Published on: Monday, 7th October 2019 | Author: Kevin Thorpe
For the majority of us we all love watching a film or TV series. Whether it’s an action-packed thriller, a Disney family favourite or a rom-com, the choices are endless when it comes to satisfying our movie needs. Film and TV fanatics are now able to enjoy an experience like never before, with advances in technology and picture quality taking huge strides, in order for production companies to battle it out and create blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. With both industries growing immensely and becoming highly competitive, huge sums of money are being spent on new releases, whether it is cinema screenings or series stream dates on platforms like Netflix.
It would appear that when it comes to the creation of a film or series, there’s no expense spared. Production companies now use lavish houses and top of the range sports cars to name a few, as well as exotic locations being used as a backdrop for a mixture of the filming scenes.
Whilst watching a film it’s more likely than not you’ve been intrigued by one or more of the locations featured within it. Whether it’s a luscious beach with crystal clear waters, or a rugged cliff edge with dramatic drops; it may have intrigued you enough that you’ve resorted to searching online to try and find out.
The best film and TV road trips across the world
If the location of a specific film or TV series has ever crossed your mind, then we may be able to help. We’ve selected some of the best films and TV series and created road trips which will take you to some of the exact locations you may find familiar. From Thelma & Louise to Game of Thrones, enjoy reading our recommendations for some of film and TV’s most iconic road trips.
1. The Beach - Thailand
Known for its beautiful beaches and famous culture, Thailand played the setting for the drama-thriller film: The Beach. Our road trip around Thailand features five of the films well-known locations, starting at The Memory at On On Hotel in Phuket. Room 204 at this backpacker’s hostel was the resting place of Richard during his stay in Bangkok. Other locations include the pristine Maya Bay, one of the main settings used throughout the film and Haeo Suwat Falls, the majestic waterfall which concludes the road trip.
2. Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Australia
Australia is known for its range of locations, from the famous Gold Coast to the country’s sandy outback. Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was filmed in numerous locations across Australia, due to its dry, sandy desert appearance. During the road trip you can expect to see the majestic King’s Canyon, Coober Pedy which you may recognise as the town where the tour bus breaks down and Lasseters Hotel Casino, where the duo performed as they reached Alice Springs.
3. Lord of the Rings – New Zealand
New Zealand’s unique backdrops provided the perfect setting for Lord of the Rings. Starting at the north of the island, the quirky Matamata used as the shine region of middle-earth, is where your journey begins. You’ll also explore locations such as Mackenzie Country, known for the courageous battle of the Pelennor Fields and the beautiful Mount Earnslaw on the south of the island, which provided the setting for the opening sequence of The Two Towers.
4. Game of Thrones – Northern Ireland
This hugely popular series took the world by storm and if you aren’t already aware, it was filmed close to home. A number of locations were used across Northern Island, including Dunluce Castle, chosen as Pyke Castle, where you’ll find the seat of house Greyjoy. As you travel to Castle Ward at the end of the road trip, which you may spot from the Winterfell scenes in the pilot episode; you’ll pass through a number of peaceful locations used in the series, like Cushendun Caves. You’ll know these caves as the place where Melisandre gives birth to a shadow creature.
5. Harry Potter – England
The Harry Potter films are amongst some of the industry’s most historic releases and feature numerous locations around England. One of the most iconic scenes throughout all the films is captured in the Philosopher’s Stone, where students pass through the wall at Platform 9 ¾; which was actually filmed at King’s Cross Station in London. Along the road trip you can stop at London Zoo where Harry famously talks to the Boa Constrictor and Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, which was used for some of the interior shots for Hogwarts.
6. Thelma & Louise – America
The famous duo that is Thelma & Louise are some of the most famous film characters around. Their film is set across a number of states in America, including Lockwood Valley in California and La Sal Mountains in Utah. The duo’s trip begins in Lockwood Valley and passes through locations like Bakersfield, used as the open landscape for their drive from Arkansas to Oklahoma. The pair finally meet their match with the local authorities, in the world famous Grand Canyon.
So that concludes our selection of some of the best road trips from film and TV. Whether it’s driving through the dry terrain of the Australian outback, or discovering places right on your doorstep, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of our favourite trips. We want to know if you’ve visited any of the locations featured or if our recommendations have inspired you.
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