#1 The Lord of the Rings – Hamilton, New Zealand
“I will take it! I will take it! I will take the Ring to Mordor. Though… I do not know the way.” – Frodo Baggins
Calling all The Lord of the Rings fans! Picturesque New Zealand has soared in popularity since Frodo and his friends came into our lives. The country’s tourism board has even created an entire marketing strategy around the trilogy as many scenes were shot in New Zealand. From endless valleys to what some have described as the most beautiful place on earth, the nation will certainly meet all your film expectations.
#2: In Bruges – Bruges, Belgium
“You’ve got to stick to your principles.” – Harry Waters
Starring Colin Farrell, this dark comedy certainly wasn’t a blockbuster, but it exposed the world to Bruges, a beautiful city in Belgium. Think cobbled streets, mediaeval buildings and canals. In fact, Bruges is the ultimate romantic destination. Grab a hot chocolate and watch painters create magic right in front of you. The fairy-tale landscape allows you to get lost in the city for hours on end.
#3: Pride and Prejudice – Derbyshire, England
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” – Mr Darcy
The English countryside is filled with endless green hills and manors that will most certainly make you feel like royalty. Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is an estate that belongs to the Duke of Devonshire. The 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice, used Chatsworth as the home for Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy. Locals here are more than happy to share a beer, talk about their cattle and the weather, while giving you a history of the families in the area.
#4: Sex and the City – New York City, USA
“I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!” – Carrie Bradshaw
Yes, New York has always been a dream destination. But after Carrie and the girls exploded onto our screens in Sex and the City, the Upper East Side and Greenwich Village Boutiques have become even bigger tourist hotspots. In fact, these days, you can even take a tour of some of the famous locations featured in the movie and TV series. And if you’re lucky, you may bump into Sarah-Jessica Parker as she lives near one of the stops.
#5: Rocky – Philadelphia, USA
“Well, ya see, sir, I understand you’re lookin’ for sparrin’ partners for Apollo, and I jus’ want ta let ya know that I am very available.” – Rocky Balboa
After visiting the Big Apple, you simply must swing by nearby Philadelphia. Oscar-winning film Rocky made Philly famous back in the ’80s. Most famous location? The iconic stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky Balboa runs up to train. A statue of the character has been placed outside the museum and it’s obligatory for every visitor to run up the steps. After the photo opportunity, treat yourself to a famous Philly cheese steak at one of the many nearby cafes.
#6: Indiana Jones – Petra, Jordan
“Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth.” – Indiana Jones
It is one of the most popular movie franchises of all time and, thanks to the dramatic scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jordan has become a trendy tourist location. Archaeological site Petra, where a key scene in the film was shot, has also been named a wonder of the modern world. The famous venue contains tombs and temples that will transport any visitor to a different world ‒ not just the movies.
#7: Slumdog Millionaire – Mumbai, India
“Do the right thing in approximately three minutes and you will be as famous as me. And as rich as me. Almost.” – Prem Kumar
Of course, Mumbai was already a well-known travel destination before the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire was released. But after the movie became a global hit, taking home eight Oscars, the impact on the Dharavi slum in Mumbai was incredible. Suddenly, tourists were going on tours of slums, wanting to see the other side of the glamorous city.
#8: The Beach – Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
“I still believe in paradise. But now, at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment, it lasts forever.” – Richard
Popularly known as Phi Phi in Thailand, this group of islands became famous after The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was released. Their crystal-clear waters and white beaches have made them a popular tourist destination. In the film, DiCaprio’s character goes on a quest to find a solitary beach paradise. And, thanks to the movie, millions of tourists have also found it. Not only is Phi Phi breathtakingly beautiful, but the friendly nature of locals and their willingness to help tourists are also a major plus.
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This story first appeared on silverkris.com
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