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5 Iconic Places Every Movie Lover Needs to Visit

New Zealand: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Tours

If you loved the breathtaking visuals of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, there’s good news! You can visit the actual village of Hobbiton in New Zealand. The set was preserved as a tourist attraction. There are quite a few Tolkien-themed tours that will take you through the gorgeous New Zealand countryside. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to visiting Middle-earth!

London: The Making of Harry Potter Tour

Obviously, London is overflowing with history and culture. But if you’re a Harry Potter megafan, then you’ve absolutely come to the right place. Check out Kings Cross Station, where you can find a cheeky nod to Platform 9 ¾.

Then head out to Watford for The Making of Harry Potter studio tour. You can see the real sets used in the films, check out props and costumes, and basically live inside the world of Harry Potter. The attraction offers themed events throughout the year, including a Valentine’s ball and a spooky Dark Arts Halloween.

Vancouver, British Columbia: The Hollywood of the North

The city of Vancouver, nestled in the picturesque mountains of the Pacific Northwest, has long been the home for TV shows and movies to film almost anything. You might recognize it from Jumanji or Legends of the Fall. Or maybe Elf or Robocop? Twilight fans will definitely love visiting Vancouver; there are several specialty tours of the filming locations for the movie trilogy.

New York City: The Museum of the Moving Image

Die-hard film fans will love visiting the Museum of the Moving image in Brooklyn. While there are countless filming locations throughout the city (including Hook and Ladder 8, which you might just recognize from Ghostbusters), this museum lets you inside the movie magic with props, sets, and costumes from a wide variety of classic films.

Highlights of the collection include the prop dummy used for the infamous “pea soup” scene in The Exorcist and models used to create the special effects in Blade Runner.

Jordan: The Ancient Canyon City of Petra

The stone city of Petra, carved into the living rock of the sandstone walls, is one of the most breathtaking and mysterious places on earth. And if you’re a fan of adventure movies, it should absolutely go on your bucket list. The most iconic movie sequence filmed in Petra has to be the final scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but it also makes an appearance in The Mummy Returns, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, among others.

If you do decide to visit Jordan, make sure you go with a reputable tour provider. The area is relatively safe, thanks to the high tourist volume, but it’s still more adventurous than visiting Canada.

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