Calling All TV Lovers: Explore These Award Season-Inspired Destinations
September 25, 2018
Have you ever wanted to live like a royal in The Crown or explore the same cobblestone streets as your favorite characters in Game of Thrones?
It turns out that you can, thanks to “set-jetting,” a tourism trend that’s spurring creative ways for TV-lovers and moviegoers to explore their whims.
TV Awards season has officially begun and television fanatics everywhere are watching, including some with the itch to explore the places, people, or lifestyles of the characters in their favorite, most buzzed-about shows.
This “screen tourism” is becoming increasingly popular among television buffs, who’ve had a rapid increase of shows and viewing platforms to choose from in recent years. According to a World Travel Market London 2017 industry report, ten percent of UK consumers choose their holiday destination with a television series in mind. Interested in heading to Utah to explore the scenic Dead Horse Point State Park that’s featured in scenes of Westworld, anyone?
Luckily, for globetrotters checking off their set-jetting bucket lists, or for others who want to dust off their suitcases and start exploring, Hilton has a collection of properties around the world where travelers can live out this trend for themselves.
Game of ThronesDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre
(Edinburgh, Scotland): Game of Thrones fans will find a familiar view from this property –the castle used in the show’s pilot episode for exterior shots of Winterfell! The property’s spectacular location also makes it the perfect base to uncover the charm of Scotland’s famous capital city. It is walking distance to many of the city’s major attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the charming Old Town, the Grassmarket and shopping on Princes Street and George Street.
Tru by Hilton McDonough, GA
(McDonough, Georgia): Stranger Things fans will love this hotel for its short distance to Jackson, Georgia, the small town that serves as the central filming location for the show. Visit Melvald’s General Store where Joyce worked, or Hawkins Cinema, for a trip into the fictional town featured in the Netflix series. Fans should also stop by Lucy Lu’s Coffee Café, where there’s a menu that includes Stranger Things inspired drinks.
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta West/Lithia Springs
(Lithia Springs, Georgia): Stranger Things fans can discover nearby filming locations such as the arcade from the show’s second season, which is still painted to look like the scene from the show, and the Hawkins Police Station roughly 15 minutes away. Located just a few miles from Six Flags over Georgia, this Hilton Garden Inn is also the perfect destination for experiencing all the Atlanta area has to offer.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab
(Moab, Utah): Westworld fans can enjoy about a 30-minute drive from the hotel to Dead Horse Point State Park and Castle Valley, two scenic spots often pictured in the show. Dead Horse Point State Park is also featured in scenes with the mysterious Man in Black. Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab is centrally located in downtown Moab and when you’re not making your Westworld tour stops, minutes away are world-class national parks, charming restaurants and shops to explore.
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
(London, England): Fans can enjoy a short walk from the hotel to Clarence House, the home of the Queen before she was given her title, and a quick trip to Buckingham Palace where she is currently in residence. An iconic London hotel with innovative, bold designs and unique dining experiences, The Trafalgar St. James London is a must-add to your bucket list.
The Arctic Club Seattle – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
(Seattle, Washington): Twin Peaks fans can take a short trip from the hotel to the iconic Reinig Bridge, a must-see for any fan of the original series. The bridge is first featured in the show’s pilot episode when Ronette, one of Laura’s classmates, is seen walking across the bridge after being attacked.
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
(Chicago, Illinois): Fans of the Showtime series can enjoy a trip through all of the filming locations Chicago has to offer, including the iconic Gallagher House just a short drive away. This modern hotel is also set within the iconic London Guarantee & Accident building in the heart of Chicago. The spacious guest rooms at LondonHouse Chicago feature modern style and timeless elegance, with amenities destined to make you feel at home. Relax at the hotel’s tri-level rooftop bar, called LH, to sip cocktails and take in some of the best views Chicago has to offer.
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