10 Fictional Places You Can Actually Visit – Part 2
We continue our series of awesome fictional places you can actually visit during your next holiday. The list includes Mordor from the Lord of the Rings and the viaduct on which Hogwarts Express takes Harry Potter and his classmates to Hogwarts. Check them out below.
Basin City – “Sin City”
Frank Miller, the creator and writer of Sin City, has never specified that his iconic comic is set in particular US city. But all the clues point to Los Angeles. Miller’s love of Hollywood film noir and multiple geographical references (such as the ‘Santa Yolanda Tar Pits’, based on the La Brea Tar Pits in LA) point towards the City of Angels.
Mordor – “Lord of the Rings”
The region of Mordor in Middle-earth was a key location in all of the Lord of the Rings books. When Peter Jackson came up with an idea of film it was crucial to select the right backdrop for the key scenes. Tongariro National Park with Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand was selected.
Check out Mount Ngauruhoe on Google Maps.
Paradise Falls – “Up”
Paradise Falls is the beautiful setting for the animated Pixar adventure Up. The waterfall is based on Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 m.
Check out Angel Falls on Google Maps.
Neptune – “Veronica Mars”
The fictional town of Neptune, California is the setting for TV series Veronica Mars. While filming on the show took place across Orange County and the wider southern California area, the city od Santa Ana is most consistent with the geographical references in the show.
Check out Santa Ana, California on Google Maps.
Canyon of the Crescent Moon – “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
The ancient city of Petra in Jordan was central to the plot in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The iconic Al Khazneh (The Treasury) stood in for the temple housing the Holy Grail.
Check out Al-Khazneh on Google Maps.
Stars Hollow – “Gilmore Girls”
Although built entirely on the Warner Brother studio back lot in California, the fictional town of Stars Hollow is loosely based on Washington, Connecticut.
Check out Washington, Connecticut on Google Maps.
Shangri-La – “Lost Horizon”
Shangri-La is a fictional place first described by James Hilton in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon. Described as a mystical paradise where people are eternally happy and almost immortal. Shangri-La has been geographically linked to the Kunlun Mountains in Tibet.
Check out Kunlun Mountains, Tibet on Google Maps.
Bamboo Forest – “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “House of Flying Daggers”
Do you remember these awesome fights atop the bamboo trees in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers? These trees really exist and you can visit them. The scene were filmed in Arashiyama Forest in Kyoto, Japan.
Check out Arashiyama Forest on Google Maps.
Silent Hill – “Silent Hill”
The town of Silent Hill was the setting of the eerie horror video game and movie of the same name. It can be linked to Centralia, Pennsylvania, a near-ghost town with an estimated population of just 10. In 1962, a mine fire beneath Centralia caused mass evacuation. The fire continues to burn today. At current rate it could burn for another 250 years.
Check out Centralia, Pennsylvania on Google Maps.
Hogwarts Express Viaduct – “Harry Potter” film series
Hogwarts Express, the train that takes Harry Potter and his classmates to Hogwarts, can be seen speeding across Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber, Scotland.
Check out Glenfinnan Viaduct on Google Maps.