As each day passes we move ever closer to a world without masks or travel restrictions. And when that inevitable day comes, why not go to some of the places that served as a backdrop to some of the movies that helped you pass them time? With that in mind, here are four real life locations from movies you can actually visit.
Kauai, Hawaii | “Jurassic Park”
Now, let’s face it, when we think of the Jurassic Park movies our minds immediately go to dinosaurs. But almost as equally as important, is where the majority of the movies were actually set. The island of Kauai provided the perfect atmosphere with its lush forest and breathtaking waterfalls. Being a vacation destination all it’s own, helicopter tours are available for fans who wish to get a pterodactyl-eyed view of the landscape.
New Zealand | "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy
The stunning landscapes of Glenorchy, Arrowtown and Queenstown in New Zealand served as the stand-in for the realm of Middle-earth for the "Lord of the Rings" movies. It’s no secret for fans of the films that all principal photography was all New Zealand. What you may not know is that the home of our Hobbit heroes known as The Shire, actually exists. On full or half-day "Lord of the Rings"-themed tours. Which include a trip to Matamata, on North Island, where the shire has been created in great detail. You can even explore its 44 hobbit holes!
Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England | "Harry Potter" Series
Oxford's Christ Church Cathedral has seen an uptick in tourist traffic in recent history. Primarily because the 16th century cathedral is, well, it’s Hagwarts. The location served as the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in all the Harry Potter movies. A walking tour is available where you’ll be able to stand in the Great Hall where so many unforgettable scenes from the movies took place. Hey, maybe you’ll find a talking hat.
For more ideas on where to go and what to do, be sure to check out our Canopy at Citrus Park blog.