The world is filled with beautiful places that can’t be recreated in a film studio — see James Bond, Jason Bourne, and anything set in Hawaii. Nowadays, the 50th state counts so many film credits that it’s come to be known as called “Hollywood’s tropical back lot.”
Many of these places remain closely entwined with their namesake production, including #8 and #3, both of which saw a resulting boom in TV/film tours. Others, like #1, were less recognizable, and even today still suprises tourist who might not be aware of its blockbuster bona fides. Regardless, none of these places requires Hollywood credentials to visit, which makes them a fun way to celebrate your favorite TV show or film!
10. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider might have been a box office flop, but the video-game-turned-film’s poor showing had nothing to do with its stunning location on site at the stunning 12th century temple complex that once served as the capital of Cambodia’s Khmer empire. (If anything, the scenery really helped drive the plot along).
The sprawling 402-acre complex actually got its start as a Hindu place of worship, though the sprawling complex had become decidedly Buddhist as more and more temples were folded into the mix. And even if the official seat of power now officially lies with Phnom Penh, the UNESCO-protected site remains not just Cambodia’s main draw, but the world’s largest religious complex.