20 Famous Filming Locations to Visit

View on Na Pali Coast on Kauai island on Hawaii

There's a unique joy derived from visiting the hallowed grounds where legendary characters once portrayed iconic scenes and the magic of storytelling came alive. 

Going beyond the screen and exploring the sites of beloved films and television shows can be the highlight of a vacation.  

Whether you're a movie buff, avid traveler or simply seeking unique experiences abroad, the best way to plan and book your next vacation is by working with a dedicated, experienced travel professional, like those at InteleTravel. Our advisors will handle all the details to arrange a personalized itinerary so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest without any stress. 

For travel inspiration, here are some famous filming locations to turn your wanderlust into unforgettable reel-life adventures.

1. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts - “Jaws” 

Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts is the backdrop of the timeless thriller "Jaws." Tour notable attractions from the movie including the quaint town of Edgartown—transformed into Amity, walk along Joseph Sylvia State Beach, and check out historic Gay Head Lighthouse. 

Martha’s Vineyard boasts breathtaking natural beauty, where pristine beaches, scenic cliffs, and charming downtowns have mesmerized filmmakers and visitors alike. From quaint villages with cozy shops and cafes to a vibrant cultural scene, Martha’s Vineyard has it all! Enjoy watersports and boating along the coastline, embark on scenic hikes, or spend an afternoon learning about the island's storied maritime history. 

2. Alcatraz Island, California - “Escape From Alcatraz”

Alcatraz Island in the heart of San Francisco Bay once served as a fort, military prison, and maximum security federal penitentiary, and currently stands as an enduring symbol of intrigue and mystery. Immortalized in the classic "Escape From Alcatraz," this stoic fortress has lured visitors from around the globe to unravel the enigmatic tales echoing within its cold, stone walls. 

Take guided tours to retrace the steps of notorious inmates and uncover secrets of this infamous prison. Beyond its historical significance, Alcatraz Island commands panoramic vistas of gorgeous San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the city skyline. It was also the backdrop for other classic movies such as “The Rock,” “Point Blank,” and “The Enforcer.” 

3. Petra, Jordan - “Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade”

The ancient city of Petra, also known as The Rose City, is an UNESCO World Heritage site featured in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." It’s home to architectural wonders carved into vibrant rose-red cliffs, beckoning adventurous travelers. 

Traverse narrow Siq, an awe-inspiring canyon leading to Al-Khazneh, or The Treasury— an intricately carved facade and testament to human ingenuity for centuries. Relive Indiana Jones' epic quest through these ancient passageways and explore this archaeological marvel’s many secrets.

4. Salzburg, Austria - “The Sound of Music” 

In Salzburg, the hills are alive with "The Sound of Music." This iconic musical has etched its enchantment into the community's cultural fabric. Wander its cobbled streets and relive the magic of Maria and the von Trapp family, and enjoy Salzburg’s rich history and culture. 

When planning your trip, ask your travel advisor about touring filming locations for an up-close glimpse into the real-world setting that contributed to the movie's visual poetry. Stroll Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced their way into our hearts, or venture to stunning Hohenwerfen Castle. Each stop exudes the authentic charm of Salzburg and its captivating past. 

5. Sicily, Italy - “The Godfather”

Sun-kissed Sicily is a vital backdrop for several epic scenes of the cinematic masterpiece "The Godfather." Savoca, with its cobbled streets and Old-World aesthetic, sets the tone for Michael Corleone's courtship of Apollonia. Go for a drink at The Bar Vitelli, where Michael seeks the approval of Apollonia's father, and which maintains its distinct rustic charm even after all this time.

Just a short distance away, Forza D’agro shares those iconic panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its medieval architecture and ancient stone structures create an atmospheric experience, complete with the crumbling ruins of the Church of St. Agostino and sweeping vistas of surrounding villages. 

6. Anhui, China - “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

This Chinese province and stunning setting for martial arts epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" features lush forests and enchanting auras that captivate every visitor. 

