Stuck for inspiration as to where to jet off to this year? Why not take inspiration from some of your favorite TV shows! Instead of spending your evenings curled up on the couch, flicking through Netflix and trying to decide what to watch, consider visiting the real-life locations where TV shows were filmed.
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
Game of Thrones is nearly coming to an end (boo!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive some of your favorite scenes. Head to the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, and you’ll be walking along the original Kingsroad! Since this row of trees featured in Game of Thrones, it’s become extremely popular with tourists. It’s entirely free to visit and much safer than the TV series would have you believe!
There are plenty of shows that are filmed in Atlanta in Georgia, but the two most famous are Stranger Things and The Walking Dead. Emory University Briarcliff Campus is the infamous Hawkins Laboratory from Stranger Things, while downtown Atlanta was the main shooting location for the city scenes in the first season of The Walking Dead. The capital of Georgia is also the primary location for the aptly named comedy-drama show, Atlanta, starring Donald Glover.
Castle Valley and Fisher Valley, Utah
If you’ve been hooked on HBO’s Westworld series, then you’re going to want to hop on a plane to eastern Utah. The rugged mountains of both Castle Valley and Fisher Valley provide the backdrop for the Western worlds of the show, and they will make you feel as though you’re actually in the wild, wild west. Just don’t forget to bring your cowboy hat!
New York City, New York
If we tried to list all of the shows that were filmed in NYC, we’d be here for weeks. However, there are plenty of filming locations you can check out if you’re ever in the city. Head to Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint to live like Lena Dunham in Girls, McClaren’s Bar (really called McGees) on 55th Street to drink like the cast of How I Met Your Mother, on Grand Central Terminal to feel like Serena from Gossip Girl.
If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a TV show, now is your chance! Just pick one of these destinations for your next vacation.