Grab some popcorn and get ready to embark on a solo adventure through the most iconic film and TV locations in the United States! From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the political pulse of Washington D.C, this guide has got you covered.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame: Hollywood, CA
If you’re a fan of celebrity culture or simply love the energy of Hollywood, then a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a must. You’ll get to experience the excitement of strolling through one of the most famous streets in America and enjoy the best of the city’s entertainment landmarks in one place.
Make sure to take comfortable footwear, as the Hollywood walk of fame stretches for over 1.3 miles, with over 2,600 stars lining the pavement. Each star represents a significant contribution to the entertainment industry from musicians, actors, and performers. If you’re interested in in-depth knowledge, invest a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Orientation Walking Tour. On the tour, you’ll get to learn about the stories behind the celebrities’ fame and the history of Hollywood through its architecture.
Central Park: New York, NY
The most magical place in New York is undoubtedly Central Park, and it’s no wonder why countless movies and TV shows have showcased it. Stroll through the park and take in the remarkable views, as well as familiar sights where some of the most classic movies and shows were shot.
Central Park has indeed something to offer everyone. Visitors can rent a bike or go for a walk to admire the surroundings’ beauty. Besides that, there are numerous activities to do, such as visiting the Central Park Zoo, taking a rowboat ride through the lake, or immersing yourself with the artwork found throughout the park.
The Mall: Washington D.C.
If you’re a political enthusiast or a die-hard fan of “The West Wing,” getting a glimpse of The Mall in Washington D.C is a must. A walk in The Mall is an opportunity to step where the most influential people in America have been, and visiting can be a highlight of your trip. Additionally, getting a tour in the Capitol building or White House to learn more about American history can be an added experience
Across The Mall, you will see vital landmarks, including The Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Memorial, The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and The Smithsonian Museums. With its open space and beautiful view of the famous monuments, the Mall is a perfect place for a solitary picnic as you learn more about the area’s history and politics.
The Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco, CA
The majestic architecture and breathtaking views of Golden Gate Bridge make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. Not forgetting that it is a sought after location by filmmakers from around the world. The bridge has been filmed in numerous TV shows and movies such as “Vertigo” and “Full House.”
When you visit the Golden Gate Bridge, you can savor the beauty by hiking or biking through the surrounding areas. It is highly recommended to visit Marin Headlands- a peninsula with a picturesque view through the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a stroll through the nearby parks to see additional sights such as the Palace of Fine Arts or Presidio Park.
The French Quarter: New Orleans, LA
The French Quarter in New Orleans is not only a vibrant place rich with history and architecture, but it is also an important location featured in many films and TV shows. From “The Princess and the Frog” to “American Horror Story,” this location is a sought after destination for anyone who would like to relive their favorite movie scenes.
While you’re in the area, take a peep into St. Louis Cathedral with its beautiful stained glass windows, an architecture masterpiece with notable history, or visit the iconic New Orleans Jazz Museum. You can also feast on the local cuisine from street food vendors or restaurant, with beignets completing your palate journey.
Griffith Observatory: Los Angeles, CA
The Griffith Observatory is a fantastic destination for sci-fi enthusiasts and people looking for astonishing views of Los Angeles’ skyline. This iconic observatory has featured in movies such as “La La Land” and “Transformers.”
The Observatory offers numerous activities for tourists including planetarium shows, solar telescope viewing, and cosmic lectures to learn about the universe in a fun and interactive way. It is one of the best places to view the Hollywood sign, and you can take a beautiful hike through Griffith Park and enjoy a picnic while watching the sunset.
Mystic Falls Tour: Covington, GA
If you’re a massive fan of “The Vampire Diaries,” visiting Covington, GA is mandatory. This small town was the location of the Mystic Falls series filming, where you can take a guided tour to see some of the most iconic spots from the show. You can visit the Mystic Grill and The Clocktower, and get to know the history of how The Vampire Diaries reflect small-town life.
While you’re in Covington, check out the Oxford Cemetery, where both Revolutionary and Civil War-era Confederates are buried. You can also visit the historic Square and browse its antique shops and charming local stores, grab a bite or coffee, and chat with the friendly locals.
The Alamo: San Antonio, TX
Experience Texas’s liberation history by visiting The Alamo in San Antonio, which has been featured in numerous films and TV shows, including “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Arrested Development.” This site serves a memorial to the heroes who fought in the Battle of Alamo and has turned into an educational tourist magnet.
When you visit, have a guided tour to learn more about the Texan independence and the importance of this site in American history. In addition to that, get samples of some delicious Texan cuisine in local food trucks and learn about the Spanish and Mexican heritage in the area.
Monument Valley: Navajo Nation, UT/AZ
The charming and beautiful Monument Valley, surrounded by red sandstone formations, may seem familiar to viewers of movies such as “Forrest Gump” and “The Searchers.”
To traverse the area, it’s recommended to take a guided tour with Navajo natives, where you can learn about the myths and culture of the Navajo heritage. The tour includes stops at famous sights such as John Ford’s Point, The Three Sisters, and Totem Pole.
Mandalay Bay: Las Vegas, NV
Watching the first installment of “The Hangover” can give you an immediate craving to visit the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This beautiful resort is ideal if you’re looking for a luxurious hotel experience, along with the site’s beautiful rooftop view. To make the trip more unforgettable, you might try one of the Lucky 7’s by placing a bet or try your luck at the slot machines.
While you’re in Las Vegas, take on the Strip, and bask in the city’s wide range of activities. You can visit a replica of the Eiffel Tower, watch any of the theatric shows, or sample various delicacies from renowned chefs around the world.