Ten TV Shows And Movie Locations You Can Visit with Teens 

March 24, 2023

How many times has your teen told you that they want to travel to that movie location on vacation? I think more than you remember. As parents, we always look for opportunities to share time with our teenagers, and watching a good movie together is always a good idea. A great film can take us to beautiful places. It boosts liveliness and motivation. Most of us have thought about what it would be like to live in our favorite movie. Of course, you can’t jump into the world of a film, but you can go to the places where famous movies were shot.

Film productions tend to go to unusual and beautiful places when they leave the movie sets, like national parks and old hotels in cute towns. So, when you and your teens want to relive the romantic moments from Little Women or spend a relaxing family vacation at the real-life cabin rental shown in Avengers: Endgame, here is a list of movie locations you can visit and even stay at. And maybe these famous places where movies were shot are close enough to home to plan a fun road trip.

“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” — Amoudi Bay, Greece

This is a 2000s dramedy and one of the most fantastic girls’ vacation movies. The story is about four best friends who get a pair of pants that fits all of them wonderfully despite having different shapes and sizes. The first summer they are apart, they each promise to send the other that magic pair of jeans to stay in touch and help each other on their adventures.

The film goes between moments where one of the friends travels. Lena (Alexis Bledel) visits Santorini in Greece to see relatives and explore her ancestors’ homeland. Bridget (Blake Lively) flies to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to attend a soccer camp. Carmen (America Ferrera) eagerly boards a bus bound for South Carolina to spend time with her father, and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) remains home. Each gang member faces difficulties and connects their unusual experiences to the magic jeans.

The Greek Island of Santorini is the most attractive place in the film and a world-known destination that any teenager will enjoy, whether you’re looking for a culinary adventure, a watersport vacation, or a beautiful place to relax. If your teen loves adventure, you can go together to Amoudi Bay to see “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” cliff, where the Sisterhood stars jumped.

Ammoudi is a gorgeous bay and little port located 278 steps below Oia. The bay has superb seafood oceanfront restaurants. Famous tourist attractions in the bay are:

  • The top-rated sunset cruises.
  • Seeing the volcano.
  • Swimming in the hot springs.
  • Touring the caldera cliffs and beaches.

There are two options for how to reach the bay, a vertical but walkable staircase or you can take a taxi. You can watch this movie on HBO Max.

“Little Women” — Historic Sites in Massachusetts

If you and your teens love the new version of this classic drama, inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, start planning a trip to see the 2019 movie’s locations in Massachusetts. This recent version of Little Women, directed by actress and filmmaker Greta Gerwig features several lovely cottages and estates in the beautiful New England area. This movie stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Chris Cooper.

Visit Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, to experience a walk-through of Little Women, open year-round. It provides an unprecedented glimpse into Alcott’s life and the home where she set her story. Then you can see the staircase descended by the film’s young ladies in lovely dresses at the Prescott House on Boston’s Beacon Hill. Along with its neighbor, the Gibson House, it functioned as a backdrop for several interior and exterior locations. Also, to see Meg and John’s newlywed home, visit the Shaker Gallery, one of the buildings at Fruitlands in Harvard, Massachusetts. Finally, visit Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to experience where the movie’s beautiful beach scenes were shot. You can watch Little Women on Starz.

“Jurassic World” — Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch, on the island of Oahu, has become very well-known since “Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic World,” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” famous stampede scenes take place in this vast open area. The ranch has also become more well-known since it started offering different tours.

Movie fans can tour the Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, Hawaii, and see where many well-known movies were filmed. This beautiful place was also the location for the movie “Pearl Harbor.” It’s easy to see why this site is so popular with filmmakers; the Oahu scenery is stunning.

“Dear John” — Isle of Palms Pier 

The theme of love is always interesting for any teenager, and movies with stories like Dear John can become among their favorites. In this film, Channing Tatum plays John Tyree, a young soldier on leave who falls in love with Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), an aspiring college student, during her spring break. During the next seven challenging years, when John’s deployment gets more dangerous, the couple writes letters to each other and rarely sees each other in person.

The couple initially meets on the Isle of Palms fishing pier in South Carolina, a popular spot for visitors to take in the island’s landscape. This pier is now privately owned and fenced. When planning a vacation with your teenagers to Isle of Palms and intending to visit this spot, reserve one of the Sea Cabins or Oceanside Villas rental options. Visitors staying here have access to the pier.

