Top 5 cinematic cities
The USA is like a living movie theatre. Feel like a film star in the most iconic American cities.
Hollywood is the beating heart of the cinematic universe. For over one hundred years, Los Angeles has been the most prized destination in all of the United States – countless hopefuls have travelled here with dreams of making it big.
Today, this star-studded location is a glitzy tourist spot, glittering with things to do. Strut the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, rub elbows with the stars whilst window-shopping in Rodeo Drive, watch the bodybuilders on Venice Beach, and admire the views from Sunset Boulevard. You can even meet Mickey and the gang at Disneyland, or explore movie sets at Paramount Studios.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is America’s party capital. Anyone who has seen The Hangover will know what to expect. The city runs on bright lights, booze and gambling.
The Las Vegas Strip is the most iconic of all the city’s boulevards, complete with a miniature Eiffel Tower and countless Elvis impersonators. Enter the glittering and seductive casinos, where the likes of Celine Dion and the magicians Penn and Teller make regular appearances. Sin City might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for the wicked, Las Vegas will make all your dreams come true.
Best known for its beaches and Latin vibe, Miami has set the scene for a number of popular flicks, including Scarface, Goldfinger and Miami Vice. South Beach is instantly recognisable, with swaying palm trees and a sandy shore that stretches as far as the eye can see.
For a glimpse of Miami’s mixed heritage, take a trip to Little Havana. Alternatively, check out the nearby subtropical wetlands of the Everglades National Park, where you can hop on an airboat in true Crocodile Dundee fashion.
New York really is the city that never sleeps. One of the most recognisable places on earth, you’ll feel like you already know the city thanks to its constant appearances on the big screen. Admire the Empire State Building; get lost in Macy’s Department Store, the biggest shop in America; walk across the Brooklyn Bridge; gaze up at the Statue of Liberty and be overwhelmed by the neon lights of Times Square.
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Built slap-bang at the heart of the Midwest, Illinois’s ‘Windy City’ has a cool confidence which has lent itself well to the many films that have been shot here. Particular favourites include The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Fugitive.
One of the most popular ways to explore this city is by segway – glide through Millennium Park, down the Navy Pier, through the Rose Garden in Grant Park, past the Buckingham Fountain, and along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium by day, and in the evening, catch a show at the distinguished Chicago Theatre.