Atlanta is often referred to as the “Hollywood of the South” because of the many television and movie projects filmed in the city and its surrounding communities. Its streets are frequently used to portray other cities – and even other planets – and it’s not uncommon to see a celebrity dining out or signs marking an active production. But those aren’t the only places to see if you’re a fan of the movies – Atlanta is full of iconic filming locations that you can visit without being an actor.
Jackson Street Bridge
For the best views in the city, visit the Jackson Street Bridge in the Old Fourth Ward, which overlooks Freedom Parkway and the downtown skyline beyond. At all times of day and night, you’ll likely see both professional and amateur photographers snapping the best images of Atlanta. But eagle-eyed fans of The Walking Dead recognize this spot as the place where Rick enters the city in the first season of the show, memorialized on the promotional photos.
The Swan House
Built in 1928, Atlanta’s most famous home was built for the Inman family by Philip Trammell Shutze. The architect’s work is seen throughout the city, but the terraced gardens of this majestic Buckhead mansion make this his most popular. Now a part of the Atlanta History Center and open for tours, the home was used as a stop on The Amazing Race. But it’s best known as President Snow’s home in The Hunger Games and props from the film are on display and the museum has its own tours.
Silver Skillet Restaurant
Opened in 1956 in Midtown, the Silver Skillet Restaurant is one of the city’s original greasy spoons. Voted the best breakfast in Atlanta, menu highlights include fluffy biscuits and tasty omelettes. It’s been featured in countless television shows and movies including Remember the Titans, The Founder, Ozark, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Taken 3, and Trouble with the Curve.
Atlanta was built as a railroad center and nowhere is that as evident as at The Gulch, an area where trains once ran underneath, centered around the Norfolk Southern Building. This area is commonly used for parking for events at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but has also been featured in film projects. In The Walking Dead, Rick travels through this area on horseback entering Atlanta and in Captain America: Civil War, a parking lot was transformed into an African village.
Porsche Experience Center
In Hapeville, Porsche has its North American headquarters as well as the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta, an interactive visitor’s center, restaurant, and test track where you can take one of the luxury cars for a spin. The track was also used in Captain America: Civil War.
Home to one of the world’s largest aquarium tanks, the Georgia Aquarium is among the city’s top attractions. Here you’ll find regional species as well as creatures like whale sharks and river otters. It’s also been used as a backdrop for a number of films, including What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Last Song, and Miracles from Heaven.