Cinematic fantasies are usually built in created worlds and imagined technologies that offer to fantasy and science fans a chance to explore their imagination. However, there are a few classic movies that were not completely made in studios, meaning that some parts of these films were shot in some real places on earth. There is a great opportunity for sci-fi fans to plan an experiential vacation based on a created checklist of their beloved movies or television series. They will have the chance to visit the places where their favorite stories came to life. To be mentioned that some of these places offer guided tours where fans can hear a lot of details on how the movie was filmed and discover more about their beloved franchises and characters. Here are three places that you need to visit if you are a sci-fi fan:
Matamata, New Zealand
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Without a doubt, all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies fans will recognize this beautiful place. Peter Jackson is a proud New Zealander, so it’s no surprise for anyone that he decided to use his homeland as the setting for the famous movies. A good news is that fans of the fantasy classics have the opportunity to visit many of these locations, for example the Hobbiton, placed in a tiny town named Matamata.
Death Valley, USA
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As we know, Star Wars loves desert landscapes, which means that the Death Valley was a perfect location to shoot some scenes. This beautiful place provided a stand-in for Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in episodes IV-VI. However, this place could also be visited by non-Star Wars fans, because it provides many alternative activities, being the largest national park outside Alaska. This means that tourists can practice hiking or other activities here.
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Cardiff is known as being the capital of Wales and also for offering a distinct culture. Tourists who decide to visit this beautiful place will have the opportunity to learn the Celtic culture and visit ancient castles. However, Cardiff is also recognized as being the home of Doctor Who, the classic sci-fi series. Fans of Doctor Who will have the chance to take a tour of filming locations and even see the artifacts and props from the show in the “Doctor Who Experience.”
These interesting attractions are a good chance for sci-fi lovers to discover a new world, a world that they loved in their favorite movies. What is your favorite movie?