8 Destinations to Visit Based on This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films

by Kelly Wilkinson

8 Destinations to Visit Based on This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films

by Kelly Wilkinson

From the small town charm of Little Women’s New England locale to an iconic French motor race town in Ford v Ferrari, this past year in film took us on a trip around the world. Here are some of our favorite destinations that made it to the big screen.

From the small town charm of Little Women’s New England locale to an iconic French motor race town in Ford v Ferrari, this past year in film took us on a trip around the world. Here are some of our favorite destinations that made it to the big screen.

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Castel Gandolfo, Italy / e55evu/iStock
Concord, MA
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Massachusetts

No movie this year captured the beauty of America’s landscapes like Little Women, which was filmed and set in Concord. Throughout the film, the seasonal magic of the area is showcased; autumn burns intense orange and the winters are a white fluffy dream. Be sure to visit Orchard House — the home of author Louisa May Alcott — where she wrote (and set) the famous novel. 

No movie this year captured the beauty of America’s landscapes like Little Women, which was filmed and set in Concord. Throughout the film, the seasonal magic of the area is showcased; autumn burns intense orange and the winters are a white fluffy dream. Be sure to visit Orchard House — the home of author Louisa May Alcott — where she wrote (and set) the famous novel. 

New York City
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New York City

The Big Apple was featured in a handful of films this past year. Grab a bite at Knickerbocker Bar & Grill (right near Union Square) for a night à la Marriage Story, where a pivotal scene was shot. As for Joker’s film locations, we recommend skipping over the now-infamous “Joker Steps" and visit Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, which served as Wayne Hall. 

The Big Apple was featured in a handful of films this past year. Grab a bite at Knickerbocker Bar & Grill (right near Union Square) for a night à la Marriage Story, where a pivotal scene was shot. As for Joker’s film locations, we recommend skipping over the now-infamous “Joker Steps” and visit Hudson County Courthouse in Jersey City, which served as Wayne Hall. 

Le Mans, France
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France

The major motor race in Ford v Ferrari takes place at 24 Hours of Le Mans (Circuit des 24 Heures) in Le Mans, France. Catch the actual race every summer in June, or visit the museum (open year-round). Non-motorsports enthusiasts will still enjoy the town itself, which features romantic cathedrals and historic architecture. 

The major motor race in Ford v Ferrari takes place at 24 Hours of Le Mans (Circuit des 24 Heures) in Le Mans, France. Catch the actual race every summer in June, or the museum (open year-round). Non-motorsports enthusiasts will still enjoy the town itself, which features romantic cathedrals and historic architecture. 

Pittsburgh, PA
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Pennsylvania

From Mister Rogers’ beloved home of Pittsburgh in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood to Villa di Roma and Friendly Lounge meet-ups in The Irishman (Philadelphia), the state of Pennsylvania certainly received the red carpet treatment this past year. Learn more about the incredible world and legacy of Mister Rogers by visiting his exhibit at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

From Mister Rogers’ beloved home of Pittsburgh in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood to Villa di Roma and Friendly Lounge meet-ups in The Irishman (Philadelphia), the state of Pennsylvania certainly received the red carpet treatment this past year. Learn more about the incredible world and legacy of Mister Rogers by visiting his exhibit at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

West Hollywood, CA
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Los Angeles

The city’s past and present is showcased across this year’s Oscar-nominated films. While Once Upon a Time in Hollywood brushes over a dark moment in history, Marriage Story showcases a present-day L.A. (specifically the West Hollywood neighborhood). And, while we don’t see many specific locales in Marriage Story, a trendy outing in WeHo calls for shopping on Melrose Avenue and dining at spots like Rosaliné and Fig & Olive.

The city’s past and present is showcased across this year’s Oscar-nominated films. While Once Upon a Time in Hollywood brushes over a dark moment in history, Marriage Story showcases a present-day L.A. (specifically the West Hollywood neighborhood). And, while we don’t see many specific locales in Marriage Story, a trendy outing in WeHo calls for shopping on Melrose Avenue and dining at spots like Rosaliné and Fig & Olive.

Vatican City
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Rome

A handful of scenes in The Two Popes were filmed at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s real-life summer estate (about 15 miles outside of Rome on Lake Albano). Some parts of the property were recently opened to the public, which makes the estate all the more enticing to visit. Back in Vatican City, don’t miss a visit to the immaculate Sistine Chapel, which is featured in the film. 

A handful of scenes in The Two Popes were filmed at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s real-life summer estate (about 15 miles outside of Rome on Lake Albano). Some parts of the property were recently opened to the public, which makes the estate all the more enticing to visit. Back in Vatican City, don’t miss a visit to the immaculate Sistine Chapel, which is featured in the film. 

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Kenya

The Lion King — which is set in Kenya (in fact, the animators traveled to the Great Rift Valley for research purposes) — scored an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. On a safari, you’ll encounter the inspiration for all of your favorite characters, especially in popular parks like Maasai Mara National Reserve.

The Lion King — which is set in Kenya (in fact, the animators traveled to the Great Rift Valley for research purposes) — scored an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. On a safari, you’ll encounter the inspiration for all of your favorite characters, especially in popular parks like Maasai Mara National Reserve.

North Macedonia
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North Macedonia

Honeyland, which was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best International Feature, takes place in a remote village in North Macedonia. While that specific area is sequestered from tourists, the film provides reason to highlight the wonders of this country as a whole — from the jaw-dropping Church of St. John at Kaneo to the sprawling Tikves Wine Region, to the bucket-list-worthy Matka Canyon. 

Honeyland, which was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best International Feature, takes place in a remote village in North Macedonia. While that specific area is sequestered from tourists, the film provides reason to highlight the wonders of this country as a whole — from the jaw-dropping Church of St. John at Kaneo to the sprawling Tikves Wine Region, to the bucket-list-worthy Matka Canyon. 

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