Movies That Inspire Travel

Has a movie ever inspired your next vacation? Check out our list of films that have moved us to places all over the world in search of our own picture-perfect paradise.

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The Descendants -- Hawaii
Though Hawaii often serves as a beautiful background in movies, The Descendants offers us an insider’s view of the “real” Hawaii -- a paradise, yes, but also one that still has domestic dramas and real estate wars just like mainland US. But we still have plenty of reason to dream about the state’s warm blue waters and pristine beaches.
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Midnight in Paris -- Paris
In Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, the City of Lights gets even more bewitching when the clock strikes midnight. For lucky Gil Bender, this is the magic hour when he can walk into 1920s Paris to muse with the day’s most famous writers and artists over aperitifs and jazz. But Paris will always be magical to us, no matter the era.
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War Horse -- England
Steven Spielberg's War Horse is a World War I drama about a young man and his horse, with rural England as the stunning backdrop. Spielberg says the film's location, Dartmoor, is the third character: “There's no place like it in the world."
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Stockholm
With the success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Stockholm has seen a rise in tourism. Droves of fans have been heading to Sweden’s capital to search out the locations used in Stieg Larsson’s dark crime thrillers, even if some places don’t exist at all.
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Andrej Kropotov  

Drive -- LA
“There are 100,000 streets in this city …” says Ryan Gosling’s getaway-car driver character about LA in Drive. And he shows us many that most tourists won’t see, inspiring us to take our own detour of LA, preferably in an equally cool ride.
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Pirates of the Caribbean -- Caribbean
Lest we were about to tire of the Pirates franchise, this past year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, made up for it with stunning shots of the Caribbean: all remote, wild and magical.
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan -- Shanghai
In the film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, we see contrasting scenes of both 19th-century and present-day Shanghai. With beautiful scenes of both periods, we’re equally inspired to see the temples and Chinese gardens of old Shanghai, as well as the designer hotels and metropolis cityscapes of the modern city.
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The Rum Diary-- Puerto Rico
The Rum Diary, staring Johnny Depp, shows Puerto Rico in 1960, with postcard-perfect scenes of colorful colonial buildings, pristine beaches and ever-flowing bottles of rum. What’s not travel-inspiring about that?
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 -- Theme Park and England
What do Harry Potter fanatics do after all the movies are over? Hop on a broomstick, naturally, and fly to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort. Or visit locations such as the Alnwick Castle in England, a backdrop in the first 2 movies.
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Soul Surfer -- Hawaii
Soul Surfer is more than just another surf-and-travel movie; it’s not just about searching for the perfect wave. It tells the inspiring tale of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton, a young surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. Whether or a not you surf, you’ll feel drawn to the waves and the film’s location in Kauai, HI.
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Hangover 2 -- Bangkok
Debauchery at its finest, Hangover 2 may not be on our list for its cinematic merits, but we know there’s a lot more to Bangkok than shady hotels and raucous nightlife. So this movie showed us what not to do when visiting.
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The French Riviera

The French Riviera

The French Riviera is the setting for the annual Cannes Film Festival that brings Hollywood heavies to the picturesque waterfront town each year in May. 960 1280
Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

A broad view of Cannes prior to the annual film festival in France. 960 1280

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66th Annual Cannes Film Fest

66th Annual Cannes Film Fest

A poster of legendary actors (and real-life duo) Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is unveiled in advance of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. 960 1280

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Cannes' Picture-Perfect Beaches

Cannes' Picture-Perfect Beaches

Located in France's Côte D'Azur (French Riviera), the annual Cannes International Film Festival draws Hollywood's elite and in the summer months the same beautiful crowd comes to enjoy the town's picture-perfect beaches and chic resorts. 960 1280

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Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

When not taking in the stars and films, visitors to the Venice Film Festival can navigate the canals courtesy of a gondola ride and take a stroll over the Rialto Bridge. 960 1280

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Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day event held every January in Park City, UT, showcasing independent movies from all over the world. Named for Robert Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the festival has seen Redford play an integral part in building the festival's status over the years. 960 1280

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Park City's Main Street

Park City's Main Street

Snowy Main Street is a hub of activity during the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. 960 1280

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Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

The crowd buzzes at the Berlinale-Palast for the opening night of the Berlin International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Workers erect the largest outdoor airscreen, which is 39 feet high and 79 feet wide in Asia at the Tamar site during the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca, one of downtown Manhattan's hippest neighborhoods, hosts the annual Tribeca Film Festival each year in the spring. 960 1280

