Visit Iconic Film Locations from Your Past

By Charlie Fletcher | November 1st, 2022

Make your own memories in these memorable locations

Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Image by Khalil Downey. Relive iconic movies from your past by rewatching your favorite movies – or better yet, by visiting memorable film locations.

Movies offer a great sense of nostalgia, especially for the baby boomer generation. There are so many iconic movie scenes from the “classics” that it’s hard to pin down the best. However, you don’t have to relive those iconic film locations just by rewatching your favorite movies. Many of them are real places you can visit for yourself.

Whether certain movie scenes take you back to childhood or you remember going to the drive-in with your friends or a date to see the latest release, it can be a lot of fun to visit those locations all over the world. Snap a photo or two and pretend you’re taking a step back in time, setting foot in those iconic film settings.

Let’s take a look at a few notable film locations from your past, and how to prepare yourself if you want to travel to some of them.

Climb the “Rocky Steps”

The original Rocky movie came out in 1976. While there have been several sequels since the initial release, Rocky Balboa’s training montage is iconic, specifically when he runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Today, those steps are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, along with a statue of the famed boxer. You can choose to run up the steps or pose for a picture to share with your friends. This is one of the easiest film locations to visit and a great photo opportunity.

Avoid the birds on Bodega Lane

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1962 film, The Birds, was mostly filmed around Bodega Lane in California. The schoolhouse on Bodega Lane, Potter School House, still stands there today. While it’s permanently closed to the public, you can still drive by or stop for a quick picture – just be careful if you see any birds swarming around overhead!

Savoca is an offer you can’t refuse

The 1972 film, The Godfather, is often touted as one of the greatest movies of all time. Much of the film was set in Savoca, Sicily. While the beautiful scenery might not be the first thing you think of when this classic Coppola movie comes to mind, there’s no denying the incredible Italian countryside when you see it.

If you ever needed an excuse to travel to Italy, let this be it!

This is just a taste of the many iconic film locations you can visit. Think of some of your favorite movies from the past, and chances are, you’ll be able to travel to at least one of their locations! However, make sure you plan and prepare, no matter where you go.

Planning properly includes:

  • Making a packing checklist
  • Securing your home
  • Hiring someone or enlisting family to watch your pets/plants
  • Traveling with someone

Talk to your doctor before traveling, especially if you’re on any medications or have an underlying condition. In an emergency, you might be able to get away with a video visit from a different location, but check to make sure your insurance covers telehealth services before you do.

There’s never a bad time to put together a fun trip. Let these suggestions spark your imagination as you start to think of other iconic film locations from your past that you can visit soon.

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