You’ve seen it on the big screen. Now it’s time to experience it in real life! From futuristic action in Dubai and thrilling intrigue in Paris to magic in London and mayhem in Las Vegas – check out these 7 must-see movie destinations for your next holiday adventure.
1. Thailand: James Bond ‘Man with the Golden Gun’
After 24 movies, it’s safe to say that James Bond has been to some pretty epic places. But when it comes to villainous lairs, Scaramangas’ massive island hideout is right up there. After chasing the evil hitman through the streets of Bangkok and across Phang Nga Bay, Bond finally corners him on the lush island of Ko Tapu. Since the movie hit the box office back in 1974, Ko Tapu is now called James Bond Island (for obvious reasons) and is a must-see on your next holiday to Thailand!
2. London: The Harry Potter Series
Are you a bit of a Potterhead? Then hang onto your wand! We’re headed for a whirlwind tour of London’s Harry Potter filming locations. Wander through Leadenhall Market and Borough Market where scenes in bustling Diagon Alley (home to the Leaky Cauldron pub) were shot. Visit the Ministry of Magic in Westminster. Take the train to Hogwarts at Platform 9/4 at Kings Cross Station. For the full Harry Potter experience, visit the Warner Bros Studio, where you can see the actual film sets, props, costumes, and even take a swig of butter beer!
3. Paris: The Da Vinci Code
Most people know Paris for being the City of Love. But major blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code, added a whole new intriguing angle. Featuring a murder in the Louvre Museum and a chase following cryptic clues across Paris, this smash hit will take you on a fascinating adventure through the city. Check out the historic church of Saint Sulpice, close to the lush Jardin du Luxembourg and the vibrant Latin Quarter (be sure to grab a croissant and get your portrait painted on the way through!) Next head to the Palais Royal, both the name of the impressive building and the quiet park nestled within. Pop into the glamorous Hotel Ritz for a taste of Parisian decadence and luxury dating back to 1898. And of course, explore the labyrinthine halls of the incredible Louvre for a peek at the Mona Lisa and other masterful works of art.
4. Dubai: Star Trek Beyond
Set your phasers to travel and head to futuristic Dubai – dazzling film set of Star Trek Beyond. With its eye-bending skyline, fast-paced lifestyle and ultra-modern everything, it’s not surprising Dubai was chosen as the set for sci-fi Yorktown (a vertical city set in deep space) Fly over breathtaking Meydan Racetrack where aerial shots of the city were taken. Marvel at the towering Burj Al Arab. And wander down surreal Sheikh Zayed Road with its luxury boutiques, mile-a-minute metro, and towering skyscrapers including the Emirates Towers and more.
5. New York: Sex and the City
Hang out at Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte’s favourite hotspots on a fabulous holiday in New York City. Do some designer shopping in the trendy Meatpacking District. Take a scenic walk on the High Line park. Soak up some culture at the Whitney Museum of American Art. See where Miranda and Steve got hitched at Jefferson Market Garden in Greenwich Village. Visit the historic and beautiful New York Public Library (where Carrie finally decides to have her wedding to Big). Drink ice tea on the Staten Island Ferry. And indulge in a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery. Don’t forget a trip to Central Park’s Boathouse (just be sure not to fall into the lake!).
6. Las Vegas: The Hangover
Up for a really crazy adventure? Follow the footsteps of the wolf pack through the streets of glitzy Vegas. Try your luck at super swanky Caesars Palace. Swing by Atomic Liquors, the oldest free-standing bar in Las Vegas (nearby an old nuclear test site). Next up, channel your inner Rain Man at the Riviera Hotel & Casino with a few hands of poker and black jack. Feeling romantic? Get hitched (or at least go for a gawk) at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel – where you can pick wedding themes from Elvis and Marilyn to Zombies and werewolves. Awoooo!
7. Greece: Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia – here we go again! Since this romantic musical hit the scene in 2008, Greece saw a massive increase in travel to its gorgeous islands. To see these stunning locations for yourself, head to Damouchari, Skopelos (Kalokairi in the movie), and Skiathos—the three main spots in Greece where the film was shot. Sing along to ABBA’s ‘I have a Dream’ on lush Kastani Beach on Skopelos. Hear the distant echoes of ‘Dancing Queen’ on Glisteri, (where Sophie left for her wedding ceremony). Then soak up the stunning outdoor scenes where the wedding was filmed in the church of Agios Ioannis Sto Kastri in Skopelos. Gimme gimme gimme!