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12 locations of science fiction movies that can actually be visited

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Science fiction movies-Why settle for seeing the same beaches, bars and old buildings. When you can visit the desert planet of Tattoine. Or the lush forests of Pandora?

This year take a trip out of this world and explore one of these twelve stunning places that served as locations of science fiction movies:

San Rafael Swell in Utah – Vulcan, Star Trek

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In the 2009 Star Trek, the original Spock sees Vulcan destroyed by Nero, in revenge for the destruction of Romulus. Luckily that only happened in the film and the real location of Vulcano, San Rafael Swell, has not been destroyed by an angry Romulan …

If you like camping, hiking, biking and especially rock climbing. It would be illogical not to visit the San Rafael waves. You can enjoy two thousand square kilometers of narrow and winding canyons, panoramic cliffs and imposing rock formations.

Keahua Arboretum in Hawaii – Pandora, Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar movie was mostly computer generated. But the live action parts of the movie took place in the beautiful and serene, Keahua Arboretum, in Hawaii.

Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including fragrant eucalyptus trees. And the saman, this isolated site is the ideal place for those seeking the peace and tranquility of Pandora.

Chott el Jerid in Tunisia – Tatooine, Star Wars: A New Hope

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Chott el Jerid in Tunisia is the place in the real world for the desert planet of Tatooine , the home of Luke Skywalker in the first installment of the Star Wars saga.

This natural desert is also constantly under the scrutiny of scientists. As it is the closest place to Mars on Earth. So no matter what planets you decide, Mars or Tattoine, you will find the ideal place in Chott El Jerid.

Tikal National Park in Guatemala – Rebel Base, Star Wars: A New Hope

The location of the rebel base in the first Star Wars trilogy is the beautiful Tikal National Park in Guatemala.

With acres of rainforest and incredible Mayan ruins, this would be the perfect hiding place for anyone.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California – Endor, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

If you visit the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in California. You will be transported to the Endor Forest, or at least, to the place where the Star Wars scenes were filmed: Return of the Jedi.

Unfortunately, there are no Ewoks or imperial stormtroopers there with whom to take a quick photo, however. There are more than 10,000 hectares of the largest trees on the planet.

Hook & Ladder 8 in New York – Ghostbusters

Hook and Ladder 8 is a fully functional fire department and was the location of the Ghostbusters headquarters.

Although this fire department is still in use. They allow visitors to visit, although requests to slip through the tube are rejected.

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico – Journey to the Center of the Earth

If you’re curious to know what the center of the earth might look like. You can visit the set of the science fiction movie, Journey to the Center of the Earth, located in the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.

The Caverns consist of more than 46,000 hectares of tunnels and caves, that is enough to keep even the most extreme explorer occupied.

Devil’s Tower in Wyoming – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The “Devil’s Tower” in Wyoming is so incredible, that many people will surely have thought. It was another special effect in Steven Spielberg’s movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but it’s real.

This national monument of the USA It has a height of 386 meters and seems a good place to detect UFOs.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico – Contact

The best thing about the movie Contact was its epic location, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which has one of the telescopes with the largest aperture in the world. 300 meters wide is not an astronomer device for amateurs.

As was the scenario for Contact, this mechanical monstrosity was also present in several films, including the 1997 James Bond film, Golden eye.

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia – 12 Monkeys

You love animals? How about the apes? Let’s say, a dozen of them? Well, maybe you should go to jail. Confused? You should be. The winner of several 12 Monkeys awards is a brilliant and disconcerting science fiction film in which its main protagonist, James Cole is imprisoned for much of the film in an anarchic asylum. The location of this terrifying sanatorium is the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Once it was the most famous and expensive prison in the world, the prison is now a tourist attraction, a museum and art gallery.

Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California – Gattaca

In the future you are only allowed to go on vacation if you are of the perfect genetic reserve. While the born naturally like you. And me, are prohibited from leaving the country and are relegated to minor tasks such as cleaning. Or at least that is what the 1997 Gattaca movie wants us to believe.

Most of the film takes place at the training facilities of a futuristic aerospace company, which is actually the impressive Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California. An impressive futuristic-looking building that, in addition to being used in Gattaca, was also the scene of THX-1138. The first science fiction film by George Lucas.

Dawdon coal mine in Durham County, United Kingdom – Alien 3

Used in multiple films in recent years, the Dawdon coal mine in Durham County, United Kingdom, is a great example of a real-world dystopia turned into a utopia.

The Dawdon coal mine was, until recently, a lifeless ecological disaster zone. The Colliery beaches were covered with oil and effluents, the perfect setting for the Alien 3 prison.

The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.

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