Summer is nearly upon us, and for some, that means summer vacation. For others, it means remembering when you used to have summer vacation. Either way, summer is a time when we would like to take a break and hopefully travel. You have worked hard this year, endured snowstorms and rainy days, and still went to work like a pro. The last thing you want to do now is walk to work sweating in the scorching heat, when you could use some precious vacation days to lie on a beach and glisten.
Some of us are more ambitious. We’re tired of the same old summer vacations. Tired of trips to the lake house, lying on a crowded beach, or hiking up the same old mountain. We want something new. Some excitement. Maybe we just want a little fantasy. Before you book a flight, check out 12 Fictional Movie Locations We’d Love to Visit.
Pandora is the beautiful moon setting for 2009’s Avatar. Pandora is known for its tropical rainforests, floating mountains, and tall blue indigenous humanoids known as Na’vi. For humans, Pandora is a desirable location due to its most valuable resource – unobtanium. It’s very difficult to obtain.
But for the less greedy, Pandora can be enjoyed for its majestic views, diverse species, and unique ecosystem which serves as one large neural network. One of Pandora’s most scenic attractions is the Hallelujah Mountains. They are rich in unobtanium, allowing them to float suspended in air, creating a magnificent view for anyone lucky enough to make it up there.
On Pandora there is something for everyone. You can enjoy a lovely stroll through the forest, or decide to take a rest among the tropics. Just be careful which trees you decide to disturb–the locals tend to view them as sacred.
Coruscant is a planet in the Star Wars universe, appearing for the first time on screen in the 1997 Special Edition of Return of the Jedi. Coruscant is unique in that it is an ecumenopolis – a city that covers an entire planet. Coruscant serves as a major location in the Star Wars prequel trilogy where it was home to the Jedi Temple and Jedi Archives. Both would make for a great tour–though perhaps a depressing one, considering the Great Jedi Purge.
Coruscant would be a wonderful destination for anyone fond of large metropolises such as New York City, Los Angeles, or London. There is no city on Earth that can boast covering the entire planet like Coruscant. Unfortunately, the fate of Coruscant is left somewhat ambiguous after the events of current domestic box office champ, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We may have to wait until Star Wars: Episode VIII before we know for sure whether Coruscant was destroyed by the First Order’s massive Starkiller.
When it comes to taking extravagant vacations, it is fair to assume we all have different tastes. Perhaps we are looking for more of a good time than history and views. For most of us, that would mean an ill-advised trip to Las Vegas. But that can get a bit old. So if you want to travel just a bit further – say, to the edge of the universe – we suggest taking a trip to Knowhere.
Knowhere is located within the severed head of a deceased (obviously) Celestial and was featured in the box office smash, Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord and the team travel to Knowhere in hopes of selling the orb to The Collector, Taneleer Tivan (played by Benicio Del Toro), whose Tivan Corporation is mining the head for valuable resources to sell on the black market.
The Collector has a tendency to keep his clients waiting, so Drax, Rocket, and Groot decide to take in the sights–which means gambling while incredibly intoxicated. So maybe it is just like Vegas, but with clientele unlike any you’ve seen before.
Elysium was Neill Blomkamp’s second feature after District 9. While Elysium wasn’t quite the critical darling as District 9, it still brought in nearly $300 million in worldwide box office receipts, and puts Blomkamp’s latest outing, Chappie, to shame. For those that don’t know, Elysium, takes place in the mid 22nd century, when Earth has become overly populated and polluted.
To avoid the unpleasantness on Earth, the wealthy have primarily relocated to a giant space habitat orbiting the planet. Elysium is known as the desired destination for all still living on Earth. The habitat is home to incredibly advanced technology that can cure the sick and even regenerate live tissue. For this reason, Elysium is the ideal spa destination for anyone looking to reverse the aging process – cucumber face cream has nothing on a Med-Bay.
8. The Shire
For those of us that are looking for a quiet trip to a peaceful location, look no further than The Shire. The Shire is known to most as the home of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Shire is largely seen as a peaceful location–other than the ramifications of Bilbo Baggins returning home with the One Ring.
The Shire is a perfect destination for anyone seeking tranquility, or just wanting to feel a bit taller. The locals can be quite friendly, your pipe will stay well-supplied, and if you’re lucky, Gandalf might be putting on an exiting fireworks show. You’ll be mostly safe as long as you avoid gold rings and stay away from any dark riders.