Dramatic mountains and serene lakes make Anhui perfect for exploration. Whether touring ancient Hongcun villages and centuries-old tea plantations used in the film or sampling the region’s renowned local delicacies and savory flavors, guests enjoy ample opportunities for pure indulgence amid Anhui's natural and cultural wonders. 

7. Beverly Hills, California - “Pretty Woman”

This is the dazzling setting for the famous romantic comedy "Pretty Woman." 

Beverly Hills seamlessly blends its glitz and glamour into this beloved tale. Walk along the palm tree-lined streets of Rodeo Drive and peruse its upscale boutiques for some world-class shopping and a taste of the high life. 

Roam the luxurious streets where Julia Roberts and Richard Gere strolled, and relive the magic of Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, where the characters' love story unfolded. The hotel offers a Pretty Woman for a Day package for couples, featuring a variety of exclusive experiences including a guided tour of Rodeo Drive, personal wardrobe stylist, private romantic dinner, couples’ massage, and more—giving guests the chance to be stars in their own love stories. 

8. Dubrovnik, Croatia - “Game of Thrones”

Explore the fantastical realm of Westeros in this key filming location for the epic series "Game of Thrones." Dubrovnik's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and host of the show's most memorable moments transports visitors to the fantasy world of dragons, knights, and political machinations. Marvel at the ancient walls that witnessed the political intrigues of King's Landing, and visit notable spots such as the Red Keep and Cersei's Walk of Shame stairs. 

From its historical architecture to the Adriatic Sea’s azure waters, sample Dubrovnik's local cuisine, explore its hidden gems tucked away in narrow alleys, and relish its melding of reality and fantasy.

9. Hāmākua Coast, Hawaii - “Avatar”

Journey through the lush landscapes of Hawaii’s Hāmākua Coast, where James Cameron's "Avatar" brought the fictional moon of Pandora to life. Cascading waterfalls, verdant valleys, and breathtaking vistas make all visitors feel like inhabitants of its special lands. 

Explore the surreal beauty of Akaka Falls State Park, where dense rainforests and towering waterfalls create an otherworldly atmosphere, and bask in an array of fun outdoor activities. Keahua Arboretum on the nearby island of Kauai was a primary location for many of the movie’s non-CGI shots. Stroll scenic trails surrounded by towering trees and vibrant flora for an immersive experience reminiscent of the film's mystical vibe.

10. Kauai, Hawaii - “Jurassic Park”

Much of "Jurassic Park" was filmed here, for good reason: Its diverse ecosystems and sheer beauty are the perfect setting for the epic realm of the dinosaurs. 

Tour Manawaiopuna Falls and the enigmatic jungles featured in the movie that captivated audiences around the world. From awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon to the serene beaches of Hanalei Bay—Kauai has it all! 

11. Matamata, New Zealand - “The Lord of the Rings” & “The Hobbit” Trilogies

Embark on an epic journey through the rolling hills of Matamata, New Zealand, where the enchanting movie set village of Hobbiton awaits. Wander through hobbit holes, explore Green Dragon Inn, and relive all the epic tales of this magical place. 

Hobbiton is a living testament to the craftsmanship behind Tolkien's fantasy world. Enjoy a guided tour, savor a pint of ale, and stroll through vibrant gardens and across quaint bridges into a world lifted right from the silver screen. 

12. Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, New York  - “Seinfeld”

For fans of the iconic sitcom "Seinfeld," a pilgrimage to Tom's Restaurant in New York City is a must. This unassuming diner, with its distinctive red and white exterior, is the facade for Monk's Café in the show. While interior scenes were shot on a soundstage, Tom's Restaurant has become an enduring symbol of the "show about nothing."

On the corner of Broadway and West 112th Street, Tom's Restaurant continues to draw visitors from around the world who seek a slice of sitcom nostalgia. Grab a cup of coffee, sit by the window, and let the ambiance of this unassuming eatery transport you back to some of the best episodes with Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and George .

13. Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - “Rocky”

Feel the adrenaline surge as you conquer the famous steps leading to Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized in the film "Rocky." Referred to as the "Rocky Steps," they were the critical training ground for Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxer, Rocky Balboa. 

Join the ranks of countless visitors who have recreated the triumphant run to the top and look out over the majestic skyline of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museum of Art houses an extensive collection of art spanning centuries. After the climb, be sure to explore its galleries, absorb its artistic ambiance, and savor the absolutely gorgeous view of the city from atop these famed steps.

14. Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon - “The Shining”

Timberline Lodge is the hauntingly beautiful setting for Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "The Shining." Nestled amid snow-capped peaks, it embodies the terror and intrigue of the ominous Overlook Hotel. 

Explore the hedge maze and grand interior that set the stage for this immortal psychological horror masterpiece. Once you finally collect yourself again, head to the slopes on Mount Hood for some world-class skiing or snowboarding adventures. 

15. Görlitzer Warenhaus Department Store in Görlitz, Germany - “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Enter the whimsical world of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at Görlitzer Warenhaus Department Store. This architectural gem, with its grand staircase and ornate interiors, is the fictional hotel's lobby in Wes Anderson's visually stunning movie. 

Experience its pure opulence, explore the cobblestone streets and historic architecture of Old Town and St. Peter's Church, and lose yourself in this magnificent fusion of cinematic fantasy and real-world majesty. 

16. Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington - “Sleepless in Seattle”

This was the unforgettable setting for classic romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle." Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's characters first cross paths at this bustling marketplace, and it will forever hold a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide . 

Wander through its lively stalls and discover an array of local flavors and aromas reminiscent of the film. Venture to the waterfront for breathtaking views of Elliott Bay—the perfect setting for your own romantic escapade! 

17. Point Dume, California - “Planet of the Apes”

This is where the film’s cliffside scenes were shot and Charlton Heston's character discovers the remnants of a once-thriving civilization. Little does he know about or fully comprehend the mind-bending kingdom of ferocious apes that have taken over and now rule this breathtaking land. 

There are plenty of scenic coastal trails and secluded beaches to visit here, along with the chance to witness other intelligent creatures—migrating whales! 

18. Redwood National Park, California - “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”

The lush forests of Redwood National Park in California bring the moon of Endor to life in "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi." Wander through its majestic groves, where colossal trees create an otherworldly realm perfect for the crafty and magical Ewoks. 

Imagine hopping on a speeder and racing through its meandering trails, witnessing a bevy of diverse wildlife along the way. Rest among some of the tallest trees on the planet while remembering the special bond between Luke Skywalker, Princess leia, Han Solo—and especially C-3PO. And as always, may the Force be with you! 

19. Doune Castle, Scotland - “Monty Python & the Holy Grail”

This is the imposing fortress at the heart of the legendary "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Explore the halls and courtyards that echoed with the laughter of the Monty Python troupe.

Wander the castle's rooms and envision memorable scenes from the film, from taunting French knights at battlements to the absurdity of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. 

20. King's Cross Station in London, England - “Harry Potter”

King's Cross Station is the famous gateway to the wizarding world of “Harry Potter.” Fans from around the globe converge here for the whimsical magic of the books and movies—with The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ being a must-visit. The station even features a trolley disappearing into the brick wall between platforms 9 and 10, in homage to the franchise. 

London is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, so talk to your advisor about following up your stop at Hogwarts heaven, with a trip to Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and many other nearby sites. 

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No matter what sort of vacation you're looking for—a serene escape to sun-drenched shores, adventurous exploration of cinematic landscapes, or romantic getaway filled with luxury and charm—InteleTravel Advisors are here to tailor every detail to your desires.

Our expert team of certified travel professionals will craft a personalized itinerary, book every aspect of your trip and even secure exclusive travel bonuses and upgrades to enhance your experience. 

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