Summer, movies, and road trips go together like, well, popcorn, soda, and candy. If you love movies and are headed out on a road trip this summer, check out these 4 iconic movie locations. They’re open for visitors and even encourage you to go in for a tour.
The hotel from The Shining
Hmm … on second thought, would you want to visit this? Seems a little creepy, but this hotel can be hard to escape, given the fact that 3 hotels lay claim to being part of The Shining. That’s right! There’s the hotel that was the original “inspiration” for the hotel in Stephen King’s novel: the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Then there’s the Majestic Yosemite Hotel(formerly the Awhahnee Hotel), which served as the basis for the interiors. And Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon was used for some exterior shots. (Super trivia fact: the Stanley Hotel was also in Dumb and Dumber.)
Stop by for a bite, a drink, and a scare.
The house from A Christmas Story
You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the Leg Lamp glowing from the window. No, really. While the film was set in Indiana, the exterior shots for the movie were filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, at 3159 W. 11th Street. The home’s owner, who must’ve been a big fan, decided to renovate the house to be true to the film (even though the interior shots were filmed on a sound stage). Visit the home for an overnight stay, or take a stop in the museum where you can see Randy’s snowsuit, the toys from Higbee’s Department Store window, and of course, the Leg Lamp in all its glory.
The field of dreams from well, Field of Dreams
If they built it, would you come? Well, you can if you visit Dyersville, Iowa. While the Field of Dreams stadium was built specifically for the 1988 film, 2 families owned different parts of the land. A feud ensued, one finally sold to the other, and it was restored to a tourist attraction with tours and events, including a planned “Team of Dreams” event on Sept 3, 2017, featuring some major league players in a celebrity game. Go the Distance Baseball, LLC now owns the 193 acres where the film was shot and there are potential plans to develop a new $74M complex called Baseball Heaven. But while they figure out the plan, you can go visit the field in all its serene, small-town glory.
The inn from Groundhog Day
We all know where Groundhog Dog supposedly takes place: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where you actually can see the groundhog try to see his shadow each Feburary 2. But if you want to see the bed and breakfast where Bill Murray pounds his alarm clock every morning, you’ll have to head to Woodstock, Illinois, a little over an hour outside of Chicago, to the Royal Victorian Manor at 344 Fremont Street.
The town is pretty proud of its tie to the movie. In fact, it holds its own annual Groundhog Day festivities, screening the movie and hosting a walking tour of film sites, among other activities. But if you want to stay at the Royal Victorian Manor, call the first week of December for reservations.