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If you’ve ever been watching a movie and thought “I’d love to go there!” — well, maybe you actually can. There are quite a few famous movie locations that you can actually visit around the world. Some of them might even be in your town!
From “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “Blade Runner,” there are places pictured in many films that you can actually drive to, go in, and even photograph. The filming locations range from world-famous museums to a thousands-of-years-old temple, a doughnut shop and more. While some locations are practically in paradise, many of these movies were filmed in the United States and are just a few train stops or highways away. In fact, you might have been to one already and never realized.
The Active Times has found 51 different famous movie locations that you can actually visit. Some of the movies you may know, some you may have only heard of, but all of them had shots of interiors, exteriors or both filmed in these spots. Stand where Indiana Jones once stood! Or pretend you’re Macaulay Culkin running from the Wet Bandits in “Home Alone.” You can be any character you like when you’re standing in front of these 51 famous movie locations that you can actually visit.
This giant sandstone temple built in Jordan in the first century A.D. attracts tons of tourists for various reasons. One of them being that it was featured in “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”! While it doesn’t actually hold the Holy Grail, it’s a gorgeous historical spot and one of the most elaborate hand-carved temples in the ancient city of Petra.
This John Hughes film was shot all around the North Shore, but one of its most notable sequences was filmed in the Art Institute of Chicago. Ferris, Cameron and Sloane link hands with little kids and pose in front of pictures, and Cameron even gets lost in an impressionist painting in this iconic Chicago museum, which Chicagoans and tourists visit every day.
Luckily, you can visit the spot where Tom and Summer first and last connected. The “Angels Knoll” is at the foot of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles and was briefly closed to the public. According to Curbed, it is likely to become a UCLA vertical campus or a place with shops and restaurants, as much of downtown LA is being renovated, but it is currently open again for you to sit there one last time and listen to The Smiths. Or The Pixies. Or anything else from that absolutely genius soundtrack.
Not to be confused with the fictional jail Azkaban, Alcatraz is a real place that was once a fully functioning jail that hosted major criminals the likes of Al Capone. Guests can now take a ferry to tour “The Rock,” as it is so named.
The quaint little café where Amélie worked in Paris is actually a place that you can visit! Nestled in Montmartre, this café is named for two nearby historical windmills. Better start perfecting your chic French girl look for the cute photo you will be taking in front of it!
You can run in Rocky’s footsteps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Now known as the “Rocky Steps,” the 72 iconic stone steps leading up to the museum entrance are where Rocky Balboa trained. There’s even a bronze statue of the fictional boxer!
If you ever find yourself in Dyersville, Iowa, about 25 miles west of Dubuque, you can visit the actual "Field of Dreams." The farm offers tours of the baseball field and the home that serves as a set for the Kinsella family in the 1989 film.
You can actually see quite a few film sets at Universal Studios in California, but none are as iconic as the Bates Motel. The actual house and motel were both built for the film on the Universal lot. If you’re a fan of “Bates Motel” the show, recreations of the home and hotel were built in British Columbia, where they currently film.
Chicagoans know the Biograph as the place Dillinger was shot. But if you don’t recognize it on first glance, you might remember it from the film “Public Enemies” featuring Christian Bale, Billy Crudup and Johnny Depp. The movie is about Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger and how he always seemed to elude the police with his charm and smarts. He was famously gunned down outside of the Biograph, which is still a functioning theatre today, just steps from DePaul University.
Although Paddington himself is CGI, you can physically go to Buckingham Palace in London to photograph it or take a tour. ‘’
These massive dinosaurs in California’s high desert were featured in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” They’re located next to a gas station and a former diner. You can even climb inside of one of them to visit a cool dinosaur-themed gift shop at the top!
This Perry Street location is a major stop on those “Sex and The City” tour buses that traipse through Manhattan. Yes, it’s always on the show, but Carrie’s iconic apartment does also make it into the movie. Her apartment is so popularly photographed it even has its own location tag on Instagram!
Formerly known as the Stone Container building and then the Smurfit-Stone Building, the Crain Communications Building is an iconic piece of Chicago skyline. It’s easily identified by its flat diamond top. It’s also the building that the youngest sibling in “Adventures in Babysitting” has to scale down to safety!
Although it may look less futuristic in person, Central Market is a fully functioning market in Los Angeles full of restaurants, kiosks, and produce.
Hogwarts is real! The Harry Potter series used exterior shots of this regular muggle church to represent Hogwarts. Movie magic makes it look like the wizarding world and not just a place people visit for religious services. The interior also served as inspiration as well. The church’s great hall was the inspiration for Hogwarts’ great hall, and you can tour the church for yourself to see it.
