For most travelers, stepping into the magical world of a favorite show or film is a bonus to any getaway. What’s more, it’s one of the easiest ways to make memories that will last a lifetime and take fandomness to the next level. Some diehard fans will even plan an entire vacation around their favorite flick, series, or book—and we’re here for it.
From filming locations and fascinating tours to destinations that were forever changed because of a single storyline or plot, the world is truly a fangirl’s or boy’s oyster. That said, here are ten perfect places to visit inspired by fandom travel.
10/10 England, UK — Harry Potter
All Potter fans know where the films were made, and the books were written. With just a short trip across the pond, Harry Potter fans can be transported to the magical world of wizardry.
But that’s not all; Other must-see Potter locations include Bodleian Library and Christ Church College in Oxford, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, and Leadenhall Market in London, to name a few.
9/10 England, UK — Downton Abbey
Not too far away from all the wizardry of the world, Downton Abbey fans can delight in the British countryside. Thus, England is another excellent destination for Downton Abbey show and film enthusiasts, history buffs, and castle aficionados.
Here, fans can take self-guided, private, or group tours of Highclere and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea along the way.
8/10 Northern Ireland — Game Of Thrones
GOT and the House of the Dragon continue to captivate audiences around the globe. The series and later spinoff were filmed in various locations throughout much of Europe. However, Ireland is the place to be for those who want to fan girl or boy out in over 25 filming locations.
The must-see sites in Ireland include Inch Abbey, Tollymore Forest Park, the Glens of Antrim, Castle Ward (Winterfell), Slemish Mountain (Dothraki Sea), Cushendun Caves, and the Toome Canal.
While in the area, GOT fans should also make it a point to check out The Dark Hedges (the eerie-looking road from King’s Landing), Ballintoy Harbour, and Murlough Bay.
7/10 San Francisco, California — Full House
Who didn’t grow up watching Full House? Diehard fans and the majority of ’90s babies still carry quite the torch for this show. Many were even overjoyed with the Netflix reboot Fuller House.
Besides standard fandom tours, San Fran visitors can pop over to the colorful row of houses, also known as the Painted Ladies.
These stunning Victorian homes are iconic, to say the least. Full House fans can even enjoy a lovely day at Alamo Square, which is the famous lawn in front of the Painted Ladies.
6/10 Bangor, Maine — Stephen King’s It & More
On the other side of the US, Stephen King fans can marvel at the town that started it all—Bangor, Maine.
Whether you’re a fan of Pet Semetary, It, Night Shift, or just love all things Stephen King, Bangor has got you covered. Here, visitors can check out King’s actual house, see the areas of town that inspired the fictional town of Derry, and more.
Since millions of fans come to Bangor every year, especially during spooky season, there’s never a shortage of tours or exciting things to check out at this destination.
5/10 New Zealand — The Hobbit
A trip to New Zealand is definitely in order for any fandom wanderluster that wants to experience J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world, also known as Middle Earth (brought to life on screen by Director Peter Jackson).
With lush landscapes, the actual set of Hobbiton, and other must-see spots that will delight your inner child beyond measure, there’s really no reason not to check out this stunning place.
In fact, there are rumored to be over 150 LOTR locations to appreciate in New Zealand. For anyone who’s ever wanted to visit Middle Earth and more, the true home of Lord of the Rings is the place to be.
4/10 Edinburgh, Scotland — Outlander
Back over in the UK, Outlander lovers can check out multiple filming locations throughout Scotland. There are private, small, group, and multi-day tours available.
Plus, if you always wanted to stare up at the same hotel window that Jamie did in the first episode, you absolutely can. From castles and clan tours to Lallybroch itself, Outlander fans will feel like they’ve touched the stones at Craigh Na Dun and fallen through time.
Though it is worth noting that the actual stones (The Callanish standing stones, or Calanais) are located elsewhere on one of the many isles of Scotland—the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides archipelago, to be exact.
3/10 Astoria, Oregon — The Goonies
If you’ve never seen The Goonies, chances are you’ve been living under a rock. This cult classic has a serious following, and since it was filmed in Astoria, Oregon, it only makes sense to check out this slice of ’80s film memorabilia.
Here, fans of The Goonies can enjoy, pretty much, all of the must-see film locations for this movie.
This includes the famous home of Mikey and Brand on 38th Street, Haystack Rock, Ecola State Park, and Cannon Beach—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg here.
2/10 Atlanta, Georgia —The Walking Dead
Walking Dead fans can come on down to Atlanta, Georgia, and marvel at all the various film locations that have been the Apocalyptic backdrop for this popular show for over 11 seasons now.
And even though this long-running series is coming to a close, the several spinoffs should keep your hunger pains at bay. With more than a few tours available, visitors can join the herd and stagger by all the places where Rick and the gang once lived.
An added bonus here is Zombieland was also filmed in Atlanta, so to make it a zombie affair to remember, then why not go all out and book multiple tours?
Just make sure to take notes in case the end of the world as we know it is actually near.
1/10 Kauai, Hawaii — Jurassic Park
Finally, Jurassic Park fans looking to soak up the sun, catch some waves, and roam through a lush area that feels as prehistoric as it gets are in for a real treat in Kauai. Both Director Steven Spielberg and Jurassic Park need no introduction.
Many of this movie’s iconic scenes were filmed on Kauai, which means this island is brimming with must-see locations—all of which fans can see via helicopter.
Plus, more than a few other iconic films were made in this breathtaking fandom destination—so pack those bags and come check out this literal paradise.