Starring

Chad Michael Murray (Lucas), James Lafferty (Nathan), Hilarie Burton (Peyton), Sophia Bush (Brooke), Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley)

About The One Tree Hill Filming Locations

Like Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill  is everywhere in Wilmington, North Carolina.

One Tree Hill made better use of the town however, using a lot more than Dawson’s Creek ever managed to. Fans of the show can tour the town on their own – or do an actual tour by a local, which will take you through the main historic Wilmington areas. The One Tree Hill sets no longer exist, so a trip to the Screen Gems studios is not worth doing now. But back when the show was on, it definitely was as fans got to step inside Tree Hill.

For those who have never been, Wilmington is one of the best coastal cities to visit in the United States. The high school gym that was used for One Tree Hill was actually the high school gym Michael Jordan played in – which explains why the number 23 is synonymous with the show.

Highlights for fans of One Tree Hill though include a visit to Tree Hill High School, stopping by the various houses from the show, particularly Brooke’s, Lucas’s, Nathan’s and Peyton’s.

Dan’s beach house which is actually a house rental – though it doesn’t seem to have been updated much since the show, is a real life filming location with the interior and exterior having been used in the show. The location of Haley and Nathan’s beachside wedding at Fort Fisher, Karen’s Cafe/ Clothes Over Bros (which is now a surf store), River Rd where Lucas and Peyton meet, the river where Haley tutors Nathan – which you can’t actually find but there are similar benches which make it close enough and the Rivercourt – which was torn up so it no longer exists – but lucky fans did score a piece of it, myself included.

One Tree Hill  capitalised on what Dawson’s Creek started in Wilmington, whether it’s Wilmington itself, or the outer surrounds of Fort Fisher, Carolina Beach, Airlie Gardens or the mall. When you are visiting here, it is like stepping right into the show. And that’s why I have been there FOUR times now. It is my favourite place in America.

The One Tree Hill  locations worth seeing include (pictured)-

Tree Hill High School, Cape Fear Community College, 411 N Front St, Wilmington

Brooke’s 2314 Tattersalls Drive, Wilmington

Lucas’s house – 1829 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington

Dan’s Beach House (front and back were used, as was the interior) – 1515 S Lake Park Blvd

River Rd, where Peyton and Lucas meet – Plantation Road SE (find the river and you’ll see the bend).

Haley and Nathan’s wedding spot – Fort Fisher Recreation Reserve – Fort Fisher Blvd South (right across from the aquarium)

 

Ohio

– Mansfield –

The Shawshank Redemption

(1994)

By Leah of Yoder Toter Blog

Film Synopsis

The Shawshank Redemption was filmed in and around Mansfield, Ohio.  The movie follows the accusal and prison time of Andy Dufresne and his friendship with prisoner, Red.  While incarcerated, Dufresne is put in charge of helping the Warden and other guards with their financial matters.  It is this role that allows Andy to see that Warden Norton is receiving bribes and laundering the money. Eventually, Andy escapes Shawshank Prison and withdrawals the laundered money.

Starring 

Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne), Morgan Freeman (Red), Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), James Whitmore (Brooks Hatlan).

About The Shawshank Redemption Filming Locations

The main filming location for the movie is the Ohio State Reformatory.  The Reformatory opened in 1896 and once housed 155,000 inmates within its walls.  The visit can be one of history, eeriness, and awe. The 6-story cell block is a sight to behold!  Fans of the film will “geek out” on numerous things from The Shawshank Redemption – such as Brooks’ last words, Andy’s escape tunnel, and the solitary confinement area. Besides its popularity as setting for the film, The Ohio State Reformatory is also well-known for its paranormal activity.

Fans of The Shawshank Redemption can also visit filming locations within a short drive of the Reformatory.  The Shawshank Trail covers 16 sites!  Fifteen of the sixteen are within an hour’s drive – the last one is the beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico; where Andy Dufresne and Red eventually reunite.

As a longtime fan of the film and now a local in Mansfield, Ohio; I often find myself wanting to watch the movie again just to see our little city on the big screen.  Pugh Cabin, site of The Shawshank Redemption’s opening scene, is located within Malabar Farm- a popular hiking spot for our family. It’s a fun thing to have one of your favorite films- and your personal life- collide.

