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16 Glorious Fictional Destinations We Wish We Could Visit

The real world is a beautiful place. I won't deny that. Even still, the collective imaginations of writers and visionaries throughout history have created lands that, in my mind, could never be rivale

The real world is a beautiful place. I won't deny that. Even still, the collective imaginations of writers and visionaries throughout history have created lands that, in my mind, could never be rivaled by Mother Earth. They’ve built some impossibly amazing places, but they have the advantage really. So let's not get too carried away. Some fictional lands are based on real sites, exaggerated or improved to make them better than they are in real life. Others are made special because of the fictional world and characters they interact with, aided by a nostalgic love of their stories. Every place on this list, though, also benefitted from the magic of film and TV. But let me make this clear now, before we go any further, you can’t actually go to these places. Well, actually, some of them you can visit, but it’s not the same. It’s never the same. You won’t be part of the same atmosphere as in the movie or TV show. It won’t be as good. I know. I’m ruining this for you.

Let’s start again. Imagine for a second that you could visit any place that you’ve ever seen on TV and film, for real. Of all the cities, towns, countries and lands that your favorite films and television shows have been set in, which would you choose? Imagine that the people, the weather, even the events of those stories were taking place as you visited, would that impact your decision? There are so many incredible settings from TV and movies that it’s difficult to narrow them down, but I’m going to do it anyways because I like you. I think you're nice. If you ever get the chance to abandon the law of physics and reality and travel to fictional lands, I’ve gone ahead and prepared for you a list of places you should see. There are 16 places on this list, 16 places that make me sad they don’t exist.

16 Sunnydale – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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15 Spectre - Big Fish

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14 Pleasantville - Pleasantville

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13 Emerald City – The Wizard of Oz

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12 Los Angeles – Blade Runner

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11 Narnia ­– The Chronicles of Narnia

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10 Cloud City/Endor – Star Wars

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9 Halloween Town – Nightmare Before Christmas

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8 Whoville – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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7 Springfield – The Simpsons

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6 Hill Valley – Back to the Future

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5 Wonderland – Alice in Wonderland

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4 Hogwarts – Harry Potter

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3 Pandora – Avatar

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2 Neverland – Peter Pan & Hook

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1 The Shire/Rivendell – Lord of the Rings

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This one’s a slight matter of preference. Do you like Hobbits or Elves? Do you like pipe weed or reading books? Do you like rolling hills and farmland or mountains Gandalf, mountains? Do you like The Lord of the Rings? Well, if you don’t, you don't have a soul. Really, you can’t go wrong with either choice because both the Shire and Rivendell would be amazing places to visit. The Shire would be super relaxing, plus its got great food and nice people, but Rivendell isn’t called the “last homely house” for nothing. Both of these places have a real comforting feel to them. In The Lord of the Rings, these two sites both hosted rare periods of calm in the trilogy, so there’s something safe about them as well. Before I nerd out too hard, let’s move on to the next. Nope, no more. These are the best.

Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

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