15 Iconic Movie Locations You Can Visit All Year Round

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15 Iconic Movie Locations You Can Visit All Year Round

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Hollywood doesn't always use their studios to shoot their iconic movie scenes. Most of these places are real, and you can visit them too.

If you're a movie fanatic or would love to see some of your favorite movie sets, you've got to check out these 15 iconic movie locations you can visit all year round.

Some of these locations may be just a few hours from your home and you never even knew it!

1. The Truman Show - Seahaven Island


Location: Seaside, Florida

This 1998 comedy starring Jim Carrey is one of my favorite movie locations.

Come on, who wouldn't want to visit Seahaven Island? The small city has a beach and adorable homes, which makes it the perfect getaway destination.

Interestingly, the place where Truman's life was broadcast to the whole world is not an island at all.

Seahaven Island was filmed in Seaside, Florida. Following the success of the film, the picturesque community has become a sight-to-see in the southern state.

2. Ghostbusters - The Firehouse

Location: 14 North Moore St., Tribeca, New York City

In the 1984 film, the Ghostbusters choose a dusty firehouse to become their headquarters.

In real life, this dusty fire station is fully operational and is known as Hook & Ladder Company #8.

What many people don't know is that the interiors of the Ghostbusters HQ was filmed in Los Angeles, at another fire station called Fire Station #23.

The firehouse in LA was decommissioned in 1960 and turned into a Historic Cultural Monument, but you can still visit the one in Tribeca.

Keep in mind, the New York City fire station is currently under construction to restore the building's appearance.

3. Groundhog Day - The Cherry Street Inn

Location: 344 Fremont St, Woodstock, Illinois

The Cherry Street Inn is the suburban guesthouse where Phil Connors wakes up every morning repeating the same day.

The 1993 film is supposedly located in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but was mostly filmed in a suburb of Chicago.

The name of this bed and breakfast is Royal Victorian Manor and it's still a guesthouse to this day.

The rooms are spotless and super cozy. It wouldn't be rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor if it wasn't.

4. Forrest Gump - The Bench at Chippewa Square

Location: Chippewa Square, Savannah, Georgia

The park bench that Tom Hank's iconic character, Forrest Gump, sat on and told his life story was only a movie prop.

The bench was moved to the Savannah History Museum, but you can still take photographs at Chippewa Square, where the scene was filmed.

If you really want to see the bench itself and take a picture holding the fake luggage, you're always welcome to visit the museum.  

5. Good Will Hunting - L Street Tavern

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Location: 658 E 8th St, # A, Boston, Massachusetts

The 1997 Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck is one of the few non-holiday movies that I watch every year.

For that reason, when I visited Boston last year, I made seeing South Boston's L Street Tavern my top priority.

If you don't remember, this was the place Will and his friends hung out.

This little corner tavern has become super popular, especially after Williams's tragic passing.

6. Home Alone - The McCallisters' House

Location: 671 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, Illinois

This stunning red brick Georgian home was the place where little Kevin set up all the traps against the Wet Bandits.

Unfortunately, this iconic place is actually someone's home, so you can't go inside, but you can still take a selfie with the house.

7. Dazed & Confused - Top Notch

Location: 7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, Texas

This 1993 coming-of-age film starring Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck was hilarious.

Especially the scene where McConaughey's character, David, tells the intellectual trio about the party at the Moontower. I can still hear David's voice say "alright, alright, alright."

This cool teen hangout spot is delivering delicious fast food to this day. Their hamburgers are to die for.

8. The Seven Year Itch - Marilyn Monroe's White Dress Scene

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Location: Lexington Avenue towards the corner of 52nd Street, New York City

In 1954, the blonde bombshell created one of the most famous poses in the world when filming The Seven Year Itch.

This happened in the subway scene, where Monroe stepped onto the grate when she heard the train approaching. Her white halter dress got caught by the air passing underneath and her dress flew up.

There's no sign saying exactly which subway crate the model and actress stood, but it's believed to be on Lexington Avenue towards the corner of 52nd street in the Big Apple.

9. Die Hard - Nakatomi Plaza

Location: 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, California

This 35-story, 150 meters skyscraper is actually the corporate headquarters for Twentieth Century Fox.

Fun fact: Most of the 1988 movie was filmed while the building was under construction.

The best part is that this building is free to visit. Step in and imagine you're walking in Nakatomi Plaza.

10. RoboCop - OCP Headquarters

Location: 1500 Marilla St, Dallas, Texas

This 1987 film is a classic, making their filming location a super popular tourist destination.

Omni Consumer Products, the corporation who created RoboCop, used Dallas City Hall to create their fictional headquarters.

This building is in downtown Dallas, so it's impossible to miss. You're free to go inside or you can hang out by the nice, large pond in the front of the building.

11. When Harry Met Sally - Katz's Delicatessen

Location: 205 East Houston Street, New York City

You know that scene in the 1989 American romantic comedy where Sally wants to prove to Harry that she's "faking her orgasm?" That was all filmed at a real restaurant.

Meg Ryan's character makes a scene at a New York City deli called Katz's Delicatessen.

You can even sit at the the same table. They've got a plaque on it that reads "Where Harry met Sally...hope you have what she had!"

If you're wondering, Sally ordered a simple turkey sandwich on white bread.

12. A Christmas Story - The Parker's Home

Location: 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, Ohio

Every year my family and I watch this 1983 holiday classic about an Indiana schoolboy who is obsessed with getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.

And every year I say, "Awww, this house is so cute." Not all movie sets are open to the public, but this one is!

The story is based in Indiana, but the outside of the house was filmed in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

If you decide to go, get the tour. They'll first take you to this cute gift shop and then you can take pictures of all the props inside and outside of the house.

13. Rocky - The Museum Steps

Location: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

If you're a true Rocky Balboa fan, you'll love to visit one of the places the boxer built his career.

You probably remember this iconic location better in the 1976 movie, where Sylvester Stallone runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as he trains to become one of the greatest boxers.

It's now called the "Rocky Steps," and while you're there don't forget to check out the bronze statue of Rocky, which was donated by Stallone.

14. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - The Tribute Training Center

Location: 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

There are some movie sets, like the ones in The Hunger Games series, where you're convinced were made just for the film.

In fact, the Tribute's Quarters and Training Center for the sequel were filmed at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta.

This hotel has one of the largest atriums in the world and is known for its beautiful glass elevators.

Now that you think about it, it's quite fitting for the 2013 film.

15. Field of Dreams  - The Baseball Diamond

Location: 28995 Lansing Road, Dyersville, Iowa

This 1989 film is about the touching story of a father turning a corn field into the baseball diamond of his dreams.

For all those needing to find hope and encouragement in life, this movie set is the perfect destination for you.

The baseball field was built by Universal Studios and is currently open for guests to tour.

When you and your kids are tired of playing baseball, you can have fun taking pictures and getting "lost" in the massive corn stalks.

Which movie site do you want to visit first?

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.