When you are a fan of the Walking Dead series, seeing some of the actual shoot locations close up is a thrilling experience. A physical visit puts you right there in the scene and enables you to re-live some of the show’s most dramatic events from a personal perspective.
Rick’s house is one such location. On screen, it’s the place he retreats to after suffering a serious gunshot wound. In real life, the house is located in Atlanta, Georgia opposite Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta. You can see how the building actually looks, then work out the degree of window dressing it took to transform it for the screen.
Also in Georgia is the Highway Overpass, where in the series, the Federal Rescue Service set up a quarantine zone, blocking anyone one from entering or leaving the city of Savannah. In the ensuing panic, a fuel tanker collides with the barricades and sends people fleeing in all directions. It’s a massive scene and by being there yourself, you can visualize the amount of effort that went into its creation. You can see tangible evidence that this is a real place, not simply a CGI masterpiece, and the next time you watch the action on TV, you can say you were really there.
In real life, the Walking Dead survivor’s camp is a few miles from downtown Atlanta in a place called Bellwood Quarry. It can easily be reached by bus, and if you make the effort to get there, it makes sense to take a hike to the bottom. The city purchased the quarry in 2006 and is in the process of converting it into a 1.9 billion gallon reservoir and 300 acre park.
If you love visiting unusual and unique vacation spots, take inspiration from Outdoor Traveler, which has a range of original and exciting destinations for you to choose from and is perfect for families, couples and groups who love the great outdoors. The destinations are spread across the US. At each spot, you’ll get a chance to take in the local sights, learn about the area’s history and make your own adventures depending on what you love to do.
We all look forward to taking a break, and holidays help us unwind and get back to who we really are. In Georgia, there’s something for everyone, from relaxing escapes to big city action – just write your must-do list before you leave!
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