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Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Film lovers line up to hear actor-director Clint Eastwood and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky at the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series at the April 2013 festival in NYC. 960 1280

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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Actors, filmmakers and other industry insiders head to Toronto each fall for the Toronto International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall

Workers prepare the red carpet area at Roy Thomson Hall for the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. 960 1280

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Anthony Bourdain visits Sardinia, his wife's homeland, and enjoys a meal after a long day of shooting. 960 1280

  

The Ghost Adventures team braved daylight to shoot each other on a water taxi in Venice. 960 1280

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After a day of cycling up the Monte Grappa in Italy's Veneto region, Dhani Jones learns how to cut homemade pasta. 960 1280

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Sam Brown finds herself on a quiet street in Tuscany. 960 1280

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Maybe yoga aids in digesting bizarre foods. Andrew Zimmern gives it a try at the Calengute Ayurveda Center in Goa, India. 960 1280

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After feasting on vegetarian cuisine, Anthony Bourdain rests on a houseboat in Kerala, India. 960 1280

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An Indian woman walks in the stunning Red Fort in Delhi. 960 1280

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Andrew wears traditional dress at the cremation of a high priestess in Ubud, Bali. 960 1280

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Sam Brown falls in love with Bali's lush landscapes and gracious people. 960 1280

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The most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali is often referred to as "The Island of the Gods." 960 1280

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The Descendants -- Hawaii
Though Hawaii often serves as a beautiful background in movies, The Descendants offers us an insider’s view of the “real” Hawaii -- a paradise, yes, but also one that still has domestic dramas and real estate wars just like mainland US. But we still have plenty of reason to dream about the state’s warm blue waters and pristine beaches.
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Monica and Michael Sweet  

Midnight in Paris -- Paris
In Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, the City of Lights gets even more bewitching when the clock strikes midnight. For lucky Gil Bender, this is the magic hour when he can walk into 1920s Paris to muse with the day’s most famous writers and artists over aperitifs and jazz. But Paris will always be magical to us, no matter the era.
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TongRo Image Stock  

War Horse -- England
Steven Spielberg's War Horse is a World War I drama about a young man and his horse, with rural England as the stunning backdrop. Spielberg says the film's location, Dartmoor, is the third character: “There's no place like it in the world."
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Jupiterimages  

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- Stockholm
With the success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Stockholm has seen a rise in tourism. Droves of fans have been heading to Sweden’s capital to search out the locations used in Stieg Larsson’s dark crime thrillers, even if some places don’t exist at all.
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Andrej Kropotov  

Drive -- LA
“There are 100,000 streets in this city …” says Ryan Gosling’s getaway-car driver character about LA in Drive. And he shows us many that most tourists won’t see, inspiring us to take our own detour of LA, preferably in an equally cool ride.
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Pirates of the Caribbean -- Caribbean
Lest we were about to tire of the Pirates franchise, this past year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, made up for it with stunning shots of the Caribbean: all remote, wild and magical.
960 1280

Creatas Images  

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan -- Shanghai
In the film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, we see contrasting scenes of both 19th-century and present-day Shanghai. With beautiful scenes of both periods, we’re equally inspired to see the temples and Chinese gardens of old Shanghai, as well as the designer hotels and metropolis cityscapes of the modern city.
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Cathryn Gallacher  

The Rum Diary-- Puerto Rico
The Rum Diary, staring Johnny Depp, shows Puerto Rico in 1960, with postcard-perfect scenes of colorful colonial buildings, pristine beaches and ever-flowing bottles of rum. What’s not travel-inspiring about that?
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David Madison  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 -- Theme Park and England
What do Harry Potter fanatics do after all the movies are over? Hop on a broomstick, naturally, and fly to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort. Or visit locations such as the Alnwick Castle in England, a backdrop in the first 2 movies.
960 1280

  

Soul Surfer -- Hawaii
Soul Surfer is more than just another surf-and-travel movie; it’s not just about searching for the perfect wave. It tells the inspiring tale of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton, a young surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. Whether or a not you surf, you’ll feel drawn to the waves and the film’s location in Kauai, HI.
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Goodshoot  

Hangover 2 -- Bangkok
Debauchery at its finest, Hangover 2 may not be on our list for its cinematic merits, but we know there’s a lot more to Bangkok than shady hotels and raucous nightlife. So this movie showed us what not to do when visiting.
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Medioimages/Photodisc  

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