31 Famous Filming Locations You Can Visit in the United States
When you’re watching your favorite TV show or movie, it’s easy to forget the backdrops — mundane diners, cabins in the woods, otherworldly planets, you name it — often exist in real life. In fact, some of pop culture’s most iconic filming locations are way closer to home than you might think.
Want to experience some movie magic in real life? Take a step behind the scenes and explore these 31 famous filming locations you can easily visit in the U.S.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, ‘Pretty Woman’ | Beverly Hills, CA
Pretty Woman (1990) has the distinction of being one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time. Ironically, one of its most iconic filming locations happens to be one of the highest-grossing luxury hotels of all time — the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, nestled in the ritzy neighborhood known as Beverly Hills.
Mrs. Doubtfire’s House, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ | San Francisco, CA
Located at 2640 Steiner Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, the iconic house from the Robin Williams’ comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) stands out, even amid the other showy homes in the area. After Williams’ tragic passing in 2014, fans have made a habit of leaving flowers and other mementos on the sidewalk.
The Griffith Observatory, ‘Terminator’ | Los Angeles, CA
Ahead of 2019’s latest sequel to The Terminator (1984), Terminator: Dark Fate, fans may want to revisit some of the notable locations featured in the original films. For those who managed to miss the first film, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular cyborg assassin who is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), mother of humanity’s future savior.
Baseball Diamond, ‘Field of Dreams’ | Dyersville, IA
"If you build it, they will come" is beyond apropos for this site. Yes, Universal Pictures actually built the baseball diamond for Field of Dreams (1989). Located just outside Dyersville, Iowa, on farmland owned by two separate families, the field has certainly become a fun tourist stop.
Steps & Rocky Statue, ‘Rocky’ | Philadelphia, PA
Unlike other over-hyped sites that aren’t all they’re cracked up to be — yes, that’s directed at you, Liberty Bell — the Rocky series has ties to two winning sites. Considered two of the most-visited tourist attractions in Philadelphia, the Rocky Statue and "Rocky Steps" complete any Insta post.
Circus Liquor, ‘Clueless’ | North Hollywood, CA
Unlike Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), hopefully you don’t find yourself stranded — or, you know, mugged for your Alaia at gunpoint — when you visit this Clueless (1995) filming location. Located at 5600 Vineland Avenue, Circus Liquor is now a North Hollywood landmark.
RR Diner & The Great Northern, ‘Twin Peaks’ | North Bend/Snoqualmie, WA
Featured prominently in David Lynch’s landmark TV series Twin Peaks, the Double R Diner is known for being "where pies go when they die." In reality, Twede’s Cafe located in North Bend, Washington, does serve up heavenly cherry pie — as well as a themed mural and souvenirs.
Nakatomi Plaza, ‘Die Hard’ | Los Angeles, CA
In Century City, Los Angeles, California, the 34-story Fox Plaza skyscraper towers against the skyline. Aside from a few scenes portraying the infamous Christmas party, most of Die Hard (1988) was shot there, in what was portrayed as the fictional Nakatomi Plaza. Of course, a scale model was used to shoot scenes of the damaged skyscraper.
Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment, ‘Sex and the City’ | New York, NY
If you agree with the masses that New York City is Sex and the City’s "fifth character," then you probably can’t help but wonder… is Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment the sixth member of the ensemble? Contrary to what viewers are told, Carrie didn’t live on the Upper East Side for filming purposes.
Apartment Complex, ‘Mulholland Drive’ | Los Angeles, CA
The fictitious Sierra Bonita apartment complex from David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001) is located at 2900 Griffith Park Boulevard. Although it’s a source of horror in the film — the main characters find a dead body there — the complex isn’t all that creepy.
Cabazon Dinosaurs, ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ | Cabazon, CA
Formerly called Claude Bell’s Dinosaurs, the Cabazon Dinosaurs from Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) are located just west of Palm Springs. Both the 65-foot-tall T-rex and the 150-foot-long Brontosaurus (Dinny) are visible from Interstate 10 — for good reason.
Samantha’s House, ‘Sixteen Candles’ | Evanston, IL
In John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles (1984), Molly Ringwald plays angsty Samantha Baker. Distracted by an impending wedding, Samantha’s family forgets her 16th birthday. The film was shot on location at this lovely red brick home at 3022 Payne Street in Evanston, Illinois.
Central Market, ‘Blade Runner’ | Los Angeles, CA
Are you a replicant who has always wanted to replicate scenes from Blade Runner (1982)? Well, don’t fret. Although Ridley Scott shot most of the scenes featuring dystopian downtown Los Angeles on the Warner Bros. Studio backlot, a few memorable sequences were filmed on-location.
Monk’s Diner, ‘Seinfeld’ | New York, NY
Located at the corner of West 112th Street and Broadway, Tom’s Restaurant has been serving up diner fare since the 1940s. Although the family-owned restaurant was featured in the Suzane Vega song "Tom’s Diner" in 1987, it rose to pop culture fame thanks to Seinfeld.
