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7 Great Film Locations To Visit (PHOTOS)

Posted: 01/16/12 08:00 AM ET

Movies and travel can both be about escaping from our everyday reality, as we step - literally or figuratively - into a foreign landscape and pretend that our daily responsibilities don't exist. Whether we walk out of a darkened theater or off an airplane back into real life, we can choose to think of those departures as temporary or we can treat them as springboards for further adventures.

While movies can instantly transport us to mythical lands to far off islands and from futuristic cities to places yet to be discovered, the journey doesn't have to end when the credits roll. There are plenty of actual locations around the globe that have served as movie locations - and, more importantly, that we can visit. Your own adventure may be less scripted than the film version, but of course in your adventure you've got the starring role.

Ready for your closeup? Here are some of the best movie locations around the world that you can visit.

7) Salzburg, Austria: The Sound of Music
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Always fancied running over a hilltop singing at the top of your lungs like Maria? Pictured yourself having a first kiss in a pavilion, riding around on a bike in Salzburg wearing a set of curtains or getting married to the Colonel in that beautiful cathedral? Then visit Salzburg, where the Rogers and Hammerstein musical starring Julie Andrews was filmed.

There are various tours and excursions, but Panorama Tours is the original - their buses were used by the film crew and the cast driven around in their limousines. You'll have the opportunity to visit Nonnberg Abbey where Maria was becoming a nun, Hellbrunn castle where the glass pavilion from the scene You Are Sixteen Going On Seventeen was reconstructed, Mondsee cathedral where Maria and the Baron got married, and Leopoldskron Castle, the front side of which was used for the Von Trapp family home.

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Photo credits: Thailand, The Beach by Argenberg, Salzburg, Austria by abhijeet.rane, Greece by Son of Groucho, Tokyo by Joi, Patagonia by Lisandro M. Enrique, New Zealand by alexindigo, Tunisia by Panegyrics of Granovetter

 

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