The valley? As if! But Cher was robbed and left for dead right in front of this iconic liquor store in North Hollywood. Locals and tourists who find themselves over the hill often photograph the famous clown sign in front of this otherwise pretty much average liquor store.
During Boogie Nights it was the El Royale Motel, but they’ve since leveled up. This valley haunt is where characters played by Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly get roped in to a drug-dealing scam. Director Paul Thomas Anderson is from the San Fernando Valley (locals just call it “The Valley”) and has filmed several films there, including “Magnolia” and “Punch-Drunk Love.”
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There is probably nothing more romantic than the iconic last scene of “Sleepless in Seattle.” Meg Ryan’s Annie has just left her fiancé Walter to chase after the love of her life, Tom Hanks’s Sam, who may or may not still be waiting for her atop the Empire State Building. Just when you think she’s too late, he’s there (with his son) and the two finally acknowledge that they’re madly in love. Visitors can go to the top of the Empire State Building still, and it’s a popular spot for proposals.
You can actually dine at the Formosa Café, site of the “LA Confidential” scene in which Lana Turner throws water in a detective’s face after he mistakes her for someone ‘cut’ to look like Lana Turner. The iconic Hollywood spot was closed briefly for renovations but is now open once again and has kept its same old Hollywood vibe.
A whole colony of aliens occupy a locker in New York’s iconic Grand Central Station in “Men in Black.” If you’re a die-hard fan or just want to see if the aliens are still there, it’s locker C-18 in the baggage deposit. Only go if you have extra time. Don’t miss your train!
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Many scenes from this iconic James Dean film were shot at the Griffith Observatory. It looks pretty much the same as how it appears in the movie, inside and out. There is even a statue of James Dean should you get up there; visit it if you can tear yourself away from the stunning view the site offers of all of Los Angeles.
It’s truly shocking how much the untouched Hawaiian landscape looks like the prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Spielberg filmed much of Jurassic Park on the island of Kauai, much of it in Hanapepe Valley, which visitors can go to today for a variety of sports and activities.
The house that Kevin McCallister so expertly defends from the Wet Bandits over the Christmas holiday in John Hughes’ “Home Alone” is located in the affluent Chicago suburb of Winnetka. The home is a private residence and recently underwent maintenance on its interior; for some time there was even a tarp around it to shield it from the public. Not to worry, the homeowners left a note on the tarp explaining that they would be keeping the house’s exterior the same for fans of the film. The tarp has now been removed, and if you drive about a half hour north of Chicago, you’ll be able to see the McCallister home in all its glory.
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The Tribeca firehouse Hook and Ladder Company 8 was used as the Ghostbusters headquarters in the film “Ghostbusters,” and it’s still around and super easy to get to. This New York City attraction is right off of a subway line and full of nods to its film history. According to Roadside America, when actor Harold Ramis died in 2014, fans set up a memorial on the sidewalk outside of the firehouse.
Don’t forget to bring your pink wig! You can actually perform karaoke in the same place Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson did. If you’re really trying to recreate the vibe, the pair sang “More Than This” by Roxy Music, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding” by Elvis Costello and “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders.
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You can still have what she’s having. Katz’s Deli has a sign designating the seat where Meg Ryan pretends to have an orgasm while dining with Billy Crystal. The popular New York deli sees tons of people re-creating this scene, and they also serve a mean corned beef. Check it out!
Yes, you can take a picture pushing your trolley through Platform 9-and-3/4 at King’s Cross Station in London. Live all your Harry Potter dreams! They even have Hogwarts-house-themed scarves that you can borrow during your scene to make it super authentic (or as authentic as a film about wizards can be).
So they may not have actually filmed at the Lincoln Memorial, but this is such an iconic scene from “Forrest Gump” that we had to include it. Plus, you can still visit it today! It’s an important part of U.S. history! Go see it!
If you’re a big fan of Ryan Gosling, you might want to stop by MacArthur Park in the day time. During the day the park is home to some of the best tamales in Los Angeles, and it’s also where they filmed “Drive.” At night, it’s known for gang violence and drug deals.
San Francisco is known for its stunning architecture and famous TV homes like “The Painted Ladies,” which served as the inspiration for one of the homes in “Full House.” It’s also where Robin Williams as nanny Mrs. Doubtfire took care of his own children. The house is still a private residence near the marina, and the address is totally google-able — but you should still afford the people who live there some privacy!
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The adorable bookstore where Hugh Grant first met Julia Roberts in “Notting Hill” still exists with its original exterior! It’s right off Portobello Road, where they have a bustling vintage market.
This lively Seattle market sees hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. It’s also where Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner shared a meal and a stroll in iconic ‘90s film “Sleepless in Seattle.”
