50 States, 50 Movies For Travelers To Check Out

Offbeat, Travel News, USA — By John Curran on November 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

The intrepid bloggers at Geekologie put together a map of the United States that features one of the more interesting ways to categorize the states: picking some of the more iconic movies that have been filmed in each location.

Some are more obvious than others, like Marisa Tomei’s Oscar-winning turn in “My Cousin Vinny” was filmed in part in Alabama and Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” was filmed on-location at a convenience store in New Jersey. But few might have been aware that Gummo (what?) was filmed in Ohio or that “Super Troopers” took place in the Green Mountain State of Vermont.

It makes for a possible scavenger hunt for road trip aficionados, especially with trips to the IMDB pages of Pink Flamingos for Maryland, Kalifornia for Kentucky and Glory in South Carolina, among others. Sometimes just being on location can help bring a poignancy to a favorite movie that you wouldn’t necessarily find.

If you’re interested in finding where movies are shooting currently, that could be a more difficult bet. Few would have imagined that Easton, Pennsylvania was the site for some of the more explosive scenes in Transformers 2, for example. If you want a more in-depth view from around the world, check out The Movie Map for more detailed information. Or look up your favorite movie and make your own trip.

[Image: Patrick B via Flickr]

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Tags: Clerks, Gummo, Movie shoot locations, My Cousin Vinny, Super Troopers, U.S. roadtrips

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