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10 Obscure U.S. Locations Made Famous in TV and Movies

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Feb 5, 2021

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New research from holidaycottages.co.uk reveals the most obscure U.S. locations made most popular by their appearances in film and TV. The website used TripAdvisor to calculate how many of a location’s total reviews mentioned a specific film or television show to then identify the top 10 filming locations with the highest percentage of mentions of shows or movies in their reviews.


  1. Twisters, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad: This location, used as the filming location for Los Pollos Hermanos, has the highest proportion of TV show-related reviews.
  2. Tom’s Restaurant, New York City, Seinfeld: Made famous by Seinfeld, 72 percent of reviews on TripAdvisor still reference the show today.
  3. Senoia Welcome Center, Senoia, Georgia, The Walking Dead: The popular zombie show put this area on the map for apocalyptic scenes.
  4. Forks, Washington, Twilight: The rainiest place in the United States was made popular by the vampire series.
  5. Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio, Shawshank Redemption: The historic prison used in the 1994 film still sees mentions in 44 percent of reviews today.
  6. Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, St. George, Maine, Forrest Gump: This is the spot where Forrest Gump concludes his marathon.
  7. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Agua Dulce, California, Star Trek: Several scenes from the Star Trek series were filmed here.
  8. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rocky: Talk about iconic — many fans of Rocky Balboa flock here yearly to recreate his iconic run and pose.
  9. Mystic Grill, Covington, Georgia, The Vampire Diaries: Favored by many characters of the show, you can visit this actual restaurant and bar.
  10. Onieals, New York City, Sex and the City: Known as SCOUT in the television show, the real-life location is Onieals, still attracting SATC fans today.


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