It’s a great thing when a television show can actually inspire you to get off the couch. In the last year, Game of Thrones and Chernobyl have both sparked travel trends to less-considered places like Dubrovnik and, well, Reactor 4. Below, the best places to travel based on your favorite Emmy-nominated shows.
Better Call Saul: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Admittedly, this show doesn’t do much to sell its actual filming location of Albuquerque, but nearby Sante Fe is a true dream travel destination. Check out Ten Thousand Waves and Ojo Caliente to…detox.
This Is Us: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh is for lovers. I don’t know if that’s a real saying, but it feels right given Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia’s on-screen chemistry. See a ballgame at PNC Park—it’s cheap and the Pirates suck, but it’s one of the prettiest views of the rivers and city from the nosebleeds. Visit the Mattress Factory and Warhol Museum for a contemporary/post-war art fix. Lawrenceville and Bloomfield are the hip hoods to dine and shop in. May we all find the Jack to our Rebecca.
Ozark: Bentonville, Arkansas
Boasting a longer stretch of shoreline than California’s coast, there’s plenty of untapped potential in The Ozarks—and you don’t necessarily have to be lakeside (or in the illegal drug market) to enjoy it. Nearby Bentonville boasts the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and a 21C Hotel. Try the Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie for locally-sourced gastro-fare and The Preacher’s Son for “New American” in a refurbished Gothic church setting.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: The Catskills, New York Though much of this show’s excitement revolves around New York’s downtown comedy scene, I can’t in good conscience recommend an amateur comedy night out in Manhattan. Instead, take inspiration from Season 2 and head to the Catskills for a relaxing, nature-filled getaway at the Eastwind Hotel. Though the organized festivities reflected in the show are fewer and further between, there are also cool things to do in the towns of Kingston and Woodstock, New York.
Succession: UES, Manhattan, NYC
My idea for a bougie and brooding UES trip would include dinner at the subterranean Flora Bar at the Met Brauer (they have good food and an extensive natural wine list). Then I’d make my way to a hotel bar—The Plaza or Bemelmen’s will do—and down martinis until I believe I’m the actual heiress of a multibillion-dollar multimedia conglomerate.
The Good Place: Dakar, Senegal
We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an actual Good Place, but Chidi, Kristen Bell’s love interest on the show, was from Senegal before his untimely death. And with Kehinde Wiley opening up an artist residency program in Dakar, the city has been buzzing. Check out the Market Soumbédioune for a wide variety of local goods, and Chez Fatou for seaside dining.
Veep: Washington, DC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for President. Oops, did we say that out loud? Hang with the cool kids in Adams Morgan, eat at Le Diplomat, and pray that our real-life president can take a hint from your dining choices. Then head to either the National Museum of the American Indian or the African American Museum, not least because they are two of the best institutions on The Mall.
Schitt’s Creek: Canada! It exists!
Though there’s no official destination assigned to the fictional locale where the highfalutin Rose family is relegated after losing their fortune, the comedy is filmed near Toronto and a proud member of Hollywood’s Canada Does Not Exist tradition. But Canada does exist! And there are some really beautiful places to go there. We at Here Magazine are here to combat Canadian erasure.