MAP: 68 must-see sci-fi sights around the U.S.

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, so it's the perfect time to hit the highway for the last road trip of summer. And not just any road trip—a sci-fi road trip!

With this in mind, we tracked down the coolest destinations in every part of the country, everything from roadside attractions to legendary movie set locations, and marked them on a downloadable map available after the jump. Whether it's scouting for UFOs in Roswell, a visit to the birthplace of Capt. Kirk or a trip to the locations used in The Dark Knight, there's something for every taste.

So jump in the car—making sure to take along our handy PDF map which lists all the destinations below—and head out on a sci-fi adventure you won't soon forget!


Mothman Museum
Point Pleasant, W.Va.
The Mothman Museum focuses on the paranormal urban legend of the Mothman, a demonic, winged creature thought to be associated with horrible tragedies in the small rural town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The museum is the perfect place for those fascinated with urban paranormal legends to research this phenomenon, from eyewitness accounts to historic documentation.

The Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
Atlantic City, N.J.
Based on the popular television show from the 1980s by the same name, the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum hosts a variety of bizarre and amusing installation pieces, from Bakur the Gypsy to a Fiji Island mermaid.

Kennedy Space Center
The ultimate in exploration in space, the home of NASA, offers a variety of tours and viewings of space shuttle launches and landings. What better place than the Kennedy Space Center to get an up close and personal experience with space shuttle launch pad viewings, trips to Cape Canaveral, America's first satellite at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, the Apollo/Saturn V Center and educational visits to the International Space Station Center and LC 39 Observation Gantry?

Movie Theater From "The Blob"
The Colonial Theater
225 Bridge St.
Phoenixville, Pa.
Experience the original 1958 B-movie classic The Blob firsthand with a trip to the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, Pa.

If you're a movie fan, then New York City is your playground. Over the decades it has been the production home of thousands of films of all genres, from action-adventure to science fiction. Here are a few locations you can visit that have been highlighted in some of this century's most memorable films.


The headquarters of the Ghostbusters
Hook and Ladder 8, 14 N. Moore St., Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Dana Barrett's Apartment (aka Spook Central)
55 Central Park West, Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

New York Public Library Ghostbusters Tour
5th Ave. between 40th and 42nd Streets, Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

I Am Legend

At the beginning of the movie we see a desolate (CGI-created) Times Square with the Fresh Prince himself hunting deer ...
Times Square, Broadway between 43rd and 46th Street
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

DVD rental scene
Tower Records, 692 Broadway (West 4th Avenue)
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Driving Range Scene
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Pier 86 at West 46th Street
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Museum Pond
Metropolitan Museum of Art
5th Ave at 82nd St, Upper East Side
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Men in Black

MiB Headquarters
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
2 Broadway
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

The Alien Spacecraft
After taking off in the spacecraft, Edgar flys over Shea Stadium, causing a baseball player to miss his catch, while over the stadium Jay and Kay shoot at the craft to bring it down.
Observatory Towers, Flushing Meadow
Queens, New York City, N.Y.

After Jay and Kay shoot down the spacecraft, it comes back down to earth, crashing through the Flushing Meadow Unisphere.
Flushing Meadow
Queens, New York City, N.Y.

Night at the Museum

American Museum of Natural History
79th Street and Central Park West
Upper West Side
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.


The Daily Bugle Offices
"Flatiron Building"
5th Ave between 22nd and 23rd St.
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Diner where Mary Jane works
Moondance Diner
6th Avenue and Canal Street
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Battle where Spider-Man first meets Green Goblin
Times Square
Broadway between 43rd and 46th Street
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

Dropping off MJ at the Rooftop Garden
Rockerfeller Roof Gardens
5th Avenue between 49th & 50th Streets
Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.

