Pop-culture tourism is in some respects akin to pilgrimage, with its modern equivalents of places of pilgrimage, such as Elvis Presley‘s Graceland and the grave of Jim Morrison in Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Popular destinations have included:
- Los Angeles, California area film studios
- New York City, New York urban area featured in hundreds of Hollywood and American films.
- Salzburg, Austria, where many scenes from The Sound of Music (1965) were filmed.
- Tunisia, location of the filming of the Star Wars films, began in 1977.
- The Field of Dreams, a baseball field featured in the 1989 film of the same name.
- Petra, Jordan, where visits went from the thousands to the millions after the climactic scene of the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed in Al Khazneh.
- Wallace Monument, Stirling, dedicated to Scottish hero William Wallace. Saw a visitor rise of 160,000 after the 1995 film Braveheart
- Burkittsville, Maryland, where tourists re-create the most gruesome scenes from the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project.
- New Zealand, after The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003) was filmed there. See also Tolkien tourism.
- Alnwick Castle, location of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011).
- Santa Ynez Valley in Central California where much of the 2004 film Sideways took place.
- Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland and Lincoln Cathedral, England. Locations used in The Da Vinci Code film (2006).
- Brevard and Transylvania County, North Carolina. Filming location of The Hunger Games (2012).
- Norway, where tourism increased after the 2013 Disney film Frozen was released
- Loch Ness in the Scottish highlands, home of the mythical Loch Ness Monster.
- Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England, associated with Robin Hood.
- Tintagel Castle in South-West England, association with King Arthur.
- Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, England, setting for Winnie-the-Pooh in the 1920s. The game Poohsticks is a popular attraction.
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, birthplace of William Shakespeare (1564–1616), receives about 4.9 million visitors a year from all over the world.
- Prince Edward Island, in which the 1908 Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables takes place, is a popular attraction for tourists, notably from Japan where the first translated edition was published in 1952.
- Forks, Washington, primary setting of the Twilight series of novels and films.
- Abbey Road, London, known by the 1969 album Abbey Road by The Beatles whose cover features the Beatles walking across the zebra crossing of the road.
- Liverpool, England, for fans of The Beatles. A museum dedicated to them ‘The Beatles Story’ is situated at the Albert Dock. The reconstructed ‘Cavern’, the club they played in before becoming famous is also a stop for Beatles pilgrims. A bus tour of the city entitled The Magical Mystery Tour, visits many sites associated with the group including former homes of The Beatles.
- Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, a mansion which was owned by Elvis Presley. It serves as his biographical museum since 1982.
- Istanbul for fans of Turkish television drama.
- Pin Oak Court, Vermont South, Victoria, a suburban Melbourne shooting location for soap opera Neighbours from 1985.
- Tom’s Restaurant which is known to many as Monk’s from Seinfeld (1989–1998).
- North Bend, Washington and Twede’s Cafe, the shooting location of the Double R Diner, where much of the 1990 television series Twin Peaks was filmed.
- Roslyn, Washington, which stood in for Cicely, Alaska in the television series Northern Exposure (1990–1995).
- Chuncheon, South Korea, where the 2002 KBS2 television drama series Winter Sonata took place.
- Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland, Location of the popular children’s programme Balamory (2002–2005).
- Albuquerque, New Mexico. The location of the AMC television series Breaking Bad (2008–2013).
- Highclere Castle, location of the 2010s drama series Downton Abbey.
Japanese anime and manga
- Enoshima (Shōnan) and Kamakura district, originally a local tourist spot near Tokyo. Many Japanese anime and manga series, such as Ping Pong (1996), Squid Girl (2007–2016), Tsuritama (2012), Tari Tari (2012), and one-off episodes in other series, took place there. Due to appearance in the opening theme of the 1990s anime series Slam Dunk, an ordinary level crossing of the Enoshima Electric Railway, near Kamakurakōkōmae Station, became popular attraction for tourists, notably from China and Taiwan.
Intentional pop-culture tourism attractions
- Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. In the early 1990s this small rural community began to explore ways it could capitalize on the coincidence of the Town’s name being the same as popular Star Trek Character, Mr. Spock‘s home planet: Vulcan, to develop its local tourism industry.
- Grand Tour
- Film commission, non-profit, public organizations that attract motion media production crews to shoot on location in their respective localities.
- Stephen Metcalf, Pop Culture Trips, Travel + Leisure Magazine, May 2006 (article about pop-culture tourism).
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