If you’re anything like us, you get swept away when watching (and rewatching) your favorite shows thanks to the level of detail added to the sets and plotlines – allowing you to feel as though you’ve visited the places depicted in the shows. Although the only way to conjure up a visit to these fictional towns is fire up the DVD player or your go-to streaming device and binge away, we think you should be able to collect souvenirs for all the places you’ve visited. Here are just a few postcards and points of interest from our favorite fictional U.S. towns.

Stars Hollow, Connecticut | Gilmore Girls

Stars Hollow

This town is famous for the magical feel that blankets the town during the first snow of the season, but there’s no shortage of events to do during every season! Swing by the Dragonfly Inn for delicious made-from-scratch food by Chef Sookie, or visit Luke’s Diner for a cup of his famous coffee. Plus, what’s better than visiting a small town where you can park your car and be within walking distance of everything you need?

Points of Interest:

  • Luke’s Diner
  • Kim’s Antiques
  • The Dragonfly Inn
  • Doose’s Market         
  •  Black-White-Read Bookstore & Cinema
  • Al’s Pancake World    

Pawnee, Indiana | Parks and Recreation

Pawnee Indiana

Located in Southern Indiana’s Wamapoke County and adjacent to rival-town Eagleton, Pawnee is just 90 miles south of Indianapolis. Our favorite time to visit small-town Pawnee? During the Harvest Festival! This festival showcases the very best of the city’s food and drink, free concerts by several bands including Pawnee’s own Mouse Rat, who will likely sing their hit song “5,000 Candles in the Wind,” a tribute to Pawnee’s beloved mini-horse Li’l Sebastian, and much more.

Points of Interest:

  • JJ’s Diner
  • The Smallest Park in Indiana
  • The Snakehole Lounge
  • Pawnee Zoo
  • Tom’s Bistro
  • Sweetums candy factory
  • The Playground on Lot 48

Springfield, USA | The Simpsons

If you’re seeking a vacation spot with a vast terrain, Springfield is a no-brainer! From Springfield National Forest and Murderhorn Mountain to West Springfield Desert and Springfield Glacier, this city has it all. Springfield will give you the same feel as many of the other cities named Springfield you’ve been to, just all rolled into one!

Points of Interest:

  • Duff Stadium, home of the Springfield Isotopes (baseball)
  • Springfield Stadium, home of the Springfield Atoms (football) and Springfield Excitement (basketball)
  • Springfield Arena, home of the Springfield Ice-O-Topes (hockey)
  • Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
  • Springfield Mall
  • Moe’s Tavern

Hawkins, Indiana | Stranger Things

If you’re a science-loving traveler, Hawkins is your go-to town! Home of the Hawkins National Laboratory, which has connections to the U.S. Department of Energy, this town has no shortage of mystery. Although the laboratory is very selective with their tour options, you can glean all the information you need from the locals.

Points of Interest:

  • Hawkins National Laboratory
  • The Upside Down
  • Maple Street
  • Castle Byers
  • Benny’s Burgers
  • Hawkins Middle School
  • Hawkins Police Station

Quahog, Rhode Island | Family Guy

An uber-small town of 800 residents, Quahog (pronounced ˈkō-ˌhȯg) is a multicultural settlement in Rhode Island frequented by celebrities. Quahog is busiest in the fall when New Yorkers flood into town to watch the leaves change, earning them the nickname “Leafers.” If you’re seeking a place to write your latest novel, or plot for world domination, Quahog is your town.

Points of Interest:

  • Pawtucket Brewery
  • The Drunken Clam
  • 31 Spooner Street, the previous site of the microstate of Petoria
  • Qu’Est-ce que pue Restaurant

Capeside, Massachusetts | Dawson’s Creek 

Straight from Better Homes & Gardens, Capeside is a picturesque town rich with colonial style homes, wrap-around front porches, and friendly townsfolk. Take a stroll down Capeside’s Riverwalk and dine at any of the waterfront restaurants to maximize your time in the fresh air!

Points of Interest:

  • The Riverwalk
  • Leery’s Fresh Fish
  • The Ice House
  • The Rialto Movie Theatre
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Capeside High School

We’re curious – which fictional U.S. towns would top YOUR list?


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