films to make you feel like you travelled

15 Films To Help You Feel Like You’re Travelling

So travel is off the agenda for the foreseeable future but, like everything else in life right now, why not experience it virtually?

Travel vicariously through some of the world’s most famous and far-flung locations with these 15 films which can take you on a journey to destinations such as Las Vegas, Hawai’i and Croatia. 

Las VegasOcean’s Eleven (2001) 

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt bring glitz and glamour as they try to pull off the heist of a lifetime in Ocean’s Eleven.

The gang of ex-cons target a vault that serves three of Las Vegas’ most high profile casinos: The Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage.

One of the film’s most famous moments is the final scene, which sees the group gazing at the majestic Bellagio fountains at night before silently going their separate ways.

The Italian Dolomites: Cliffhanger (1993)

Whilst Cliffhanger, the 1993 action classic starring Sylvester Stallone, is supposed to be set in North America’s Rocky Mountains, the true filming location was miles away.

Filmed in the Italian Dolomites, the blockbuster sees Stallone’s character haunted by a mountain climbing expedition that went wrong when he revisits the same setting a year later.

The film grapples with action, adventure and crime, showcasing the rugged peaks of the Dolomites.

Be immersed in the frosty, snow-capped mountains whilst Stallone scales rock faces, leaps across crevasses, swims beneath ice and dashes from explosions.

HawaiiJurassic Park (1993)

Whilst the Hawaiian Island of O‘ahu is a popular choice for travellers drawn to lively Waikīkī, the island’s wilder side is what made it a perfect choice for the Stephen Spielberg classic.

The most popular film location on the island is the scenic Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve, a 4,000-acre reserve and working cattle ranch located on the windward side of the island.

Check out Ka‘a‘awa Valley, where the characters in Jurassic Park famously ran to escape from dinosaurs.

Chicago, IllinoisThe Dark Knight (2008)

Often hailed as one of Heath Ledger’s best performances, The Dark Knight sees the Joker torment the city of Gotham, most of which is actually depicted by Chicago, Illinois.

The opening scene in which the Joker robs Gotham National Bank was actually filmed in Chicago Post Office and further south, the West Building of McCormick Place is where the Applied Sciences Division of Wayne Enterprises was filmed whilst the Daley Center in the Loop appeared as Wayne Enterprises HQ.

Bruce Wayne’s swanky Gotham penthouse pad was staged in the lobby of the One Illinois Center, and the epic fight scenes at both the memorial service and the iconic Batman/Joker face-off were filmed on the historic stretch of South LaSalle Street in the Loop.

CroatiaMamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Filmed in Vis, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has colourful and quaint architecture, stunning shorelines, glowing sunsets, beaches, old churches and museums, the holiday atmosphere and upbeat classics such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, and Fernando may even get you up on your feet.

USA:  America’s Musical Journey (2018)

America’s Musical Journey, produced in partnership by MacGillivray Freeman Films and Visit The USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, sees Grammy Award®-nominated singer and songwriter Aloe Blacc trace the footsteps of Louis Armstrong through the colourful neighbourhoods and cultures where America’s music was born.

Visiting iconic music cities including New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; Nashville, and Memphis, Tennessee; Miami, Florida, and more, America’s Musical Journey explores the collision of cultures that gave birth to American art forms such as jazz, the blues, country, rock and roll, hip-hop, and more.

Join Blacc on this uplifting, tune-filled tour and experience all American adventures like paddle-wheel boating up the Mississippi Delta, flash mob dancing in Chicago, and skydiving with Elvis impersonators over Memphis.

Watch America’s Musical journey on Visit The USA’s free video-streaming app GoUSA TV, available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV.

NevadaTransformers (2007)

First up on the Transformer state tour is a virtual visit to the Valley of Fire State Park, which is the route the Autobots take to reach ‘Mission City’.

The Valley of Fire is known for its stunning red sandstone formations which illuminate the valley as the Nevada sunsets, and Transformers captures the dramatic essence of the destination’s oldest State Park.

