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CityPASS Home  »  City Traveler Blog  »  Plan a Picture-perfect Valentine’s Day – Movie locations offer fun and memorable ways to celebrate with your sweetie

Plan a Picture-perfect Valentine’s Day – Movie locations offer fun and memorable ways to celebrate with your sweetie

This goofy comedy-romance-thriller used San Francisco as its primary location. credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Who says you need to spend a fortune on lavish gifts and expensive dinners to show how much you care? If your Valentine has a soft spot for the cinema, visiting a romantic movie location could be just the ticket for an ideal — not to mention budget-friendly — Valentine’s Day outing.

Empire State Building, New York City — Few places in the world can touch the Empire State Building’s reputation for romance. It was here that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan finally connected in Sleepless in Seattle, and where Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr agreed to meet in the romantic tearjerker An Affair to Remember. It may no longer be the largest or tallest building in the world, but the 1,050-foot-tall edifice still provides a glorious, panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. Best of all, it’s open until 2 a.m., which makes the observation deck a perfect spot for a late-night kiss under the stars.

Tides Inn, Port TownsendThe Tides Inn, located in the historic Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Wash., was used as a location for love scenes between Debra Winger and Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman. With views of Port Townsend Bay and arriving ferries, this cozy inn is definitely an ideal Valentine’s Day getaway.

Harvard University, Boston — Portions of Love Story, the classic tale of doomed love, were filmed on Harvard University’s leafy campus, where Ryan O’Neal’s character, Oliver Barrett IV, attended law school. Amble across grassy Harvard Yard and soak up the ambience that Oliver and his ill-fated bride Jenny Cavilleri (Ali McGraw) enjoyed during the budding days of their romance. If Boston’s February weather is a little too chilly, you can always pop into the nearby Harvard Museum of Natural History, to warm up and enjoy the exhibits.

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal on location at Katz's Delicatessen in New York City. credit: MGM

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco — If romance with a heaping side of laughs is more to your taste, check out Mike Myers’ goofy comedy-romance So I Married an Axe Murderer. While wooing Nancy Travis’ character, Harriet Michaels — who just might or might not be an axe murderer — Myers takes her on a moonlit stroll past San Francisco’s stunning Palace of Fine Arts, which is home to the Legion of Honor museum.

 

Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City — Perhaps the most famous moment in When Harry Met Sally is when Meg Ryan’s character, Sally Albright, fakes an orgasm during lunch with Harry Burns (Billy Crystal). The scene, which was filmed at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York’s Lower East Side, spawned the oft-repeated “I’ll have what she’s having” line. Lucky couples may even snag the actual table used by Ryan and Crystal during that memorable scene.

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