Real-Life Locations of Fictional Television Hangouts

From Mental Floss:

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Fans of the original version of The Office planning a trip to England in order to snap a picture in front of the Crossbow House in Slough, which served as the exterior of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company, are bound to be disappointed. In late 2013, it was announced that the building was set to be demolished. But pop culture fans looking to make a road trip visiting the real-life locations featured in some of their favorite television shows shouldn’t fret: plenty of other photo ops await!

A1A CAR WASH // BREAKING BAD

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The A1A Car Wash in Breaking Bad was really the Octopus Car Wash in Albuquerque, one of the mini-chain’s seven locations in the area. Which means that even if you opt for the priciest package, no one will tell you to “Have an A1 day!”

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL // THE WALKING DEAD

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Think all the way back to the first season of The Walking Dead—before The Farm and/or The Prison—and you might recall that the band of survivors had one destination in mind: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And when they finally reached their destination, it was glorious (at least for a few hours). Anyone looking to take a peek inside the location is welcome to do so … as long as you’ve got a ticket. Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre doubled as the CDC.

THE DOUBLE R DINER // TWIN PEAKS

Twede’s Cafe 

In David Lynch’s early ’90s cult series, The Double R Diner is known for serving up a fabulous cherry pie and “a damn fine cup o’ coffee.” In real life, the diner—located in North Bend, Washington—is known as Twede’s Café, and counts both of those menu items among its specialties. (Just don’t ask who killed Laura Palmer… they’ve gotten enough of that over the years.)

CHEERS // CHEERS

Cheers

Though the long-running series shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles, the Boston pub where everybody knows your name was based on The Bull & Finch Tavern, a real tavern in Beantown’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, which changed its name to Cheers in 2002.

DOWNTON ABBEY // DOWNTON ABBEY

Highclere Castle

Yes, there really is a Downton Abbey. In Newbury, England. Only it’s called Highclere Castle. It’s just as stunning in real life as it appears on the show—with its Victorian stylings and 1000 acres of land. And yes, it is open to the public, but only for a handful of days each year (so make your plans early).

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