We all know that Hollywood is centre of the entertainment universe, but with more and more movies being shot on elaborately built sets and green screens, it can be hard for us common folk to get a taste of the silver screen. However, America is actually packed full of iconic film and television locations that you can visit to get a taste of the silver screen! Here are some of our favourites to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action!
Westworld – Monument Valley
Monument Valley has been the back drop for films for years. First featured in early John Wayne films, the dramatic scenery has become synonymous with the wild west, making it the perfect setting for Westworld. Take a drive around the breathtaking rock formations, snap a pic at the iconic Forest Gump Point (pictured above) or dive into the local history by taking a tour with a Navajo guide! Just don’t forget your cowboy hat!
La La Land – Los Angeles
The Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame may be the obvious spots for film lovers in LA, but the locations featured in La La Land capture the true charm of the city. Recreate Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s date by explore the Griffith Observatory for amazing views over the city (dancing is optional of course) or take in a jazz show at Hermosa Beach Jazz Club. Disclaimer: Ryan Gosling not included.
Gossip Girl – Upper East Side, New York
New York is full of film locations the Upper East Side may not have been high up on your bucket list until Gossip Girl. Just walking around the area will give you the feeling you’ve stepped straight out of an episode, but no fan experience is complete without taking a seat where the Queen B herself ate lunch everyday, the step of The Met! XOXO
Vampire Diaries – Covington, Georgia
Whilst the town of Mystic Falls often found itself facing some pretty terrible luck, the same cannot be said for it’s real life counterpart, Covington in Gerogia. The town oozes all-American, Southern charm which is probably why it has also been used for scenes in The Walking Dead, Footloose, Dumplin’ and Sweet Magnolias! You can even visit the Mystic Grill, although we’re pretty sure you won’t find Matt serving you!
The Notebook – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Ryan Gosling has been busy as this is another location where he’s swept a girl off their feet! Mount Pleasant in South Carolina doubles as the town of Seabrook in The Notebook, where Gosling and Rachel McAdams spent their fateful summer together. The adorable seaside town is steeped in history and charm so a visit is worthwhile, even without the promise of summer romance. Fans can also visit the Boone Hall Plantation, which served as the Hamilton’s summer home!