The abandoned building where Spider-Man fights the Green Goblin
Roosevelt Island
Smallpox Hospital (Renwick Ruin)
Located near the southern end of Manhattan Island
East 52nd Street

Spider-Man 2

Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History
The direct entrance on the north side of the Museum on West 81st Street, just west of Central Park West. Access is also available through the Museum from Central Park West at 79th Street.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)

Klaatu arrives on Earth
When Klaatu lands his spaceship here on earth, he parks it at the Ellipse, which is situated between the White House and the Washington Monument ...
The Ellipse
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C.

The Dark Knight

Joker's crew robs "Gotham National Bank"
Chicago Post Office, 404 West Harrison—though the exterior seen is the northern corner at West Van Buren Street and Canal Street, where a fake extension was built on the adjoining vacant lot.

Taking down the Scarecrow
The parking garage at 200 West Randolph Street (also the same garage that was the start of the Tumbler's rooftop chase in Batman Begins)

the HQ of "Wayne Enterprises"
Richard J Daley Center
On Washington Street between Clark and Dearborn Streets


The birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk
Riverside, Iowa
Official city slogan: "Where the Trek begins."
Riverside is the self-proclaimed future birthplace of fictional character Capt. James T. Kirk of U.S.S. Enterprise and Star Trek fame. In 2005, Riverside was the site of Invasion Iowa, a reality television series produced by Spike TV and starring, among other actors and Riverside residents, William Shatner. The Riverside Area Community Club (RACC) hosts an annual "TrekFest" Star Trek celebration.


Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
Located in the landmark Frank Gehry building at the base of the Space Needle, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame pays tribute to the lives, works and ongoing legacies of the genres' greatest minds. The 2009 inductees include editor and publisher Edward L. Ferman, artist Michael Whelan, artist Frank R. Paul and author Connie Willis.
325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, Wash.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Not only is this part of the country absolutely breathtaking in its natural beauty, but Vancouver has been the filming location of countless science fiction series and movies, including Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Supernatural, Dark Angel, New Moon, Andromeda, Alien vs. Predator, Stephen King's It, The Fog, Stargate Atlantis and The X-Files. (And yes, we know Vancouver isn't in the U.S., but since it's within striking distance, we decided to list it anyway.)

The West Coast has also been the filming location of countless iconic science fiction and dark fantasy films over the years, from Blade Runner to Twilight! Here are a few spots you may want to check out for yourselves!

Star Trek (2009)

Surface of planet Vulcan
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
10700 West Escondido Canyon Road
Near Agua Dulce Springs, about an hour north of Los Angeles

Starfleet Academy in "San Francisco"
Oviatt Library at Cal State University
Northridge, alongside San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

Kirk and Spock face off over the Kobayashi Maru exercise, but Kirk becomes captain of the Enterprise
Long Beach City Hall
333 West Ocean Boulevard, alongside Lincoln Park

Star Trek IV

Park where Kirk and company initially land
Will Rogers State Park
14253 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades
Los Angeles, Calif.

Cetacean Institute
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, Calif.

Star Trek V

Kirk meets 'God' on the planet 'Shakari'
Trona Pinnacles
Trona, Calif.

Nimbus III in the Neutral Zone, the Planet of Galactic Peace
Owens Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert
South of Lone Pine, central California
(Also the location of "Calima," the birthplace of ape civilization, in Tim Burton's 2001 "re-imagining" of the classic Planet of the Apes)


The View Point Inn
The location where the prom scenes from the Twilight movie were shot
Corbett, Wash.

Bella Italia
Have dinner at the same restaurant Edward and Bella dine at.
Port Angeles , Wash.

Back to the Future

Doc Brown's 1955 House
Gamble House, 4 West Moreland Place, Pasadena, Calif.

Twin Pines Mall
Puente Hills Mall, Colima Road, City of Industry, Calif.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko's House
4225 Country Club Drive, Long Beach, Calif.

2 for Evil Dead Please
Aero Theater
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, Calif.

Donnie's school
Loyola High School
1901 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif.

Jim Cunningham's house
4252 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, Calif.

