Superhero Travel

Vacation with the superheroes when you travel to one of these great destinations. Oh, and be sure to pack your wrinkle-free cape and an extra pair of tights… maybe a magic lasso… an extra mask…

Islands of AdventureUniversal Studios Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida is teeming with superhero opportunities. Seven themed “islands” offer epic rides, shows and other attractions. Besides the Marvel group of superheroes like Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk, you can immerse yourself in the worlds of other heroes like Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss. TripAdvisor ratings for Islands of Adventure are overwhelmingly excellent.

NYC Walking tourNew York City offers several superhero experiences as well as being one of the most frequent places that figure prominently in superhero adventures. There’s Madame Tussand’s Wax Museum in Times Square, another highly rated attraction, that features the Marvel Superheroes 4D Cinema and life-like figures of all kinds of people. Take a selfie with your favorite hero from any walk of life whether it’s sports or entertainment or world leaders. While you’re in NYC, take a Superhero Walking Tour. For about $35 per person, the 90-minute tour takes you to filming locations of major blockbusters and real life locations from comic books.

san-diego-comic-conFor the serious comic book connoisseur, there’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. This four-day long event attracts thousands of comic book fans, artists, movie stars and other celebrities. Comic-Con International: San Diego is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation of comic books and other popular art forms. The first 3-day convention was held August, 1970 with over 300 attendees and guests including Ray Bradbury. Today’s conventions are attended by more that 130,000 and include workshops, film screenings, awards, a costume competition, autographs and more.

But you don’t have to go farther than the Midwest to visit a superhero site. Metropolis, Illinois, the hometown of none other than Superman was founded in 1839.  The town of over 6,000 is located on the Ohio River in Southern Illinois. In 1972, Superman adopted it as his hometown inspiring Superman Square, which boasts a 15-foot bronze statue of the superhero. Or visit the Hall of Heroes Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. Billed as “the world’s only superhero museum,” their holdings include Adam West’s original costume from TV’s “Batman” and the original shield used in the film “Captain America: The First Avenger.”


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