If you’re a fan of The Shawshank Redemption, the 25th Anniversary of the film is happening in 2019 and actors from the film will be participating in local events.  Those interested can check out the event page HERE.

The Shawshank Redemption filming locations are located at various locations in Mansfield, Ohio.

 

– Cleveland –

A Christmas Story

(1983)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Photos provided by Bridget from Travel Is My Everything

©Bridget Kent Cooper

Film Synopsis

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time running from a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.”

Starring

Peter Billingsley (Ralphie), Melinda Dillon (Mother Parker), Darren McGavin (Old Man Parker)

About the A Christmas Story Filming Location

A Christmas Story  is a favourite for many. And unlike many houses which have been used over the years as ‘movie houses’, this house is very interactive for fans of the film. It is open year round for public tours, and you can even stay there overnight if you’re visiting from further away and need accommodation.

Across the street, there is an A Christmas Story Museum, which contains everything from props, costumes, movie memorabilia, and behind the scenes photos which have never been shared anywhere else. There is a gift shop there as well.

If you are a fan of A Christmas Story stopping by here and spending some money helps to keep the house and museum operating, as well as keeping it in the best shape possible. So if you are planning to visit Cleveland a stop here is a must for this true cinema classic. Tickets are $13 for adults, Children 2-12 years are $10, Seniors $11.50.

The A Christmas Story  house is located at 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland.

 

Oregon

– Astoria –

The Goonies

(1985)

By James from Off With The Kids

Film Synopsis

This 80’s classic tells a tale of bunch of local kids who embark on a great and perilous adventure in an attempt to find a pirate treasure worthy of saving one of their homes.  The ‘Goonies’ must navigate through a maze full of deadly obstacles, all while trying to escape a family of convicts chasing them.

Starring

Sean Astin (Mikey), Josh Brolin (Brand), Jeff Cohen (Chunk), Corey Feldman (Mouth)

About The Goonies Filming Locations

I personally love The Goonies because I grew up in the ’80s watching this film repeatedly; however, I also love the nostalgia of 80’s films as I’m a huge fan of the era.

One of the best reasons to visit this filming location is because unlike with many other movies that are filmed at various locations or in a location not true to the actual setting of the movie, most of The Goonies was actually filmed in the real town portrayed in the movie!  This is very rare with movies today.  Whether it was the local high school, the bowling alley, the jail, or even the main character’s houses, all are real places in Astoria that could actually be visited!

On multiple occasions I’ve visited Astoria, and was able to check out many of the locations used for filming.  You can read about them all in my article here.  One of my favorite parts was when a couple of family members and I reenacted the jail escape scene just as it was portrayed in the film!  This was a lot of fun.  Due to how popular The Goonies is, I wasn’t surprised to find other fans waiting to doing the exact same thing!

Watching the movie today is extra fun because I can say I’ve been to those exact locations.  I stood where those actors stood, and even acted out some of the same scenes! If you’re a fan of The Goonies, or even just a fan of visiting movie filming locations, you won’t be disappointed with this one.  There are many locations to see all within close proximity, and offer a fun experience for the whole family.

The Goonies filming locations can be found in various locations in Astoria, Oregon. 

Kindergarten Cop

(1990)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A police officer takes on an undercover job as a kindergarten teacher in Astoria, Oregon in a bid to finally apprehend a drug lord. While he may be a model police officer, can he keep his cover when dealing with 5 year olds?

Starring

Arnold Schwarzenegger (John Kimble), Joyce Palmieri (Penelope Ann Miller), Pamela Reed (Phoebe O’Hara), Richard Tyson (Cullen Crisp), Linda Hunt (Miss Schlowski)

About the Kindergarten Cop Filming Locations

I have been dreaming of visiting Astoria, Oregon for as long as I can remember. Why? Because I love Kindergarten Cop. 

When you visit Astoria, you really feel like you are in the film – and that doesn’t happen too often for me. The film used so many locations in and around Astoria, and it all still looks EXACTLY the same as it did back then. That is part of the charm.