Crain Communications Building, ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ | Chicago, IL
The diamond-shaped, 41-story Crain Communications Building is undoubtedly a fixture of Chicago’s recognizable skyline. In the 1987 cult classic Adventures in Babysitting, the film’s climactic chase scene takes place on Michigan Avenue, in full view of the skyscraper.
Point Dume, ‘Iron Man’ & ‘Planet of the Apes’ | Malibu, CA
Located on Malibu’s coast, Point Dume juts out over the Pacific Ocean. If you’ve never been to Malibu, you may still recognize this location from several blockbusters, including sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes (1968).
The Getty Museum, ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ | Los Angeles, CA
There are plenty of reasons to visit The Getty Museum — art, culture and Star Trek. In earlier iterations of the sci-fi series, the facade of the original StarFleet Academy was shot farther north at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant & Japanese Garden.
Hook & Ladder Company 8 Firehouse, ‘Ghostbusters’ | New York, NY
The Hook & Ladder Company 8 is a fire station in New York City, located in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan at 14 North Moore Street. The firehouse’s exterior became famous after being featured in the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters (1984).
Randy’s Donuts, ‘Mars Attacks’ | Los Angeles, CA
Randy’s Donuts — a building topped with a giant version of the much-loved breakfast item — is a great example of novelty architecture, which was popular in Southern California in the 1920s through the 1950s. The drive-in donut shop has been featured in everything from Iron Man 2 (2010) to Arrested Development.
The Swan House, ‘The Hunger Games’ | Atlanta, GA
May the location scouting be ever in your favor — especially if you’re shooting a project in the Atlanta area, where the film industry is booming. Luckily, the odds were good for the folks behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) when they stumbled upon the city’s Swan House.
Katz’s Deli, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ | New York, NY
Katz’s Delicatessen is accustomed to film-lovers and neighborhood regulars stopping by. In the deli’s 131-year history, no film has made more of an impact on the restaurant than When Harry Met Sally… (1989). Famously, Meg Ryan’s Sally shows Billy Crystal’s Harry how easy it is for women to fake having a good time in bed.
Timberline Lodge, ‘The Shining’ | Mount Hood, OR
The Timberline Lodge is located on Mount Hood, about 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The lodge was part of a Works Progress Administration project during the late 1930s. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt performed a dedication for the lodge.
The Virgil, ‘A Star Is Born’ | Los Angeles, CA
Tell me something, girl — did Hollywood need yet another remake of A Star Is Born? Maybe not, but there’s no doubt Bradley Cooper’s 2018 version struck a chord with audiences, nabbing him and Lady Gaga Oscar nominations. The eclectic, bohemian vibe of LA-based bar The Virgil was deemed the right fit for this updated take.
Public Garden Bench, ‘Good Will Hunting’ | Boston, MA
Sure, 500 Days of Summer (2009) might have an iconic bench scene, but Good Will Hunting (1997) has the iconic bench scene to end all bench scenes. (If that’s the kind of thing you’re into tallying.) As you might recall, Robin Williams and Matt Damon’s characters share an emotional moment on the bench.
Mandrake Falls’ Main Street, ‘Mr. Deeds’ | New Milford, CT
Mr. Deeds (2002) starring Adam Sandler is set in the small town of Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire. However, most of the sequences that take place in that scenic New England setting were actually shot in New Milford, Connecticut.
Hatley Castle, ‘X-Men’ Series | British Columbia, Canada
Once used as a naval training facility, historic Hatley Castle is located in Colwood, British Columbia. However, starting in 2003, it became known as a different kind of training facility. In X-2: X-Men United, the castle was transformed into Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Amity Island, ‘Jaws’ | Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Known for its white sand beaches and deadly shark attacks, the fictional Amity Island from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) is located off the coast of New England. Although Amity is based on Long Island in the book, the film was shot at the quaint vacation spot known as Martha’s Vineyard.
Thelma & Louise Point, ‘Thelma & Louise’ | Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, UT
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the ending of Thelma & Louise (1991) — or stumbled upon a gif about it — then skip this one for now. At the end of the film, the iconic duo make a last ditch effort to escape the law — and drive right off a cliff, hands clasped.
Sandstone Buttes, ‘Forrest Gump’ | Monument Valley, UT
After enduring some real heartbreak, Tom Hanks’ titular character in Forrest Gump (1994) just starts running — and doesn’t stop. Starting in Greenbow, Alabama, he sets off aimlessly on a cross-country marathon. Over three years, he garners a legion of followers, not to mention the beard to end all beards.
Goonies’ House, ‘The Goonies’ | Astoria, OR
Located at 732 Duane Street in Astoria, Oregon, the house from the cult classic film The Goonies (1985) is listed as "Closed" on Yelp. In fact, while visitors can stop by the iconic house, they might find it completely unrecognizable. No, it hasn’t been remodeled. The owners just don’t want visitors snapping photos.
Endor, ‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi’ | Redwood National Park, CA
Although giant redwoods may feel familiar to Californians and Pacific Northwesterners, Star Wars creator George Lucas thought the immense trees looked otherworldly. So alien, in fact, that a grove in Redwood National Park in California served as the setting for the forest moon of Endor.