15 Iconic Movie Locations to Visit Across America

on June 26, 2013
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‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1951) – New Orleans

You can still ride the famous streetcar named “Desire” during your visit to New Orleans. The Perley Thomas #922 was restored in 1998 and still makes its rounds on the St. Charles line.

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‘Rocky’ (1976) – Philadelphia Museum of Art

Train like Sylvester Stallone and climb the iconic 72 “Rocky Steps” in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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‘M*A*S*H’ (1970) – Malibu Creek State Park

A 4.75-mile, round-trip hike along Crags Road will lead you to the exterior set of the long-running television show and movie M*A*S*H. Rusting vehicles, picnic tables and information panels help visitors visualize the already recognizable set.

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‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961) – Manhattan, N.Y.

Grab a Danish pastry and envision Audrey Hepburn in scenes from the film’s various locations throughout Manhattan. Stroll by Tiffany & Co. on 5th Avenue and East 57th Street, the Conservatory Water and Bandshell in Central Park and the New York Public Library.

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‘The Goonies’ (1985) – Astoria, Ore.

Embark on your very own “Goonie Adventure” in the “Goondocks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon. With treasure map in hand (pick one up at the Astoria Chamber of Commerce, 111 W. Marine Dr.) you can visit many recognizable buildings, including the Clatsop County Jail and Mikey’s house, where they found the treasure map that starts their adventure.

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‘Dirty Dancing’ (1987) – Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke, Va.

Spend a night at the mountain resort where Jennifer Grey fell in love with Patrick Swayze, the camp’s dance instructor, in the iconic 1980s romance.

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‘Groundhog Day’ (1993) – Woodstock, Ill.

Relive the same day in Woodstock, Illinois, the location of the thought-provoking comedy starring Bill Murray. Visit in early February to catch the annual Groundhog Day Festival.

‘The Hunger Games’ (2012) – Henry River Mill Village, Hildebran. N.C.

Although you won’t be able to explore the grounds of the abandoned 73-acre village, you can drive by the private property and catch a glimpse of Katniss Everdeen’s town, District 12.

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'The Notebook’ (2004) – Charleston, S.C.

Fall in love as you follow the romantic journey of Noah and Allie through the various film locations in South Carolina. Be sure to visit College of Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation and Cypress Gardens, the location of the famous boat scene.

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'Lincoln’ (2012) – Petersburg, Va.

Travel back in time to 1865 and visit several sites featured in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama. Maymont, the McIlwaine House and the Petersburg Farmers Market were included in the film as well as the Virginia Repertory Center and the Virginia State Capitol.

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‘Shutter Island’ (2010) – Medfield State Hospital, Medfield, Mass.

Built in 1892, the 300-acre property is easily recognizable in the 2010 psychological thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. With a private security company patrolling the grounds, Medfield’s dilapidated mental hospital can only be visited during the day.

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‘The Hangover’ (2009) – Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Follow the chaotic adventures of the “The Hangover” crew through the neon streets of Sin City. Caesars Palace, Bellagio and the famous Little White Wedding Chapel are just a few of the recognizable film locations.

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‘Star Trek’ – Vasquez Rocks- Sierra Pelona Mountains, California

Featured in numerous movies and television shows, this famous rock formation has been nicknamed “Kirk’s Rock” because of its frequent appearance in the Star Trek franchise. You can hike to the iconic backdrop at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Santa Clarita.

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‘Jaws’ (1975) – Martha’s Vineyard

You wouldn’t have to worry about any shark attacks during your visit to Martha’s Vineyard. Serving as the fictional “Amity Island,” a variety of locations on Martha’s Vineyard were used in Steven Spielberg’s famous horror film. You’ll recognize scenes filmed at the Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach, the American Legion Memorial Bridge and Menemsha Harbor.

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'Field of Dreams’ (1989) – Dyersville, Iowa

Open daily April through November, the Lansing family farm welcomes visitors from across the nation to play baseball like Kevin Costner on the world-famous baseball diamond. Admission is free and they encourage you to bring your favorite bat, ball and glove to experience the magic of the field.