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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has broken records this past week, leaving plenty of people to wonder where filming for the iconic doll’s latest adventure took place. While most scenes were filmed at the legendary Warner Bros. Studios in England, a few were shot at the sun-soaked Venice Beach Skatepark in Los Angeles.
It’s not the only popular film location you can visit, though! We’ve rounded up ten other must-visit movie locations that will have you feeling like a Hollywood star.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania — “Rocky”
While Philadelphia may be known for its rich history and famous Philly cheesesteaks, it’s also home to one of the most iconic movie landmarks: the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum steps were made famous by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, where he runs up the steps as part of his training montage. Recreate the iconic scene by running up the steps and posing with the statue of Rocky Balboa at the top.
Savannah Historic District, Georgia — “The Notebook”
The Notebook is a classic romance that tugged at our heartstrings, and the picturesque town of Seabrook in South Carolina provided the perfect backdrop for the movie’s love story. The historic district of Savannah, Georgia, also played a role in the film as the site of Allie’s summer home.
Central Park, New York City — “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
The Big Apple has been featured in countless movies, but one of the most famous scenes was in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, where Kevin McCallister famously gets lost in Central Park.
New York Public Library, New York City — “Ghostbusters”
Another iconic location in New York City was the New York Public Library, the site of one of the most memorable scenes in Ghostbusters. Explore the grand halls and stunning architecture that were featured in the film.
The Stanley Hotel, Colorado — “The Shining”
Stephen King’s book The Shining continues to haunt audiences to this day, and those who dare can visit the hotel that inspired the story. The Stanley Hotel in Colorado served as the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the movie, with its grand historical feel and eerily beautiful Colorado surroundings.
Redwood National Park, California — “Star Wars”
Journey to the Forest Moon of Endor from Star Wars — also known as Redwood National Park. Walk among the towering redwoods and imagine you’re in a galaxy far, far away.
Marfa, Texas — “No Country for Old Men”
Marfa, Texas, has provided the backdrop for many famous movie scenes, including No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. These days, you can even stay in the Thunderbird Hotel, which was transformed into a movie set for the Coen brothers’ film.
Amity Island, Massachusetts — “Jaws”
The classic summer thriller Jaws may have scared us out of the water, but it also gave us one of the most famous movie locations: Amity Island. Though the movie was set in New England, it was actually filmed in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Astoria, Oregon — “The Goonies”
The Goonies introduced us to the adorable town of Astoria, Oregon, where a group of kids embark on a treasure hunt that leads them on a wild adventure. Venture through the quaint seaside town and see if you can recognize any iconic locations where the movie was filmed.
Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii — “Jurassic Park”
Over the years, Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii has appeared in several movies, most notably as the setting of Jurassic Park. Take a tour of the park, see where Richard Attenborough brought the dinosaurs back to life, and maybe even hop on a Jeep and experience the film’s iconic chase sequence.
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