Forget the Oscars: We're interested in the year's most travel-inspiring movies. Here's our top 10, with how to re-create the best moments. Starring the original Golden Globe trotter, our own Bud Travel.
Creative Quarters The crew stayed at the Rohet Garh, a 36-room hotel south of Jodhpur (011-91/291-243-1161, rohetgarh.com, from $113). "Several of the rooms are covered in murals," says production designer Mark Friedberg. "Wes wrote a chunk of the script there."
To the Nunnery The trio (Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson) find their mother at a hilltop convent near Udaipur, Rajasthan. For a comparable panorama, head to the Monsoon Palace, built 1,100 feet above the city (011-91/294-241-1535, from $1).
5. INTO THE WILD
To adapt Jon Krakauer's book about Chris McCandless, a college grad who skips law school for a cross-country trek, director Sean Penn shot in eight states and Mexico.
Mighty River Chris (Emile Hirsch) conquers his fear of water by kayaking in the Grand Canyon. Hualapai River Runners leads the only one-day white-water tour of the canyon (888/255-9550, destinationgrandcanyon.com, $318).
Man-Made Mountain In California, Chris visits Salvation Mountain, a hand-painted adobe structure built by Leonard Knight in the Sonoran Desert. Anyone can paint new scenes onto the creation (salvationmountain.us, free).
Alaskan Outback Chris hitches a ride along Stampede Road, a former mining trail that cuts into a spruce forest near Denali National Park. Alaska Travel Adventures runs Jeep tours (800/323-5757, bestofalaskatravel.com, $119).
4. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
Robert Ford has an obsession with Jesse James in a film that appears to be set in the American Midwest. The movie's real backdrop: Canada.
Riding the Rails James (Brad Pitt) robs a steam train in Blue Cut, Mo.; the scene was filmed at Fort Edmonton Park, a living-history village in Alberta (780/496-8787, edmonton.ca/fort, $13).
On Frozen Pond Gun in hand, James walks across an icy lake, contemplating suicide. "We wanted James to look like Jesus walking on water," says producer David Valdés of the scene shot on Wedge Pond, about 60 miles southwest of Calgary. GearUp Mountain Sports and Rentals has canoes and kayaks (403/678-1636, gearupsport.com, from $45 per day).
Crime Scene The house where James met his demise, in St. Joseph, Mo., is now a museum. A wall still bears a hole from the bullet that pierced his head (816/232-8206, stjoseph.net/ponyexpress, $2).
Remy, a cartoon rat, teams up with a kitchen worker and revives a formerly top-tier restaurant in Paris.
The Silver Standard The fictional Gusteau's was modeled after La Tour d'Argent, a legendary restaurant on the Left Bank that dates to 1582. The opulent dining room, on the top floor of a quay-side building, has a view of Notre-Dame (011-33/1-43-54-23-31, latourdargent.com, three-course lunch $100).
Anyone Can Cook Le Cordon Bleu offers three-hour, translated cooking demonstrations on the art of making ratatouille and duck à l'orange (011-33/1-53-68-22-50, cordonbleu.com, $60).
Subterranean City Pixar's team scoped out Paris's sewers to create the tunnels inhabited by Remy's family. At the Paris Sewer Museum, you can tour a section of tunnels not in use (011-33/1-53-68-27-81, egouts.idf.st, $5.50).
2. ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
Queen Elizabeth I of England fends off Spain's powerful armada--and her attraction to Sir Walter Raleigh.
Romantic Backdrop Sir Walter (Clive Owen) and Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) race horses through Petworth Park, a 700-acre estate in West Sussex that houses part of the National Trust's art collection (011-44/1798-342-207, nationaltrust.org.uk, museum $19).
English Cathedral When Queen Elizabeth confronts the Spanish ambassador in Ely Cathedral, about 70 miles northeast of London, her threats echo within the Norman church's vast nave (011-44/1353-667-735, cathedral.ely.anglican.org, one-hour tour $11).
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