Movie-inspired road trips

In recent years, visiting movie settings has become very popular. Remember how New Zealand starting calling itself Middle Earth after the Lord of the Rings came out, and how many guided tours of Harry Potter's Britain there still are?

Even when they're not blockbusters, visiting movie locations can be fun and draw you to places you might not otherwise find. For instance, I discovered the Paris stamp fair tucked among the trees at the bottom of the Champs Elysées in Paris only after watching the Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant movie Charade.

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Now, the movie-tickets site Fandango has a whole list of movie-inspired road trip ideas based on summer movies. The sand dunes of Pirates of the Caribbean (alas, not in the Caribbean at all but rather along California's Central Coast), Spiderman's Manhattan, the many possible Springfields of The Simpsons, Ratatouille's Paris, and of course, Harry Potter's Britain are among the many choices. And, Fandango offers not just locations but suggestions about where to stay and eat.

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