Still looking for a getaway this summer?You can do worse than take inspiration from the big screen
These days, the huge amount of money invested in Hollywood movies means that luxurious and exotic locations can be chosen as ideal filming locations.
From the beautiful countryside of the UK to the beaches of Southeast Asia, there are many different types of holiday hotspots you can head to and see where the biggest names in Hollywood once worked.
Movies like Mission: Impossible and The Lord of the Rings also have strong ties to certain locations
NationalWorld visits some of the resorts that have seen high-profile filming.
Peak District, Derbyshire
A big scene in the latest Mission: Impossible film (Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1) was filmed at the Derbyshire Quarry in the Peak District.
In 2021, the Dalton quarry in Stoney Middleton was filmed where a steam engine crashes off a cliff into the quarry.
The scene begins with Tom Cruise fighting a villain on top of a speeding train – but we wouldn’t expect anything different, would we?
The Peak District receives 13 million visitors a year.
Since its release in the early 2000s, The Lord of the Rings has become synonymous with New Zealand. So much so that there are tour groups taking you around certain filming locations.
In fact, the three films used more than 150 locations. Matama is perhaps the most famous location, as it became the Shire in the film, and remains the only scene still in existence.
Mount Nauruhoe, which became Mount Doom in the film, is located within Tongariro National Park, where Maude is portrayed.
Putangirua Pinnacles was another filming location in the film.
Beautiful regions of Thailand, like Koh Phi Phi, have always been popular with tourists, and perhaps even more so after movie buffs see the film on the big screen.
Danny Boyle’s famous 2000 movie “The Beach” was filmed here, as was a young Leonardo DiCaprio.
This movie made a small bay on the west side of Phi Phi Island famous all over the world.
The James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” was also filmed partly on the beach of Phang Nga Bay, Thailand.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was also filmed in Thailand, and the limestone cliffs and vegetation of Krabi province were used to represent Kashik.
If you’re part of a friendship group hungover and craving a trip to Vegas, don’t worry, because you’re certainly not alone!
Visits to Caesars Palace and other epic Vegas landmarks add to the city’s allure that visitors need to see for themselves.
Ocean’s Eleven is also set in Las Vegas.
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Caribbean is rightfully considered paradise by many.
Considering where the movie was shot, it was of course the main location for Pirates of the Caribbean. The crew seemed to really like filming locations around St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while locations in St. Lucia and the remote Tobago archipelago were also popular.
But it’s not the only notable movie shot on the Caribbean islands.
James Bond’s infamous crocodile stunt in “Live or Die” was also filmed here. Here, Bond (actually stuntman Ross Katanga) encounters many crocodiles in the water to escape.
Not only was the scene real, but it was performed by a stuntman whose father is believed to have been eaten by a crocodile, and Katanga took five attempts to pull off the maneuver in Trelawney, Jamaica, and required more than 190 stitches afterwards.
Another Mission Impossible entry is here. A scene from Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol shows Tom Cruise climbing a 830-meter-tall building.
This building is the Burj Khalifa – one of the biggest tourist attractions in Dubai and the tallest building in the world.
No matter who is doing it, this stunt is not for the faint of heart. But it sure looks even more impressive on camera when you realize Tom Cruise actually did it himself!