From Tatooine to Pandora: Sci-Fi Locations You Can Actually Visit

From Tatooine to Pandora: Sci-Fi Locations You Can Actually Visit

Dec 27, 2011


If you spent the holidays stranded in suburbia or wishing you were somewhere else making merry, we have a solution for next year's festivities. The deserts of Tatooine and the serene forests of Pandora are beckoning you for a getaway, proving that there are plenty of sci-fi cinematic landmarks that would make great vacation spots off-screen. TravelSupermarket recently shared their twelve picks for science fiction fantasy trips, which we spotlight below.
Star Wars boasts several real-life locations you can make the trek to. The most iconic planet in the George Lucas universe — Tatooine — is actually located in Tunisia. Several cities in the African country were used as filming locations, but the south western desert city of Chott el Djerid is the landscape you might recognize the most from the movie. Its dry, otherworldly wilderness most closely represents what the planet Mars is like, which makes it the perfect place to visit if you dream of a galaxy far, far away. 
It seems strange to think about actually stepping foot anywhere Avatar was shot since the movie is known for its computer-generated technology, but you can play where the Na'vi did in the 2009 movie — located in the lush forests of Hawaii. The peaceful Keahua Arboretum contains several streams, freshwater pools, eucalyptus and monkeypod trees, and all the mango you can eat. The real-life oasis became a dedicated nature "classroom" in the '40s, showcasing the benefits of forestry. Apparently the spot is also a late-night party hangout, where we're sure many people have connected with each other's neural tendrils long before James Cameron came into the picture.
If exotic locales aren't your thing, give Hook and Ladder #8 in New York City a try. The firehouse was the home of famed parapsychologists Peter Venkman, Raymond Stanz, and Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. Twelve Monkeys' enthusiasts might enjoy getting locked up in Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, the spot where Bruce Willis was committed and met Brad Pitt's twitchy Jeffrey Goines. The prison is a gorgeously decaying structure that will instantly transport you to Terry Gilliam's movie.
Check out other sci-fi locations you can actually visit on TravelSupermarket, and let us know which ones you'll be visiting (hopefully) soon. 

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