Over the span of two hours, a good movie can transport viewers not only to a different state of mind, but a completely different part of the world.
Just in time for the upcoming Academy Awards, here are five travel ideas inspired the locations of some of this year’s nominees.
The Big Apple played backdrop to three vastly different Oscar-nominated films this year.
Head downtown to Wall Street for a peak at the financial world. Although the public can no longer visit the New York Stock Exchange, economics-minded visitors can take a “Financial Crisis Tour” to learn more about Wall Street. While downtown, be sure to check out Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement found its footing.
Brooklyn has undergone a complete transformation since the early 20th century, when it was a hotbed of immigrant communities. Fans of Brooklyn the movie can visit Coney Island to relive scenes from the film. The Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side recounts the story of Irish and Italian immigrants to New York and gives visitors a look at what life was like for them.
The Danish Girl is the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sexual reassignment surgery, and her former wife Gerda Wegener.
The film showcases the burgeoning art scene that was Copenhagen in the 1920s.
A pivotal scene of the movie takes place at a market in Nyhavn. Today the canal-front neighborhood is a bevy of outdoor restaurants and tourist boat tours.
Through May, the Arken Museum of Modern Art is showing a retrospective of Gerda Wegener’s paintings, many of which feature Lili Elbe.
In Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays a Cold War-era lawyer sent to Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the Soviet Union.
Although Berlin has changed considerably and rebounded from its division, many Cold War sites remain.
Glienicke Bridge — the real-life Bridge of Spies — still stands. As one of the only places where Americans and Soviets met face-to-face, curious visitors can go relive both the movie and actual history.
Although the Berlin Wall — the physical manifestation of the Iron Curtain — fell in 1989, a part of the wall still stands, in memorial to those who died while the city was divided.
Another must-see stop on any Cold War inspired itinerary is the Gethsemane Church, where civil rights activists in East Berlin used to gather.
The city’s newest museum, the Spy Museum, that — on top of being a definitive resource for Cold War era espionage — is interactive, offering visitors the chance to imagine themselves as spies.
Although the story behind The Revenant may make viewers want to completely avoid tundra conditions for the rest of their lives, the landscapes of Alberta, Canada, are beautiful enough to make anyone reconsider.
Most of the filming locations are actually pretty easy to visit. Kananaskis Country has campsites and hiking trails, and the desolate Badlands of Drumheller offer activities for those looking to test their survival skills like Leo DiCaprio. It’s also where Tom Hardy’s character, Fitzgerald, sees a shooting star.
At one point, filming had to be relocated down to the southernmost tip of Patagonia in Argentina. DiCaprio attributed the warm conditions to global warming, however this happens every year in Alberta due to a phenomenon called Chinooks.
Mad Max: Fury Road is two hours of nonstop action, an unusual choice among Oscar-nominated films, but a welcome choice for adventure travelers. The film’s location of post-apocalyptic Australia was actually filmed in Namibia, but the Mojave Desert is a good stand-in.
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