If you consider yourself a big nerd and want your vacations to reflect your interest, there are many places around the world that are perfect for you. Whether you’re really into pop culture in general, certain franchises, museums, or exploring the outdoors, there are nerd designations that will fit the bill. There are many places to visit for people who love comics, movies, television, and more from theme parks to locations where popular shows were filmed.
We’ve put together a list of ten of the best places that nerdy travelers need to check out on their next trip.
10 10. THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was the first really immersive theme park experience that made fans feel like they were actually in the world. This theme park did so well that it has inspired others like it including Galaxy’s Edge and the upcoming Avenger’s Campus. This Harry Potter world can be found in two locations, making it perfect for U.S. fans. You can check it out in Orlando or in Anaheim. Fans of Harry Potter can’t get enough of how realistic this experience feels.
9 9. NEW ZEALAND
For fans of The Lord of the Rings, there’s one place that people just have to check out. New Zealand might be an entire country, but there are so many great places to see here for fans of the series that it’s hard to pick just one. The entire trilogy was filmed here, and there are many tours you can do to check out filming locations in the area.
Going to see Hobbiton is one of the most popular designations as the set is still there in Waikato. You can also check out the Weta Cave museum or go to Mackenzie County to see where the Pelennor Fields location was filmed.
8 8. AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. LAS VEGAS
For Marvel fans in the United States, one of the best places to get up close and personal with props from the movies is actually at an exhibit in Las Vegas. While you’re in Vegas enjoying the other sights and buildings, you can go to the Treasure Planet hotel for Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. This exhibit has interactive games and experiences, but the best part of it is the fact that you can see many props and costumes from the show. These include some of Iron Man’s suit, the capsule Captain America was made in, and much more.
7 7. NEW YORK CITY
New York City is a huge place that has a variety of things to see and do, making it ideal for all kinds of people. But, what many people don’t realize is that there are many nerdy things to do here. First of all, you can check out Midtown Comics which is one of the largest comic book stores in the world. Also, the great thing about New York City is that there are so many filming locations here from movies. For example, Grand Central Station was used in filming The Avengers. Also, there are many other nerd stores including Nintendo World.
6 6. GAME OF THRONES ICELAND TOUR
There are many places around the world that you can check out for Game of Thrones filming locations. But, one of the best of these, is to head to Iceland. Many of the areas beyond the Wall were filmed here including White Walker scenes. There are walking and coach tours in the area that will take you to many of these locations. You can start from Reykjavik. Reynisfjara Beach has striking black sand and was also used in the show.
5 5. ZOMBIE SURVIVAL EXPERIENCE IN ENGLAND
For fans of The Walking Dead, or just of zombies in general, one of the most exciting things to get to do is experience what a zombie apocalypse might be like, without all the horrible parts. There is a notable Zombie Survival Experience in Reading, England that last half a day and occurs in an abandoned shopping mall. There are also many other cities around the world that have started doing similar events, so you can look up and see if there are any in your area.
4 4. MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE
While themed events and filming locations are definitely extremely cool to check out, some nerds have broader interests. If you are fascinated by how pop culture impacts the world, or just into a lot of pop culture things, you should check out the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington.
This museum has many exhibits including ones about comics, Star Trek, David Bowie, Minecraft, and more. It also examines how pop culture interacts and shapes the world.
3 3. NATIONAL VIDEOGAME MUSEUM
Similar to the Museum of Pop Culture, the National Videogame Museum is a nerd haven. This is the perfect place to go if you're a gamer, or if you just love learning about the history of video games and how they’ve informed our world. This museum is located in Frisco, Texas. One of the coolest things about this place is that you can play a ton of video games from different consoles through the years including arcades and more.
2 2. HARRY POTTER LONDON TOUR
Harry Potter is definitely one of the most successful franchises of all time, and, in many ways, it’s what brought being a nerd into the mainstream. If you’re able to get to London, there are so many things related to Harry Potter that you can do.
First of all, you can check out locations from the books as well as the movies including King’s Cross Station and the London Zoo. Plus, you should definitely see the Warner Brothers Studio Tour that includes sets, costumes, and props from the movies.
1 1. GALAXY’S EDGE
Similar to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Galaxy’s Edge is the newest immersive theme park experience that has fans excited. This section of the park is opening this month in Disney World and Disneyland. You can see the Millenium Falcon, go to a cantina, and more here. This experience is sure to be thrilling for all fans of Star Wars.