It’s the home of Hollywood and birthplace of much of modern cinema. There are countless amounts of famous film scenes associated with cities in the USA. Just to help you stay focused, we’ve put together a blog with a few of our favourite American film sites to visit when you explore its cities.
You can probably think of a tonne without us even having to tell you. On a more specific note, here’s a little detail along with some facts. Take a stop in Washington Square Park to sit on the bench where Cary Mulligan and Oscar Isaacs sat for a fiery chat in Inside Llewyn Davis. When you walk through the bustling Times Square, take a moment to consider that Michael Keaton genuinely did run through the square, in his underwear, in real life, to shoot Birdman. Take a stroll passed Tiffany & Co. to stand where Audrey Hepburn stood for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Lastly, the famous diner scene from When Harry Met Sally was also filmed in a real restaurant in the city. So, if you’re a die-hard fan, head over to Katz’s Delicatessen in East Manhattan for a bite to eat.
There’s a film shot here that we even incorporate it into our tour: Rocky. Take a chance to run up the ‘Rocky Steps’ where Sylvester Stallone ends his iconic training montage. Make sure you get a video of you in action and, if you like, take a picture with the nearby statue of Rocky. If you’re more of a Michael B. Jordan fan, there are plenty of filming spots here for his film Creed. We’d recommend taking a walk along Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk where he trains in the film. It also offers a chance to get some stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline.
Las Vegas is a goldmine when it comes for films actually shot there. One of the famous scenes in Jason Bourne closed the Las Vegas Strip for a chase sequence with a lot of car crashes and a lot of action. Hopefully it will be a little calmer when you take a walk down it. Lots of famous scenes for The Hangover were shot in the Caesar’s Palace casino. The other iconic casino, The Bellagio, was where the Ocean’s Eleven team targeted for their famous heist. The cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas also had a large part of the movie filmed there. Sadly, two of the casinos the film is set in are no longer operating.
There are so many iconic sites here that you’re bound to associate them with films. As to where actors’ footsteps have actually trodden, here are some things to bear in mind as you walk around the city. Chris Evans takes his morning run around the city in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, passing the likes of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the iconic reflecting pool. If you want to combine some museum visits with film experiences, pay a visit to the Smithsonium Museums (home to lots of famous artefacts). Night at the Museum II: Battle of the Smithsonian was filmed within the museum and you can actually take part in a ‘Smithsonian Sleepover’ for the full Night at The Museum experience.
Here’s where things get a bit meta. Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood, where films are made that are not actually set in LA. You can take a trip to Universal Studios and Warner Brothers for a tour of film sets if you want to really delve into Hollywood film sets. There are still a lot of films that were actually filmed in the city. La La Land is one of our favourites. Shots for the movie were taken in lots of the famous locations, including Griffiths Park where Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone shared a dance. You can also visit the attraction of Angels Flight, a railway car where the two sat together in the film