By Troy Petenbrink
It’s official: The Hunger Games topped the $400 million mark over the weekend, making it one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. But the story doesn’t end on the big screen. Now you can experience where the Hunger Games were actually shot.
The phenomenal success of The Hunger Games has launched a cottage industry in North Carolina, as multiple tours are now offered to allow the movie’s fans the opportunity to visit the Hollywood-envisioned world of Katniss, Peeta and the other Tributes.
Visitors to North Carolina’s DuPont State Forest in Transylvania County will not see any trackerjackers (at least, let’s hope they don’t), but fans of The Hunger Games will feel right at home in the forest … the actual setting for many scenes from the blockbuster movie.
Although participants may not experience the bloodbath of the Cornucopia or run for dear life from deadly muttations, they can still experience the thrill of survival through a variety of tour packages designed especially for Hunger Games fans. And, if they listen closely, they might even hear a mockingjay.
Hunger Games Movie Star Adventure & Survival Packages, Asheville
Dates: Through October based on availability
Relax for 2 nights in the mountain-view Hotel Indigo Downtown Asheville where the film’s stars stayed, have a whitewater rafting or zip lining adventure just like the cast, and explore where the actors and crew hung out when they weren’t filming. This package starts at $318 per person.
Hunger Games Fan Tours Day Trips, Brevard and Transylvania County
Dates: July 14-15 and Aug. 11-12
Explore DuPont State Recreational Forest to discover the locations where the movie was filmed. Then, master fundamental survival skills like orienteering, face painting and shelter building – all skills that are necessary to excel in the Hunger Games. Cost is $81 per person.
Hunger Games Fan Tours Adventure Weekend, Brevard and Transylvania County
Dates: June 22-24, July 27-29, Aug. 24-26 and Sept. 21-23
Compete against other Tributes in a Hunger Games simulation to see if you have the skills to be the winner. Of course, just like a real Tribute, you will receive survival training and participate in an evening zip line outing to see what it’s like to be in the treetops at night like Katniss and Rue. Cost is $391.
And may the odds — of safe and enjoyable travels — be ever in your favor.
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