As of 2018, Texas was the third most-filmed state in the US. According to a report on Chron, approximately 8,164 movies and TV shows were filmed in the region. Texas is vast, and its diverse landscape, from deserts to hills and lonesome prairies, makes it an excellent spot for shooting all kinds of films. Many movies people recall fondly, and some listed on the Box Office were filmed in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and other parts of Texas. So, if you have been searching for movie location vacays for next year, the Lone Star State is an ideal place to start. Below are three must-visit film locations during a movie tour in Texas.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed initially in Round Rock, but the house featured in the movie was moved to Kingsland at Antlers Inn. The creepiest mansion, where the Sawyer family murdered lost hitchhikers in the cult horror classic, now operates as a restaurant and bar. This means you can walk in and out of the Victorian-style property anytime you’re traveling around Texas to get a feel of what you see in the 1974 classic horror film. Other film locations of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre include the Bagdad Cemetery in Leander and the gas station in Bastrop.
The sunny weather in Austin, along with the availability of different properties, attracts filmmakers and enthusiasts. According to TexasLand, you’ll find all property types, including ranches, waterfront, and luxury. These lands are ideal for off-roading, fishing, farming, and recreation activities like filming.
The best movies filmed in Austin are Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, Idiocracy, and Office Space. Even more interesting is that several film locations remain open for movie lovers to visit. For example, if you enjoyed Dazed and Confused, you can revisit your favorite scenes by walking into Top Notch Hamburgers, a burger joint featured in the film. You might also want to visit Magnolia cafe or Cafe Josie where Boyhood was filmed.
Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio are undoubtedly some of the most famous actors in the world. Fortunately, you can recapture their humble beginnings by visiting the small town of Manor, where What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was filmed. During your stay at Manor, make sure to visit the water tower where Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio) is featured climbing. You can even view Johnny Depp’s footprint outside the Manor Grocery.
The Lone Star State has been a favorite location for making films for more than 100 years. The best part is that you can revisit places your favorite movies were filmed. For instance, you can drive to Kingsland, where the creepy mansion in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is located. If the classic horror isn’t your favorite, consider dining at Top Notch Hamburgers featured in Dazed and Confused. Or travel to Manor to revisit What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.