On our travels we love visiting filming locations from our favourite TV shows and films. We have been to dozens of such locations and, if you would like to see any of these places on your road trip, we will be sure to factor them in. Many of the locations are in and around Los Angeles, although we also have location details in New York, Las Vegas, Seattle and other cities throughout the USA! Here are a few of our favourites!
The popular 1980’s trilogy Back to the Future centred around Marty McFly, a teenager who accidently goes back to 1955 Doc Emmett Brown’s time machine which was built into a Deloran sports car. Over the course of the trilogy he goes back to 1955, then to the future and finally to the Wild West. We have visited some of the locations including the houses of Marty and Emmett, the parking lot where Marty goes back in time and the location at the end of the trilogy where the Delorean time machine gets destroyed by a train.
Twin Pines Mall
This is where it all started; Twin Pines Mall. This is the mall car park in which Doc shows Marty the Delorean Time Machine and where Marty accidently goes 30 years back in time to 1955
Doc’s 1955 Mansion
When Marty ends up in Hill Valley 1955 he looks up his friend Doc to help him get back to present day and visits him in his mansion which is the Gamble House (from Procter & Gamble) and a National Historic Landmark
Biff’s Pleasure Paradise
In the "alternate 1985”, Biff has made a fortune and runs his empire from Biff’s Pleasure Paradise. This was inspired by the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Delorean Crash Site
Having safely returned to 1985 from 1885, Marty and the Delorean end up on this railway crossing. A train approaches and Marty just gets out of the car before it gets hit and destroyed by the oncoming train.
Here’s a few of our other favourite photos from television shows and films. We have a huge list of locations from these and many other shows and films including "Pretty Woman", "Bullitt" and "Monk"
Dallas - TV Soap
If you grew up in the 1980’s you may well have watched Texan oil tycoons JR Ewing and his brother Bobby who lived at Southfork Ranch and you’ll recognise this recent photo from the real ranch near Dallas in Texas.
Although the interior scenes were filmed in a fire station in California, the external scenes were shot at this firestation in NYC. New York also has other Ghostbusters locations such as the library and Dana’s apartment building.
Many Western were filmed with Monument Valley as the backdrop. A mainstream film, Forrest Gump was a huge hit in the mid 90’s and this is known as the exact location that Forrest stopped running and went home.
Sleepless in Seattle
Pike Place Market and many other locations in Seattle have featured in many films such as Elvis’ “It Happened at the World’s Fair”. This view and others in the market itself were particularly memorable in Tom Hanks’ “Sleepless in Seattle"
In this blockbuster film, “Baby” and her family stay at Kellerman’s in the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Most of the filming was actually done at a hotel in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia.
“Cars" is an animated film by Disney which takes a lot of inspiration from locations along Route 66. This is one of the Wigwam Motels which inspired the Cosy Cone Motel but there are several “Cars” related locations along Route 66
Rydell High School, the setting for John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s charactors in the 1978 film Grease. This is an actual school located near Santa Monica in California close to the end of Route 66
Steven Spielberg’s first film, Duel starred Dennis Weaver as a travelling salesman being chased by a lorry. We have visited several locations in the Los Angeles area including the tunnel scene where the school bus breaks down.
Dukes of Hazzard
1980’s series The Dukes of Hazzard followed two country boys; cousins Luke and Bo Duke as they righted wrongs in the local community. Many of the locations are in Georgia, including the local bar, The Boars Nest pictured above.
Smokey & The Bandit
This 1970’s film starring Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason had scenes filmed in Georgia, including those supposedly in Texas. The photo above is the exact location that the Bandit picks up runaway Bride (Sally Field).
La La Land
This hit movie was filmed at many locations in and around Los Angeles, including the well known dance scene in Griffith Park overlooking LA. The Planetarium in the Griffith Observatory was used scenes in this and also James Dean’s "Rebel Without a Cause"
One of the most well known movies of all time; Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen. The famous Mustang and Dodge Charger chase scene was filmed in San Francisco and we have actually driven some of the route used!
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