If you’re a TV and movie fanatic — like those who obsess over Game of Thrones — this year’s vacation shouldn’t be two weeks in Mexico — although that does sound pretty nice as the weather changes, doesn’t it? While there’s no doubting that crossing the boarder is a popular destination, there’s something to be said for getting off the beaten path, and discovering somewhere a little more interesting. How about the filming location of your favorite move or TV show?
Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up five of the top filming locations for all you film and TV nerds out there, with a little help from the folks at Orbitz. See a great new city and experience the sights and sounds of your favorite slice of culture while you’re at it!
Game of Thrones
All over Europe
If you’re really going to make a meal of it, a Game of Thrones-themed holiday is a great idea. Based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire", the show has been shot in many locations across Europe — Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Spain, Scotland and Northern Ireland - so you could even go the whole hog and do your own Winterfell-to-King’s-Landing road trip. And with the phenomenally popular show again wowing fans with its seventh season, now’s the perfect time to experience some of its shooting locations first-hand. So, where to go?
As explained by Orbitz’ excellent interactive World on Screen map, one of the best places to go is Belfast, as it’s an excellent base from which to explore a range of GoT locations. There’s plenty to pick from, but our favourite is probably Downhill Beach in County Londonderry. This exquisite stretch of beach served as Dragonstone in GoT season two. But don’t just take our word for it - browse Orbitz’ guide for more travel inspiration.
Told you we’d be going off the beaten track. Much of the latest Tarzan movie, released in 2016, may have been filmed in, er, Watford, UK, but some of its most dramatic scenes were shot in Gabon, Africa, most notably the opening of the movie, with its stunning jungle scenery.
Gabon is probably central Africa’s most tourist-friendly country, and with over 11 percent of its land protected as national parkland it’s the perfect destination for fans of the great outdoors. And jungles.
Highlights include the Makokou & Kongou Falls in Ivindo National Park, where waterfalls more than two miles high gush nearly 200 feet into the Ivindo River below.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Namibia’s Skeleton Coast
Let’s stay in Africa for the next one. One thing everyone who saw George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road wanted to know was: where on earth did you film this thing? Namibia, that’s where. More precisely, the country’s Skeleton Coast, a picturesque yet eerie stretch of coast littered with the occasional shipwreck, all soft sand dunes and rocky outcrops.
It served as the perfect place to represent Fury Road’s barren, apocalyptic landscapes, with much of the action shot near Swakopmund, a former German settlement.
Back to the Future
Somewhere a little closer to home to finish. Los Angeles is a great city to visit, but it’s perhaps even greater if you’re a film fan. From The Big Lebowski to Chinatown, a whole host of brilliant, fondly-remembered flicks have been filmed in the City of Angels. And perhaps the most memorable of all is Back to the Future, the 1980s sci-fi adventure that catapulted Michael J Fox to stardom.
Believe it or not, the film was released more than 30 years ago - time flies — but many of its locations can still be visited today. There’s Hill Valley, the suburb that was home to Bigg, Marty and Doc, and Whittier High School, which doubled as Hill Valley High School in the film itself.
Do you have any must-visit film and TV shooting locations that would make for a great holiday? Let us know — we’d love to hear about them!
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