The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

There are vacation tours for just about any hobby or obsession. Oenophiles can visit countless wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma; beer fans can take a tour of nearly any of the breweries that concoct their favorite beverage. You can go on cheese factory tours in Wisconsin, baseball park tours, or "coffee shop" tours in Amsterdam. Naturally, there are scads of tours for movie fans, from those janky tours of famous people's houses to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery walking tour. Some of the below are pricey guided tours, and some are DIY, but chances are there's a tour that is perfect for your own personal pilgrimage.

There are, of course, Harry Potter tours, Sex and the City outings, and Twilight adventures, but these are a little more off the beaten path.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Tours

Those who have read the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson know that he went into copious, umlaut-laden detail about the locations in his books. According to MSNBC, you take a guided tour to see Lisbeth's favorite hangout, Mikael Blomkvist's apartment, and the different neighborhoods where the characters live, as well as other places that are mentioned in the films and books. Interestingly enough, what they won't find is Hedestad, where Blomkvist investigates the disappearance of Harriet Vanger in the first book of the trilogy. The small town of Gnesta stands in for Hedestad in Dragon Tattoo, although you can tour that as well. You can also pick up a map that has all the nitty-gritty deets from the books to choose your own adventure.

Star Wars Around the World

If you are a dedicated Star Wars fan and have money burning a hole in your pocket, you can visit places around the world that were used as stand-ins for locations in the movies. BootsnAll has a pretty wild guide to where you can find Tataooine (Tunisia), the Pit of Sarlacc (the Yuma Desert in Arizona), Hoth (Finse, Norway), and where the Ewoks called home (the Redwoods National Park in California). I'm sure you Star Wars fans can come up with some other places, can't you?

Twelve Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys Time

I didn't know Twelve Monkeys was set in the city of brotherly love, did you? The next time you're visiting the medical curiosities at the Mutter Museum, you can check out where Bruce Willis' character James Cole spent during his ill-timed time travel with tips from this website. When he gets locked up with the awesomely batty genius Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt) in the asylum, they're actually in the Eastern State Penitentiary, a historic prison that once housed the real-life Scarface himself. Other locations include the Met Theatre, the Delaware Power Station, and Wanamaker's Department Store (which is also where they filmed Mannequin!) This is a more DIY tour, which is entirely appropriate for Terry Gilliam's crazy sci-fi vision.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist Tour

I won't lie. The idea of this tour gives me the shivers. I've been to DC, but I've never visited the infamous steps in Georgetown from the movie's climax, and I've certainly never ventured to the house where they actually filmed Regan's pea-soup spitting misadventures. You can also visit some locations from the story that inspired author William Blatty, like the house of a boy who was rumored to have been possessed or where the priest who performed his exorcism lived in Maryland.

The Insanely Expensive Spy Tour

Want to know what it feels like to be Jason Bourne, James Bond, or the Jackal? You can shell out megabucks for "experiential packages," like the one based on the movie The Day of the Jackal, or the "Secrets of the Spy" adventure through Quintessentially Escape. You can even be kidnapped and held as a hostage - for a price, of course. A Newsweek article indicates that it's related to the private security firm Quintessentially Secure; according to the reporter, "When [my contact] and his team aren't busy running point on kidnapping cases or training diplomatic bodyguards and special forces, they have fun thinking up experiential packages for James Bond junkies and Jason Bourne wannabes." According to the article, a week-long spy "mission" will run you up to $50,000.
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