If you are looking for a little bit of inspiration for your next travel destination, then how about looking to visit some of the cities and states in the United States that have acted as a backdrop for some famous movies and TV Shows? While there are a few cities that have been home to plenty of filming, like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, there are some quite unique gems that are worth adding to your list. Have you been to any before? It would be great to hear what you think.
As has been mentioned, New York has been home to a lot of movies and TV shows. But some of those spots are so iconic that they can’t get forgotten about. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one that springs to mind, with Central Park and the Plaza Hotel playing quite pivotal parts in the filming. Gossip Girl was filmed all over NYC, and Central Park features quite a lot in that too, especially by the lake. Disney’ Enchanted was filmed in the city too, as well as Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale. You can even go to Serendipity 3 restaurant where the film got its title (and try a golden hot chocolate, don’t you know).
The country’s capital is going to be featured in some movies, right? With films like National Treasure, Independence Day, Forrest Gump, and Thank You For Smoking all using the sights and famous attractions in parts of the movie. If you are looking for something a little outside of the city, then Hallmark channel’s Chesapeake Shores is based just outside in real life. And you could even look for one of the Chesapeake boat clubs to head out onto the water as they do in the Jesse Metcalfe TV show. You can city and country right here so there are a few things to tick off your list.
San Francisco has been a location for a whole host of movies, from Mrs Doubtfire to original Superman films. In particular, the Golden Gate Bridge is a popular spot for filming, which includes everything from the latest Planet of the Apes movies to old-school classic The Maltese Falcon (1941). The bridge played a part in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo, and has been digitally enhanced in movies like San Andreas where it gets destroyed.
Believe it or not, the diverse landscape of Utah has made it a really popular spot for filming, as there are metropolitan cities, salt flats, lakes, and mountains. High School Musical filmed the school scenes at a high school in Salt Lake City, for example. The movie 127 Hours, based on the true story of a man getting stuck in a canyon, was filmed in southern Utah, as well as Homestead Crater in Midway, and the old Granite Furniture warehouse in Sugar House. Thelma and Louise was also filmed in Utah, with the Utah scenery including the La Sal Mountains, Route 46, Moab; Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and Dead Horse Point State Park which is known for the infamous cliff scene.