Lights, Camera, Attraction: America’s Magical Filming Locations

Coming to the cinema is don’t worry darling stars Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh in a psychological thriller set in the beautiful setting of Palm Springs, California.

It shows blue skies, modernist architecture and quintessential palm trees.

Swap the cinema for faraway travels and visit these cinematic destinations that have been the true star of new releases and iconic films.

From Seattle to Colorado, these filming locations will inspire, entertain and encourage travelers to step into their own movie.

New releases

Don’t Worry Honey – Greater Palm Springs

Screening September 23, see the recognizable rows of palm trees and mid-century modern architecture on screen in don’t worry darling. Greater Palm Springs will be the utopian backdrop for the psychological thriller directed by Olivia Wilde, starring Wilde, Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine. One of the most famous locations in Greater Palm Springs featured in the film will be the Kaufmann House, an example of desert modernism at its finest. www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com

old favorites

10 Things I Hate About You – Seattle, Washington

With Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the late Heath Ledger, 10 things i hate about you is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare Tame the shrew which became a cult teen romantic comedy. Much of the film was shot in Seattle; location highlights include Kerry Park in Queen Anne, Lake Union, and the Fremont Troll. Stadium Tacoma High School, just outside Seattle, was also used as the fictional Padua High School. www.visitseattle.org

Dumb & Dumber – Colorado

classic comedy Stupid and dumber starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels follows best friends Lloyd and Harry as they attempt to return a lost briefcase filled with cash. The film was filmed and set in Colorado in locations including Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. www.colorado.com

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Mammoth Lakes & Mountain, California

The scenery of the Eastern Sierra is spectacular, making it the perfect backdrop for blockbuster movies. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was filmed on Mammoth Mountain; viewers can watch Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw escape death by escaping from a crashing plane and sliding down the snowy face of the mountain. Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas have also hosted many westerns, including John Wayne’s film North to Alaska and Ride the High Country with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. www.visitmammoth.com

High Noon – Tuolumne County, California

american western high noon is considered a classic of the genre and is praised for its intricate exploration of morality, integrity, and duty. The film stars Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper, the latter of whom won an Oscar. The film was shot at Railtown 1987 State Historic Park, known as “The Movie Railroad” for its history and prevalence in American cinematic history since 1919. www.visittuolumne.com

Iconic places

Ladybug – Sacramento, CA

Winner of two Golden Globes Ladybug pays homage to director Greta Gerwig’s hometown of Sacramento. The comedy-drama, which is set and filmed in Sacramento, follows the life of confused teenager Christine (“Ladybird”) as she struggles through her senior year of Catholic high school. Director Greta Gerwig shines the spotlight on California’s oft-overlooked capital. www.visitsacramento.com

Free Solo – Yosemite Mariposa County, CA

National Geographic documentary film Free Solo is a breathtaking, often harrowing portrait of free solo climber, Alex Honnold, as he prepares to realize his lifelong dream of scaling the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,000-foot El Capitan in the Yosemite National Park – Ropeless. Documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin spent months observing Honnold as he mentally and physically prepared for the climb. www.yosemite.com

La La Land – Los Angeles, California

The Earth, the 2016 romantic musical was filmed entirely in the City of Angels and is a tribute to the entertainment capital of the world. The film is full of references to old Hollywood glamor and some of the most popular films of all time such as Sing in the rain and The Young Girls of Rochefort. Filmed in 48 locations in just 42 days, some of the film’s most recognizable locations are worth visiting, including Warner Brothers Studios, Rialto Theatre, Griffith Observatory and Grand Central Market. visitcalifornia.com

Almost Famous – Andaz, West Hollywood, CA

Kate Hudson’s flagship film, almost known is a much-loved comedy-drama full of rock ‘n’ roll history. With West Hollywood’s iconic musical history and famous bars, the film shows what is now Andaz West Hollywood as the Continental Hyatt House. The hotel was dubbed the “Riot House” at the time, as its proximity to clubs such as Whiskey a Go Go made it popular with touring bands. www.visitwesthollywood.com

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Keith P. Plain