I once worked with a man who often  spoke at length about his dreams and aspirations, including one of the strangest life goals I’ve ever encountered:  An inexorable drive to visit the bar from the movie ‘Coyote Ugly.’  Part of his reasoning was, and I quote, “t’find out if that l’il blonde one was’s cute in real life as she looked in th’ movie.”  To be fair, he wasn’t the sharpest bulb in the barrel, and as goals go, it’s both harmless and reasonably attainable.  For my part, I’ve always had kind of a morbid curiosity about visiting the various back lots of Hollywood (presuming they even still exist) and seeing how many familiar vantage points I bump into walking down the street of Generictown, USA.  But it would be quite fascinating if I could somehow actually visit the locales of fiction as my coworker wanted to, getting a firsthand look at places like Mayberry, Angel Grove or Metropolis. This, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced in my old colleagues nigh-unplaceable drawl as “mizquorted, y’all”) wouldn’t mind exploring some of the abandoned areas of Disney’s theme parks, but that’s not quite on topic this time, asking: What fictional pop-culture destination might make your list of must-see tourist traps?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. October 7, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    There is only one answer for me. Hobbiton. I actually want to go to the undoubtedly tourist-trappy real life version.

  2. October 7, 2013 at 11:53 am — Reply

    The Jean Grey School for Mutants!
    Also Tabula Rasa, from the Uncanny X-Men comics.

  3. October 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    Titan Tower or the Baxter Building, they are the ones I would totally expect to end up as tourist places.

    Though there is always the risk in the fact that they are big old targets they would be sweet places to get tours of.

  4. Kirby
    October 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm — Reply

    The Tower of Nabu would be pretty cool to see all the magic happenings about the place.

    • Ron
      October 9, 2013 at 1:19 am — Reply

      How would you get in?

  5. Andrew
    October 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    Wally World. Assuming of course that the park was open.

  6. Frank
    October 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    The Flash Museum in Central City.
    @Pearce – I’m with you regarding the Hobbiton tour. From what I have read, it is excellent.

  7. Rome
    October 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm — Reply

    Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

    No doubt. I would be happy to be sucked through the tubes in the chocolate river. High-five a few OompaLoompa’s. That kind of thing.


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  9. October 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm — Reply

    New York (yes I know not fictional) in a couple different universes. the New York of the Marvel Universes, get to see Spider-man, Daredevil, and a few other heroes flying, walking, swinging around. or the New York of the Ninja Turtles, but only if I could be allies with them.

    If you want a 100% fictional location then probably have to be Mogo. The largest Green Lantern and a planet to boot, and from what has been shown in comics and shows, Mogo has a very beautiful landscape.

  10. Oldcomicfan
    October 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    I’d go with Hobbiton, also. Failing that, I’d try for Pleasantville. I was alive for the late 50s and early 60s and it would be nice to go back and see it again with adult eyes. My third favorite choice would be Bishop’s Lacey, the fictional setting for Alan Bradley’s Flavia deLuce mystery stories. Or perhaps Tom Sawyer’s Hannibal, Mississippi in the antibellum days.

  11. October 8, 2013 at 8:11 am — Reply

    DekaBase and Dino Curry.

  12. October 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    There are just too many places to choose from but if i had to pick just one it would be Rivendell for me.

  13. Ron
    October 9, 2013 at 1:23 am — Reply

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