Hunger Games Film Tour
Follow Katniss Everdeen's footsteps through Georgia.
In this futuristic series, children are forced to battle to the death for the benefit of their society. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are chosen from District 12, but the pair devise a plan for them both to survive. In "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" parts 1 and 2, all filmed in Georgia, they go on a Victor’s Tour and then fight the Capitol.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
The John Portman-designed Atlanta Marriott Marquis is an icon in the Atlanta skyline. At the time of its building in 1985, it was the largest atrium in the world. It’s connected to Peachtree Center, offering MARTA access and is only a short walk from the city’s most famous attractions. The Pulse cocktail lounge is marked by a massive sail that changes color. The hotel also boasts a spa, fitness center and rooms with downtown views. In "Mockingjay," the hotel’s interior and futuristic elevators serve as the tribute’s quarters.
Sweetwater Creek State Park
The peaceful Sweetwater Creek State Park, only 15 miles from downtown Atlanta, boasts more than 2,549 acres. Set in Douglas County, it has hiking trails, a reservoir, yurts, picnic areas and the remains of the New Manchester Textile Mill, which was burned by Union troops in the Civil War. It has been in the backdrop of countless productions, including "Mockingjay: Part 1." In the film, the characters Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) share a moment at the river here.
The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center
Once home to the Inman family, the 1928 Swan House was designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze. The home is on the campus of the Atlanta History Center, which also has an extensive museum on the city’s history, historic gardens and a farm. The Swan Coach House, formerly the garage and servant quarters, is now a beloved restaurant. The 19th season of "The Amazing Race" even finished here. "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay: Part 1" both used the home’s interiors and exteriors as President Snow’s mansion.
The Beach at International Park
Home of the 1996 Olympic volleyball games, this Clayton County park is open year-round, but the beach is a summer hangout. It has a lake, children’s pool, slides and beach volleyball courts. Also onsite are tennis courts, playgrounds, walking trails and picnic facilities. In "Catching Fire," the Quarter Quell arena was filmed on the beach, complete with the cornucopia in the center.
Atlanta Movie Tours
Atlanta Movie Tours showcases the best of "Y’allywood." Tours include visits to locations used in "The Walking Dead," "Captain America," "Driving Miss Daisy" and more. But it’s their "Victory Tour" that visits the filming locations used in "The Hunger Games" series. Among the locations on the tour are The Goat Farm, the Swan House and one of the districts featured in the films.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve
The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is open to the public and allows visitors to encounter 125 species of rescued animals, including alligators, chimpanzees, leopards, lions and more. Set on 30 acres of farmland, volunteers provide educational lessons on these creatures. In "Mockingjay: Part 1," Katniss and Gale encounter the elk while hunting in District 13, which was actually filmed at Chestatee.
Clarks Hill Lake
Set on the Georgia-South Carolina state line, 71,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake is a part of Elijah Clark State Park. Named for a state war hero, the park is popular with anglers and boaters. It has rental cottages and campgrounds to host visitors as well as a replica of the cabin where namesake Elijah Clark lived. The J. Strom Thurmond Dam on the lake has a recreation area that was used in a digitized shot of the train rides on the way to the Capitol.