One of the most important aspects of a successful movie is the shooting locations. Whether it is for the amazing views or for those houses that become iconic, much thinking and researching goes into choosing the perfect setting for the scenes. Some locations are a must visit just due to the view they have to offer, and some are a must due to the emotions they evoke, even if just because they throw you back to a specific scene engraved in your memory. Either way, filming locations have long became a traveling destination on their own merit. If you are also looking for your next destination and looking to spice up the experience, here are some amazing filming locations you might want to check out.
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England - Harry PotterBy Diliff [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
If you happen to be in Oxford, you have the opportunity to explore the magical world of Harry Potter. Oxford is filled with filming locations from the movie. One of these locations is the Christ Church, where many Harry Potter scenes took place. From the staricase to the halls, you will have a full imersion experience. You will also notice that some of the rooms and artifacts were used as an inpiration to the Hogwarts movie sets.
Katz's Delicatessen, New York, NY - When Harry Met SallyBy Alex Lozupone [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The kosher style delicatessen has been featured in many films and television series. Sometimes in the background and sometimes as the center of the scene. But one of the most remembered scenes filmed here is the one from When Harry Met Sally. This is also the most remembered scene from the movie and one of the best known movie scenes ever. The table at which Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat is marked with a sign with a cute reference to the movie. Make sure to check it out at 205 E.Houston St.
Wadi Rum, Jordan - The MartianBy Ahmad alnatour [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
If you wondered where the magnificent Mars scenes were filmed in the movie the Martian, assuming you didn't actually think they were filmed on Mars, wonder no more. The protected desert in Jordan, also known as the "Valley of the Moon", is known to have a striking resemblance to Mars.
Seaside, Florida - The Truman ShowBy Jakesilb14 [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Seaside is a master-planned community, meaning it was carefully planned from inception. It was designed on principles that promote environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighbourhoods. The perfectly planned community was selected as the setting for the perfectly simulated life of Truman Burbank in the Truman Show. To see the Truman House, make sure to visit 31 Natchez St.
Varda Viaduct, Varda, Turkey - SkyfallBy Zeynel Cebeci [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The James Bond franchise has always featured amazing exotic and breath taking filming locations. In between missions and saving the world, the camera pans out to reveal mesmerizing views. The movie Skyfall is no exception. While James Bond is falling off the viaduct after getting shot during a fight, you get a chance to admire this 320 feet beautifully designed viaduct. To get your own shot, visit Kıralan Mahallesi, 01770 Karaisalı/Adana, Turkey.
The McCallisters' House, Winnetka, IL - Home AloneBy anarchosyn [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Continuing with our theme of towns that became mostly known due to their appearance in a famous movie, the Georgian house in Winnetka, IL is a perfect example. This iconic house is more than nostaligic, it symbolizes an era. The large house is located at 671 Lincoln Ave. I would recommend to visit it on Christmas time to get the full experience, assuming of course that the current tenants will take care of the decorations.
Rodanthe, NC - NIGHTS IN RODANTHEBy Captain-tucker [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The magical atmosphere created in the movie Nights in Rodanthe is so unique that it is almost hard to believe that such a place actually exists. But the location where the love story between Daine Lane and Richard Gere takes place is a real one, and you can visit it as well. The beach house is located at 23288 Beacon Rd E. in Rodanthe, NC
San Francisco, CA - MRS. DOUBTFIREBy rulenumberone2 [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
This classical movie is truly unforgettable. Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire provided us with the comedic perfection and the touching emotions, all embodied into one role. Alongside Sally Field and the three children, this movie is a must. The iconic family house where most of the action took place is located in San Francisco, 2640 Steiner St. more specifically. Many fans of the movie frequently visit it and it also became an impromptu place to pay respect to Williams after his passing.