Famous TV locations in every state
Television shows have been set in all 50 U.S. states, but most viewers know that many of the series weren’t actually filmed in these locations. While it’s true that the vast majority of shows made in the United States go into production in Los Angeles and Georgia, that’s obviously not always the case. Even if you don’t hail from those places, there’s a good chance that you can visit a major TV filming location in your own home state.
Because many television shows are predominantly filmed on professional soundstages, these places serve as the exteriors of various characters’ homes, workplaces, and the like. For instance, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, house that stands in as Walter White’s house throughout “Breaking Bad,” or the fact that California’s Pasadena City Hall poses as the Pawnee City Hall in “Parks and Recreation.”
Reality television has also played a major role in expanding film and television revenue in American cities outside of Hollywood—largely because these shows’ main appeal is showcasing the everyday lives of people within these places. For example, “Maine Cabin Masters” captures cabin renovation as it unfolds within the Pine Tree State specifically, while the OWN Network’s “Love and Marriage: Huntsville” focuses on how African American power couples are working to transform the city of Huntsville, Alabama.
With so many series out there, though, it can be difficult to figure out which TV locations may lie within your own backyard. Through conducting independent, manual research using numerous news articles, state websites, and IMDb data, Stacker compiled a comprehensive list of significant TV filming locations in all 50 U.S. states. Locations that were set in a state, but filmed elsewhere, were not included—all of the locations are places that viewers can actually visit. Miniseries were also included.
Read on to get an idea of what TV shows were made in your state, from Alabama’s Blaque Cigar Lounge to Wyoming’s Lost Creek Ranch.
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Alabama: Blaque Cigar Lounge
In the OWN reality series “Love and Marriage: Huntsville,” three affluent African American couples work to transform the growing town of Huntsville, Alabama. Stars Marsau and LaTisha Scott opened a cigar lounge there called Blaque Cigar Lounge, which you can visit.
Alaska: Dutch Harbor
Although a lot of the action in the Discovery show “Deadliest Catch” takes place on the open seas, the show is based in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The harbor is located on Amaknak island, and is the largest fishing port in the United States.
Arizona: Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
Nickelodeon’s hit Western comedy “Hey Dude” follows the misadventures of a group of teenage friends, who work at an Arizona dude ranch called the Bar None Ranch. While the exact place doesn’t exist in real life, filming took place at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
Arkansas: Herman’s Rib House
In “True Detective” season three, the action moved to Arkansas as state police detective Wayne Hays, played by Mahershala Ali, investigates the disappearance of two local children in 1980. Much of the show was filmed around Fayetteville, Arkansas, including an old-fashioned restaurant called Herman’s Rib House, where fans can grab a bite to eat at the same table where Ali sat.
California: Pasadena City Hall
Much of “Parks and Recreation” took place within the fictional town of Pawnee, in an Indiana city hall building, but the exterior is actually located in Pasadena, California. Fans can pose on the steps of Pasadena City Hall, which stands in for the iconic Pawnee location.
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Colorado: Mork and Mindy’s house
Robin Williams starred in this “Happy Days” spinoff as Mork, an alien who studied human behavior in Boulder, Colorado, with the help of his friend Mindy, played by Pam Dawber. The pair’s house from the show can be found at 1618 Pine St., a few blocks away from Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.
Connecticut: The Turkey Hill farmstead
For years, Martha Stewart’s iconic first home was featured on her popular lifestyle show, “The Martha Stewart Show.” Although it switched ownership in 2007, the famous farmstead can still be found at 48 Turkey Hill Road South in Westport, Connecticut.
Delaware: Dewey Beach
DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds” follows host Marnie Oursler as she restores dilapidated beach houses, which often sit in Delaware beach towns such as Dewey Beach, where the team worked on an abandoned home in season one, episode six. Delaware has historically struggled to attract TV shows and movie production companies to film in the state, but the nonprofit Film Delaware is working to change that.
Florida: Bayside Marketplace
Undercover Miami police detectives James “Sonny” Crockett, played by Don Johnson, and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs, played by Phillip Michael Thomas, often frequented this open marketplace throughout the popular action-comedy series. Bayside is still open in Downtown Miami today, featuring an array of local vendors.
Georgia: Mystic Grill
When main characters of “The Vampire Diaries” weren’t dealing with messy vampire love triangles or saving their town from other supernatural forces, the Mystic Grill was a popular hangout spot over the seasons. If you’re ever in Covington, Georgia, and have a hankering for southern cuisine, you can visit the restaurant of the same name.
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