Movies and the larger entertainment business brings in billions of dollars in revenue every year and it's constantly growing. People everywhere enjoy a great movie and better still, visiting the sites where their favorite movies were filmed. When you're on vacation next, hop on the tour bus and follow the guide through the top cities in the U.S. to the most amazing film locations from Los Angeles to New York.
New York City
The Big Apple has seen its fair share of filming locations from TV dramas to blockbuster superhero movies. Hop on board with On Location Tours' most popular tour to visit more than 40 locations, even seeing new locations from new TV seasons and upcoming movies. Visit the apartment building from the hit show Friends, stop by the park where When Harry Met Sally and Glee were filmed, see the bar from the Oscar winning movie Birdman, and much more! The company also has niche-film tours following the footsteps of Sex in the City, Gossip Girl, Sopranos, and others.
Ride in luxury from Chinatown to Uptown as your knowledgeable guides give you behind the scenes information on your favorite movies, watching film clips on the bus' state of the art flat screen TVs. Visit more than 30 sites featuring over 80 movies from The Dark Knight and North By Northwest to '80s classics like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and more.
The heart of the entertainment industry, filming capital of the world, Los Angeles has more filming locations and landmarks than all the other cities on this list combined. There are dozens of tour companies offering a number of themed movie tours including those through Starline Tours. Begin at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre and head off to over 50 movie locations encompassing modern blockbusters, modern and evergreen classics, film noir, and even early movies of Charlie Chaplin and Mae West. Explore Hollywood and Downtown L.A. as you tour the filming sites of The Dark Knight Rises, Blade Runner, Iron Man 3, and The Artist among others. Unique among other tour companies, Starline allows you to travel inside the Bradbury Building and Union Station, learning interesting bits of information and insights to the creative process of film making.
New Orleans is famous for many types of tours, namely those focusing on ghosts and the paranormal. However, you may not think of New Orleans as being a major site for southern movie making. Grab a seat on the luxury bus and drive from the Garden District to the French Quarter and beyond, gaining movie information, city history, and facts on the art of film making. Tour 30 movie locations featuring the movies Django Unchained, 21 Jump Street, Interview with a Vampire, Pelican Brief, and much more.
Watch clips and visit the filming sites from over 55 movies around the Bay City. See iconic San Francisco landmarks like Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies, and more as you drive in comfort around locations for your favorites like Mrs. Doubtfire, The Rock, Dirty Harry, and Milk among others. The San Francisco Movie Sights tours also cater to the Golden Gate Bridge film sites as well as in depth Dirty Harry tours.
Easily one of the most beautiful places in the country, Monterey has been the filming location of choice since the late 19th century when the movie industry was first beginning. Travel through undeniably scenic Pebble Beach along the 17 Mile Drive in your "Theater-on-wheels" in the only daily touring company in Monterey. See the landscapes of central California's rugged coast while you visit the sites where over 200 films were created over more than a century. From classics like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and National Velvet to Basic Instinct, The Candidate and more, Monterey's film locations have hosted actors and actresses like Doris Day, Robert Redford, and many more.
The island of Kauai is recognized as some of the most beautiful land in the country, perhaps the world, for its lush rainforests, colorful canyons, and plunging waterfalls. Movie makers recognized the potential of Kauai and have used its gorgeous landscapes in films such as The Descendants, Six Days and Seven Nights, and Pirates of the Caribbean along with popular TV shows including Gilligan's Island and the Amazing Race. Hop on board a six hour guided tour through Hanamaula Bay, Wailua Falls, Coco Palms and more as you tour both the amazing scenery and learn about the depths of movie magic from the comfort of the bus.