Fans of the film can take a self-tour of the Kindergarten Cop filming locations from the elementary school, the motel John and Phoebe stay in during their job, Joyce’s house, the Marina/ restaurant area and the main street of town. It’s all right here.

But if you start quoting the film as you explore, yelling “It’s not a tumor!” or “SHUT UPPPPP!!!!!” don’t blame us – because we guarantee it will happen!

The main Kindergarten Cop filming location to see in Astoria is John Jacob Astor Elementary – which filmed many scenes inside and outside this building. This is the epitome of filming locations for this film. And I loved every minute of my visit there.

The Kindergarten Cop elementary school is located at 3550 Franklin Ave, Astoria.

 

Pennsylvania

– Philadelphia – 

Rocky

(1976)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A small-time boxer gets a rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion of the world, Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. Can the underdog win?

Starring

Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), Tahlia Shire (Adrian), Carl Weathers (Apollo)

About The Rocky Steps Filming Location

When one visits Philadelphia, aka Philly – there is only one filming location one cares to see – and best of all it’s free.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps, aka The Rocky Steps is where countless visitors to Philadelphia have trekked to re-create what is possibly the most re-created scene in Hollywood history. In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone trains to take on heavyweight Apollo Creed, and runs up the stairs before fist pumping in jubilation at the top. Thus, when visiting the Rocky Steps, one must of course take a run up and celebrate at the top too!

Other films have re-created this scene with In Her Shoes having a scene with Toni Collette walking dogs and running up the stairs in triumph during her own personal issues, which she begins to overcome.

The Rocky Steps are located at Spring Garden St, Philadelphia. 

 

South Carolina

– Charleston –

The Notebook

(2004)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A man reads a story to a woman suffering from dementia about young love in the hopes that she will remember it is about them and how they fell in love.

Starring

Ryan Gosling (Noah), Rachel McAdams (Allie), Gena Rowlands (Allie), James Garner (Noah)

About The Notebook Filming Locations

Charleston, South Carolina is home to The Notebook. And while not every location is available to see, given the house Noah built is a private residence located on Wadmalaw Island – and the owners are not wanting fans to really stop by apparently, many locations are.

Two of the best Notebook locations fans can see in Charleston, is the intersection where Allie and Noah dance and almost get run over by a car. Interestingly, this intersection was made to look like the 1920s era, which is very obvious when you are standing there and comparing the scene to where you are standing. They really changed it up to make it look old.

The second location is Boone Hall Plantation – made famous from it’s appearance in North and South with Patrick Swayze. It was also the location where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively were married in 2012. Boone Hall Plantation was the Summer residence of Allie’s family and has a beautiful tree lined oak alley, similar to Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. Boone Hall Plantation does have tours so you can explore the property. However, the exterior of this house was only used in The Notebook, if you are looking to see the interior of Allie’s house, that was shot inside Calhoun Mansion, a house you can also tour in Charleston – but they don’t allow photos.

For more information on all The Notebook locations you can see in Charleston, click here.

The Notebook intersection is located at King St and Mary St. 

Boone Hall Plantation is located at 1235 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant.

 

Tennessee

– Nashville –

The Coal Miner’s Daughter

(1980)

By Carol of Wayfaring Views

Film Synopsis

Nashville is a honky tonk town and Loretta Lynn gained fame with her song “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl”. She was a regular at the Grand Ole Opry (and the Ryman). Coal Miner’s Daughter chronicles Lynn’s life including her childhood poverty, her teenage marriage and her rise as a country music star.

Starring

Sissy Spacek (Loretta), Tommy Lee Jones (Doolittle), Levon Helm (Ted), Beverly D’Angelo (Patsy)

About The Coal Miner’s Daughter Filming Location

Visiting the Ryman is like going to church. In fact, the auditorium was born from a fiery pulpit when Thomas Ryman “saw the light” and built it in 1892 as a permanent location for gospel meetings. The Grand Ole Opry located there in 1943 and kept the music going. There is something special about a building that was purpose built for music and I could almost hear the echoes of the Opry and Loretta Lynn when I was there.

In addition to the Coal Miner’s daughter and the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman was also the set for TV tapings of the Johnny Cash Show, American Idol and Nashville. It should be a must see on anyone’s Nashville itinerary and few people visit without being a fan of at least one of those movies or TV shows.

