Movies are kind of like a short vacation, in a way: They transport us from our everyday lives into a world of fiction, drama, and wonder. While many stories are set in different times and fictional places, movies obviously have to use real locations in our world to bring the action to life.
Instagram user @steppingthroughfilm regularly travels to different film locations to recreate some iconic movie stills, and you can visit them yourself!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Casually Overlapping With Ours
Spider-Man: Far From Home took watchers to settings all over Europe, but the final fight scene took place on the famous Tower Bridge in London, England (not to be confused with the London Bridge).
Visit The Office Of Runway Magazine
The Devil Wears Prada was shot in New York City, with the office for the fictional Runway Magazine being located on 6th Avenue at West 49th St. The building itself is called 1221 Avenue of the Americas and has been a shooting location in many films.
A Good Place To Dance (Or Laugh)
The iconic dancing scene in Joker was filmed on a set of stairs connecting two streets in the Bronx, New York City. Since the film came out last fall, the area has been flooded with tourists trying to get a photo on the staircase.
The Sky, Was In Fact, Not Falling
This still was taken from the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. In this specific scene, James Bond is running through Westminster, the bustling government district located near Buckingham Palace in London, England.
Magic School Might Not Be Real, But The Building Itself Is
This photo was taken at Gloucester Cathedral located near the west coast of England, which was used as a filming location for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.
London, But Make It 1945
This still is from one of the final scenes in Wonder Woman, when Diana looks at a memorial to fallen soldiers in Trafalgar Square, London, England. The film had to make some CGI changes to the appearance of the square so that the scene would look more historically accurate
For the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers work together as a team to save the world, and it’s one of the most recognizable shots from the franchise. While the film was shot on a set, they pretty perfectly recreated this location on Park Avenue near Grand Central Station.
…And May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor
The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future, and all the action takes place in the country of “Panem,” but this still from Mockingjay: Part Two was taken in the Parisian suburb Noisy-le-Grand, France.
In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey has her first of many showdowns with Kylo Ren on the planet Takodana, but this actual filming location is in Puzzlewood, a forest that’s a major tourist attraction in England.
Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates…
There are few films more heartwarming than the 1994 classic Forrest Gump. With lots of the action taking place in various parts of the US, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is just one of many iconic locations in the film.
No, You’re Not Dreaming
Inception might not have been the easiest to keep up with plotwise, but you can visit some of the most iconic filming locations in Paris, France. This specific location is the Pont De Bir-Hakeim.
Love Actually Is All Around The South Bank
With all the storylines crossing over, Love Actually depicts many locations across London, England. This particular shot was taken along the Thames River in the South Bank, an arts and cultural district of the city.
A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Location
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one of the most beloved children’s films of all time, and you can relive your childhood by visiting this shooting location in a small village named Hambleden in the English countryside. Oh, parts of Mary Poppins were also filmed here.
You Too Can Have This Cute Skating Experience
This arena is located in Alexandra Palace, which is a building in Alexandra Park, London, England. The venue was built in the Victorian era as a public space for recreation, entertainment, and sporting events.
Not Too Far From Actual History
1917 was one of the best films of the past year, depicting the battlefield experience during World War I. This scene was filmed on the Salisbury Plain in southern England, which was an actual training site for soldiers during the war.
An Enchanted Walk In The Park
While, unfortunately, I don’t get to express my feelings through grand, choreographed musical numbers like this scene in Enchanted, you can go see the shooting location in Central Park, New York.
You Can Stand Where Royalty Stood
For the television show The Crown, much of the filming took place in London, England. This particular shot was taken at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, a heritage site that is frequently used as a filming location.
You Might Not Be One Of The X-Men, But You Can Visit The School
While the fictional school is located in the USA, the actual filming location was in England. The building used for the film is the Elizabethan-style Englefield House located in the English county of Berkshire.
The Location Of Everything
This church, the Holy Trinity Church of England church in Penn, Buckinghamshire, was the filming location for Stephen and Jane’s wedding in The Theory of Everything, which was based on the life of Stephen Hawking.
Neither Home Nor Alone
For the second film in the series, Kevin gets lost in New York City (making the title Home Alone 2 a little misleading). This shot of him and the lady who loved birds was taken in Central Park.