In the last couple of decades, television has evolved from being filled with boring soap operas to becoming a haven for top-notch entertainment. As a result, even A-list actors are lining up to participate in popular made-for-TV entertainment. However, what makes TV viewing so compelling nowadays, is not just the dialogue or the acting; it’s the picturesque and memorable locations that make TV shows so compelling. Let’s look at the top 7 television locations you can visit in real life.
1) Hollywood, Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a popular tourist destination, and if you’re visiting there, you’re sure to find many enjoyable things to do in LA while you’re there. If you love soaking in the sun, then spending some time at the Venice beach is a must. Alternatively, if you enjoy large green spaces, then Griffith Park, one of the largest parks in the US, is a must-visit destination. However, without any doubt, Hollywood is one of the most popular destinations to spend time on a trip to LA. Universal Studios Hollywood was the location for many popular TV shows such as ER, The X-Files, and Westworld, to name just a few. During your trip there, you can take in an entertaining mix of live-action shows, thrill rides, and even a tram ride.
2) The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, then you definitely should make a trip to The Dark Hedges, one of the top 10 fascinating tree tunnels globally. It appears to be a green, magical place during the daytime, with the sun peeking in between the lush green trees. However, during nighttime, it seems to be mystical, with a haunted look to it. Scenes of Arya’s journey on the King’s Road were filmed here, and a real-life trip to this popular destination will make you gape in wonder at the picturesque scenes.
3) Highclere Castle, West Berkshire, England
Highclere Castle was the primary filming location for Downton Abbey, the hit period drama. Just an hour and a half away from London, many of the rooms in the castle and the furniture in them will appear familiar to Downtown Abbey fans. As a tourist, you can roam freely around the castle and peek into rooms that were used as a backdrop for the show. Even though you won’t get the benefit of a guided tour here, you’ll get access to somebody or the other, in each room of the castle, if you have any questions.
4) Rosario’s Deli, Astoria, Queens, New York
If you’re a fan of Orange Is the New Black, then you’ll recognize Rosario’s Deli to be Dmitri’s Russian Deli during a trip to Astoria in Queens. In the show, Dmitri’s was a popular destination to store corpses for mafia hoodlums. In real life, you can safely bite into delicacies at the Deli, like its famous pizzas and spicy soppressata sandwich.
5) Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery, Bloomfield, New Jersey
The fans of the hit TV show Soprano will easily recognize Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery, which is an actual diner in Bloomfield, New Jersey. It was used as the location of Soprano’s finale. The iconic booth where the Soprano family used to eat is reserved every Saturday for the Soprano’s tour bus. Be sure to tuck into some of their delicious homemade ice creams while you soak in the atmosphere!
6) The Mystic Grill, Covington, Georgia
The Mystic Grill is the location of the popular series – The Vampire Diaries. Characters in the show are seen eating, drinking, and fighting vampires here. If you’re ever in Georgia, then you must stop at Covington and spend some time in the restaurant that, strangely enough, has the same name as in the show. Even if you’re not a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you can partake of some delicious meals while enjoying the rustic look and feel of the restaurant.
7) Police Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Lost, the hugely popular TV show was filmed in Hawaii. In fact, Police Beach, in Oahu, is the beach where the survivors of the ill-fated Oceanic flight 815 made their home. The beach is sandy, however, the offshore ocean beach is pretty rocky. As a result, swimming isn’t advisable here. However, if you are a surfer, then you can take your surfboard out to one of the many surf spots that are located offshore.