Popular Movie Scene Locations Around the U.S.

What’s better than watching your favorite movie or television show from the comfort of your RV? Doing just that in or near the exact location it was filmed at! There are so many iconic movies and television shows that were filmed around the U.S. To help you plan a roadtrip around your favorite movies, here are some popular filming locations around the U.S. to visit on your next adventure.



Arches National Park

Arches National Park in Utah: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The 1989 American action-adventure film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was filmed in Arches National Park, which is a great desert to visit in your RV. It’s located in Utah and includes 2,000 sandstone arches, such as the Courthouse Towers and Balanced Rock, which were in the scene where Indy has his scout troop ride in the desert. In addition, if you visit the Double Arch, you’ll be walking where Indy saves the ‘Cross of Coronado’ from treasure hunters!



The Painted Ladies

San Francisco in California: Full House

One of the most iconic spots to visit while in San Francisco is the Painted Ladies. One of them was the famed home in the popular sitcom, Full House, which is a show where Danny Turner, a widower, raises his three daughters under one roof with his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone. This famous street is an attraction for many visitors, as is the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.



Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley in Arizona: Forrest Gump

Perhaps you are familiar with the line, “Run Forrest, run!” by Jenny in Forrest Gump. Although this classic 1994 film was set in several places around the U.S., such as Savannah, Georgia and Yemassee, South Carolina, the scene where Forrest crosses the finish line is in the picturesque Monument Valley. Drive down this road to immerse yourself in this powerful moment in the movie!



Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood in Oregon: The Shining

Specifically filmed at Timberline Lodge, The Shining is a classic horror film that takes place in Mount Hood National Forest. Whether you want to explore this area around Halloween or during a Pacific Northwest road trip, you’ll feel like you’re in the movie itself while staying near or at the lodge. If an eerie experience is up your alley, then definitely add this lodge to your itinerary.



Boston Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts: Good Will Hunting 

Good Will Hunting, an American psychologist drama film with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, was filmed in the beautiful east coast city of Boston. This 1997 film was set specifically around South Boston and Harvard Square and is about a janitor at MIT with a genius-level IQ who solves a difficult math problem and reaches his full potential. Boston is the perfect place to visit if you’re interested in exploring one of the best college cities in the U.S.



Whether you want to run the same streets as Forrest Gump or watch The Shining at a quiet campsite in Oregon, there are so many ways to immerse into different movie scene locations while on a road trip. If you’re also looking for some good road trip jams to add to your trip, here are the best playlists for every type of road trip.

See you on the road!

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R Jones on

Lots of good suggestions, but you forgot Alabama Hills on 395 California.

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