Movie location tourism
I haven’t ever felt much of an urge to visit the real-life locations where my favorite movies and TV shows were shot, but then, I live in the heart of Sopranos country in New Jersey and I work in the middle of the film set that is midtown Manhattan, so I pass sites every day that I’ve enjoyed on screen. But if you’re from elsewhere — say, the U.K. — you might be tempted to visit North America just to drive to famous movie spots, like the author of this Observer article, who recommends a road trip to Marfa, Texas, where both No Country for Old Men (pictured) and There Will Be Blood were shot (at the same time, in fact). He also suggests trips to Boston (The Departed, Good Will Hunting, Mystic River), Canada’s Banff National Park (Brokeback Mountain), and the Mississippi Delta (O Brother, Where Art Thou?).
Tell us, tourists, have you ever planned a trip around a movie location you wanted to visit? Which sites have you been to, and did they live up to your expectations, or did they seem smaller-than-life?
addCredit(“No Country for Old Men: Richard Foreman”)