7 Famous Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

by Staff & Contributors

Have you ever loved a movie so much that you felt it was real? Are you fascinated by the process of filmmaking and wish you could get a glimpse of what it’s like?

It’s reasonable to assume that most movies are filmed in closed sets in Hollywood, inaccessible to us regular joes.

Though there are quite a few famous filming locations you can visit yourself.

Let’s take a look at ten filming locations that you can visit without VIP passes.

  1. Amelie: Cafe des 2 Moulins (Paris, France)

Were you charmed by Audrey Tautou’s character Amelie in this French romantic comedy? Who wasn’t!

You might be interested to learn that the adorable cafe she worked at in the film is a real cafe you can go to. Loved by both tourists and locals alike, be aware that this film location is busy and you’ll want to reserve a table in advance.

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

Though Ferris Bueller was shot all around Chicago, and you can visit many of the landmarks that those three hooligans went to when they were playing hooky.

One of the most iconic scenes, though, was shot at the Art Institute of Chicago, which is open daily.

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Al Khazneh (Petra, Jordan)

If you’re looking for a real adventure, travel to this giant sandstone temple that was portrayed in the film as the Canyon of the Crescent Moon.

  1. Rocky: Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Is there anyone who hasn’t seen the famous scene where Rocky Balboa runs up the 72 steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art?

You can relive this moment yourself if you’d like, and there’s even a statue to commemorate the fictional boxer.

  1. Harry Potter: Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford, England)

The exterior shots of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series are of the real-life, incredible Oxford Christ Church Cathedral. Awe-inspiring and beautiful, this place is worth a visit whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not.

  1. Men in Black II: Grand Central Station (New York, New York)

While you probably won’t find the locker that houses a society of tiny aliens, you can easily visit this bustling commuter rail terminal where several scenes were shot.

  1. Jurassic Park: Hanapepe Valley (Kauai, Hawaii)

Much of this famous sci-fi dinosaur film was filmed on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. If you want to relive the scenes with the waterfalls and helicopter rides, check out Manawaiopuna Falls in Hanapepe Valley.

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Which of These Famous Filming Locations Will You Visit First?

If you live in a city where famous movies were shot in public places, nothing is stopping you from checking them out ASAP!

Will you need to travel to view these great movie sets? A little more planning might be in order. Either way, it’s fantastic to know that some famous locations are accessible and in reach.

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