If you're a pop culture enthusiast looking to explore some of the most famous filming locations and landmarks in the country, you're in luck! There are plenty of places across the US that have served as the backdrops for some of the most iconic moments in film and TV history. From New York to Los Angeles to everywhere in between, here are some of the must-visit pop culture landmarks you just can’t miss as a fan.
The Breaking Bad House, Albuquerque: Fans of the hit show won't want to miss the opportunity to see the infamous White family home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The house is located at 3828 Piermont Drive NE, and while the owners aren't too keen on visitors, you can still take a photo from the street with the house in the background.
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco: This iconic bridge has been featured in countless TV shows and movies set in San Francisco, from Full House to The Princess Diaries. Take a stroll across the bridge and enjoy the stunning views of San Francisco Bay, or find a place in the city where you can snap a pic from afar.
The Empire State Building, New York City: From King Kong to Sleepless in Seattle, the Empire State Building has served as the backdrop for some of the most iconic moments in movie history. Ride the elevator to the observation deck and take in the breathtaking views of the city that never sleeps.
The Goonies House, Oregon: Fans of the 1980’s classic movie won't want to miss a visit to the house where the Walsh family lived. Located in Astoria, Oregon, the house is a private residence, but visitors can take photos from the street and check out the nearby Goonies-inspired murals afterward.
Graceland, Memphis: Elvis Presley's former home has been turned into a museum, and it's a must-visit for any fan of the King of Rock and Roll. From his sequin jumpsuits to his vintage cars, you'll get an up-close look at the life and legacy of one of music's greatest icons.
The Christmas Story House, Ohio: Fans of the beloved holiday movie A Christmas Story can visit the house where Ralphie and his family lived in Cleveland, Ohio. The house has been turned into a museum, complete with props and memorabilia from the film.
The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles: No visit to LA would be complete without a photo of the Hollywood sign. Take a hike up to the sign and snap some photos with the iconic letters in the background, or do some research on the best places to snap a clear pic from the street.
The Bean, Chicago: This giant reflective sculpture, officially titled Cloud Gate, has become a Chicago landmark. It’s been featured in films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Break-Up. Grab a selfie with your reflection in the Bean and take in the stunning skyline views.
The Stanley Hotel, Colorado: This grand old hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, served as the inspiration for Stephen King's novel The Shining and was also used as the exterior for the Overlook Hotel in the 1997 miniseries. The hotel offers ghost tours and other spooky experiences for visitors who think they’re brave enough.