The Family Man to Succession: TV Series Locations Around the World
In an era where access to everything is so easy, just binging on television series is not enough. Seeing the characters confess their love, battle against each other or take roads in scenic locations makes us want to go there. These jaw-dropping locations take us around the world without even lifting a finger, from the comfort of our homes.
This type of travel trend is known as set-jetting, where people visit destinations used as filming locations for movies or TV shows. It’s also known as film tourism.
From epic fantasy lands to charming historical spots, TV has become the ultimate travel guide and travel enthusiast. Tourism in Klis, a mountain fortress in Croatia increased by 579% in 2016 as the Game of Thrones fans thronged the place.
Klis, a mountain fortress in Croatia Closer home, remember how the tourism of Goa spiked post the Dil Chahta Hai release? And the sudden influx of Indian tourists in Spain’s Tomatina festival, thanks to Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara?
We have compiled a list of locations where storytelling meets the most stunning spots on the planet:
The Family Man
In the first season of the series, scenes depicted as ‘Somewhere in Balochistan, Pakistan’ were actually shot in More Plains on the Leh-Manali highway. The execution of Mission Zulfikar and Major Sameer’s meeting with Pakistani Army Chief Ansari was filmed in the beautiful valleys of Srinagar.
More Plains, Leh-Manali highway
The small town where Moosa’s mother worked in a restaurant was filmed in Bekal, a town in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, known for Bekal Fort and picturesque sand beaches.
In the second season, the storyline revolves around Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Vedaranyam town in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, with attractions like Vedaranyeswarar Temple and Vedaranyam Beach, serves as a prominent location. A few scenes were shot in Point Calimere in Tamil Nadu, featuring a lighthouse and the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary.
Jaffna, in Sri Lanka’s northernmost district also served as a major shoot location in the second season. These include the Jaffna Public Library, Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and Jaffna Fort as key attractions.
Family Man season 3 will primarily be set in India’s North-East region.
The White Lotus
If you have seen ‘The White Lotus’ set in Hawaii, the inner wanderlust in you immediately wanted to go on a vacation. The beautiful hotels, mouth-watering food and impeccable hospitality shown in the social satire are what made it a hit worldwide.
The fictional White Lotus Resort Hawaii is actually the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, located on the island of Maui. The hotel is a tropical paradise comprising a spa, three golf courses and an art museum.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Season 2 was filmed at San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel, on the north-east coast of Sicily. The outside hotel areas shown in the series were filmed in Noto on the islands south-east and the coastal town of Cefalù, near Palermo.
Season 3 is all set to be filmed in Thailand according to reports. You will see a lot of Bangkok, Phuket and Ko Samui in the series.
The Last of Us
Helmed by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us may not have exotic locations like The White Lotus, yet fans have thronged to the locations shown in the drama series. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where one sees the destroyed versions of cities like Boston, Kansas and Wyoming.
However, the series was filmed in Alberta, Canada.
Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada
In the first episode, the residence of the Miller family in 2003 stands peacefully in a tranquil cul-de-sac at 11 Sullivan Road Southwest in High River. Adjacent to Miller’s abode is the Adler family’s home, where both exterior and interior scenes were authentically captured on-site in this town. The school attended by Sarah in the series was filmed at Lord Shaughnessy High School in Calgary.
Other places include Waterton Lakes National Park, High River, Canmore, and Mount Royal University.
Emmy-award winner, The Bear is about a family-run beef shop in Chicago. So, brace yourself if you are a foodie, who loves travelling. This might just be the perfect itinerary to spend a few days in Chicago.
The adrenaline-spiking Hulu series is inspired by a real-world restaurant named Mr. Beef. Located at 666 North Orleans Street in the heart of Chicago’s business district, Mr. Beef has become an institution cherished by locals. Renowned for offering some of the finest Italian beef sandwiches, this family-owned restaurant mirrors the essence of The Bear series. A culinary haven is not only for The Bear enthusiasts but also for gourmets.
The vibrant neighbourhoods surrounding North Damen Avenue in Wicker Park, celebrated for their art galleries are another popular filming location. A prominent landmark in the heart of Chicago, the Buckingham Fountain, located at 301 S Columbus District, is featured multiple times in the first two seasons of The Bear.
Encompassing 10 hectares, Millennium Park stands as a vast green space in the city centre. The park features the Harris Theater, one of Chicago’s largest. This historic neo-Gothic tower, the Chicago Water Tower at 806 Michigan Avenue, is another iconic structure. Its spectacular architecture, juxtaposed with modern buildings, adds an impressive dimension to the series. The Chicago History Museum, located at 1601 N Clark Street is a pivotal backdrop in The Bear.
Succession, an Emmy award winner, is about the Roy family controlling Waystar RoyCo, a powerful global media and entertainment conglomerate. From a billionaire’s holiday home, luxury yacht, and an upstate New York apartment to a luxurious estate in the Hamptons, the locations in the series are everything premium.
In Succession’s fourth season, standout Norwegian filming locations include the Juvet Landscape Hotel, Romsdalen Gondola, Atlantic Ocean Road, and Eggen Restaurant.
The show’s premiere showcases a lavish Californian mansion in the Santa Monica Mountains. Villa Cetinale, a Tuscan palazzo, steals the spotlight in season three with its 17th-century grandeur and extensive amenities. Other Italian gems include La Foce in Southern Tuscany, Villa La Cassinella on Lake Como, and the Oheka Castle in New York.
The Roy family’s lifestyle extends to a German-built superyacht, Solandge, cruising the Croatian coast. Noteworthy New York filming locations feature The Plaza, and the Whiteface Lodge in the Adirondacks for the Argestes media conference in season two.
Bridgerton is about eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family attempting to find love.
Bath in the UK serves as the historical backdrop for Bridgerton. Visit Ranger’s House in Greenwich Park, showcasing The Wernher Collection with over 700 art pieces as the Bridgerton family’s home. Hampton Court Palace, standing in as Queen Charlotte’s regal residence, is located in Richmond on the Thames. Castle Howard is near York, portraying the Duke of Hastings’ estate, Clyvedon Castle.
The Reform Club in Pall Mall, founded in 1832, serves as the setting for the Duke of Hastings and Anthony Bridgerton’s meeting in episode one. Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire is the Aubrey Hall, the Bridgerton family’s ancestral home in season two. Kew Palace scenes are filmed in the flourishing gardens of Waddesdon Manor. The botanical gardens, conservatories, and fields are featured in Queen Charlotte’s storyline.
Additional locations include Bristol’s stately homes, Surrey’s manicured parks, and Hertfordshire’s vast estates.