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MAY 2017

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The Vampire Diaries Mystic Grill | Covington Forrest Gump Chippewa Square | Savannah Order your FREE Georgia Group Tour Planner today at ExploreGeorgia.org/ROAM. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Swan House | Atlanta The Walking Dead Prison Set | Senoia OLD SAVANNAH TOURS Savannah Lights, Camera, Action! By Richard L. Eldredge Whether you want to wander the gorgeous setting that served as heaven in the 2016 motion picture Miracles from Heaven, tangle with zombies on the set of The Walking Dead or drive the streets Miss Daisy drove, Georgia's got it covered. Television and movie buffs can visit sets, see memorabilia and perhaps even meet characters from their favorite productions. From shows such as The Vampire Diaries to mega movies like Captain America: Civil War, fascinating film locales await all across Georgia. Like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates (which he shared while sitting in Savannah's Chippewa Square), you never know what you might discover next as the state's ever-expanding entertainment industry brings in new projects. Walk in the footsteps of your favorite stars and learn more about Georgia's starring role on the big screen when you take a movie tour with local experts. Whether self- guided or with a knowledgeable local guide, these tours will delight fans of film and television. GIBBS GARDEN, BALL GROUND This sprawling slice of heaven in Ball Ground has actually represented the placeā€”in the film Miracles From Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner. Visionary landscape architect Jim Gibbs toured lush sites around the world for 15 years before transforming this stunning property into a tourist favorite. Twenty-four ponds, 32 bridge crossings, 19 waterfalls and thousands of native trees and colorful flowers make visitors feel as if they've stepped into a celestial realm. Groups of all sizes are welcome. ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER, ATLANTA H unger Games fans will want to tour President Snow's palace, set at the stunning Swan House - a 1928 classical mansion on the Buckhead campus of the Atlanta History Center. Walk the winding staircase where Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman plotted nefarious schemes, stroll on the great lawn and take in the expansive gardens, all featured in the blockbuster films. See original props and snap selfies where Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks filmed scenes. Groups of 10 to 20 guests are welcome, and tours include full access to the Atlanta History Center. ATLANTA MOVIE TOURS, ATLANTA Visit locations from some of your favorite movies filmed in Atlanta: the grocery store from Driving Miss Daisy, exterior shots from Captain America: Civil War and The Blind Side, and the stadiums in Remember The Titans and We Are Marshall, to name a few. Take one of the Big Zombie Tours, where you'll visit settings featured in The Walking Dead. The Gone With the Wind tour features an actress who portrays author Margaret Mitchell. As she narrates, you'll visit locales featured in the novel and 1939 film, and see set design sketches, props and other movie memorabilia. MYSTIC FALLS TOURS AND ON LOCATION SELF-GUIDED MOVIE TOUR, COVINGTON Fans of The Vampire Diaries will want to sink their teeth into the show's mythical Mystic Falls Tours, complete with treks to The Mystic Grill, The Mystic Falls Courthouse, the Whitmore college campus and the Lockwood Mansion. Long-time fans of The Dukes of Hazzard and In The Heat of the Night should stop by the Covington Visitors Center for information and set out on a walking or driving tour to see their favorite locales from these hit TV shows.

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