At long last, flights to the USA are back on the menu, as the country re-opens its borders to Brits on the 8th of November. But, if you’re not sure where to go, why not watch these blockbusters to get inspired? There are thousands of movies set in the USA, but these 10 films really showcase its bustling cities and impressive landscapes. Take a look.
If you’ve always dreamt of going to Las Vegas, The Hangover will soon have you packing your bags. The ultimate tribute to Sin City, this outrageous comedy is about a group of friends on a bachelor party – and, as you might expect, things get wildly out of hand. Showing glitzy casinos, The Strip, and famous hotels like the Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace, this fun-filled film will have you booking flights to Las Vegas before the credits roll.
Sex and the City
Want to gather your gal pals, go on a shopping spree, and sip cosmopolitans? Well, you need to watch Sex and the City – and then immediately find cheap flights to New York. You can follow in the footsteps of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as you shop ‘til you drop and admire the bright lights of Times Square. And, if you’re a huge fan, why not take a SATC tour of New York? You can visit Carrie’s apartment, Magnolia Bakery, and the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.
Fancy going on a great American road trip? Watch Nomadland. Starring Frances McDormand, this cinematic masterpiece follows the life of Fern, a working nomad who lives on the road. While the film doesn’t shy away from the realities of living in a van, it’s nevertheless a beautiful tribute to the USA’s jaw-dropping scenery, especially Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, South Dakota’s Badlands National Park, and San Bernardino National Forest in California.
Few films show off Hawaii as well as this Steven Spielberg classic. The green-clad mountains, valleys and waterfalls you see in Jurassic Park are nearly all on the Hawaiian isle of Kaua’i. And, unlike the fictitious Islar Nublar, Kaua’i isn’t threatened by rampaging dinosaurs. You can even take an organised Jurassic Park tour to see key landmarks from the film like Manawaiopuna Falls. Tempted? Compare flights to Hawaii with Netflights.
If you’re considering a hiking trip, watch Wild. Based on a true story, this movie focuses on troubled Sheryl Strayed – played by Reese Witherspoon – as she treks part of the demanding Pacific Crest Trail, which spans California, Oregon and Washington. Wild features the Mojave Desert, Crater Lake and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the incredible views will soon have you reaching for your passport.
We couldn’t talk about inspirational US films without mentioning Forrest Gump. This cult classic features gorgeous Southern scenery, as well as dozens of major landmarks, ranging from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to Monument Valley in Utah. And, with our cheap flights to the USA, you won’t need to run there either!
If you’ve ever fancied visiting California’s world-famous vineyards, Sideways will take you there via the silver screen. The film follows two friends, Jack and Miles, who take a trip to Santa Barbara’s wine region, to celebrate Jack’s upcoming wedding. After seeing the film’s pin-striped vineyards, bright sunshine and wine-filled glasses, you might find it hard to resist booking flights to California.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Set in Chicago, this Eighties hit is all about high school student Ferris Bueller, who pulls a sickie to enjoy a fun-filled day off school. And the film ticks off a number of the Windy City’s highlights. You’ll spot sites like Willis Tower, Wrigley Field and the Art Institute. And the shots of Lake Shore Drive – right by the bright blue waters of Lake Michigan – are sure to have you looking at Chicago flights.
Thelma and Louise
Want to hit the open road in a convertible, weaving across dramatic American landscapes? Well, Thelma and Louise is sure to whet your appetite. While the duo’s journey from Arkansas to Arizona – via Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico – doesn’t exactly go as planned, it does give us a great view of the USA’s varied scenery. And your road trip is sure to have a much happier ending…
An oldie, but a goodie. With remote ranches, golden fields, horse-back rides and fun-filled dances, this heart-warming musical will have you booking flights to the Deep South before you can say “cowboys”. Although if there’s anywhere specific you’d like to see from the film itself, going to Oklahoma would be a waste of time – most of the movie was actually filmed in Arizona!