Most of us love movies. There’s something magical about being swept away for a couple of hours to a faraway destination by way of film. In many cases, the movies we watch influence our vacation wish lists. With that in mind, here are 5 destinations to visit and the films that made them famous.
Many lists place Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time. While a big portion of the movie was filmed at RKO Studios in Hollywood, as well as in Pasadena or San Diego, the “Xanadu Mansion” scenes from the movie were actually filmed at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.
Casablanca might take the top spot among vacation destinations inspired by films. However, the majority of the film was shot in a studio in Hollywood or the deserts of Arizona. Still, you can find a “Rick’s Café Americain” in the actual Casablanca, and this, combined with a jaunt to Marrakesh, will make for one heck of a vacation!
Moonlight made Academy Awards history with its depiction of life in Miami that most tourists have no idea about. While a big portion of the film takes place in the Liberty City neighborhood, there were also some scenes shot on Miami Beach, not to mention Jimmy’s Eastside Diner, which is a real place where you can grab a bite.
L.A. has plenty of spots to visit for die-hard movie films, but no trip would be complete without visiting Sunset Boulevard, which shares its name with the 1950 film starring Gloria Swanson. The original mansion used in the film has been demolished, but you can still find the giant gate that appeared at the end of the driveway in the movie.
A Streetcar Named Desire
New Orleans is another destination that’s ripe with movie history, with plenty of famous films being shot here. A Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando, is one of the most famous. A good portion of the film was done in a Studio, but there were still plenty of scenes that were filmed throughout New Orleans, like the Bienville Street train stop.