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Weekend Tour: Movie Location Road Trip

by Mike Hunter

Travel to Southern towns where some of your favorite movies were shot.

The South has no shortage of gorgeous depictions on the big screen, from Nicholas Sparks’ Carolina-set romances to gothic plantation country thrillers. A new way to see the region could be through the eyes of your favorite movie or book-turned-film.

On your next weekend trip, instead of searching for the best $5 deposit casinos or browsing for a new series on Netflix, why don’t you visit some secret—and some no-so-secret—movie locations? We offer a list by state below and guarantee the photos will be Instagrammable.

South Carolina Movie Locations

South Carolina’s attraction for movie-making lies in its diverse landscapes. From the hauntingly beautiful swamps of Congaree National Park to the ancient live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the state offers a range of visual backgrounds.

There are many old plantation homes and historical buildings that depict the charm of the area. The stunning Blue Ridge Mountains provide a majestic backdrop, too.

Charleston:

“Dear John” (2010)

“The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000)

“The Patriot” (2000)

Beaufort:

Forrest Gump” (1994)

The Prince of Tides” (1991)

Folly Beach:

“The Notebook” (2004)

Greenville:

“Radio” (2003)

Columbia:

“The New Daughter” (2009)

Rock Hill:

The Hunger Games” (2012)

Georgia Movie Locations

Georgia has its own cinematic appeal that stems from its variety of locations, both wild and urban. The Chattahoochee National Forest, the marshes of the Golden Isles and small towns outside of Atlanta offer unique experiences for shooting breathtaking scenes.

The state has enough historic plantations and buildings that bring that specific feeling of the Deep South. Bigger cities convey the vibrance of modern life, architecture and, yet, authenticity. Small towns, on the other hand, offer locations for rural scenes in a variety of movies.

The locations below can be explored within one weekend.

Chippewa Square in Savannah

Atlanta:

“Ant-Man” (2015)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018)

“Avengers: Endgame” (2019)

“Baby Driver” (2017)

“Black Panther” (2018)

“Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017)

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017)

Savannah:

“The Conspirator” (2010)

“Forrest Gump” (1994)

“The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (1997)

Tybee Island:

“Baywatch” (2017)

“The Last Song” (2010)

Jekyll Island:

“X-Men: First Class” (2011)

Rome:

“Sweet Home Alabama” (2002)

Alabama Movie Locations

Alabama is rich in locations, from white-sand beaches and clear waters to hills of the Appalachian Mountains. This state has so many visuals to offer that entirely different movies can be shot there without leaving the borders. The state is also rich in dramatic history, and it shows. You can feel the cinematic charm by visiting the locations listed.

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

Birmingham:

Big Fish” (2003)

“The Rosa Parks Story” (2002)

Mobile:

“Forrest Gump” (1994)

“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” (2016)

Montgomery:

“Big Fish” (2003)

“Sister, Sister” (1987)

Muscle Shoals:

“Muscle Shoals” (2013)

Selma:

Selma” (2014)

Mississippi Movie Locations

Mississippi boasts endless cotton fields in the Delta, and blues music is strongly associated with this state historically, culturally and aesthetically. The cities mostly bear the charm of the Victorian era in terms of architecture and adornment.

The Mississippi River, the swamps and the bayous create suspense and a feeling of intrigue. To enjoy the atmosphere and connect with your favorite movie characters, you can visit the following places.

Fondren in Jackson during filming of “The Help”

Clarksdale, Greenwood & Jackson:

“The Help” (2011)

Natchez:

“Get on Up” (2014)

Oxford:

“The Blind Side” (2009)

Canton:

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000)

Louisiana Movie Locations

Louisiana is historically famous for its natural wonders like bayous and swamps, plus the legendary stories of New Orleans voodoo and other dramatic historical events and phenomena.

There are plantation homes, historical buildings and cities with lively, joyful atmospheres, but there is also something haunting in this state. Perhaps this is why Louisiana is so popular for making mysteries and thrillers.

Evergreen Plantation from “Django Unchained”

New Orleans:

12 Years a Slave” (2013)

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008)

Django Unchained” (2012)

“Interview with the Vampire” (1994)

“Girls Trip” (2017)

“Jurassic World” (2015)

“The Princess and the Frog” (2009)

Baton Rouge:

“Olympus Has Fallen” (2013)

“Pitch Perfect” (2012)

“Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” (2012)

Houma:

“Where the Crawdads Sing” (2022)

Shreveport:

“The Guardian” (2006)

“Looper” (2012)

“Premonition” (2007)

“Straw Dogs” (2011)

Terrebonne Parish:

Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012)

St. Francisville:

“The Skeleton Key” (2005)

Covington:

“A Love Song for Bobby Long” (2004)

“Monster’s Ball” (2001)

Don’t forget to take your friends or family with you and take plenty of photos in places where the famous movie scenes were made.

Mike Hunter is a blogger and owner of the CasinosHunter platform that reviews online gaming sites and provides useful and entertaining content for gamers. Mike Hunter also dives deep into industry research and publishes insightful stats and facts. He has a passion for history.

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