Travel the world through this year's Emmy nominees.

By Talia Avakian
September 17, 2016
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The 68th annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, showcasing many of the television series we’ve come to love.

This year’s nominees tap into the stunning scenery, eerie sights, and quirky gems that travelers can visit in destinations around the world.

We’ve put together our pick of five nominated series that are sure to inspire your wanderlust.

“Game of Thrones”

The stunning backdrops on “Game of Thrones” range from the vivid waters of the Narrow Sea to the lush landscape of trees on Kingsroad.

While its picturesque locations seem otherworldly, many of the scenes were shot in locations you can visit, including the the ancient castles and dense forests of Northern Ireland, the dramatic glaciers of Iceland, and the magnificent architecture of Croatia and Spain.

Embark on a “Game of Thrones” tour to discover the series' best hidden destinations, including island of Lokrum, where you'll find a rich terrain of oaks, pines, and olive trees and an expansive botanic garden.

“Downton Abbey”

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Downton Abbey’s scenery has lush terrain and breathtaking gardens. You can get a taste of the English countryside in the quaint village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. The charming village is filled with cobbled lanes that take visitors through 17th and 18th century homes, cozy inns, and to the surrounding countryside.

Or travel like royalty as you explore the grounds of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England.

The seat of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the castle opens to the public at select times throughout the year, allowing visitors to roam through its gardens and examine ancient artifacts.


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Known for its humorous take on Portland’s scene, Portlandia showcases the charming spaces and popular food stops that give Portland its unique charm.

Take a wander through Powell’s City of Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore, with a total of around 1 million reads to choose from.

Next, head to the Firehouse Restaurant—the restaurant Kathy and Dave find a dog tied outside of—for a mozzarella-doused pizza at what was once a working firehouse.

Finally, when you’re ready for a drink, try Mint/820, where Andy Samberg’s character created his ginger-based concoction.

“Walking Dead”

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“The Walking Dead” films primarily at locations throughout Georgia.

Take a zombie tour across Atlanta to see some of the series’ more terrifying sights, or head to Jekyll Island, where several scenes are being filmed this year. The island is home to various historic sites and outdoor activities to explore, including Driftwood beach. The remains of driftwood trees rise from the sand due to years of erosion, making for a magnificent scene.

“Parts Unknown”

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Anthony Bourdain travels around the world to discover the culture and flavors across cities. The show is a great motivator to get out and see more of the world.

With tour guides like famed chef Daniel Boulud, Bourdain takes views through the culinary gems of a destination, from its local stalls to its high-end staples.

Sample everything from fall-off-the-bone barbeque at Scott’s Bar-B-Que in South Carolina, which was founded in 1972, to the modern seafood selections at the chic Coi restaurant in San Francisco.