19 Sci-Fi Movie Locations You Can Actually Visit

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They're in a galaxy not so far away.

Although many sci-fi movies are created on sets or computers, some have used real-world locations that you won't need a spaceship to visit. The climactic scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in which aliens land on Earth takes place at Devils Tower, which is located in the Bear Lodge Mountains in northeastern Wyoming. The final showdown between Deckard and Roy Batty in Blade Runner takes place in the Bradbury Building, located at 304 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, while the Ennis House was used to create Deckard's apartment. Charlton Heston's Planet of the Apes character splashes down in Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River that is located on the border between Arizona and Utah. When the Terminator arrives sans clothes in Los Angeles in the first Terminator movie, he is at Griffith Observatory near the Hollywood sign. RoboCop is set in a dystopian Detroit, but the Omni Consumer Products building featured in the movie is actually Dallas City Hall in Texas. A shootout in Total Recall takes place on an escalator in the Metro Chabacano subway station in Mexico City. Other sci-fi movies with locations you can actually visit include The Empire Strikes Back, Starship Troopers, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Avatar, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Gattaca, Men in Black and many more.

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