Just because a place is drawn does not necessarily mean that it is made up. On the contrary, a lot of cartoons take place in real-life locations. That is pretty exciting, especially since sometimes the locations are just as important to a story as the characters. What would Batman be without the City of Gotham or the Powerpuff Girls without the City of Townsville?

A lot of cartoons actually take place in real locations in the United States. Here is a list of ten that you can visit!

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10 The Simpsons: Springfield, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon, is popularly known from The Simpsons and is a real place. The creator's, Matt Groening, hometown is Portland and Springield is just two hours down I-5 from there. Simpson fans can take a tour around Springfield to show different places that tie into the cartoon.

As you will see, many creators of cartoons use places they remember from their childhoods as inspiration.

9 South Park: South Park, Colorado

The real South Park that sits in Colorado is more of a place to find natural beauty than anything else. Creators such as Trey Parker and Matt Stone grew up near the area and based their cartoon town on the real South Park.

South Park is definitely more for nature lovers than for fans of the cartoon, as the land sports views of 14,000-foot peaks, abundant wildlife, and a lot of mining history.

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8 Family Guy: Cranston, Rhode Island

It is no secret that Family Guy takes place on Rhode Island, though the town of Quahog is fictional. However, the show creator Seth McFarlane has modeled Quahog after Cranston with a couple of pieces of his hometown, Providence.

There are various tours fans can take of places that the show's locations were based on such as The Drunken Clam and the Happy-Go-Lucky Toys factory where Peter Griffin worked. There is also The Big Blue Bug, Del’s Lemonade, Wes’ Rib House, Brown University’s Van Wickle Gates, the Breakers mansion in Newport, and the Pawtucket Red Sox’s McCoy Stadium which are all real Rhode Island highlights that have made appearances in the show.

7 The Flintstones: Custer, South Dakota

This location no longer exists and was demolished this year, four years after closing in 2015. However, when it existed it was a campsite based on the town of Bedrock from The Flintstones. There, people were able to ride in Fred's car, see Mt. Rockmore, see Fred and Barney's houses, and get a slab of ribs at a drive-in just like in the show.

The park was pretty old and opened back in 1966, so it lived a decent life.

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6 Gravity Falls: Boring, Oregon

There is no place called Gravity Falls in Oregon, but the fictional town was based off a real one: Boring, Oregon. The creator of the show, Alex Hirsch, would take road trips to Boring and thus based Gravity Falls off it.

Yes, we are aware it is strange that its called "Boring" but the town seems pretty self-aware too since they dub themselves "The Most Exciting Place to Live." Apparently the location really enchanted Hirsch.

5 Steven Universe: Dewey Beach, Delaware

Many fans have scouted locations for where Steven Universe's Beach City may have been inspired. A map of the show's Beach City gave a clue. The bay is called "Rehoboth Bay" and in Delaware, there is a real Rehoboth Beach which is near a place called Dewey Beach. Dewey Beach is interesting since Steven Universe has a mayor character named Dewey as well.

Fans have scoped out the location and consider it to be the real deal. Steven Sugar has mentioned that Beach City was inspired by beaches he and Rebecca visited as kids, so that's that.

4 King Of The Hill: Dallas, Texas

Arlen, Texas, is based on a real town. In an interview, one of the show creators Mike Judge shared that Arlen was based on a suburb in Dallas called Richardson. He did grow up in New Mexico though. Today he lives in Austin, Texas.

"West Texas and eastern New Mexico blur a little bit, and I remember my brother and I just noticing that every adult authority figure used to have a Texas accent," said Judge. "There was always someone going [with a twang], 'Excuse me, boys.'"

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3 The Princess And The Frog: New Orleans, Louisiana

Let's dive into some Disney content. Most of its stories of princesses take place outside of the United States. However, The Princess and the Frog took place at a city with a ton of personality in America: New Orleans.

The movie really does capture New Orleans personality too from the French quarter to voodoo to its amazing food. There are also the swamps, which were a big part of the film. You can go on tours to see plenty of alligators, frogs, and other swamp critters.

2 Cars: Shamrock, Texas

Now to mention a Pixar movie. This one took inspiration from a location in Shamrock, Texas. The Cars movie had a prominent location called Ramone's House of Body Art. That was based on a U-Drop Inn in Shamrock. It used to be an inn at least. Today it is an architectural monument.  After Route 66 was decommissioned, the U-Drop Inn closed.

Pixar artists did a ton of research about Route 66. About 1,200 miles worth of landmarks were looked at for the movie. The U-Drop Inn may have been chosen due to its unique design. Since 2014, the real-life location has had a Tesla supercharger.

1 Wreck-It Ralph: Grand Central Station

It should not come as any surprise that a place called "Game Central Station" is based on New York's Grand Central Station. In the Disney film, the Game Central Station is used to travel from one arcade game to the other.

Grand Central Station is already a major tourist location, as it is one of the most famous train stations in the United States. Besides Wreck-It Ralph, it also appeared in Madagascar. Though in Madagascar, it is literally just Grand Central Station without any creative spin on it.

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