Everyone has a favorite movie that they can quote from beginning to end. The obsession with that movie is on a whole different level compared to other movies. What could be better than visiting the sites where that movie was filmed? Choosing your next vacation destination based on a film is an entertaining way to reminisce about some of your favorite scenes.
A few movies that come to mind with fantastic vacation spots would be New Zealand for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, England for Harry Potter, Europe (England, France, Belgium and Holland) for the Band of Brothers Tour, and Highclere Castle for Downton Abbey (I know this is a television show, but the movie is coming out next year!).
I am going to concentrate on two vacations I went on where I paid homage to my favorite movies. The first one is none other than the greatest series of all time, Harry Potter. The second is my favorite Hallmark movie of all time, The Christmas Card. The latter is perfect when gearing up for the Holidays.
When deciding to visit locations from the Harry Potter films I decided to pick just a few locations that were special to me. These locations took me to three places in the United Kingdom: Edinburgh, Northumberland, and London. I started off in London where it was a necessary to pay tribute to the Platform 9 3/4 sign and King’s Cross Station. Beware of very long lines here!
Next stop was the beautiful county of Northumberland. After a quick pint in the local pub, I set sail for the wonderful Alnwick castle. There, I envisioned myself learning to ride a broom alongside Harry in the courtyard (they actually do hold quidditch matches there). I believe I get additional points since Downton Abbey also filmed two episodes at this beautiful castle.
While in Edinburgh, I visited the The Elephant House where JK Rowling wrote parts of The Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban. I loved being there, thinking of the time she spent there and hoping some of her writing would rub off on me. Surprisingly, the bathroom is a major tourist attraction with all of the Harry Potter graffiti on the walls. However, I would make sure to arrive early since it becomes quite crowded during the day.
As I said before, the second movie which inspired a vacation trip is the beloved Hallmark movie, The Christmas Card. I spent two days in charming Nevada City, CA, sleeping in the most bewitching airbnb I have ever stayed in, as well as strolling the streets looking for movie spot locations. I loved visiting this city and going to the Nevada City Classic Cafe and ordering the “Christmas Card Club”. Click here for a complete guide to the movie locations.
Planning a vacation around seeing sites of your favorite movies is the perfect way to begin or end any vacation (or be the entire vacation for that matter). For those of you who cannot decide where to go or what to do on your next vacation, this is the perfect opportunity! Whether it is going on a complete tour with a company or seeing sights by yourself, going to locations of your favorite movies offers you the opportunity to enjoy them in a new light.
I plan on doing another one of these tours in the next few years, with my bucket list expedition being the 13-day Band of Brothers tour! I have been a huge fan of the series since I was 12, and it is the reason I decided I wanted to join the military. The link to their site can be found here. For any of you who are also huge fans, this year is the perfect time to go since it is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Thank you so much for reading about one of my favorite ways to celebrate my most beloved movies. Please comment below and on which movie tour you would like to go on!