Movies have long inspired the latent traveller in all of us. Who can honestly say they’ve watched the Sound of Music without wanting to hot foot it to the Austrian Alps?
OK. But, whether you’re a total movie buff or a casual cinema goer, including some of these classic movie destinations around the world is sure to give it star quality!
Regularly rated as one of the best films of all time, this Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece was shot on location in the Big Apple. Head to Staten Island to see where the famous wedding scene was filmed. The Edinson Hotel bar will look familiar to Godfather fans... it’s where Sollozo meets Lucia Brasi, who sleeps with the fishes incidentally. If you want to visit all the locations of this gangster classic as part of your RTW trip, you’ll have to travel as far afield as Nevada, Los Angeles and Italy.
The incomparable natural beauty of New Zealand was chosen as the setting for Middle Earth, a fantasy land of hobbits and goblins. Based on the books written by J.R.R Tolkien, the film was shot on location in the Tongariro National Park, in and around Wellington and the Southern Alps. Like most of New Zealand, these are all areas of mind blowing scenery which you’ll love whether you’ve seen the film or not!
Alcatraz Island, also known as The Rock, was the location for... you’ve guessed it, The Rock. It was also the setting for Escape From Alcatraz, so you can kill two movies with one stone, so to speak. Imagine your Clint Eastwood or Sean Connery plotting a daring escape, before hopping on to a boat back to San Francisco’s Fishermans Wharf for a bowl of clam chowder!
Featuring Jack Nicholson at his maniacal best, this film is an all time classic. Visit the spooky Timberline Lodge in Oregon, the setting for the remote Overlook Hotel, where caretaker Jack Torrance spends a winter with his family and goes slowly insane. Run along the corridors shouting ‘red rum, red rum’ and put an axe through a door and shout ‘Here’s Jonny!!’ On second thoughts, on behalf of those lovely people who run the Timberline Lodge, please don’t do that.
Featuring the ultimate road trip, this movie recreates the journey a young Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and friend take around Latin America on the back of an old motorcycle. The film features footage of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca ruins. Even if you’ve never seen the film, Peru’s magical presence will leave an indelible mark on you.
If you want to know how to squeeze any of these destinations into your trip and how to make the most of them when you arrive – we can give plenty of recommendations! Call us on +44 1273320580 to speak to an experienced consultant who can help you plan flights, accommodation and tours or request a quote.