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15 Shows That Give You Major Wanderlust

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During my trip to Mexico last year, a waiter at a Spanish restaurant started questioning me about my hometown of Chicago. From there, he began asking if I’d ever been to New York or Las Vegas and wanted to know what these cities were like because he’d “only seen them on TV.”
 
His statement struck me because, in an age where wanderlust is so real, it didn’t occur to me that some people never had the opportunity to venture outside of their hometowns. Some people weren’t as fortunate as I was to whip out a passport and go anywhere; some only saw the rest of the world through television shows.
 
In fact, I’ve traveled to many cities — DC, New Orleans, LA, to name a few — simply because I’d fallen in love with how they were portrayed on my favorite show. I loved feeling like I was on set with my favorite characters or experiencing a taste of their lifestyle. 
 
In the wake of coronavirus when traveling has become limited and almost impossible with many border closures, this list of show locations that have inspired me to travel hits a bit differently. It’s almost like a “bucket list” of places I’d love to check out once the pandemic is finally over and we can return to our normal lives.
 
Some locations and popular and immediately recognizable, so much so that they even have dedicated tours of their picturesque filming locations. Others fly a little more under the radar, but are so beautiful, you don’t even need the magic of films and television to fall in love!
 
Did you ever travel anywhere after finding inspiration from a TV show? Let us know in the comments!  

 

1. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

If you want to live like a Westerosi — without the gory battles, of course — listen up. Game of Thrones uses some of the most beautiful places in the world as their backdrop. The medieval look is very much alive in Europe.

Sure, many scenes are shot inside, but those exterior shots are 100% real and can be found in places like Northern Ireland (Pyke), Iceland, Croatia and Malta (King’s Landing, Dorne, or Slaver’s Bay). Since so many fans travel to these locations for this very reason, you can easily find a map and plan out a whole “GOT-inspired” trip and possibly even recreate your favorite scenes.

 

2. Sex and the City

Sex and the City
New York City is synonymous with Sex and the City, but so many other shows use the city’s bustling and lavish personality. Gossip Girl, Will & Grace, The Bold Type, and Broad City have all given us an idea of what the Big Apple, and surrounding neighborhoods like the Bronx and Brooklyn, are all about. Fans are so inspired, they often make pit stops in front of Carrie Bradshaw’s house and take fashionable photos on the Met Gala steps just like Blair Waldorf.
 
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3. Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
You’ve probably never even heard of Monterey, but after watching Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley sip on coffee at Old Fisherman’s Wharf (in reality, it is an Italian and Seafood restaurant called Paluca Trattoria) and run at Lovers Point Beach, it’s most likely on your list of “places to visit.” In fact, you were probably already convinced by the scenery from the Bixby Creek Bridge in the opening credits.

4. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
The period drama revolves around staff at Downtown Abbey in 20th century England. Though you can’t travel back in time, you can visit the UK to check out the family’s Georgian Country House and the lush grounds and gardens. Grab some crumpets and tea while you are there, and maybe even bring a fancy umbrella to shield you from the scorching sun!
 
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5. Portlandia

Portlandia
If you are after a quirky and cool city, look no further than Portlandia. The series highlights and then underlines the eccentricity of the city by focusing on the charming intricacies like bookstores, concert venues, and chic eateries. I bet you can get some delicious hipster coffee and take some wicked Instagram photos during your trip, so add don’t exclude this one from your bucket list.

6. Outlander

Outlander
Though you can’t travel to 18th century Scotland, you can still travel present-day Scotland, which is just as picturesque thanks to all of the historical buildings. Add 14-century Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), 15th-century Blackness Castle (Fort William), and Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) to your itinerary, and you’ll feel like you’re a main character in the supernatural historical romance.
 
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7. The Originals

The Originals

The Original vampires call New Orleans home and utilize every corner of the ancient city. The backdrop plays an important role in supernatural terms, but it’s also visually stunning. I traveled to NOLA because I fell in love with it as it was portrayed on the series, and as I was walking through the French Quarter, I felt the spirit of the ancestors taking hold and vampires breathing down my neck. True story.

Sadly, it wasn’t a pristinely dressed Mikealson. To really get the full experience, stay at The Hotel Royal (Marcel’s place of residence), stop by St. Louis Cathedral (known as St. Anne’s on the series), visit Lafayette Cemetary, and hit up a voodoo shop with hopes of casually running into Freya.

 

8. Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0
If you have to fight crime, why not do it on the sunny beaches of Hawaii? Let’s just hope your vacation is more relaxing than what you often see on the show. If you’re a super fan, there’s actually a guided tour that leads you to iconic attractions from the series like the Hawaii Five-O headquarters and Punchbowl. They even recreate some memorable scenes!
 

