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Go down south for a Tom Hanks trifecta tour

02.18.2015
Topic U.S. Travel

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Tom Hanks has broken ground in the entertainment industry through his acting roles and, later on, ventures into the realm of production. When you ask people about their top five favorite movies, it's likely that Hanks has touched at least one.

Mashable® recently created a map of the U.S. that shows a major film shot in each state. Several of the flicks feature Tom Hanks, so it would be easy to build an itinerary based on seeing those states and sites.

If you're a movie buff, a big Tom Hanks fan or simply itching for a bit of United States travel, check out this unique tour through the Southern states.

Henderson, Kentucky
You may not be familiar with Henderson, Kentucky - a town located along the Indiana border. While it doesn't have the same name recognition as Lexington or Louisville, it's a lovely place to visit and explore. "A League of Their Own" stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petti. It tells the tale of two bold sisters from Oregon who join a professional baseball team called the Rockford Peaches during the 1940s. According to the Internet Movie Database, the scenes that show the team's boarding home were shot in Henderson. Although the team is supposed to be based in Illinois, the location was chosen from the Bluegrass State.

Henderson is known for its role in the tobacco industry, as well as the birthplace of John James Audubon, according to the Henderson County Tourist Commission. While you're in the area, you should see the John James Audubon Museum, which is filled with his art and personal memorabilia. Check out the wildlife observation room, hands-on exhibits in the discovery center and educational programs about Audubon's work.

Memphis, Tennessee
"Cast Away" tells the story of a man who survived a plane crash and has to learn how to live on an abandoned island for several years. The film was released in 2000 and has since become a classic. IMDB reported that Tom Hanks was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor in a leading role and won a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a dramatic motion picture for his embodiment of Chuck Noland. Hanks was also billed as a producer for "Cast Away." Before experiencing the flight of a lifetime, Noland worked for FedEx in Memphis. According to the Chicago Tribune, the crew used the FedEx headquarters in Memphis for certain scenes.

If you venture down to Memphis for a taste of "Cast Away" history, don't miss the city's other attractions. Memphis is a cultural center, especially in regard to music. It was the launching point for the careers of famous artists including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Johnny Cash, the Memphis Convention and Visitor Bureau explained. Stop by Graceland or the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum to catch a glimpse of musical history.

Savannah, Georgia
A tale that blends historical events with humor and an overpowering human element, "Forrest Gump" continues to garner fans, despite having been released in 1994. The movie opens with a scene of Forrest sitting on a park bench, waiting for a bus in Savannah's Chippewa Square. Soon the viewer is transported back in time through stories Forrest tells strangers to learn how he grew from a boy with braces on his legs to a war hero. The film won six Academy Awards, as well as three Golden Globes.

According to the Savannah Theatre's website, the bench that was in Chippewa Square was actually a prop, but plenty of people visit that bustling part of the city to snap photos anyway. Smithsonian explained how you can visit the actual bench in the Savannah History Museum these days.