Fantasy Vacation: 7 Movie and Show Locations Fans Can Visit

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Film set | David McNew/Getty Images

It’s easy to get so engrossed, so wrapped-up in your favorite shows and movies that you wish you could climb right in for a fantasy vacation. Kind of like that girl from The Ring, but in reverse.

Think about it — what if, instead of merely being a passive observer into places like Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing, or Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings, you could actually go there, and experience the sounds, smells, and nutty citizenry for yourself? That would definitely be cool, assuming that no siege from the Dark Lord was taking place. Though those two places are fictional, there are many places that you can visit from other shows and movies that are real.

Though some of our favorite stories are fictional, they may still take place in real settings. The shooting locations — from the restaurants, homes, and towns — are all real places, and many have become destinations for fanboys and tourists. For example, the coffee shop from Seinfeld — you can go there right now. It’s called Tom’s Restaurant, and it’s located at 2880 Broadway at 112th St. in New York.

And there are many other places you can see in the flesh (or in the brick) any time you want. We’ve compiled several real places from your favorite movies and TV shows on the next few pages, so if you’re a superfan, you may want to pack a bag.

1. Deadwood

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Set of Deadwood | Source: HBO

The actual town of Deadwood, South Dakota, has become a mecca for fans of the short-lived but critically-acclaimed HBO series, which ended in 2006. A visit to the real Deadwood — located in the Black Hills, not far from Mt. Rushmore — is a true rush; you can visit the graves of the actual ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok and Calamity Jane, and even visit Al Swearengen’s famed “Gem” theater and saloon. Though the original camp burned down in the late 1800s, it has been rebuilt, with plenty of gambling, drinking, and Wild West fun to be had.

2. Twin Peaks

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Rushing waterfall |  Sam Becker/Culture Cheat Sheet

Twin Peaks is a beloved series from the early 1990s that is actually set to see rebirth on Showtime, thanks to David Lynch and Mark Frost. Though Twin Peaks itself isn’t an actual town, the locations it was filmed at are — and you can check them out for yourself. Located just outside of Seattle, the towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend serve as Twin Peaks‘ setting, including the famous diner.

3. Cheers

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Pub from Cheers in Boston | Source: Cheers Boston via Facebook

It’s the place where everybody knows your name, and you can visit it in person the next time you’re in Boston. The Bull & Finch Pub, which was the original inspiration and setting for the long-running sitcom Cheers is still in existence, although the name has been changed to simply “Cheers.” The original pub was built in the Beacon Hill neighborhood all the way back in 1895, and another location was added in 2001. You can get all the Cheers merchandise you could ever want, a pint, and a bite to eat, all while living out some television history.

4. The Hobbit

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Hobbiton in New Zealand | Joel Ford/Getty Images

Fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies know of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ hometown, Hobbiton. Hobbiton was also the location of Bag End, Bilbo’s home that he passed on to Frodo in the books and movies. The most exciting thing is,  you can actually visit Hobbiton for yourself in New Zealand. That’s right, your very own trip to The Shire! It’s the same place they shot the movies, and instead of dismantling or abandoning the film set, they turned it into an actual, working little town. Have a pint or two at The Green Dragon, or go for a stroll across the green, rolling hills.

Just watch out for rogue Nazgul.

5. Twilight

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Welcome sign in Forks, Wash. | Source: Forks Chamber of Commerce

Werewolves, sparkly vampires, rainforests —  Forks has it all! And yes, you can visit Forks, Wash., the setting of the hugely popular Twilight series. It’s a very small town (there’s not even a Starbucks!), located on the Olympic Peninsula, about a three- or four-hour drive outside of Seattle. So, getting there is a trek, but once you arrive, you can visit the Twilight gift shop, take a Twilight tour, and even cross over onto werewolf territory on your way to La Push.

6. Mrs. Doubtfire

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Set of Mrs. Doubtfire | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

One of everybody’s favorite Robin Williams movies was Mrs. Doubtfire, and the home he and his family lived in, prior to a plot-driven divorce, is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. It’s perfect for tourists, as it’s not far from Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a quick, easy, and cool sight to check out, and won’t cost you a dime.

And if that wasn’t enough for you, the residence from Full House is actually on the same street — just a handful of blocks away.

7. The Truman Show

Ah, The Truman Show. The movie that made us realize that there was a whole lot more to Jim Carrey than what he had shown us in Ace Ventura and The Mask. The picture-perfect town showcased in The Truman Show may have appeared to be too good to be true, but alas, it is a real place: Seaside, Fla. Located on the Gulf shore between Pensacola and Tallahassee, Seaside is a small but picturesque little town that fully encapsulates tiny-town America. If you’re cruising the coast, it’s a must-see.

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