Make a scene at these places from your favorite films

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2016, file photo, Alex Carrillo Quito of Ecuador imitates the character Rocky Balboa from the 1976 movie "Rocky," on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Winter had trespassed into spring the day I visited Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria, where Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children sang and danced their way through “Do-Re-Mi.” Snowflakes stuck to my nose and eyelashes and also found their icy way down my neck.

Not that I cared. As a fan of “The Sound of Music” since forever, I was thrilled to skip in the footsteps of Maria & Co., snow and all.

Turns out visiting the setting of a much-loved movie is a popular pastime, from the bar of the Park Hyatt Tokyo (“Lost in Translation”) to New York’s Cafe Lalo (“You’ve Got Mail”).

You too can make a scene at these real-world locations connected to classic films and fan favorites.


This undated photo shows The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. The hotel is a favorite among fans of the movie "The Shining". The movie wasn't shot here, but author Stephen King was inspired to write the novel that the movie is based on after a stay here. (Grand Heritage Hotel Group via AP)

Even if you’ve never watched any of the “Rocky” movies (guilty), chances are you’re familiar with the stirring scene(s) where Sylvester Stallone bounds up the steps to Philadelphia’s Museum of Art. Run, walk or just amble your way up the 72 steps. Then turn around and enjoy the view of the city.


See props, costumes, sets and more at the Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesdon, north of London. “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter” is located next to the studios where the movies were filmed.

Other Potter places include King’s Cross Station in London, where officials have obligingly added a sign for the fictional “Platform 9-3/4” complete with a trolley embedded in a wall, and Leadenhall Market, which provided exteriors for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron in the first movie.

In Scotland, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is instantly recognizable as the bridge that carries the Hogwarts Express. The Jacobite Steam Train passes over the viaduct traveling from Fort William to Mallaig.

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2015, file photo, tourists take photos during a tour of the Hobbit movie set near Matamata, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)


The movie of Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining” wasn’t shot at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, but it was the inspiration for creepy Overlook Hotel. King and his wife were the sole guests at the Stanley shortly before a seasonal closing when King was visited by a nightmare that germinated into the ghoulish plot. The story involves an offseason caretaker who becomes a maniac after discovering the hotel’s secrets. Ghost tours are available and the hotel has installed a hedge maze (featured in the movie, not the book). The Stanley was used during filming of “The Shining” TV series and has been a location for the movie “Dumb and Dumber.”


Katz’s Delicatessen on New York’s Lower East Side makes a fine pastrami sandwich but a lot of folks show up here more interested in having “what she’s having.” This was the setting of the scene in which Meg Ryan’s character, Sally, demonstrates to Billy Crystal’s character, Harry, that he knows less about women than he thinks. Be prepared to pay $20 or more for a signature sandwich.


FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, the exterior of A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio is shown. (AP Photo/Jason Miller/AP Images for A Christmas Story House and Museum, File)

Middle-earth has been a high point for New Zealand tourism. Scores of tours take in the film’s stunning landscapes, from beautiful Lake Wakatipu in the South Island to the North Island’s Hobbiton, a former movie set for the Shire.


Anita Ekberg (“La Dolce Vita”) waded in it, evening gown and all. Audrey Hepburn (“Roman Holiday”) got her hair cut near it. And Dorothy McGuire (“Three Coins in the Fountain”) made a wish on it. We’re talking Trevi Fountain, a Rome must-see. Time your visit early or late; it’s crowded.


This noir classic starring Orson Welles as the amoral Harry Lime showed the gritty as well as the picturesque side of Vienna in the aftermath of World War II. There are tours in Lime’s footsteps and a Third Man Museum with film memorabilia. You can visit the giant ferris wheel (Riesenrad), where Lime and his former friend, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), meet in a showdown that still crackles with menace.

FILE - This Sept. 24, 2009, file photo, shows a visitor strolling through the Vienna sewer during a guided tour. Six decades after "The Third Man" was premiered in London in September of 1949, tourists from around the world pound the Austrian capital's pavements, and even slip into its sewers, to see where the much-acclaimed motion picture was set. (AP Photo/Lilli Strauss, File)

FILE - In this March 1, 2012, file photo, a model of Hogwarts castle from the Harry Potter film series is unveiled at the Warner Bros Studio Tour, Watford, London. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)

FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, tourists throw their coins in the Trevi Fountain in Rome. The fountain is featured in several movies. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

FILE - In this May 11, 2017, file photo, orders are ready to go out at Katz's Delicatessen in New York. The deli was featured in the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, people gather at the Griffith Observatory of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park to watch the super blue blood moon. The location is featured in several movies. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)