Top 5 Holiday Destination Choices Inspired by Hollywood

From big-budget blockbusters to low-key classics, Hollywood’s wealth of films has transported us to locales all around the globe. The incredible settings of many of these famous movies make fantastic places to pay homage to your favorite flick. Check out these top five holiday destination ideas straight off of the silver screen.

1. Salzburg, Austria

Mirabell Gardens by James Jones (CC)
Mirabell Gardens by: James Jones (CC)

Baroque buildings, a stunning castle, and a gorgeous valley surrounded by mountains—Salzburg is practically built to add splendor to any film. The Sound of Music, shot on location in the Austrian city, helped put it on Hollywood’s map, utilizing well-known attractions like the World Heritage-listed old town center and Salzburg fortress as backdrops. Mondsee Abbey is the site of the movie’s wedding scenes, Mirabell Gardens set the tone for “My Favorite Things,” and nearby Obersalzberg serves as the Von Trapp family’s mountain escape. However, just wandering the historic streets, grabbing a meal along the river, and popping into the many ornate cathedrals is enough to fill a Salzburg trip on its own.

Consider using this Salzburg itinerary generator to find things to do in town, and take some inspiration from the following sample plan:

2. New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set by Chris (CC)
Hobbiton Movie Set by: Chris (CC)

The sweeping vistas and stark landscapes of New Zealand certainly capture the imagination, providing the perfect setting for the wildly popular Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Rohan, Gondor, the Misty Mountains, and many other fantastical names are set entirely within the island nation. Head for Wairarapa to explore the mysterious scenery that set the stage for the Paths of the Dead, or make your way to the Canterbury region on the south island to get a glimpse of Mount Sunday, the site of Rohan’s capital of Edoras. Of course, you won’t want to miss the Hobbit village in Matamata, where you can wander among the homes and gardens. Wellington also served as production headquarters for the films.

3. Hawaii, USA

Mystical Kalalau by Alex Schwab (CC)
Mystical Kalalau by: Alex Schwab (CC)

Hawaii’s diverse isles have lent themselves to many a film over the past half century; its roles have ranged from the planet of Pandora in Avatar to a circa-1941 representation of Pearl Harbor in the film Tora! Tora! Tora! Fans of Jurassic Park will be pleased to know that the lush garden island of Kauai is the face of Isla Nublar, while Godzilla enthusiasts can relish Oahu, which served as the Marshall Islands in the movie. After your movie-themed tour, you’ll probably want to hit the beach—and Hawaii has more than its fair share. While Waikiki Beach is perhaps the most famous, there are tons of others from which to choose: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Ka’anapali Beach, and Hanalei Beach represent just a few of the killer options.

Create your own itinerary with this Hawaii trip planner to explore some of your favorite film destinations in the island chain. You can borrow ideas from this plan:

4. Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe Colour by Chris Combe (CC)
Glencoe Colour by: Chris Combe (CC)

Nestled in the soul-stirring Scottish Highlands, Glencoe is a land of majestic volcanic ridges and gorgeous valleys. Recently, it’s served as the setting for a large part of Skyfall, one of the most popular films in the James Bond series. Of course, the scenery itself packs plenty of awe; a trip to Glencoe will certainly give you plenty of time in the outdoors, whether exploring Ben Nevis, the United Kingdom’s highest peak, or hiking along the section of the West Highland Way running through the area. Nearby Fort William and Lochaber also offer the Jacobite Steam Train and Glenfinnan Viaduct, which feature in the Harry Potter series as the Hogwarts Express and its route.

Feel free to browse this Glencoe travel planner and the following itinerary to bone up on attractions and places to visit in the region:

5. London, England

Westminster, London by Berit Watkin (CC)
Westminster, London by: Berit Watkin (CC)

The list of Hollywood favorites set and filmed in the great city of London is far too long to cover completely, but includes plenty of famous names, big-time stars, and cinematic classics. London has longevity in film, too: it shares credits with Mary Poppins in 1964 and the Harry Potter films in the 2000s, with many more sure to come. Children of Men, The Italian Job, The King’s Speech, V for Vendetta, and Notting Hill are just a few of the many hits prominently featuring the Big Smoke. Touring London offers far more than just film sets: as one of the most-visited cities on the planet, there’s no dearth of things to do, from seeing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace to wandering the charming streets of Greenwich.

Using this London itinerary maker can help you to get the most out of your time in the British capital. See this plan for a few suggestions about what to see and do there:

Silverscreen Sightseeing

L'Hogwarts Express by Giulio (CC)
L’Hogwarts Express by: Giulio (CC)

Whether you’re a hardcore movie buff or a casual fan, you’ll get a thrill from walking the same streets or exploring the same landscape featured on the big screen. When you head for your favorite Hollywood-inspired holiday destination, use Inspirock’s trip planner to see and do more along the way.

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