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Get Away With These 20 Vacation Movies

Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish in "Girls Trip." Perfect World/Universal Pictures

Although more and more of us are starting to spend time outside the home, it seems we won’t be taking any fun extravagant trips in the near future. In the meantime, why not escape to another place through the magic of cinema? We’ve got 20 films to fix your travel bug! Check out these (mostly real) vacation destinations and get away for awhile. You may even want to add a few locations to your bucket list!

The Way Way Back

Starring: Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb
Destination: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Summer at a beach house with your mom, her boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter isn’t so great for fourteen year old Duncan. He finds a job at the local water park to escape Trent’s radar and makes an unexpected friend in this coming-of-age story.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Starring: Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell
Destination: Oahu Island, Hawaii

Devastated by his breakup, Peter goes to Hawaii to try to get over his ex-girlfriend -- only to discover that she’s staying at the same resort with someone new.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh
Destination: Tuscany, Italy

During a best friend’s getaway trip, fresh divorcée, Frances, impulsively purchases a rural Tuscan villa and attempts to start a new life.

What About Bob?

Starring: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty
Destination: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

A successful psychotherapist loses his mind when one of his most dependent patients tracks him down during his relaxing family vacation.

Lost in Translation

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray
Destination: Tokyo, Japan

Bill Murray stars as an aging movie star who forms an unlikely bond with a young newlywed after continuously crossing paths in their Tokyo hotel.


Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
Destination: “The Hårga” in Hälsingland, Sweden

A movie that will make you grateful to be home? A grieving girl invites herself to Sweden with her distant boyfriend and his friends for a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival, which takes a sinister turn at the hands of a pagan cult.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Starring: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg
Destination: Montego Bay, Jamaica

California stock broker, Stella, takes a well-deserved vacation with her friend. However, she gets more than she bargained for when she meets a handsome islander twenty years her junior.

Dirty Dancing

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Destination: Catskills, New York (actually filmed in North Carolina and Virginia)

Frances’ summer in the Catskills becomes one to remember when she falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor.

Darjeeling Limited

Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
Destination: Mostly Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

One year after their father’s funeral, three brothers come together for a train trip across India.

Roman Holiday

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck
Destination: Rome, Italy

Had to sneak in a classic! A runaway princess escapes her royal confines in Rome and meets an American reporter.

Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan
Destination: The fictional Central American island of Isla Nublar

22 years after John Hammond’s attempt to open a prehistoric park, “Jurassic World” is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park and vacation destination ... with a deadly new attraction.

Crazy Rich Asians

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina
Destination: Singapore (also shot in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia)

Rachel, a native New Yorker, travels with her boyfriend to his hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding; failing to mention that he’s one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors.


Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn
Destination: South America

Insisting on finding adventure, a woman persuades her cautious mother to travel to Ecuador with her, which goes off the rails after getting kidnapped.

Vacation (1983)

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quad
Destination: Walley World

The Griswold family embarks on a cross-country journey to get to the “Walley World” theme park.

Girls Trip

Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish
Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana

Four friends that have grown apart over the years travel to New Orleans to rekindle their friendship - and wild side - during the Essence Music Festival.

Eat Pray Love

Starring: Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Javier Bardem
Destination: Italy, India, and Bali

Newly divorced, Liz goes on a round-the-world trip in hopes of finding herself and what she wants in life.

The Hangover

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha
Destination: Las Vegas, Nevada

Three friends wake up from a bachelor party with no memory of their wild night and with the groom-to-be nowhere in sight.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy, Freddie Prinze Jr., Muse Watson
Destination: The Bahamas (Actually shot in Mexico)

One year after the events of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Julie’s roommate wins a trip for 4 to the Bahamas, but even on vacation, she can’t escape mysterious letters and murder.

Into the Wild

Starring: Emilie Hirsch, Jena Malone, Kristen Stewart
Destination: The Alaskan Wilderness

A young man gives his entire savings to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Midnight in Paris

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
Destination: Paris, France

A screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée’s family finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s when the clock strikes midnight.

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