The Terminator

The Terminator arrives to our time as only the Terminator could, buck naked. He heads straight to Griffith Park Observatory and challenges three punks for their clothes.
Griffith Park Observatory
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, Calif.

Sarah Conner's restaurant
Carrows Restaurant
815 Fremont Ave
South Pasadena, Los Angeles, Calif.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The post-apocalyptic battle scenes were filmed at the former mining facility at Kaiser Eagle Mountain.
Desert Center, Riverside County

Parts of the mall scenes (the arcade, back hallways and crashing through the window) were filmed at Santa Monica Place at 4th Street and Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County

The finale was filmed at California Steel Industries' Bop Shop, which has since been demolished.
Fontana, San Bernardino County

The Lakeview Terrace Medical Center was used in the Pescadero State Hospital, parking lot and biker bar scenes.
Sylmar, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

Terminal Island Freeway, State Route 47 / 103, was the site of the helicopter and tanker truck crashes.
Wilmington, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County


Elliot's house
7121 Lonzo St
Tujunga, Calif.
(This location was also seen in the movie Charlie's Angels.)

The redwoods scene at the beginning of the film
Fort Dick, Calif.
(Land owned by Miller-Rellim Redwood Co.)

A face-down and dying E.T.
Little Mill Creek
Cresent City, Calif.

Elliot's school
Culver City High School
Elenda Street at Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Tree-lined street from which Elliot and E.T. take off
White Oak Ave. (a few blocks north of Chatsworth St. and south of San Fernando Mission Blvd.)
Porter Ranch
Granada Hills, Calif.

Blade Runner

Deckard's final showdown with Batty in Sebastian's waterlogged home
Bradbury Building
304 South Broadway
Los Angeles, Calif.

Deckard is taken to the cop station
Union Station
South Alameda Street
Los Angeles, Calif.

The interior of the "Yukon Hotel"
Pan Am Building
South Broadway at Third Street
Los Angeles, Calif.

The exterior of Deckard's apartment building
Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis-Brown House
607 Glendower Avenue
Silverlake, below Griffith Park
Los Angeles, Calif.


International UFO Museum and Research Center
114 N. Main
Roswell, N.M.
Founded by public information officer Lt. Walter Haut in early 1990, the International UFO Museum and Research Center is a home for information on the Roswell incident and other UFO phenomena. Museum exhibits include information on Roswell, crop circles, sightings, Area 51, ancient astronauts and alien abductions. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions. Also within the area resides the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the Billy the Kid Museum and the Carlsbad Caverns National Parks.

Space Center of Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas
The Space Center of Houston offers a variety of NASA-related exhibitions and tours, including the Space Center Theater, Blast Off Theater, NASA Tour, Astronaut Gallery, Feel of Space, Starship Gallery and Kids Space Place.

Extraterrestrial Highway
Rachel, Nev.
In April 1996, Nevada State Highway 375 was officially named the Extraterrestrial Highway for the many UFO sightings along this lonely stretch of road. The highway is close to the mysterious Area 51, a super-secret Air Force test facility, and in the 1980s and 1990s there have been many sightings of unidentified objects near the base. Even today visitors and locals alike often see strange lights in the night sky while driving down the highway.

Dinosaur Monument:
Canyon Area Visitor Center
4545 Highway 40
Dinosaur, Colo.
Are you a dinosaur fan? Then you might want to check out Dinosaur Monument, Colo. Here you can camp out and explore terrain riddled with dinosaur fossils. While the main fossil quarry is closed due to structural hazards, many of the prominent fossils are still visible. You can also go whitewater rafting!

The southern region of the United States has also been a destination for countless movies over the years ...

Cheyenne Mountain:
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cheyenne Mountain has been the location for shows such as Stargate SG-1. The mountain is also home to several civilian facilities, including the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.

Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Texas Chain Saw Massacre film locations
Austin, Texas


OCP Headquarters
City Hall
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, Texas

Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse

Death Proof: Texas Chili Parlor
Texas Chili Parlor
1409 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas

Death Proof

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas