Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself, “where in the world is that?” After being tricked so often by big-budget CGI-generated utopias, it’s inspiring to discover that some of the world’s most iconic movie locations were actually filmed on location.

These Locations Are Awesome

If you have been itching to travel lately, consider vacationing to a more meaningful destination. Spend a day in the life of a movie star and see 5 of the world’s most scenic filming locations.

Jurassic World

Film location: Kauai, Hawaii

After 22 years, the infamous fictional theme park was finally brought back to life, with filming taking place in Hawaii’s tropical paradise. Who wouldn’t want to visit this eye-catching filming location? With scenes featuring the world’s richest splendor of lush botanical gardens and verdant mountains, it’s absolutely mind-blowing to think that an island like Kauai exists right here within the borders of the United States. Before you go, check out some exclusive, detailed hiking maps to some of the best trails in Kauai.  

Explore 5 of the World’s Most Scenic Film Locations

The breathtaking landscape of Hawaii provides the ultimate backdrop for the return of the Jurassic Park dinosaurs.


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Film location: Bluejohn Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

If you are an outdoor lover or a daredevil seeking adventure, this is the place for you. Just southwest of Moab, Bluejohn Canyon is to be explored at your own risk as exploring the spectacular landscape of Utah can be difficult even for a pro adventurer. While you are there, make sure to visit the Homestead Crater so you can stand in the same waters waded in by James Franco during filming. The crater is a natural hot spring enclosed by a rock dome, and it’s open 24/7 for viewing! If you are interested in any activities inside the crater, make a reservation first.

Explore 5 of the World’s Most Scenic Film Locations

The forbidding Utah desert poses a compelling challenge for rock climbers and avid hikers.


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Film location: Alaska

Another movie about an intrepid explorer that features legendary shots from the divine lands of Alaska. After John Krakauer’s bestseller was adapted into a film, the location quickly became known as one of the most famous trails among the hikers of the world. If you are in search of true peace and raw wilderness, follow the steps of Christopher McCandless from Into the Wild and travel to the Stampede Trail in Denali National Park. This on-set film location is where Chris discovers Magic Bus 142, and the astonishing scenery is worth the adventure.

 Explore 5 of the World’s Scenic Film Locations

Star-crossed adventurer Christopher McCandless took refuge in an abandoned bus during his quest to conquer Alaska’s winter.


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Film location: New Zealand

Have you always wanted to travel to where the hobbits go to flee and see where the wretched Gollum hid away in his cave for 500 years with the ring? Well, guess what? You can! Much of the on-site filming location for the the Lord of Rings trilogy was filmed in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The iconic film location is surrounded by picturesque scenery filled with misty mountains and massive glacier cascades. Once your travel is booked, make sure you get the full trilogy experience and schedule a Lord of the Rings filming locations tour into middle-earth. Some of the tours include helicopter rides with dramatic aerial views of actual film locations.

Explore 5 of the World’s Scenic Film Locations

Direct Peter Jackson transformed the New Zealand mountains and countryside into Middle Earth for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


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Film location: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Want to explore the scene where Batman, rises above, cheats death and escapes prison? It’s actually a real place! The famous movie scene happens to be take place at India’s most historic monument, a massive fort built more than 500 years ago. After Bruce Wayne averts his demise in The Pit, there’s a quick glimpse of the majestic, Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur, polished in red sandstone and sitting vigilantly four hundred feet above the blue city of Jodhpur. This “work of giants” is definitely a must-see!  

Explore 5 of the World’s Scenic Film Locations

Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1460, contains several palaces and a museum.


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