During Corona times, binging an excessive amount of TV seems like a totally acceptable way to cope with boredom and anxiety. Although pop culture tourism has been popular for some time, it's no wonder it's becoming even more trendy. Hop on the bandwagon and hit up these famous US cities to live out your favorite TV shows and movies.
Atlanta has been the backdrop for many post-apocalyptic and dystopian films and TV shows, including Stranger Things, The Hunger Games, and The Walking Dead. While the popular series Stranger Things is said to take place in Hawkins, Indiana it was actually filmed in Atlanta. Fans can visit Hawkins Laboratory, which is really the Georgia Mental Health Institute, though it looks a lot less eerie in real life. Both Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 from The Hunger Games trilogy were filmed in Atlanta. Visit President Snow’s mansion, which is really Swan House or Katniss’ home District 12, which was filmed at the Goat Farm Arts Center. The Walking Dead fans will be able to visit multiple filming locations in Atlanta as well. Other well-known movies and shows that were filmed in the city include Gone With the Wind, Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side, and many of Marvel’s superhero movies. It is no wonder how the city gained its nickname “Hollywood of the south.”
The stone steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art have been named the second most famous movie filming location in the world. Known as the "Rocky Steps" tourists flock to these stairs to reenact the classic scene from the film Rocky. When you are finished feeling like a champ, you can visit the bronze statue of Rocky nearby. Philly is also home to the filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan who likes to film in his hometown. The Sixth Sense, Signs, and The Happening were all filmed in Philadelphia.
Located a 45-minute drive from Honolulu is Kuala Ranch, a sprawling nature reserve where numerous films and TV shows have been filmed, including Jurassic Park, Lost, Magnum P.I., The Hunger Games, Jumanji, Hawaii Five-O, and Pearl Harbor. Fans can take tours of the reserve and explore the bunkers featured on Lost or take pictures in front of the Jurassic Park gate.
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fans can visit Walter White's house and Saul Goodman's Office in Albuquerque. Both places are privately owned and occupied so please remember to be respectful. However because Albuquerque was featured so heavily in both series, there are many public places to visit. Grab a bite at Los Pollos Hermanos (known in real life as Twisters); a coffee at Java Joe's which served as Tuco's hideout in the show; or stop for a drink at Zinc Wine Bar which is said to be Vince Gilligan's (the creator of Breaking Bad) favorite bar in Albuquerque.
New York, NY
No pop culture tour list would be complete without New York City. Classics like Friends, Seinfeld, Sex and the City, and Ghostbusters were all filmed here. In fact, so many famous movies and series were filmed in this busy city that it would be hard to choose just one. Luckily you don't have to! From bus tours to walking tours, the big apple offers multiple tours to choose from so you can see where all your favorite movies and shows were filmed.