The Ryman Auditorium is located at 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville. 

 

Texas

– Smithville –

Hope Floats

(1998)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Birdee Pruitt finds out her husband has been unfaithful on live television. Returning with her daughter to the small town of Smithville, Texas to live with her mother, Birdee must re-build her life and has the chance to rekindle a childhood romance with a man named Justin Matisse.

Starring

Sandra Bullock (Birdee), Harry Connick Jr (Justin), Mae Whitman (Bernice), Gena Rowlands (Ramona)

About the Hope Floats Filming Location

Many people ask where did Hope Floats actually film in Texas? The answer is Smithville, Texas. A real town in the United States which actually boasts about being the “Home of Hope Floats”- they even have a sign on the freeway exit! Fans of the film can visit the town and re-live all the moments of Hope Floats  right at their own leisure as this is one small town – but full of so much charm.

Whether it is exploring the main street where many scenes took place, including where Birdee gets a job at the photo development store, to the historic home she lives in with her mother, to the elementary school, diner and local bar – it is all here to see.

As a fan of Hope Floats, I spent a good hour or two photographing everything I could find – I drove around the streets and found the elementary school funnily enough and thanks to Youtube, I managed to work out which store was the photo store Birdee worked at, and where Harry Connick Jr stood by his car waiting for Birdee with flowers. It is not a hard town to explore at all, and makes me love Hope Floats even more now that I know what it feels like to stand there and explore this town.

The Main Street of Smithville, Texas is Main Street. Birdee worked at the photo store on the intersection of Main and 2nd St. The scene with Harry Connick Jr took place with his truck across the road from the photo store on Main and 2nd.

Birdee’s mother’s house aka “the Hope Floats house” is the famous McCollum-Chapman-Trousdale House which is located at 201 E. Eighth & Olive Street.

 

Utah

– Monument Valley –

Forrest Gump

(1993)

By Melissa of The Wandering Queen

Film Synopsis

Forrest Gump takes us through the historical adventure of a man named Forrest Gump. He lives life with a childlike optimism and becomes a football star, a Vietnam veteran, ping pong champion, and even runs across the USA.

Starring

Tom Hanks (Forrest), Sally Field (Mrs Gump), Robin Wright (Jenny)

About the Forrest Gump Monument Valley Run Filming Location

Monument Valley is one of the best places to visit if you are a western movie or a Forrest Gump Fan. The area has been featured in countless films since the 1930s. Located on the eastern border of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley is not near any major cities, but, I recommend making the drive to experience this one of a kind place.

The last area where Forrest ends his cross-country run is located near Monument Valley. You can take pictures in the area where Forrest ends his journey in the film. There is even a sign marking the end of his journey.

The Forrest Gump Running Road is located on US Highway 163 at Mexican Hat. (Look for the sign if driving from Monument Valley and it will be on your left. That’s where you need to be!

 

Virginia

– Pembroke –

Dirty Dancing

(1987)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

Summer 1963, Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations with her family at Kellerman’s, a resort in the Catskills, before joining the Peace Corps. This Summer will ultimately change her life, as she learns to finally be independent and in control of her own life choices, but also follows her heart after she falls in love with the dance director at the resort, Johnny. But will it cost her her family’s love and respect?

Starring

Jennifer Grey (Baby), Patrick Swayze (Johnny), Kelly Bishop (Marjorie Houseman), Jerry Orbach (Dr. Jake Houseman)

About the Dirty Dancing Filming Location

Dirty Dancing  is a cult classic, with one of the most popular movie soundtracks in existence.

But best of all for fans, they can re-live Dirty Dancing themselves by staying at the Mountain Lake Lodge Hotel in Pembroke, Virginia. The closest airport to get here is in Roanoke, Virginia – with about an hour drive to the hotel.

For me, I made it here in 2008, on my very first trip to the United States. I had to stay here and be part of it. Back then, Patrick Swayze was sick with pancreatic cancer, but still alive; and being here made me appreciate the legacy he and this film had on this region, even all those years later.

The Mountain Lake Lodge Hotel has really embraced their role within Dirty Dancing  and welcome guests for Dirty Dancing  weekends, dancing in the gazebo and more. When you visit here, you really do feel like you are back in the film – it is incredible.

