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While a handful of people come to DC for monuments and historic sights, more than 97% come to see the filming locations from some of history’s greatest movies and TV shows. Grab a fanny pack, a disposable camera, and a summer sampler of Wisconsin cheeses and meat logs because today’s Groupon features a guided bus-and-walking tour. See more than 30 gawk-worthy DC-area TV and film sites seen in more than 50 shows and movies for only $20 with On Location Tours, Inc.
In two-and-half surreal hours, you’ll shop at the mall from No Way Out and True Lies, throw one back at the bar from St. Elmo’s Fire, feel your head spin on the steps of The Exorcist house. You’ll also see spots where Wedding Crashers, Thank You For Smoking, X-Files, Independence Day, Forrest Gump, G.I. Joe, and National Treasure were filmed. Check out On Location’s site to find out more places you’ll DC. On the bus, show off your pipes and your encyclopedic knowledge of TV theme songs: a local actor leads the sing-a-long and supplies a history of the sites as well as a little behind-the-scenes gossip about the shoots. Note: Tours take place every Saturday year-round and in all weather conditions—something to keep in mind for the 20-minute walking portion of the tour.
DC natives enjoy seeing the city from a Hollywood POV: > * …what I think is the greatest asset to the tour are the movie clips that were shown in the bus throughout the tour. It made it really interesting to see a location and then instantly see it as depicted on the screen. Patrick, Metblogs
Expect to see scouts from the other film capital of the world seeking hot locations for future shoots: > * Let’s hop on to this bus to look at some of the sites that we have seen on the big and small screens, and maybe we can zero in on a location for the next Bollywood blockbuster, tentatively titled “Love in DC.” Arun Kumar, Sindh Today
Famous Bi-Coastal Relationships
Hollywood has enjoyed a long love affair with Washington DC—sometimes literally. Here are just a few of the more famous cross-town romances.
- President William Howard Taft impresses screen siren Lillian Gish at 27th Presidential Inauguration by eating her weight in truffles.
- Screwball comedienne Katherine Hepburn disrupts stuffy Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communism hearings with wacky impromptu wedding.
- Marilyn Monroe’s sultry rendition of “Happy Birthday,” leaves a blossoming President Kennedy scared and confused.
- Angelina Jolie’s rumored relationship with Lincoln Memorial cripples tabloids unable to choose between monikers “Abrahlina,” and “Angelincoln.”
- TV President Martin Sheen falls in love with sound of own voice.
On Location Tours
It doesn't matter if you've never been to New York City in your life: you still know it. So beloved is the city by the makers of movies and TV shows that visitors can hardly take a walk without being reminded of some iconic scene. There's F.A.O. Schwarz, where Tom Hanks played the giant piano in Big, there's the apartment building that Holly Golightly called home in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and there's the Empire State Building, fitted with gorilla wire since the events of King Kong. On Location Tours takes guests of the city on a curated adventure through all of these hotspots and more. The Sex and the City Hotspots tour ventures through a world of classy bars, decadent cupcakes, and saucy adult toy stores, while the Sopranos Sites tour starts in midtown Manhattan and winds through New Jersey locales such as the Bada Bing, Barone Sanitation, and the diner from that unforgettable final scene. Other tours focus on the many films captured at Central Park and the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs celebrities go to in real life to manufacture headlines for the tabloids.