The Guide to Summer Movie Travel

Ever wonder if you can hit the same lake in North Carolina where Baby Houseman found summer love in “Dirty Dancing?” Or visit the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where vacationers were but shark bait in “Jaws?” Look no further than Pinterest’s Guide to Summer Movie Travel, an expansive mix of summer-themed cinema as well as films that were hits during past summer movie seasons.

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The Guide to Summer Movie Travel

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“Breaking Away,” Bloomington, Ind. The movie about “cutters” who finally overcome summer boredom (and finally best the snooty college kids) was set as well as shot around Bloomington, Ind., home to Indiana University. Along with scenes filmed around town and at a nearby quarry (which is closed to the public), the 1979 summer release that helped launch the career of Dennis Quaid also includes numerous I.U. locations.

City of Bloomington

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Cleveland, Ohio Yes, many key scenes are from D.C., including shots along the Potomac River and around the Reflecting Pool by the Lincoln Memorial. But the Captain America sequel also had the Cleveland Museum of Art double as the headquarters for the baddie-busting law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. The glass-roofed lobby is in fact the atrium of the museum in Cleveland’s University Circle District.

City of Cleveland

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“Maleficent,” Petworth Park, West Sussex, UK Though much of the current Angelina Jolie hit was shot on film sets, some key exterior shots were filmed in Petworth Park in West Sussex, which subs for Maleficent Moors in the movie. The park was designed in 1700s by renowned landscape architect Capability Brown.

Petworth House

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) “22 Jump Street,” New Orleans One of the biggest hits of this summer is the latest movie to use the Crescent City as a backdrop. But unlike, say, “Live and Let Die” or “12 Years a Slave,” this comedy features such New Orleans landmarks as the Crescent City Connection bridge, which spans the Mississippi River. Also caught on camera is the NOLA skyline.

City of New Orleans

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Though there are numerous locations around the Big Apple where we saw Bill Murray and his ghost-catching compadres, such as the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, perhaps the coolest “Ghostbusters” hotspot is the working fire station that serves as headquarters for 8 Hook and Ladder, 14 North Moore St., off West Broadway in the Tribeca area. The Ghostbusters badge is even on the sidewalk in front of the firehouse.

Hook & Ladder No. 8

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“Midnight in Paris,” Paris, France The 2011 Woody Allen summer comedy offers a relatively easy search for travelers interested in retracing the steps of Owen Wilson’s character through the Belle Époque and Lost Generation hotspots. Try hitting the Pont Alexandre III, regarded as the most beautiful bridge in Paris, Chateau de Versailles, or the Musée Rodin.


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“Notting Hill,” Notting Hill, London, UK Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts play metaphorical footsies in the Portobello Road street market in the Notting Hill – while numerous locations in the ‘hood, from the Coronet Cinema to the Saints Tattoo Parlor, make their way into the movie.

Notting Hill

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“Dirty Dancing,” Lake Lure, N.C. Another iconic summer release, this movie was shot in numerous locations in North Carolina and Virginia. Featured prominently is Lake Lure, N.C. (and nearby Lure Woods), which was included in scenes edited to appear as though the area was next to Mountain Lake Hotel near Roanoke, Virginia.

Lake Lure, NC

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“Godzilla,” Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Calif. Though the summer 2014 redux of the Japanese monster flick features the destruction of the famous art deco bridge, this structure is one of the most widely filmed in movies, having appeared in scores of feature films, including “Vertigo,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Interview With a Vampire,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Pacific Rim,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Birds” and “The Maltese Falcon.”

Golden Gate Bridge

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“National Lampoon’s Vacation,” Valencia, Calif. With scenes set everywhere from Sedona, Ariz., to a blighted section of Chicago, the movie’s climax takes place in that summer fave for Southern California amusement aficionados: Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

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“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Chicago, Ill. The Matthew Broderick classic is big, loving homage to the Windy City, with some of the most popular attractions crammed into the film, including Wrigley Field. Also featured in this 1986 summer hit is the Art Institute of Chicago, on South Michigan Avenue, where Ferris steals a smooch from his girlfriend, with Marc Chagall’s stained glass masterpiece “America Windows” in the background.

The Art Institute of Chicago

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“Forrest Gump,” Savannah, Ga. The Tom Hanks film is a virtual travelogue, having been shot around the U.S. However, some of the movie’s most memorable scenes were largely filmed around Beaufort, S.C., while the most famous – where Forrest delivers his “life is like a box of chocolates” monologue – was shot on a bench on the north side of Chippewa Square in Savannah, Ga.

Chippewa Square

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“Jurassic Park,” Kauai, Hawaii “Jurassic Park” locations abound on this Hawaiian island, with many local businesses exploiting the association with the Steven Spielberg movie. However, the most striking exterior shot from the movie might well be that of the Na Pali Coast of Kauai, Hawaii, which doubled for the coast of Isla Nublar in the 1993 summer hit.

Na Pali Coast

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“Stand By Me,” McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Calif. Perhaps the greatest what-I-did-last-summer-movies of all time was shot at numerous locations in two states. One of the most memorable scenes, a harrowing moment that takes place on a train trestle, was filmed along the McCloud River Railroad near McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park east of Redding, Calif.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

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“American Graffiti,” Petaluma, Calif. Before he did “Star Wars,” George Lucas recaptured the bliss and heartbreak (with the help of a young Harrison Ford) in this snapshot of small town life. Though set in Lucas’ native Modesto, Calif., much was filmed in Petaluma, Calif., with key scenes shot along Petaluma Boulevard near Western Avenue.

Mystic Theater

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“Meatballs,” Haliburton, Canada The ultimate summer camp comedy, which helped make Bill Murray a star, was filmed at several real summer camps, including Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.

Camp White Pine - Camp North Star

“Dazed and Confused,” Austin, Texas This coming-of-age period piece that immortalized the phrase “party at the moon tower” was shot in Texas, mainly in the Austin area. The moon tower in the film is in Zilker Park. And if you want to retrace the steps the high schoolers giving their alma mater a send off, go no further than Austin’s Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, where many of the kegger scenes were shot.

Bedichek Middle School

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“The Dark Knight Returns,” Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, UK The final chapter in Christian Bale’s Batman trilogy of films featured the genuine Tudor mansion of Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, in the English Midlands subbing for stately Wayne Manor.

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

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“The Shining,” Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Ore. Contrary to popular belief, the exterior shots of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel were filmed in this august hotel about 50 miles outside of Portland, Ore. – not at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. The perfect place where to imagine being chased by an ax-wielding Jack Nicholson.

Mount Hood

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"Jaws" - The movie that made summer revelers afraid to go in the water was set on the fictitious Amity Island. “Jaws” was actually filmed on numerous locations around Martha’s Vineyard, the popular island vacation destination off the coast of Massachusetts.

Oak Bluffs

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