As soon as you arrive and start exploring, head out to the back of the hotel which leads to the lawn, as this is the “front” of the hotel that Baby and her family arrive at. If you continue to walk inside and turn left, the restaurant which was also used in the film is still there to enjoy. If you walk outside onto the balcony of the restaurant (I ate out there), some scenes were also shot here, but back then this balcony wasn’t enclosed, it was open.

The Mountain Lake Lodge Hotel still has signs up around the grounds, and guests can stay in the Houseman apartment which is located opposite the main hotel building. As I walked around the grounds I found so many scene locations including the tunnel Johnny and Baby drive through when they head out to practice dancing, as well as the forest walk scene where Johnny and Baby look down on her father with Lisa and her college love interest Robbie.

It is a really cool experience to stay here, and given this film is my favourite – it was a real dream come true. Dirty Dancing  was the very first film I owned on VHS as a 6 year old – thanks dad! The hotel is a real escape from the real world, and the hotel rooms don’t have televisions. But to spend a few days here, and eat meals in the restaurant and explore the grounds – that is all any fan of Dirty Dancing needs. I can’t wait to stay here again on my next trip back for a relaxed escape.

The Dirty Dancing Hotel aka The Mountain View Lodge Hotel is located at 115 Hotel Cir. Pembroke, Virginia.

 

Washington

– Seattle –

Grey’s Anatomy

(2005 – Present)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

TV Show Synopsis

Meredith Grey, the daughter of an esteemed surgeon is accepted into the Seattle Grace residency program alongside other interns, Christina Yang, Izzie Stevens, Alex Karev and George O’Malley. She starts her first day in the program realizing that the one night stand she had the night before was with the new head of neurosurgery, Derek Shepherd. Can she become the Doctor she is destined to be – or will her romantic dramas, and the egos of the other interns impact on her success?

Starring

Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Sandra Oh (Christina Yang), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens), T.R. Knight (George O’Malley).

About the Grey’s Anatomy Filming Locations

Seattle is Grey’s Anatomy.

Although Grey’s Anatomy   is filmed in Los Angeles, and the exterior of Seattle Grace/Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is located in Los Angeles as well; the skyline of Seattle and the Space Needle is a paramount view in Grey’s Anatomy. As are ferryboats, as Dr McDreamy likes to make reference to.

But one place real fans of Grey’s Anatomy  can enjoy in Seattle, which is a stone’s throw from one of the best views of the Space Needle in Seattle; is Ellis Grey’s house or Meredith’s House as she takes residence with Izzie and George in Season 1. The house is a beauty, and has amazing views of the Space Needle because it sits atop the Queen Anne neighbourhood and scenic overlook.

So if you are making it to the Queen Anne overlook at Kerry Park, stopping by Meredith’s house is a must if you love Grey’s Anatomy. It is literally 2 blocks up from it!

When visiting Seattle as well, a ferryboat ride is a must – you can visit either Bremerton or Bainbridge Island which makes for a nice afternoon or day out of the city. Plus, you can pretend you’re Dr Derek Shepherd making the trek into work while you’re at it on the way back in.

The Meredith Grey house is located at 303 W. Comstock St, Seattle.

The Seattle Grace/Grey Sloan Memorial/Mercy West Hospital in Los Angeles is located at Veterans Administration Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center at 16111 Plummer Street, North Hills. 

 

Sleepless in Seattle

(1993)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

A widower’s son calls into a radio program on Christmas Eve to help his father find love again. Annie, a reporter from Baltimore hears the show and sets about finding out who ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ is. Even though she is engaged to another man, she soon finds herself falling in love with Samuel, with a plan to meet him on top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.

Starring

Tom Hanks (Samuel), Meg Ryan (Annie), Bill Pullam (Walter), Rosie O’Donnell (Becky), Ross Malinger (Jonah), Rob Reiner (Jay).

About the Sleepless In Seattle Filming Locations

Sleepless In Seattle  has many filming locations on offer. But there are a few worth seeing over others that any fan should see when visiting Seattle including Samuel’s houseboat, Pike Place Market and the Athenian Restaurant.