9. The Affair

The Affair

Montauk is labeled as the Hamptons without the crowd which makes it the perfect place for an affair. The scenery in this show is so vivid, you can almost taste the water and you’ve probably found yourself looking at hotels on multiple occasions.

It’s a good thing it’s also a fantastic beach getaway with plenty of water activities, boutique shops and restaurants. Affair fans can specifically check out Turtle Cove, The Montauk Playhouse Community Center and the Viking Dock.

10. The Chicago Trilogy

The Chicago Triology
Dick Wolf brought a whole series of Chicago shows to NBC, and if that isn’t enough to make you want to travel to the Windy City, I don’t know what is. You have to look past all the crime highlighted in the episodes to find the real beauty in the bustling city lined with skyscrapers! If you ever roll through, you can check out Cinespace which is the lot where all the shows, including Empire, are filmed. Also add Grant Park, Navy Pier, Molly’s Bar (Lottie’s Pub in real life), and PD’s District 21 (UIC Police Headquarters).
 
 

11. Scandal

Scandal
If you are a fan of Scandal, you’ve probably wanted to power strut all over DC in a peacoat and Louboutins like power player Olivia Pope. Yes, I know most of it is filmed in LA, but I’ll shamelessly admit that the ABC show inspired me to take a weekend getaway to DC. And in the midst of emulating Liv’s power prance all over town, I actually fell in love with the city and all of its political history.

12. Timeless

Timeless
Sadly, you cannot actually travel back in time, but this series really makes you want to build your own time machine and see history unravel before your eyes. Just remember, you can always travel to all of the destinations the Lifeboat takes them to, just in the present day. Don’t forget to check out some of the historical monuments and sights that have been preserved throughout time!
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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5 Movies & Documentaries to Watch on the 20th Anniversary of September 11

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5 Movies & Documentaries to Watch on the 20th Anniversary of September 11

When someone asks you where you were on September 11, 2001, you can remember the day vividly. 

It doesn’t matter how old you were, your life was changed by the seismic event. 

And it’s hard to believe that 20 years have already passed. 

On Saturday, the world will experience a day of mourning on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took down the World Trade Centers, prematurely stole so many lives, and changed the world as we know it. 

Here are some of the most gripping movies and documentaries about 9/11 and a look at the world after:

 

Worth

Michael Keaton stars in the drama as a lawyer who aims to help the victims of the attacks and is forced to put a dollar value on the lives that were lost. 

Watch it on Netflix

 

Zero Dark Thirty

Osama bin Laden became a household name who took credit for the 9/11 attacks. The drama tells the story of a CIA agent (played by Jessica Chastain) who helps the Navy SEAL Team track him down and kill him in a nighttime raid.

Watch it on Amazon PrimeGoogle Play, or YouTube.

 

United 93

United 93 was the fourth plane hijacked by al-Qaeda in the attacks. It crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after heroic passengers took control. The drama is an account of what happened on the flight taken from the flight path, communication with air traffic control, phone calls, and interviews from loved ones of the victims. 

Watch it on Amazon PrimeHulu, or Peacock.

 

Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror

The timely five-part Netflix series uses the September 11 attacks as a starting point for a larger conversation about the 20-year war in Afghanistan, which we’re seeing play out in real-time with America’s evacuation.

Watch it on Netflix

 

NYC Epicenters 9/11-> 2021½

The four-part documentary hails from director Spike Lee, who conducted over 200 interviews for the series. It features stories and first-hand accounts from eyewitnesses to the tragedy that struck the heart of NYC. 

Watch it on HBO Max.


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Fourth of July Guide: Most Popular Patriotic Movies by State

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Fourth of July Guide: Most Popular Patriotic Movies by State

The best way to celebrate the red, white, and blue is with a patriotic movie or two.

Once you’re done soaking up the warm weather, indulging in some delicious food, and taking in the fireworks, you’ll likely want to wind down with a solid movie. 

Comparitech decided to look at the American-based movies that are most popular in each state, which might help you narrow down your choices! 

They found that some states are more avid patriotic movie fans than others. Idaho topped the list when it came to searching for several movies followed by DC, Alaska, and Utah. 

Idaho’s top picks included Tammy and the Bachelor, American Sniper, and Red Dawn,

The District of Columbia’s top movies had a recurring theme of politics, with Lincoln, Vice, and The American President all rising to the top.

