Digital wizardry can twist and turn any setting into a formidable movie backdrop, but some locations are as stunning in person as they are on the silver screen. Directors, producers, and set designers scour the planet for their perfect locations, and sometimes they land in a place you would never expect. From old seaside towns to sleepy tropical islands, all sorts of sites were made famous by Hollywood – and they’re still a big draw for fans. Check out these seven famous movie settings for a deeper look into your favorite films.

Angel Falls, Mount Roraima, Venezuela (Up)


The Paradise Falls in the movie Up don’t exist – but they’re inspired by a real, jaw-dropping waterfall in Venezuela. Angel Falls, located in the Canaima National Park in the southeastern part of the country, is the tallest waterfall in the world, and certainly one of the most awe-inspiring. A long, crashing stream of water flows over the sheer cliff face, surrounded by plenty of thick jungle and the sounds of the rainforest. It takes some time to find this lost world, but visitors won’t be disappointed.