The Houseboat that was used in Sleepless In Seattle  is a real houseboat, which has real people living on it. It is part of a gated community, so is generally not accessible. However, you can see it from the roadway, and if you have a great lens on your camera, you can capture a nice shot of it from a distance. I also was able to see the houseboat from Gasworks Park as I had a good zoom on my camera too. But this is as close as you’ll likely get if you try and see it. Plus, it is a private residence so stepping out onto the dock and having a photo taken is severe trespassing  – so don’t do it without getting permission first.

In Seattle, a visit to Pike Place Market is pretty standard for anyone. This is the one place to visit to highlight your visit to Seattle. But one must stop is the Athenian Restaurant in Pike Place Market. Two scenes were shot right here, one outside in the market – where Victoria buys food to make Samuel and Jonah dinner. And inside the restaurant, when Samuel meets his friend for lunch, and they discuss him dating again. The restaurant is so used to fans visiting that they even placed plaques on the bench the two sat in for the scene, with them saying “Tom Hanks sat here”, “Rob Reiner sat here”.

To read more about Sleepless In Seattle here filming locations in Seattle click . To read about Sleepless In Seattle filming locations in New York and Balitmore click here.

The Sleepless In Seattle  Houseboat is located at 2460 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle.

The Athenian Restaurant is located at Pike Place Market, Seattle.

 

Twilight

(2008)

By Toni of Enchanted Serendipity

Film Synopsis

New to town Bella, meets mysterious Edward when she starts her new high school. She soon realizes his secret when she discovers he is a Vampire. Can she survive their love?

Starring

Kristen Stewart (Bella), Robert Pattinson (Edward)

About The Twilight High School Filming Location

Kalama, Washington was one of the towns which took on the setting for Forks, Washington, as it was the location of the Forks High School.

For fans of the Twilight films, this location is one of the best to see because such a pivotal scene took place, as it was where Bella first realized Edward was different, when he saved her from being crushed by a car in the school parking lot. Kalama is a cool town to explore, and an detour here when exploring Washington or even Oregon is a really nice option.

Additionally to this location, Bella’s house from Twilight is not far from the high school location, so you can hit two birds with one stone here. It’s such a cute house – there are signs up about not trespassing, so be aware of that. The house sits on sort of a dead end road, so you really can’t miss it, but it’s probably better for all residents that you walk up the hill and not drive up.

I am not really a Twilight fan – but I will admit seeing these houses, and the Cullen house in Portland were really cool!

Kalama High School from Twilight is located at 548 China Garden Road, Kalama, Washington. 

Bella’s House from Twilight is located at 184 South 6th Street St. Helens, Oregon

 

Washington D.C.

Forrest Gump

(1993)

By What The Saints Did Next

Film Synopsis

Forrest Gump is a comedy/drama following the extraordinary life story of a man growing up in 1950s Alabama, USA and his infatuation with only childhood friend, Jenny.  Despite his simple mind Forrest goes on to teach dance moves to Elvis Presley, wins a football scholarship, becomes a war hero, a ping-pong champion, meets US Presidents, runs the span of America and becomes financially secure as an early investor of Apple.  Jenny, a free spirit periodically pops into his life and together they have a son.  Jenny and Forrest eventually marry but she dies at a young age of an unknown illness.

Starring

Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Robin Wright (Jenny Curran), Sally Field (Mrs Gump), Gary Senise (Lieutenant Dan), Mykelti Williamson (Bubba Blue).

About the Forrest Gump Lincoln Memorial Filming Location

One of the most memorable scenes from the movie is the reunion of Forrest and Jenny wading inside the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial.  I was star-struck and SO tempted to replicate this but the presence of park rangers nipped the thought in the bud, plus the water did not look inviting!

Although Forrest Gump is one of my all-time favourite movies I haven’t watched it since our visit. But the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool is a popular location for many movies and TV shows and features regularly in Madam Secretary, House of Cards and The Fixer (Scandal).  I always get a jolt of contentment when I see it on the screen, that I’ve been THERE.  In fact, the whole of Washington DC, is like walking around a movie set of sorts, a great place to visit for film and TV buffs.

That’s all I have to say about that!

The Lincoln Memorial is located at 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC.

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