Forrest Gump. The Sound of Music. The Notebook. We’ve seen these movies so many times that we can quote them. Now it’s time to see where the filmmakers made the magic happen. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your favorite films, Southern and otherwise, with a movie location tour. These film tours will take you to the unforgettable locations of both tried-and-true classics and new favorites, and they offer options via bus, bike, or your own two feet. There are plenty of film tours around the South to keep you entertained, but there are also a few that are worth a longer trip (especially for fans of The Sound of Music), so read on.
Savannah Movie Tours
Picturesque Savannah, Georgia, has provided plenty of film locations over the years. Take a Savannah Movie Tour to see locations from Forrest Gump, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Longest Yard, Cape Fear, and The Last Song, to name just a few. Tours depart at 9 a.m and 3 p.m daily from Monday through Saturday Take the afternoon tour for a final stop at Leopold’s Ice Cream (a.k.a. a premium scoop and the highlight of your trip!).
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The Southern Hollywood Film Tour
Georgia’s film industry is booming. Plenty of your favorite films were shot in Georgia, so hop on the Southern Hollywood Film Tour in Peachtree City, Georgia, to visit film and television shooting locations. You’ll visit locations from classics like Fried Green Tomatoes, Sweet Home Alabama, Driving Miss Daisy, and most recently, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey and Renee Elise Goldsberry, of Hamilton fame.
New Orleans Movie Tours
Hop a 10-passenger van for a tour of New Orleans film locations on a New Orleans Movie Tour. You’ll see spots from films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, JFK, Easy Rider, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 21 Jump Street, The Pelican Brief, Twilight, and many others, plus a few television locations too.
On Location Charleston Movie Tour
Explore Charleston, South Carolina, for a tour of film sites in the city. Take the On Location Charleston Movie Tour to see locations from The Patriot, Cold Mountain, Dear John, and The Notebook. The tour lasts two and a half hours and will take you behind the scenes at some of the most memorable film locations set in the Lowcountry.
Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Tour
Take a Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Tour in New York City to see spots featured in You’ve Got Mail, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, North by Northwest, King Kong, Ghostbusters, and An Affair to Remember. Your sightseeing bus will criss-cross the city providing you with movie trivia along the way.
The Sound of Music Tour
If you’re in the market for an international trip, look no further than The Original Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg, Austria. There, you’ll explore the actual locations from the The Sound of Music, including Mirabell Gardens and the Pegasus Fountain, where Maria danced with the von Trapp children; Schloss Leopoldskron, the home where the von Trapps lived; and many more gorgeous settings you’ll remember from the classic film. The possibilities are endless: You can hop a bus, enjoy a guided tour of the von Trapp family home, follow Fraulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or even board a rickshaw tour for gorgeous sights and behind-the-scenes secrets.
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What favorite films would you like to tour? We’ll be re-watching The Sound of Music and, for the foreseeable future, daydreaming about a trip to Salzburg with Julie Andrews.