Have you ever seen a movie and wondered where it was filmed and how to get there? This month we are paying tribute to film destinations that have recently caught our eyes. From strange deserts to tropical beaches, the range of locations and films that make up the list are perfect for almost any taste.
Harry Potter - Scottish Highlands
The world of Harry Potter has taken a magical journey from the mind of J.K. Rowling into the imagination of millions of people. Since that vision was taken into the world of cinema, the Harry Potter legacy has become an even clearer picture in the minds of fans across the world. One of the most recognisable and stunning locations used as a backdrop for the story is Glen Coe, in the Scottish Highlands. In between taking scenic walks or rides through the emerald green hillsides and snowy peaks, you can visit the site of Hagrid's Hut at the Clachaig Inn. Perfect for fans of the books and films, no matter how old.
More information here.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Stockholm
Steig Larson mysteriously passed away before he had the chance to see his crime trilogy receive a standing ovation from book critics across the world. Since then, the series has been made into three Swedish films (and soon to be joined by an American version), which have received similar praise. To celebrate the work of Larson and bring the Millennium series a little closer to reality, the Stockholm City Museum is offering a Millennium Tour of the city. The tour takes you for a stroll in the shoes of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, through some of the city's best known (and lesser known) sites.
Twilight - Portland, Oregon
While the Twilight series is set in Forks, the movies were filmed in and around the greenest city in the USA: Portland, Oregon. While Oregon is a lesser know destination to international tourists (when compared to LA, New York and Orlando), this Eco-friendly city of trees and lush hikes is worth the trip even without any of the hype generated by the Twilight films. That said, there are several stunning destinations that fans will recognise from the films, including Cannon Beach, Multnomah Falls, and the towns of Corbett and St. Helens.
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy - New Zealand
In New Zealand you only need to walk through the countryside to get a taste of what J.R.R. Tolkien's vision of Middle Earth looked like. The vast countryside is full of trails that take you across verdant hills, past silver lakes reflecting golden sunrises and fiery sunsets, and over snow capped peaks and thundering waterfalls. It's a country so rich with beauty, picturing Frodo, Sam and Gollum traipsing by would not be a stretch of the imagination. Booking with an official tour operator will give you the chance to go on a guided walk through some of the spectacular sets, locations and technical sites.
127 Hours - Canyonlands National Park, Utah
James Franco's incredible performance as the enigmatic Aron Ralston, who spent 127 hours trapped in a sound proof canyon before cutting his own arm off to pry himself loose, is worthy of its Oscar nominations and more. The scene of Ralston's harrowing tale is Utah's National Park, called Canyonlands that resembles the surface of the moon. The mysterious buttes, mesas and unnameable landforms are made all the more strangely beautiful by their red tinge. For keen hikers and walkers, the visuals are unlike anywhere else in the world.
Visit the Canyonlands National Park website for more information.
Pirates Of The Caribbean - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
This is the real McCoy: the actual Caribbean islands where the films were shot. Besides the luxurious hotel settings, typically rustic downtown areas and opulent motor yachts moored off the abundant bays, the islands are all natural; the sunlight that twinkles on the cobalt blue water beckons people. While relaxing on a warm beach with your feet in the water and a cold cocktail in your hand, you may feel haunted by the four winds and an unquenchable thirst for adventure.
More info: www.discoversvg.com
The King's Speech - London
Having something truly special in your backyard often makes it easy to forget it's there. The Oscar Award winning portrait of the trials and tribulations of King George VI does well to bring attention to England's historical capital. This inspiring movie is a fantastic reminder that places like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium are just a few tube stops or a train ride away.
Mamma Mia - Skopelos, Greece
Load your mp3 player up with Abba tunes, dig out your leopard print swimming trunks and a T-shirt with torn sleeves, and head out to Skopelos. The perfect blue water, lush foliage that creeps down to the water's edge and quaint buildings are the original backdrop for the motion picture Mamma Mia.
The Hangover - Las Vegas
Trips to Las Vegas will never be the same after the 2009 comedy, The Hangover. For a night you will never forget (or possibly remember), trace the footsteps of Dough, Phil, Stu and Alan. Starting out at Cesar's Palace, your holiday experience branches out onto the famous strip, where a shining archipelago of casinos, 24-hour chapels, clubs and shows awaits you. Shy of waking up with a tiger in the bathroom, just about anything can happen in the USA's most surreal city.
The Tourist - Paris To Venice By Train
Board a train from Paris to Venice, following the path of Frank Tupelo and Elise Clifton-Ward. Start your morning off in Paris, sipping strong coffee and eating baguettes at a street-side cafe. By the start of a new day, you will be doing the same thing on a balcony overlooking the Venetian canals. Not only are the destinations in the 2010 spy thriller, The Tourist, exciting and romantic, the route takes you through some of the most dazzling European countrysides.
Last Updated: March 2011