You’ve seen the movie, now visit the setting. Consider making a voyage to the sites where favorite films were shot.
1. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, County Kerry, Ireland Plan a visit to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in County Kerry, where one of the record-breaking film’s final scenes was filmed. Take an 8-mile boat trip to see Skellig Michael, the site of a monastic settlement dating to the sixth century and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
2. HARRY POTTER, London Do you know the spot from which Harry, Ron and Hermione escape on the back of a dragon? Or where they put polyjuice potion to good use? Join other enthusiasts for a walking tour and tube ride through scenic London that includes plenty of sites normally invisible to muggles.
3. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, Colorado In scenic Southwest Colorado, it’s not hard to imagine Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbing a train and celebrating their victory in an old-style saloon. Today’s visitors can hop aboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train where famous scenes were recorded and stop into the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride and imagine those two characters bellying up to the bar.
4. FIELD OF DREAMS, Dyersville, Iowa “If you build it, he will come.” The oft-repeated line is one of the most famous in movie history, and you and your family can be a part of it. Bring your baseball gear and play catch on the century-old farm that boasts the world-famous diamond.
5. THE HUNGER GAMES, Atlanta Imagine the spirited Katniss Everdeen and her tribe getting the job done as you check into the Marriott Marquis Hotel and marvel at its massive atrium. The film’s Tributes’ living quarters and training centers were filmed on the 10th floor and in a special set crafted on the hotel’s rooftop. The historic Swan House in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood served as the film’s national Capitol and home of evil dictator President Snow.