Pastor James Brown provides guidance for Jake and Elwood at this South Side Chicago church that is still there today. Unfortunately, Pilgrim Baptist suffered a fire in 2006 and doesn’t look the same. It’s still sacred ground for any Blues Brothers fan!
This stunning Malibu beach is where the 1968 classic “Planet of the Apes” was filmed. Now instead of Charlton Heston, you might see Dakota Johnson and her beau Chris Martin frolicking on it or even Cindy Crawford, who lives nearby. If you haven’t realized, it’s one of the best beaches to spot celebrities.
Everyone in LA knows the Randy’s Donuts sign. It’s a massive doughnut. It’s been featured in several films, including “Mars Attacks,” “Earth Girls Are Easy,” “Iron Man 2,” and “Coming to America.” They have a smaller location (with a smaller doughnut sign) at the farmers market inside famed LA outdoor mall The Grove.
This upscale London department store is where Mr. Bean sells Severus Snape a present for his assistant — not for his wife, Nanny McPhee. Following along? “Love Actually” is full of character actors, and they all come together for one anxiety-inducing scene at Selfridges.
If you dream of riding in a rowboat with Hugh Grant (and who wouldn’t?) then you need to go to Stoke Park to recite Keats and live your Bridget Jones truth! The park is where Bridget and her boss/boyfriend Daniel Cleaver go on a weekend holiday before he drops her off for her family’s annual fancy dress party.
Just off Rodeo Drive is one of the most iconic LA hotels ever. The Beverly Wilshire is famous for being the place Julia Roberts came to stay with Richard Gere in “Pretty Woman.” The luxury hotel is surrounded by high-end designers and some of the most expensive boutiques in the world. Not going there to at least grab a picture would be a big mistake. Huge!
Anyone who has ever gone through the LAUSD school system has had multiple field trips to the Getty Museum. Its vaguely futuristic exterior is instantly recognizable in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Go for the art, stay to do your best William Shatner impression. (It’s the wrong cast, but you’ll want to do it anyway).
If anyone every actually did this in LA traffic, they would probably go to jail. But the opening shot of “La La Land” was actually filmed on the Harbor Freeway just outside of downtown LA. You can definitely drive on it, just don’t get out and start dancing. Please!
You can have a bowl of raisin bran at the diner where Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany and Bradley Cooper’s Pat have their first non-date in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Just don’t have a meltdown and sweep everything off the table a la JLaw’s character.
It’s the best museum in New York, and it’s where the Met Gala is thrown every year. But you might also recognize it from “Ocean’s 8,” and that’s great too! Definitely go check it out if you’re ever in New York and want to see some fine art.
The school that John Candy pulls up to in his embarrassing car while he babysits his brother’s kids in “Uncle Buck” is none other than New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois. The North Shore, which includes the areas of Winnetka, Glencoe, Northbrook, and Highland Park, is a favorite of director John Hughes, who shot several films in those areas
The Plaza has actually been in a lot of movies. “Home Alone,” “Eloise,” and most famously “The Way We Were.” You can stay there, but it’s pretty expensive. They also host a fabulous high tea with little sandwiches and petit fours.
This gorgeous home was the exterior for President Snow’s mansion in the Hunger Games series. Visitors can visit the 22-acre campus and the house that sits on it, as well as a history museum, a farm with costumed interpreters, gardens, and woodland trails!
In the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper remake of “A Star Is Born,” Gaga’s Ally sings for the first time on stage at The Virgil. The LA spot is actually incredibly popular with the comedy scene. Every week The Virgil hosts comedy variety shows and even the occasional big-time comedian.
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If you’re trying to be more like Audrey Hepburn, you definitely need to stop by Tiffany & Co. in New York so you can peer into the window while eating a croissant and sipping coffee. On a Holly Golightly budget? The cheapest thing in there is a chain for $50.
Horror fans should definitely book a stay at the Timberline Lodge, the actual hotel where they filmed the exteriors for Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” While you’re not likely to have your door chopped down by a frantic Jack Nicholson or see a lot of blood coming out of an elevator, you might see some gorgeous forest views!
Union Station is the Grand Central Station of Chicago. It sees tens of thousands of people a day on their way to and from work in the city and the suburbs. It was also heavily featured in the 1987 film “The Untouchables.” The station looks pretty much the same as it did in the late ‘80s, so if you’re a fan of the film, get ready to feel nostalgic.
The St. Peter and Paul Church, nestled in San Francisco’s still very Italian North Beach neighborhood, is visible in Washington Square Park during the film “Dirty Harry” and it still stands and operates today.
Shockingly, they didn’t film “The Social Network” at Harvard despite the film being ostensibly set there. Wheelock’s campus was used for many exteriors, as was Boston University.
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