Photos: The Year's Most Inspiring Travel Films

The DescendantsKauia, HawaiiMidnight in ParisVersailles, FranceEiffel Tower, ParisThe HangoverAncient City, Bangkok ThailandRioRio De JaneiroWar HorseDitsworthy Warren HouseThe WaySpainSpain Deal
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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.
Kipu Ranch, in Kauai, Hawaii, where part of The Descendants was filmed, features beaches that are accessible only by boat.

Douglas Peebles/Robert Harding

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Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams stroll the grounds of Versailles in the Woody Allen comedy Midnight in Paris.

Roger Arpajou

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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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

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

20th Century Fox

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

Antonino Bartuccio/SIME/GMAImages

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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

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

Richard Johns/Wikimedia Commons

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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

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

Gunter Grafenhain/SIME/GMAImages

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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.

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