Hollywood knows how to pick a location for outdoor adventures, and several films have the audience thinking “I wish I could go there.” We looked at some of the top grossing films of last year and picked a few that had drool worthy exploration. Take a look:


James Bond films aren’t afraid to pick stellar scenery for stunts. In the beginning of the film, SkyFall features Bond going in and out of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar filled with market stalls. In the dangerous train scene, the filmmakers chose the Varda Bridge outside of Adana, Turkey. If you want to take a trip to the secluded mountains in Glencoe, Scotland, Bond was also featured there.


For a hike around middle earth, The Hobbit filmmakers chose numerous majestic locations. For unbeatable mountains to climb and hike, The Hobbit featured Earnslaw Burn, a valley in Glenorchy, New Zealand with waterfalls and melting glaciers. For crystal-clear waters and white rocks, the movie showcased the Pelorus River in New Zealand that could be perfect for kayaking.


When a director claims that one of his locations is the most beautiful places he’s been too, we’re intrigued. In this prequel, the movie ends near El Nido, Palawan. The cliffs, white sand beaches, waterfalls and caves made this island in the Phillipines also a pit stop on the show The Amazing Race. The island offers diving and snorkeling.

**Snow White and the Huntsman

For dramatic landscapes and seascapes, this film took us to Wales. If you want wild beaches, Wales is top notch. Because the location is popular, filming the movie here proved challenging. After a bit of research, it seems the best times to consider some R&R; would be June or September.


The majority of Safe House was filmed in Washington D.C., but we were intrigued with the beginning of the film in South Africa. The film kick starts in Cape Town where plenty of people can choose a number of adventures to pursue. Here, people can surf, paraglide, hike and even go shark cage diving. Although we love a good action packed movie, we imagine the audience would love to take a trip to the filming location more. Tell us if you’ve had the pleasure of visiting any of these locations or other hot spots for major films. Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5

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