Another iconic location featured in the film is the famous Hoover Dam, situated 25 miles outside of Las Vegas and often referred to as a modern marvel of the world. 

Take in this impressive piece of architecture from the comfort of your home, following Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela (Megan Fox) as they are taken into custody in a secret government lab.

ChileQuantum of Solace (2008)

The 22nd James Bond movie Quantum of Solace features memorable and dramatic scenery from the Chilean Atacama Desert, with the Cerro Paranal taking centre stage.

Cerro Paranal is a 2,600m mountain and is home to the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), as well as the world’s most advanced optical observatory.

The exceptional design and remote location in the Atacama desert made it the perfect hideout for Dominic Greene, the villain in the 007 film. 

The final scene shows Bond abandoning villainous Greene, leaving him stranded in the middle of the imposing and surreal desert.

Santa MonicaForrest Gump (1994)

Forrest begins his iconic run from Alabama before finding himself in California, on the famous Santa Monica Pier, one of the movie’s most legendary spots that marks the beginning of Forrest’s epic global trail.

If you go to Santa Monica you can walk (or run!) in Forest’s footsteps, visiting the well-known Santa Monica Pier while taking in the destination’s beachfront setting and cultural scene.

Nashville: It All Begins With a Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter (2020)

Nashville’s newest documentary release, It All Begins With a Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter, tells the story of the Nashville Songwriter, from heartbreak to triumph and all the steps in between.

Get an inside look into Music Row and the daily life of a songwriter making noise in Nashville as you’re introduced to the faces and voices behind favourite familiar tunes.

ViennaMission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

The opening scene of Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation sees Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg go undercover at the famous Vienna State Opera.

Vienna State Opera
© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Aerial footage and exterior shots reveal the opulence and glamour of the imposing building before the pair of spies undertake some spectacular stunts in the auditorium as an operatic performance takes place.

Greater Fort LauderdaleThere’s Something About Mary (1998)

Travel to Cumberland High, also known as Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Plantation City Hall where Something About Mary was filmed.

Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller’s characters begin their unusual love story at Cumberland High’s prom night, and from there, the story and plenty of bad luck unfolds.

Live vicariously through There’s Something About Mary to discover Greater Fort Lauderdale with its glimmering waters, leafy neighbourhoods and golden beaches.

Phuket: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Another glamorously located Bond film takes place across the Andaman Sea in Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay, the famous island where the 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun was shot.

Exotic Phang Nga Bay plays host to Bond as he immerses himself in Thai culture and visits some of the island’s most stunning beaches, all whilst facing notorious assassin Francisco Scaramanga.

San FranciscoMrs Doubtfire (1993)

A must-see for families and kids at heart, the Hillard House is located in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood of the City by the Bay.

The house on Hillard Street was where Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) took it upon himself to apply for a housekeeper position, advertised by his ex-wife, to spend more time with his children.

Throughout the film, get to experience what life was like in and around the Pacific Heights neighbourhood whilst catching enchanting views of the Bay.

BaltimoreHairspray (1988)

Baltimore is home to the feel-good, smash-hit musical, Hairspray, set in the 1960’s and telling the story of quirky teenager Tracy Turnblad who has one dream – to dance on national television.

The iconic musical features songs such as ‘Good Morning Baltimore’, as well as ‘I Can Hear the Bells’ and ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’.

John Waters, director and producer of the original Hairspray film, grew up and still resides in Baltimore and it’s where he has set many of his films.

Look out for the Hairspray filming locations – key spots include Senator Theatre, which is shown in Cecil B. Demented and was where many of Waters’ films premiered, and The Avenue (36th Street) in Hampden, where scenes from both Hairspray and Pecker were filmed.

Several of Baltimore’s other neighbourhoods, including Mount Vernon, Brewer’s Hill, and Federal Hill, can also be spotted in a number of Hollywood blockbusters including He’s Just Not That Into You and Sleepless in Seattle. 

Grab your popcorn, settle down and get binge watching.

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