Our bucket list of places to visit may already be a mile long but we can’t help adding a few more fantasy spots and fictional locations to the map. From hearty lunches in Hobbiton to swanning around the social soirees of Pride and Prejudice, sipping coffee in Central Perk, and clicking our heels two times for the land of oz, there are tons of dream worlds that we wish we could visit. In the spirit of tapping into our inner child and swapping everyday life for fictional lands, we decided to celebrate every favorite book or tv show that swept us away to a magical place. For all of you pop culture enthusiasts out there and all you dreamers, let's delve in and lose ourselves in all of our favorite fictional places...
Who doesn’t want to live in America’s happiest little nook? The hometown of the Gilmore Girls seems to make us forget our dreams to live in the bright lights of the big city and instead want to jack it all in and move to a wholesome community where the holiday season seems to last all year. From endless cheeseburgers at Luke’s Diner to ballet lessons at Ms. Patty’s, a romantic first kiss under the gorgeous gazebo, and the fact that everyone lives in flora strewn dream homes. Where do we sign up?
As long as we don’t need to battle he who shall not be named, we are forever awaiting our Hogwarts letters. Endless feasts in the Great Hall, Dumbledore, epic train rides, magical beasts and books, and weekend trips to down Butterbeer and visit Honeyduke’s in the fictional town of Hogsmeade with Harry Potter and Hermione (Ron won't be missed). If you want us we will be waiting eagerly by the mailbox.
Middle Earth has plenty of spots we’d love to call home from the magic of Rivendell to the white tree of Gondor, but The Shire is synonymous with all we love about Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and has to be top of the list. Famed for its pantries stuffed full of food (cold chicken, pork pies, seed cake, cheese, pickles, and raspberry jam), they are also famed for adding a few more meals into their daily schedule. When the hobbits aren’t feasting they seem to be drunkenly dancing on tables, downing hand-crafted ales, and smoking pipe weed. If that doesn't sound like somewhere we would love to visit, what does!
The Gatsby Mansion
While we wouldn’t want to live the languid lives of the rich and heartbroken, we wouldn’t turn our noses up at a party invite to Jay Gatsby’s mansion. While the mega blowout parties may serve as a metaphor for the scramble for wealth and the gaudy culture this can breed, we love any excuse to dress in our best roaring twenties flapper dresses, ride classic cars across sculpted lawns, and lavish in champagne-soaked nights splashed with gossip and gold.
While some may hole up with Cersei Lannister in the Red Keep of King's Landing and others may head north to Winterfell, we would certainly be heading for Highgarden. Out of all the seven kingdoms, Highgarden seems to have it all. The Game of Thrones location is described by George R R Martin as being the heart of chivalry, with rolling fields of golden roses, singers and fiddlers at every turn, glorious wine, and all the money you could need. Not to mention it’s the home of the Queen of Thorns herself – all hail Olenna Tyrell.
Yeah, you may have to battle with maple syrup mysteries, weird tree monsters, and drug smugglers bringing jingle-jangle into the neighborhood, but Riverdale has a lot going for it. Those kids from the Archie Comics never seem to be in school, Pops clearly does the best chocolate shakes known to man, Archie himself always has his abs on display, and there’s an underground speakeasy ran by teenagers. Life is never monotonous in Riverdale.
Of all the magical make-believe places out there, Narnia has to be up there with one of the best spots to visit. Home of magic, sentient and wise animals who love to give advice, snowy roads, whimsical wonders, and jaw-dropping surroundings - not to mention the great Aslan, even the thought of those stories make us swoon. We know there are a few bad witches knocking about, but we will take our chances if we can climb that royal ladder.
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory
You had us at the chocolate river if the truth be told. However, there are a thousand reasons to visit the chocolate factory and they all have something in common. Yep - chocolate. While we may have to toe the line to make sure that we don't get turned into blueberries and we would deffo want to check on Willy Wonka and his working conditions for the Oompa Loompas, we are here mainly for the ability to pick candy and chocolate from trees. As for that river – go ahead and push us in.
Ok, hear us out. We know that things didn't quite go to plan on Jurassic Park and that dinosaurs and humans aren't the best at cohabiting, but that island looks pretty lush and if we stay close to the herbivores and away from the T-rex what could go wrong? It would be like the Galapagos (kind of). Imagine if they made Jurassic Park, it would be a fancy five-star resort and you could hike in primaeval forests, canoe down ancient waterways where long necks lap at the waters and considering we are writing the script of this magical world - you can even fly on the back of a pterodactyl. Worth the selfie risk?
All Jane Austen fans out there would surely swoon to get the chance to live at Pemberley. Also known as the estate of Mr. Darcy, we too would be charmed by the rolling gentle English countryside, the high teas, and those lofty handsome rooms that Elizabeth describes. We have no trouble imagining ourselves strolling the ornate grounds beneath a parasol and waiting for the movie star version of Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) to emerge fully clothed from the lake.
The Emerald City
Ruby slippers, yellow brick roads, a bunch of friends, and we'll leave the flying monkeys out of it thanks - Oz is home to the imperial city from the wild imagination of L Frank Baum. Glowing in (ahem) green and the home of the impressive palace of the Wizard of Oz, we envy Dorothy Gale and her green lemonade, her glorious band of merry travelers, and her ease and heroic energy in the face of a great adventure. We'll even don those green-tinted glasses for that.
The Norse version of Mount Olympus, show us the rainbow bridge and we will get our shoes on. This fictional city is a fantasy epic and guarantees a good time. The Asgard from the Marvel movies is a must. Not only do you get castles, epic technology, and to hang out with Thor and Loki, but you can also skip winter and head to the part of town where the eternal summer sits. You get to age slowly, live in a land where science and magic coexist, and when you get sick of the place you can simply take the Bifrost bridge to one of the other dimensions.
Home of The Simpsons, if we could take one animated fictional location it would have to be Springfield over South Park or the pineapple home of SpongeBob SquarePants. Simply put, Springfield is pure comfort food of a place. We would totally raise a glass at Moe’s, catch a Krusty Show, cackle in the corner with Selma and Patty, and get our fill of squishees at the Kwik-E-Mart.
New York (the fake one)
While we all agree that New York City is one of the world’s most exhilarating cities, we would LOVE to be transported to a socialite safe haven that seems to be featured in television series like Friends and Sex in the City. Yes, we are here for that fictional place in the United States where you can get grandfather rent on a lusciously large apartment in Manhattan, where columnist jobs still exist, where everyone can afford endless cocktails and coffee in New York's hottest spots, and where there isn't a dating app in sight only an endless stream of cuties everywhere. WE WANT TO GO.
In a galaxy far far away there are a thousand planets and places to visit but Naboo is the one that gets our Star Wars vote first. We know that if you are a hardcore fan you may argue against us picking a prequel film series spot but the variety of landscapes makes Naboo a keeper. You get lush grasslands dotted with ancient monoliths, shimmering lakes, gorgeous jungles dripping with flora, romantic renaissance architecture, and vistas to die for.
Here are some honorable fictional world spots that we would also like to visit...
Avonlea from Anne of Green Gables (pretty pasture lands, quaint charm, enchanted bookcases, and haunted woods - sign us up).
Gotham City (yes we know it would be dicey as hell, but for a glimpse of Batman it may be worth it).
Themyscira (a fictional island, home of Wonder Woman, and a feminist utopia what are we all waiting for!).
From dreaming of dressing up for a make-believe tea party to packing our elvish bread for the journey home to The Shire, these are the imaginary places we would love to wave a magic wand and make come to life. Which fictional setting is calling your name? Share with us in the comments and let's escape real life a little bit longer.
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