7 Cinematic Trips Based on the Year's Best Films
Until teleportation becomes a reality, our best option for an immediate escape is a good movie.
Through some of this year’s best films, audiences were able to vicariously travel all around the world.
In “La La Land,” we saw Los Angeles through the eyes of artists out to change the world. “Moonlight” gave a voice to an often-neglected community in Miami and “Manchester by the Sea” highlighted the working fishing towns of Massachusetts.
So, in honor of some of the amazing roster of films that earned Golden Globes nominations this year, here is Travel + Leisure's guide to some of the most cinematic places on the planet.
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Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, this musical tour through Los Angeles has been nominated for over 140 awards, including seven Golden Globes. The entire movie is a perfect itinerary for anyone with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. The movie includes stops at iconic locations like Grand Central Market, Griffith Observatory and the Chateau Marmont.
The nation’s capital has played host to many of the most important events in American history. “Jackie” stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in the days immediately following JFK’s assassination. For anybody hoping to tour D.C. in the eyes of a Kennedy, the filming locations for this movie act as a perfect start.
“Moonlight”—nominated for six Golden Globes—visits a part of Miami seldom seen by tourists. The film follows Chiron, a boy born in one of the city’s roughest neighborhoods, as he grapples with his identity and sexuality. In order to do justice to the lives of the people in Miami’s Liberty City, film crew went directly there. The movie captured Miami’s color and diversity, including stops at some of its iconic beaches.
“Manchester by the Sea” was filmed in Cape Ann, a part of Massachusetts often referred to as Cape Cod’s lesser-known cousin. The movie—produced by Matt Damon and nominated for five Golden Globes—follows a Boston janitor when he must go back to his hometown because of his brother’s death. The film is a great portrait of the fishing towns along Cape Ann, worthy of a visit for anybody looking to head off the beaten path.
Although Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” is the story of an army medic during the Battle of Okinawa, the entire thing was filmed around Sydney, Australia. For those intrigued by war stories, it’s super easy to visit some of the Australian film locations and see just how the suburbs of Sydney transformed into Japan for the movie.
This modern western flick—starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster—is nominated for three Golden Globes. Those looking to recreate the dusty drama can head to eastern New Mexico, where film crews transformed the land into a high-stakes set for Texas bank robbers.
Based on the true story of Saroo Brierly (who, after getting adopted, managed to track down his birth parents with childhood memories and Google Maps), “Lion” got many of its incredible shots in Tasmania. From the city of Hobart to the wild cliffs of Cape Huay, the movie put Australia’s southern island firmly on many bucket lists.