It is no secret that popular movies seep into our consciousness and affect our behaviors in many different ways. Movies have had an important impact in the way we behave, dress and think. Great examples of this are movies such as “Rebel without a Cause” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Both of these films affected the way people acted in the 50’s and 60’s. Every decade has its own examples of this social phenomenon as reflected in the blog Perez Lavigne, which has articles on the cinema.. When famous movies portray a setting in an eye-catching way, it’s easy to predict the outcome: that same location will be visited by many curious onlookers almost immediately. Did you know New Zealand rate of tourist visitors has been sky high since “The Lord of the Rings” was released? Or how many streets of New Yorks became famous after the release of “The Godfather”?

Let’s take a look at three of the most famous movie locations that are now popular tourist destinations:

The Timberline Lodge made famous by “The Shining”

“The Shining” is easily one of the most well-known films directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick. His famous Overlook Hotel is actually none other than the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood in Oregon. Although the film wasn’t shot in its entirety at the Timberline Lodge, the most iconic scenes from Kubrick’s classic horror film where all shot at the lodge. For Kubrick fans, it doesn’t get any better than visiting the mountain filled landscapes of Oregon.


Mumbai made famous by “Slumdog Millionaire”

Make no mistake, Mumbai was already one of the most visited cities in India before the film “Slumdog Millionaire”. This should come as no surprise as Mumbai is India’s most glamorous city, and also its financial capital. “Slumdog Millionaire”, became a global smash hit when it won 8 Oscars. The effects after the film’s release were interesting: Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai, which previously was almost invisible to the rest of the world, suddenly started receiving visitors from dozens of countries.

Transylvania made famous by “Dracula”

Although Transylvania was already famous before the release of Francis ford Coppola’s “Dracula”, this is another great example of a movie affecting tourism in certain locations. As stated previously, Transylvania was already synonymous with ancient castles and vampires thanks to Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel “Dracula”. However, when Coppola released his film version based on the novel, tourists started flocking to Romania.