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Top Road Trips for Movie Buffs

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If you love movies and going on a road trip, then the USA is the best place to visit since many famous films have been shot across this beautiful country. To make your trip more memorable, we have created two road trip routes for movie buffs. Book a car rental at VroomVroomVroom, grab your camera, and take a selfie in these popular movie locations.

New York to Washington D.C. Movie Road Trip

The Big Apple is definitely a movie buff paradise. Did you know that Central Park was featured in more than 200 films in the past 20 years? Start your road trip in New York and explore the wonderful movie locations along the way until you reach the film sites in Washington D.C.

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New York

  • If you love classic films, then make sure to visit Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue where a scene from Audrey Hepburn's iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's was shot.
  • Reenact the giant piano scene that was made famous by Tom Hanks in the 80s film Big with your pal. It took place at the FAO Schwarz toy store on Fifth Avenue.
  • The firehouse where the Ghostbusters team was formed is a real firehouse in New York. It is called Hook & Ladder Company 8 located at 14 North Moore Street.


  • Listening to "Eye of the Tiger" when you get to Philadelphia Museum of Art would make you feel like Rocky.
  • Haley Joel Osment's character first saw dead people at 2302 St. Alban's Place in the supernatural thriller Sixth Sense.


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  • Ricki Lake who plays Tracy in the 1988 dance comedy film Hairspray studies at Mergenthaler Vocational High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Grab your video camera and reenact some scenes from the indie film Blair Witch Project at Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County in Maryland.

Washington D.C.

  • One of the scariest films of all time, The Exorcist, was set in Georgetown. You can find the home where the demonic possession happened at 3600 Prospect Street Northwest.
  • Forrest Gump was filmed in various locations, but there was a scene in the movie wherein the lead character waded into the pool to be with his childhood sweetheart. That pool was the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Directions: Start your road trip by renting a car in New York or at JFK. You can take the I-95 S route to get to Philadelphia which will only take an hour and a half. From Philly, it will only take less than an hour to reach Baltimore, Maryland. Take a short drive to Montgomery County before wrapping up your movie road trip in Washington D.C.

Los Angeles to Las Vegas Movie Road Trip

Called the City of Stars, L.A. is not only the home of celebrities, it is also a popular filming location because of its glitz and glamour. Another city that has been featured in numerous movies is Las Vegas and this is where all the crazy things happen.

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Los Angeles

  • Put on your dancing shoes, grab your partner, and dance the night away like Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land. This romantic scene was filmed at Griffith Park.
  • If you want to find your Richard Gere, then strut your stuff at Rodeo Drive like Julia Roberts in the blockbuster movie Pretty Woman.
  • They filmed the scene where John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sang “Summer Lovin'” in the movie Grease at the bleachers and cafeteria of Venice High School.

San Diego

  • Show your cheerleading moves at the San Diego State University where Kristen Dunst's teen flick Bring It On was filmed.
  • If you are a fan of Tom Cruise, then make sure to drop by Kansas City Barbeque, which they claim to be the home of Top Gun's bar scenes.


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  • Star Wars fans should definitely make a stop at the sand dunes around Yuma where Episode VI Return of the Jedi was filmed.
  • It is given that Nicholas Cage's Raising Arizona was shot in Arizona and the Short Stop store is still standing but is now called Circle K.
  • The 45-mile long lake in Lake Havasu City was the scene of all mayhem in the horror film Piranha 3D.

Las Vegas

  • Ocean's Eleven, which starred Brad Pitt and George Clooney, was set in Las Vegas. The casino scenes were filmed at the Bellagio, but some movie sets were created, including the vault and suite.
  • The comedy flick The Hangover was filmed in Las Vegas, but most scenes were shot at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino since that's where the four buddies stayed during their pal's stag party.

Directions: Start your movie tour in Los Angeles before taking a 2-hour drive to San Diego. From SDSU, take the I-8 route to reach Yuma then go on a 3-hour drive to reach Happy Valley. Go on another 3 and a half drive to reach Lake Havasu City before ending your movie tour in Las Vegas.

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