America is blessed with outstanding natural beauty, warm-hearted and hospitable people, abundant wildlife, and world-class national parks. But, we’re also home to the most significant and most iconic movie industry globally. This sector has given us some of the most legendary names in history, unbelievable cinematography, and of course, iconic film locations.
So if you’re an avid movie buff or just in awe of our homegrown talent, you could be in for a unique experience of America by visiting some of the most fantastic film sets and locations in Hollywood and beyond.
We hope you’re as excited to discover these gems as much as we are to introduce them to you.
Few writers have a hold on the beautiful macabre entirely as Stephen King does. So when it came time to choose locations for the movie version of his bestselling post-apocalyptic novel, The Shining, location scouts found the perfect spot for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel.
While most interior shots were filmed at a studio in London, the exterior shots were filmed at the Timberline Lodge in Oregan, and you can actually stay at the hotel.
You know you want to do it. You know you want to run up those stairs and film your own montage to the soundtrack of the Rocky movie, so head on over to the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art and get to it!
The modern take on the vampire genre had fans from around the world transfixed at the misadventures of Sookie Stackhouse and Vampire Bill. You can visit the location of “Merlotte’s” site and the swamp where many Sookie and Bills encounters happened.
We’ve lost count at how many times the “life is like a box of chocolates” speech has been told and retold, and let’s not even get started on the heartbreakingly beautiful “run Forest, run!” moment. Tom Hanks’ gentle and faithful telling of the story of a mentally challenged young man’s journey through life captured the hearts of moviegoers worldwide, and you can visit many of the sites that the movie featured.
The Lighthouse in Maine, Chippewa Square, or that famous bench in Savannah, Georgia.
Catchy soundtracks, outrageous plots, and a storyline from another world all came together to create an 80s movie icon. You can visit the firehouse in New York City at 14 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013 for a superb photo opportunity.
GETTING AROUND AMERICA
These are just a few of the locations that you can visit and indulge your inner fan fantasy at, and if you’re after a truly authentic experience – road trip all of them. You’ll criss-cross this country and experience all that America has to offer, and to up the stakes, do it in a truck and camp along the way. You’ll need to be well outfitted and invest in a tonneau cover, but you’ll be in for the ride of your life.
If you’ve been wondering what you can do, that’s an entirely new experience for your next vacation; this is it.