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« on: July 01, 2013, 03:36:25 pm »

I'm taking the family on a road trip next year from Milwaukee to San Francisco. My wife - a huge 'Shining' fan - wants to visit the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Park, on which Kubrick based the interior of the Overlook Hotel. (See their photo gallery here: http://www.yosemitepark.com/ahwahnee-photo-gallery.aspx) Seeing that we would be crossing Wyoming, I said let's see Devil's Tower ('Close Encounters' was one of the 1st films I remember seeing with my family at the cinema, and it's still a favourite). Then Mount Rushmore got thrown into the mix (I've ordered the blu-ray of 'North by Northwest' today). So, it's becoming a movie location road trip, it seems.

Anyway, are there any other obvious stops en route we should make, to continue the movie theme?
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 04:24:11 pm »

never realized the ahwahnee was used for the movie! i was just there back in april!
edit: pro-tip: the yosemite valley is a roughly 4-5 hour drive from frisco. there are several tour bus companies that can take you there from frisco too. depending on your budget, check some of them out. also if you do decide to take a bus in, sit on the drivers right hand side. you'll get the views of the valley going in. the drivers left hand side views mostly a side of a mountain.

reno from reno 911 (lol)
golden gate bridge (tons o movies)
a 2 and a half hour trip south from Frisco has the Monterey Bay Aquarium (old star trek)
the boardwalk in santa cruz (the boardwalk in The Lost Boys)
the disney family museum at the Presido (Frisco)
little china from big trouble in little china (Frisco)

a few notables in Frisco:  http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/casfmenu/tp/movies.htm

in salt lake city you can visit a big chunk of The Sandlot. including the sandlot (that supposedly doesnt look at all what it did in the movie)
http://sports-glutton.com/2011/03/30/the-sandlot-as-it-stands-today/
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 04:37:37 pm »

Excellent suggestions! Gonna do some research and check them out. Cheers!
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 04:54:35 pm »

Depending on how well you remember the 1980s, you might like some of the location suggestions in the book "Chasing the Eighties" by Spencer Austin. http://goo.gl/0zNUs
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 09:34:25 am »

Depending on how well you remember the 1980s, you might like some of the location suggestions in the book "Chasing the Eighties" by Spencer Austin. http://goo.gl/0zNUs


The reviews make it sound like something right up my street! Thanks for the recommendation.
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 01:59:51 pm »

Out of your way I'm guessing, years ago in Durango Co I was visiting a friend and he wanted to show me the "cliff" That Butch and Sundance jumped off of into the river 60-70-feet below.

We pull into a small park and park car in lot , as I start walking he says  "Here it is" a boulder about five feet high and if I remember correctly, right by a swing set in park. I was crushed haha
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