Does your family love watching movies? Do you all dream about visiting some of the destinations you see in your favorite films? Well, you can when you take a family vacation that includes stops at those movie filming locations! There are so many movie filming locations around the world. A little research will have your whole family enjoying the ambiance of those locations. You can dream of how the areas were like during the filming process. Or you can all enjoy them exactly how they are during your visit. The choice is yours since it is your family trip. Today, I am sharing a few of the best movie filming locations for you to consider.
If you have watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you will instantly recognize many parts of Skellig Michael during a family vacation in Ireland. This UNESCO listed island is located on the Kerry Coast. A boat ride is a must for traveling the eight miles to this island. Boat tours to the island are available between the spring and fall, as long as the water isn’t too rough.
However, if you don’t want to head out to the island, you can always spend your time in the charming town of Portmagee. This town is on the mainland. You can visit with the locals. Grab a pint at the local bar. Or just relax and enjoy the beauty of this Ireland town.
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Cypress Gardens is located approximately thirty minutes from Charleston, South Carolina. This beautiful setting was used in the movie, The Notebook. Take a swamp boat ride with your family. Or simply wander along the miles of trails, making memories to last a lifetime.
Anyone who has seen all the Indiana Jones movies will know that parts of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed in Petra, Jordan. The Al Kazenah temple was shown throughout the movie. This lost city is so much more interesting than its part in a movie though.
Only approximately fifteen percent of this area has been uncovered. So, there are many other hidden gems besides what you see today. During your visit, imagine them unearthing many more residences, temples, altars, and tombs. It’s a magical thought that will hopefully come true in the future.
Did you watch the movie, P.S. I Love You? This popular romantic film had numerous scenes shot in Wicklow National Park. You will find this park to the south of Dublin. Spend time at Guinness Lake, which is also called Lough Tay. Relax on the white sandy beach or head towards Sally Gap.
There is no set schedule you need to follow while at this park in Ireland. You can easily visit for a day or spend more time there if you prefer to be away from the busyness of Dublin.
The entire country of Iceland is simply magnificent. Your family should go there for a family vacation despite the fact numerous scenes of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty were filmed there. Head over to Skogafoss to see the most popular filming location in the country. This waterfall is eighty feet wide. The water rushes sixty feet to the pool below.
While in Iceland, your family will also want to visit the Blue Lagoon. After all, what could be better than the conversations you can all have while soaking in one of the most popular hot springs in the world.
Okay, you don’t need to be a movie buff to know all about J.R.R.Tolkien’s hobbits. Simply reading the books is enough of a reason to visit this country. But if you did see the movies, you will appreciate visiting where some of the scenes were filmed.
Start at Hobbiton Village. This area was used as a setting in the movies. It is now a tourist attraction that has hobbit holes. You can even drink some hobbit ales at the Green Dragon Inn.
Many people are familiar with Chippewa Square in Savannah. It was used in the movie, Forrest Gump. However, those people may not know that Monument Valley in Arizona was also another filming location for this movie.
Mile #13 on Route 163 was used as the finish line for the marathon Forrest Gump ran. Simply head to that mile marker for a picture if you are short on time. However, if you have a few hours, take a guided tour along the seventeen-mile-long road. The guided tour will ensure you can stop at all the landmarks that are only accessible by the tour guides.
It shouldn’t be surprising to see the United Kingdom on this list, since that is where many of the Harry Potter films were shot. Alnwick Castle was used to portray Hogwarts Castle in the movies. Spend a little time there if you all want to learn how to perform wizardry. It is also an excellent place to take broomstick flight training.
Another popular movie filming location includes Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. Have a family picture taken at the luggage trolley to ensure you never forget the magic you experience on this amazing trip!
These are some of the best movie filming locations you may want to consider when planning your next family vacation. There are so many others, and I can help you decide which ones should be on the itinerary I personalize for your family trip.
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