“World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” — The Invisible House

One of the most remarkable properties featured in Netflix’s “World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” was The Invisible Home. The hosts, Jo Franco, Megan Batoon, and Luis D. Ortiz, as well as others watching, were taken aback. If you want to impress your teenagers, watch the show together and invite them to stay at this property.

Guests will view the world’s only desert estate and one of the most well-known residences. They will also have full access to all three bedrooms in the main house and the one bedroom in the detached casita. This magnificent 5,500-square-foot minimalist retreat is on 90 beautiful acres, the most extensive privately-owned property surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. You can book The Invisible House with Stay Fieldtrip.

“Armageddon” — Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida, near Orlando and Daytona Beach, served as the backdrop for the 1997 movie Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton. An asteroid on a collision course with Earth, threatening to hit our planet and imperil all life, is the subject of this Michael Bay movie.

All tourists may find several attractions at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. They provide itineraries depending on the category that suits your requirements, including those for adult couples, families with young children, and large travel groups. While multi-day visits are advised, they also provide one-day itineraries.

“Twilight” — Bella Swan’s House

In the movie “Twilight,” Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a high school girl who moves from the bright state of Arizona to the dreary state of Washington, meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a mysterious young man whose eyes seem to see straight through her soul. Instead of being scared of Edward since his family does not eat blood, Bella begins a problematic connection with her enduring soul mate.

The real home of Bella Swan in St. Helens, Oregon, is now available for rent on Airbnb. It is called Twilight Swan House and has five bedrooms. Therefore, now is your chance to stay in this lovely property, one of the numerous “Twilight” filming sites in Oregon, if you wish to sleep in Bella’s bedroom. You can watch “Twilight” on Showtime.

The Summer I Turned Pretty” — Wrightsville Beach

Based on Jenny Han’s book of the same name, the Prime Video series The Summer I Turned Pretty stars Lola Tung as Belly Conklin, who is caught in a love triangle with her two best friends from childhood, Conrad (Christopher Briney) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno).

Cousins Beach is a fictional town that becomes one of the show’s protagonists, transports its viewers to beautiful settings facing the sea, and makes many want to start planning a trip to the beach. Han noted in an interview with Prime Video that the real-life locations of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons, and Nags Head inspired her made-up Cousins Beach. The series was shot on location in and around Wilmington, North Carolina.

Fans won’t be able to go to Cousins Beach, but they can travel to the Cape Fear region and Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, stunning spots and filming locations for the show. You can create lasting memories without lacking family-friendly activities in Wrightsville Beach. There is something to see and do for every member of the family. Teens can learn to catch a wave and view sea life up close. Book paddleboard and surf lessons on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway or explore the island’s salt marshes on a kayak.

Watch The Summer I Turned Pretty on Amazon Prime Video.

“The Shining” — The Stanley Hotel

This film is a must-see for teenagers who enjoy classic horror films. “The Shining” narrates the tale of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), who becomes a winter caretaker at Colorado’s secluded Overlook Hotel to alleviate writer’s block. Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd), who has psychic paranormal experiences, move in with him. However, as Jack’s effort fails and Danny’s visions deteriorate, he discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and becomes a violent maniac bent on tormenting his family.

This horror film was shot at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Because of the film’s popularity, The Stanley Hotel Campus has established The Shining Tour, a walking tour across the west side of the hotel. This tour includes a stop in The Shining Suite, the re-created bathroom, and a look at one of the Axes used in the production of “The Shining.”

In addition to this exhilarating experience, while arranging a vacation in Estes Park, you can also enjoy a magnificent mountain town near the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park that provides plenty of entertainment and enables you to explore the alpine terrain in every season.

“Avengers: Endgame” — Tony Stark’s Cabin

Tony Stark’s Cabin may be rented by people who have always wished to live a Marvel-style adventure. In the film Avengers: Endgame, fans may recognize Tony Stark’s (Iron Man) house on a Georgia lake in the United States. This three-bedroom cottage is on the isolated Bouckaert Farm property, where visitors may relax on the porch, fish in the lake, and trek in the woods—Reserve Tony Stark’s Cabin on Airbnb.

You can watch Avengers: Endgame on Disney+.

Travel To Beautiful Locations You Saw In A Movie 

If you always want to go to a new place after seeing it in a movie, the good news is that these famous shooting locations remain and are open to the general public. And another tremendous advantage is that whether these movie locations are in a town in the mountains, in a big city, or on the beach, you can always make your visit a fun vacation full of teen-friendly things to do. So if you want a real-life experience similar to what you have seen on the big screen, pack your bags and head to one or more of these well-known filming sites.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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