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Several states preferred movies that were shot in their own backyard.

Georgia and Alabama chose Forrest Gump. The bench that Forrest sits on to narrate the entire movie is in Georgia. but as a child, Forrest lived in Greenbow, Alabama.

Hawaii preferred Pearl Harbor, which is where the harrowing events that took place on a Sunday morning in 1941 at the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu.

Texas chose The Alamo while Pennsylvania opted for Gettysburg

Illinois, Kentucky, New York, and Nebraska all used 1930’s nostalgia to feel more patriotic, choosing Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Gone with the Wind (1939), Allegheny Uprising (1939), and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), respectively.

However, the most-watched movie overall was unsurprising 2020’s musical Hamilton on Disney+.

Want to know which movie was the top in your state? See more HERE!

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What to Watch July 2021 Guide: Virgin River, Gossip Girl Reboot, Big Brother and MORE

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Happy July!

Summer’s here and so are all of your favorite summer shows!

The scorching summer month brings new seasons of some fan faves along with some exciting new releases!

Here’s what you can watch after you cool off from a long day of fun in the sun!

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Fear Street Trilogy – Netflix (July 2)

This is one camp ghost story that will send shivers up your spine. Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978, and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders. 

 

Riverdale – The CW (July 7)

The second half of the teen drama will premiere new episodes mid-summer after its schedule was altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hiram Lodge is still causing havoc, Betty is looking for her missing sister, and Jughead may or may not have sobered up from his psychedelic trip! Read the review to catch up before the season kicks off now! 

 

Big Brother – CBS (July 7)

Season 23 of the reality competition adds new players, a team element, and a live premiere to amp up the drama!

 

Love Island – CBS (July 7)

It’s time to get hot and heavy with the premiere of Love Island that introduces 12 new hopefuls looking for romance! Due to the pandemic, the season filmed in Las Vegas rather than Fiji!

 

Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)

The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor. 

 

Atypical – Netflix (July 9)

The coming-of-age series about Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, is gearing up to air its final season.

 

Virgin River – Netflix (July 9)

Get ready to take in the breathtaking sights of Virgin River, which picks up with Jack’s shooting and teases a funeral, a wedding, and a baby! 

 

Never Have I Ever – Netflix (July 15)

The second season of the coming-of-age series continues to give us a look into the everyday pressures of first-generation Indian American teen Devi. 

 

Schmigadoon! – Apple TV+ (July 16)

SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

 

Turner & Hooch – Disney+ (July 21)

Disney+ is revamping a classic about a cop and his partner who just so happens to be a large dog. Josh Peck taps in the role made famous by Tom Hanks in 1989. 

 

Sky Rojo – Netflix (July 23)

Alex Pina (the man behind Money Heist/La Casa de Papel) brings you the second installment about sex workers on the run. 

 

Roswell, New Mexico – The CW (July 26)

Fill the alien void in your life with the third season of Roswell, New Mexico, which finds Max confronting an evil doppelganger

 

Outer Banks – Netflix (July 30)

The hunt for treasure continues on the second season of Outer Banks. How long until the Pogues realize John B and Sarah survived the storm?

 

The Pursuit of Love – Amazon Prime (July 30)

The season, originally released by the BBC in the UK, is hitting Amazon Prime. It tells the story of two rich and privileged cousins Linda (Lily James) and Fanny (Emily Beecham) as they navigate complex emotions of love and sex. 

 

MOVIES

The Tomorrow War – Amazon Prime (July 2)

In this futuristic apocalypse thriller, Chris Pratt is drafted to fight a war in 2051 where Earth is being attacked by aliens and the fate of humanity lies on his shoulders. J.K. Simmons also stars. 

 

Black Widow – Disney+ (July 9)

The delayed-action spy thriller from Marvel movie finds Scarlett Johannson tapping into her character, Natasha Romanoff, and embracing a darker nature. It’s available for Disney+ subscribers for $30 additional “Premiere Access.”

 

A Quiet Place 2 – Paramount+ (July 12)

If you missed the sequel to A Quiet Place in theaters, the Emily Blunt and John Krasinski thriller will debut on the streamer! 

 

Resort to Love – Netflix (July 29)

Alicia Keys serves as producer on the romantic comedy that finds pop star Erica (Christina Milian) hiding her feelings for her ex-fiance from his bride-to-be after landing a gig at his resort. 

 

Jungle Cruise – Disney+ (July 30)

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt hop onto the Jungle Cruise for an adventurous ride down the Amazon where they find danger and supernatural forces “all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest.” It’ll be available for an additional fee. 

 


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