Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars ... iconic TV shows and movies have launched a new era of tourism, one where fans make pop culture pilgrimages to walk in the footsteps of fictional characters at the very destinations where the most famous scenes were filmed.
We asked a panel of movie and TV tourism experts to nominate 20 destinations where TV shows and movies play a major role in the tourist scene, then we turned it over to USA TODAY 10Best readers to pick their favorites. The polls have now closed and the results for Best Cinematic Destination are in!
When you think about how often Scotland features in iconic film franchises – Harry Potter, James Bond, Braveheart and The Da Vinci Code to name a few – it's no surprise this country came in first place.
Runner-up for Best Cinematic Destination, Petra, became famous after the 1989 release of the Harrison Ford classic Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail and has since featured in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Cinematic Destination are as follows:
- Petra, Jordan
- New Zealand
- Salzburg, Austria
- Dyersville, Iowa
- Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Bruges, Belgium
- Santa Barbara Wine Country
- Las Vegas
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Simon Hudson (Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development at the University of South Carolina) and Stefan Roesch (Film Tourism) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of the film and TV travel industry.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo