Some movies are shot on locations so exotic that the entire film crew must travel long distances just to nail that perfect scene. And if you’re a movie buff, you too can visit these locations and get a real-life immersive experience! Here’s a look at the coolest movie locations you can actually visit.
Nakatomi Plaza from Die Hard
Nakatomi Plaza is actually a real place (though its real name is Fox Plaza). Head to this skyscraper in Los Angeles to check out the place where John McClane single-handedly took down a group of thieves in Die Hard. If you’re very still and very quiet, you might be able to hear the echoes of “Yippee Ki Yay…” well, you know the rest of the quote.
Yavin IV from Star Wars
You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away for a firsthand glimpse of the rebel outpost. Take a trip to Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and check out the Mayan ruins. This location was used for two Star Wars films: A New Hope and Rogue One.
The Overlook Hotel from The Shining
The Shining is set at the fictional Overlook Hotel, high in the mountains of Colorado. In the original novel, author Stephen King drew inspiration from the real-life Stanley Hotel in creating this massive, haunting complex. You can visit the Stanley in Estes Park, CO if you’re looking for a chill-inducing night. Of course, director Stanley Kubrick filmed the movie on a soundstage, with sets modeled after the interiors of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. That hotel is also open to visitors. A third real-life hotel, the Timberline Lodge, provided the exterior shots for the movie. Tourists can get a peak at that inn by visiting Mount Hood, Oregon.
Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngster from X-Men
Do you secretly wish you were a mutant youngster under the tutelage of the Professor? Then take a trip up north to Hatley Castle in Canada where you can tour the inside. It’s a great way to pretend that you’re a mutant, practicing your still-developing powers.
Hogwarts from Harry Potter
If you prefer fantasy over sci-fi, then hop on a plane and visit Christ Church College and Cathedral in Oxford, England. The truly antique chambers of England’s oldest university provided some of the most memorable scenery from the Harry Potter series. In particular, the Hogwarts “Great Hall,” where students convene for meals, were all shot in the real life Great Hall at Christ Church College. How’s that for movie magic?