We know you've already spent many an hour envisioning yourself as the protagonist in your favorite films (don't bother denying it, 'cause we are so onto you). Why not take those daydreams to the next level by visiting the locations where those memorable scenes were filmed? And take a few themed photos while you're at it. After all, it's like Oscar Wilde said: Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Here are 19 locations across the globe that allow you to pretend your life is a movie (more than you already do, I mean).
"Breakfast At Tiffany's" — New York, New York
Replicating the opening scene from this iconic 1961 film is easy as diamond-encrusted pie. Dress in black, hail a cab Holly-style (so, a two-fingered whistle), and head to 727 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Don't forget your shades and a pastry!
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" — Gorlitz, Germany
Wes Anderson searched far and wide across Central Europe before finding his perfect Grand Budapest Hotel: Kaufhaus Görlitz, an abandoned Art Deco department store. Despite its' historical landmark status, it was faced with the prospect of demolition before the film effectively rescued the store by transforming it into the principle set.
"Big Fish" — Millbrook, Alabama
"I agreed to spend the afternoon if only to understand the mystery of how a place can feel so strange and yet so familiar," Ewan McGregor's character says of the fictional town of Spectre, Alabama, in this Tim Burton film. Only, Spectre isn't entirely fictional — much of the set still remains today. It's privately owned and behind a locked gate, but for $3 the owners will give you the code. And yes, the shoe-clad clothesline still stands.
"Amélie" — Paris, France
The café where Amélie worked in this delightful eponymous comedy is located in the Montmartre area of Paris. Visit Cafe des Deux Moulins and share in one of Amélie's favorite small pleasures — cracking crème brûlée with a spoon.
"The Lord of the Rings" — Matamata, New Zealand
If you're a LOTR fan, I'm sure you're already aware the set of Hobbiton is now a permanent attraction. Official tours will take you to the arched bridge, Party Tree, Green Dragon Inn, and Bilbo Baggins' home, Bag End, as well as a smattering of other Hobbit holes.
"Seven Year Itch" — New York, New York
You know the scene, or at least you've seen pictures of it. Mosey on down to the corner of Lexington and 52nd Street in Manhattan and take a subway grate shot yourself. Be an unabashed tourist. LIVE YER LIFE.
"Sound of Music" — Salzburg, Austria
Rolf turned out to be a real dick of course, but that doesn't mean you can't recreate the naiive splendor of young love with a choreographed twirl or two. The "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" gazebo still stands in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace. Book a full "Sound of Music" tour to see it, plus other locations used in the film.
"The Shining" — Timberline Lodge, Oregon
Most people associate "The Shining" with Colorado's Stanley Hotel, the resort that inspired Steven King to pen the novel after an eerie visit with his wife. That hotel wasn't involved in the shooting of Stanley Kubrick's movie, though. Timberline Lodge was used for exterior shots and still has the Overlook Hotel facade we know (and fear).
"The NeverEnding Story" — Munich, Germany
Not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. You can actually ride Falkor the Luck Dragon, and all it requires is a quick jaunt over to Germany. Housed in a studio park similar to Universal's, Bavaria Films owns the majority of "NeverEnding Story" props, including Falkor, the Sphinxes, and the giant turtle, Morla (who's probably not quite so giant IRL).
"Harry Potter" — Oxford, England
A whole host of locations, including a few castles, collectively make up the Hogwarts presented to us in the "Harry Potter" films, but a few especially stand out. Among these is the Great Hall, which was modeled after Christ Church in Oxford. Sit at one of the immensely long wooden tables and you'll see why. The stone staircase leading to the hall is also used in the movies, and you're bound to recognize Oxford's Duke Humphrey's Library as the "restricted section" in "Sorcerer's Stone."
Or better yet, just go to the London Zoo and pretend to talk snakes. Super normal activity.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" — Wallilabou Bay, St. Vincent
Fittingly located in the Caribbean, this bay town was the principle island location for the first installment in 2003, "The Curse of the Black Pearl." Disney spent millions here recreating the infamous pirate town of Port Royal, Jamaica, and when shooting wrapped, they left the extensive set in the hands of locals. It's been a tourist destination ever since, and islanders have reportedly expanded on that by turning one of the buildings into a working, themed tavern.
"The Hunger Games" — Henry River Mill Village, North Carolina
Built in the early 1900s around a textile mill and abandoned 60 short years later, the Henry River Mill Town made the perfect setting for the impoverished District 12 village. Today, 21 of the original buildings still stand, including the store used as Peeta's family bakery.
Or, if you'd prefer somewhere with more of a Panem-feel, visit the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, to see the Tribute Training Center in "Catching Fire."
"Field of Dreams" — Dyersville, Iowa
"Is this Heaven? No, it’s Iowa," reads the still-operational baseball field's website. If you're a fan of the classic 1989 film this field was constructed for, though, you likely will find a visit here heavenly.
"Star Wars" — Sahara Desert, Tunisia
You probably had a trip to Tunisia planned anyway, right? While there, trek deep into the desert (I'd recommend hiring a guide, but you do you) to uncover a world from a galaxy far, far away. This is Tatooine, the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker, left intact by Lucasfilm at the local government's request. If you want to see it, though, you should make plans to do so quickly. Scientists estimate it won't be long before this alien ghost town is buried deep under the Saharan sand.
"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" — Almería, Spain
Known as Oasys Mini Hollywood, the now-abandoned town saw the making of over 200 movies in the '60s and '70s, when the Spaghetti Hollywood genre was at its peak. More than a couple Clint Eastwood flicks were shot here, including the classic "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton filmed part of "Cleopatra" here, as well.
"Groundhog Day" — Woodstock, Illinois
If Bill Murray's character had to be stuck reliving the same day over and over again, at least he was staying at a totally charming inn, right? Built in 1894, it's still operating as a Bed & Breakfast today. Book a room at the Royal Victorian Manor and take a walking tour of the town to see other locations from the movie.
"Pride & Prejudice" — Wiltshire, England
Darcys of the world, take note: You, too, can tell the object of your affections you love them despite the inferiority of their birth by rank and circumstance in the same temple as the '05 Darcy! The Temple of Apollo is found deep within the gardens of Stourhead Gardens. You can even get married there. Just be sure to wait for a rainy day!
"Sex and the City" — New York, New York
Carrie Bradshaw's fabulous, $700/month rent-controlled apartment (HA!) in Manhattan's West Village gets its fair share of pilgrims. You can't go inside the iconic brownstone, but who's to stop you from snapping a few pics outside? Drop by 245 E 73rd Street between Park and Madison, and don't forget your stilettos.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" — Wainscott, New York
Though much of the film was filmed there, the "Meet in Montauk" house isn't actually in Montauk. This website lists the address as being nearby, though do keep in mind if you decide to visit it's a private residence. But you could still make like Joel and Clementine and run around on the beach in front of it!
Or if you'd rather reenact a scene with less threat of trespassing, head over to La Brisa in Montauk, formerly The Plaza Restaurant. It's the diner from the film's opening sequence when Joel "meets" Clem.