10 TripTiks: See the Sites from Movies and TV

Lights, camera, action! Make a road trip map of your favorite flicks.

It used to be that movies and television shows were filmed primarily in Los Angeles and New York, but that has changed. As productions get more expensive to make, filmmakers are looking at locations that not only provide authenticity, but also offer financial incentives.

With so many states wanting to get in on the action, government agencies are offering enticements, resulting in filming locations across the country.

"It goes in waves, but Louisiana is one of the more popular states right now," said Hollywood producer Jerry P. Jacobs, who has made films in numerous states—including Massachusetts, where a few years ago he filmed My Best Friend's Girl starring Kate Hudson, Dane Cook and Jason Biggs. "For example, New Orleans is packed right now."

To respond to the growing interest, movie- and television-themed tours have been popping up in cities across the country, entertaining silver-screen enthusiasts and stargazers alike.

"I think the appeal of places outside of New York and L.A. is that filming is still new enough that there's an excitement about it," Jacobs said. "And people seem to be fascinated by celebrities—moreso in places where they don't usually encounter them."

Below is a sampling of tours that showcase the glitter of places far from Tinseltown.

1. Boston Movie Tour. Not only is this quaint city rich in history, but it's also the setting for many television shows and movies. On this three-hour bus tour, passengers will see where several scenes from 1997's Good Will Hunting were filmed, catch a glimpse of Fenway Park, where parts of the 2005 movie Fever Pitch were shot, and hear all about the filming of recent flicks. The Social Network and The Town. Be sure to stop in at the Bull & Finch Pub, inspiration for the popular TV sitcom Cheers.

2. Classic New York TV & Movie Sites Tour (On Location Tours). While many tours in The Big Apple focus on a specific movie or TV show, this one covers the classics of yesterday through today's blockbusters. See The Plaza Hotel, where such films as The Way We Were, Arthur and Home Alone 2 were shot, and the New York Public Library, which was a filming location for Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ghostbusters and Seinfeld. You can even take photos in front of the Huxtables' house from The Cosby Show. Tours are led by actors and actresses who will test your knowledge of TV theme songs and share cinematic trivia.

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