Filming locations are often tightly guarded secrets while the shoot is ongoing. But when the movie’s all done and the crew’s all packed up, movie fans can try to catch a whiff of the magic by visiting their favorite film’s settings. In other words, the tourism industry can pick up where the film industry left off.
Lena Katz of JustLuxe.com and Amanda Williams of Film-Travel.com list several popular movie location tour destinations.
“The Lord of the Rings” finds a home in New Zealand
In New Zealand, for instance, The Shire still lives. The private farmland that was turned into The Lord of the Rings trilogy’s Hobbit home is now permanently the Hobbiton movie set. Fans of the film franchise can go on guided tours in the picturesque patch of land where the Hobbits lived once upon a movie time.
Portland, Oregon town shines in “Twilight”
A small town in Portland, Oregon has had its fair share of visitors who want to visit Twilight movie locations. There are guided tours available, but you can also D.I.Y. with the help of a book aptly called Experience Twilight.
And if you’re feeling like doing the sequels, you can head off to Vancouver where “Eclipse” and “New Moon” were shot. “Breaking Dawn,” on the other hand, was shot in parts of Vancouver, Louisiana, and New Orleans. Yes, you can find the organized tours in those places too!
North Carolina plays “The Hunger Games”
This North Carolina forest, which served at the playing field of “The Hunger Games,” found favor in a significant number of tourists that visited it post-movie. They should expect another spike, as “Catching Fire” is due to be released in a couple of months.
“Harry Potter’s” London
Well, you can now tour Diagon Alley virtually, thanks to Google Maps, but there’s still a lot to be seen of Harry Potter’s London offline. Platform 9 3/4 at London King’s Cross, for example, where witches and wizards go to catch the Hogwarts Express.