Atlantis is the underwater city home to Aquaman and the Atlanteans. Presumably, Atlantis will be featured, at least partially, in the in-production Justice League Part 1 movie, as well as the upcoming Aquaman standalone feature. However, Aquaman’s home has a long history, and thus has been seen in several of DC’s animated productions. Most recently, it was featured in the DC animated movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
Atlantis is well known for being home to one of the earliest and most advanced cultural societies in the DC universe’s Earth. As such, it would be an ideal vacation spot for anyone interested in history, technology, or unconventional ecosystems.
Being located under the sea, gives the inhabitants of Atlantis a unique perspective on marine life and allows them to interact with sea creatures we didn’t even know existed. Marine biologists should surely check this place out.
6. The Shared Dream
What if you’re looking for a bit of a trippy vacation experience? Maybe you believe the bounds of a vacation should be limited only by the imagination. Well, how about checking out the Shared Dream Universe from Inception. Inception was the highly ambitious, critical and box office hit by Christopher Nolan. Most of the movie takes place within the minds of the characters, where pretty much anything can happen.
The Shared Dream Universe can be home to bending realities, odd shifts in gravity, and death – though you usually will wake up. This is one of the more dangerous locations to visit, as depending on whose mind you are in, you could be attacked by armed projections of the host’s mind. If that happens, you’d better imagine yourself a way out.
While the Thor movies are thought of by many as the weakest link in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they do sport some of the coolest visuals – at least while they are in Asgard. This is exciting since news recently broke that the majority of Thor: Ragnarok will take place in space. The primary location in the Thor movies is Asgard, home to the Asgardians – though most importantly, Thor.
Located in another dimension, Asgard is difficult to visit–Jane Foster is the only human visitor in the movies. Basically, you have to know somebody. But if you can convince Thor to take you, or Heimdall to open the Bifrost, you’re in for quite the vacation. Not only will you see some great warriors, large buildings, and Anthony Hopkins wearing an eye patch (he plays Odin), a lucky few could take a tour of Odin’s Vault, home to some of the most powerful relics in the galaxy.
If you ask someone of a certain age where they’d like to visit if they could go anywhere, you’re likely to hear Hogwarts. As everyone probably knows, Hogwarts is where some of the greatest wizards – Harry Potter included – are schooled on, well, being wizards. While you now are able to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the lack of real wizards may be disappointing to the eager child.
Hogwarts has everything a child could want. Pictures come alive, you get your own pet (though Owl probably isn’t your child’s top pet choice, he/she wants a dog), and you can learn how to disarm Draco Malfoy with the flick of a wand. Parents, don’t fret, there is plenty for you to do as well. Hogwarts is home to massive feasts, magical sporting events, and a large library. There’s something for everyone – almost as if it serves the needs of the person entering it. Hm.
If you were one of the parents that did not hear Hogwarts when asking your children where they want to go, you very well could have heard them say Narnia. If you’ve ever found your child rummaging through a wardrobe, maybe even trying to break through the back of it, you know why. They were trying to go to Narnia. For the uninitiated, Narnia is known to most as the fantasy realm from the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. How do you get there? You go through a wardrobe.
2. Emerald City
The Emerald City is the capital of the Land of Oz, made popular in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Widely known for being the end of the yellow brick road, the Emerald City is quite the sight to behold. Built primarily out of green glass, the Emerald City can often be found under a rainbow. Like the rest of Oz, the Emerald City does sometimes have a witch problem, but nothing a little water can’t fix. The inhabitants of Emerald City are very pleasant, and tend to break into song – sort of like a flash mob at Grand Central. Bring your camera, and some ruby red slippers!
While audiences may not be flocking to Wonderland in the theaters, it still remains one of the most iconic fictional locations ever – and surely a desirable vacation spot. Wonderland was first popularized as the setting of Alice’s exploits in Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Wonderland was most recently seen in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, the latter released last weekend.
Another difficult location to find, Wonderland can be accessed through a rabbit hole. The inhabitants of Wonderland are perhaps its biggest draw. Several animated playing cards, The Hatter, and a rabbit with a propensity towards tardiness, call Wonderland home. The government can be a bit shaky with the Queen of Hearts tending to favor capital punishment, but never fear: she rarely seems to get her way.
Wonderland is the ideal destination for families and fans of tea parties.