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Photos: The Year's Most Inspiring Travel Films

In the spirit of Oscar season, we nominated six 2011 flicks that made us want to pack our bags and book a flight. See stills from the movies and the places where they were filmed.

  1. In The Descendants, George Clooney plays a Honolulu lawyer who has to decide whether to cash in and sell his family's spread of virgin sand, lush mountains, and waterfalls to developers.

    (

    Merie Wallace

    )
  2. Kipu Ranch, in Kauai, Hawaii, where part of The Descendants was filmed, features beaches that are accessible only by boat.

    (

    Douglas Peebles/Robert Harding

    )
  3. Get there with this deal: Kauai, Air, Car, 5 Nights, From $621. Get to know Kauai like a local with this deal for the independent traveler. Book by April 29.

    (Courtesy ayashbasu/myBudgetTravel)
  4. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams stroll the grounds of Versailles in the Woody Allen comedy Midnight in Paris.

    (

    Roger Arpajou

    )
  5. Versailles was one of the many locations in and around Paris, including Notre-Dame and Sacre-Coeur, that made Midnight in Paris a moveable feast.

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    Tupungato/Dreamstime.com

    )
  6. Get there with this deal: Paris, Air, 4 Nights, From $1,162. If Parisian charm is what you're after, look no further than this romantic four-night travel deal. No booking deadline (subject to availability).

    (Courtesy travelmama/myBudgetTravel)
  7. The Hangover Part II finds the bad-luck bunch (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifinakis, and Ed Helms, from left) headed to a wedding in Thailand's tropical Krabi.

    (

    Melinda Sue Gordon

    )
  8. The party-hardy crew from The Hangover Part II has an unfortunate encounter with a group of monks at the Ancient City's Phra Kaew Pavilion. It ends ugly, but fortunately the scenery never does.

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    Shipor/Dreamstime.com

    )
  9. Get there with this deal: Bangkok, Air, 5 Nights, From $1,779. This Thailand travel deal gets you five nights in bustling Bangkok, with flights on über-luxe Singapore Airlines and a stay in a four-star hotel. Book by March 31.

    (Courtesy violetag/myBudgetTravel)
  10. Rio follows all the romantic comedy rules, including an oil-and-water romance (between two mackaws) in the dreamy setting of Rio de Janeiro.

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    20th Century Fox

    )
  11. Rio de Janeiro's twinkling Guanabara Bay plays matchmaker to the two macaws at the center of the love story in Rio.

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    Antonino Bartuccio/SIME/GMAImages

    )
  12. Get there with this deal: Rio de Janeiro, Air, 5 Nights, From $1,499. Take off for a family-friendly Rio adventure with this five-night travel deal. No booking deadline (subject to availability).

    (Courtesy tigrtony/myBudgetTravel)
  13. In War Horse, a horse and the teenager who owns him leave their farm in Devon, England, to fight in World War I.

    (

    Andrew Cooper, SMPSP

    )
  14. Ditsworthy Warren House, in Devon, England, where scenes from War Horse were filmed.

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    Richard Johns/Wikimedia Commons

    )
  15. Get there with this deal: Devon, U.K., from $108 a Night. Wake up to a view of sweeping moors with this travel deal in the English countryside. No booking deadline (subject to availability).

    (Courtesy Markles55/myBudgetTravel)
  16. In The Way, Martin Sheen plays a father looking for solace after his son dies while walking the 450-mile Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.

    (

    David Alexanian

    )
  17. The Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimate route across the Pyrenees, passes through hamlets like Santa Marina de Valdeon in the film The Way.

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    Gunter Grafenhain/SIME/GMAImages

    )
  18. Get there with this deal: Spain Cycling Trip, 7 Nights, From $698. Trace Spain's hallowed Camino de Santiago through mountain passes and quaint villages on this weeklong cycling trip. No booking deadline (subject to availability).

    (Courtesy Bike Tours Direct)

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