Real World Places That Look Like Your Favorite Games

If you're looking to vacation somewhere, why not take a trip to a place that looks like the games you love?

May 18, 2015

/ by Tin Salamunic

Playing video games is fun, but sometimes it’s nice to take your gaming influences and apply them to the the real world. If you're looking to vacation somewhere, why not take a trip to a place that looks like the games you love? Nothing brings you closer to your favorite games than seeing the places they were designed to look like, so here are some vacation destinations that'll make you feel like you're inside your favorite video games.

Hyrule Castle

For anyone who has ever played "The Legend of Zelda," Hyrule Castle is an iconic location. Its towering spires and high ramparts serve as a reminder of how small Link truly is as he sets out on his mission to rescue Princess Zelda. From the courtyard to its bridges — what an experience it would be to visit a castle such as this. And you can, as there is one that embodies Hyrule Castle more than any other, and that’s the Hohenzollern Castle. This castle sits in the countryside south of Stuttgart and has been known as the most fortified house in all of Germany. Sitting on a hilltop overlooking the small towns around it, the castle is typically above the fog that covers that region. While you can stay in The Hohenzollern, this castle gets over 300,000 tourists a year, so booking your stay far in advance is a good idea.

Mario Kart Courses

Mario Kart has long been a classic staple of the video gaming world and so too has the character, Yoshi. The Yoshi Valley level in Mario Kart is one of the most difficult raceways to navigate. But wouldn’t it be fun to visit such an intricate place of arches and thin paths, coupled with strangely lush greenery. The only place you can see something like that is Bryce Canyon in the state of Utah. Bryce Canyon plays host to a fir-spruce-aspen forest. While the surrounding rock looks like a desert with it’s stone spires and rugged terrain, the forested parts of this national park look as though they have been pulled directly out of Mario Kart itself.

While visiting you can go for hikes, horseback rides, or even break out your mountain bike for some of the best trails in the country. If you don’t have your mountain bike with you, there are shops in the area you can rent from. Though cycling isn’t the same as Mario Kart, you can live the game in real life if you’re brave enough to race the trails with your friends.


While GTA 5 takes place in Los Santos, it’s actually a recreation of Los Angeles. You can see this by the obvious replication in the game of places like the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign, the playboy mansion and even the Santa Monica Pier. LA is a fantastic destination if you want to visit your favorite places from GTA 5, though you might curb your actions down to socially acceptable standards. While you’re there, treat yourself to some of the best food in the form of fine dining restaurants, or the polar opposite: food trucks.

Article by: Cherie Nelson

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