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8 movies where scenery is the star

Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland

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'Harry Potter,' Scottish Highlands

Perhaps more CGI-enhanced and sound-stage-shot than "The Lord of the Rings," the Harry Potter franchise (which began in 2001) is another blockbuster that features great scenery that actually exists. Many of the panoramas and landscape shots were filmed in Scotland, arguably one of the most naturally beautiful regions in Europe.

Harry Potter movie posterParents who want to introduce their kids to the world of nature tourism could get them excited about a trip to the U.K.'s most nature-oriented nation by talking up the trip as an expedition to see the Potter locations, like Scotland's Glenfinnan Viaduct shown here. The lochs of the Fort William area, which sit in the shadow of Ben Nevis (Scotland's tallest mountain), featured heavily in several Potter films, while many of the panoramas of the lands surrounding Potter's Hogwarts School were filmed in the stunning Glencoe area.