Traveling to classic movie sets is fun, nostalgic, and sometimes even free. Discover our favorite movie and TV-show residences you can visit on your next weekend trip.

By Hannah Bruneman

Visiting the homes of beloved TV and film characters has become a favorite pastime for film buffs. And, for the most part, it’s free! Some residences allow visitors to step inside and see the classic movie sets, while others are private, leaving you to admire the famous exterior from the sidewalk.

Because your visit will likely only take a few hours at most, we recommend planning an entire trip around it. Most of the movie and television houses listed below are near major cities or points of interest, so they’re perfect for a weekend getaway. So grab your go-to theater buddy and start planning!

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Home Alone

Few homes play such a pivotal role in a plotline as the Home Alone house. Almost the entire film (including the sequel) was shot inside the Winnetka, Ill., home. Because it is a private residence, visitors can’t tour the house, but if you're in the Midwest, it's worth a weekend trip to see the famous exterior. According to the Chicago Tribune, the house recently sold for $1.585 million—no booby traps included. It’s not a far drive from Chicago, so you’d have plenty of time to snap some pictures in front of the property in the morning and hang out at Millennium Park by noon.

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Pippi Longstocking

Not only can you visit the home of Pippi Longstocking, but you can buy it! This house is on the market for $750,000, but that price comes with a catch. The house will need some serious vanity work before anyone is able to call it home. But with the palm trees in the front yard and all that stained glass, how could you not fall in love with this famous facade?

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Steel Magnolias

Visiting the Steel Magnolias house is a trip down memory lane and a weekend getaway all in one. The fictional Eatenton family home is located in Natchitoches, La. It was the setting for the iconic movie and has since been converted into a bed and breakfast. Enjoy your stay in the Shelby room or relax by the pool and pavilion.

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The Brady Bunch

It’s been more than 40 years since the last episode of The Brady Bunch aired on TV, yet we still catch ourselves singing the opening theme song. The Brady Bunch house is located in Studio City, Calif., and while it was only used for exterior shots, fans still love to drive by the iconic home. HGTV recently purchased the property and has plans to use it in a renovation show with The Brady Bunch original cast. We can’t wait to see it on our screens again!

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Father of the Bride

While shooting Father of the Bride, producers had to find two separate houses: One for shooting scenes featuring the front yard, and another for shooting that beloved basketball scene on the side of the house. It’s the latter that you can find in Alhambra, Calif., which recently sold for almost $2 million. After you drive by, check out all the adventures that nearby downtown LA has to offer.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

You can check two locations off your list when visiting the house where Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed. The home, located in San Francisco, is a popular tourist destination and is very accessible. Not too far from the house, you’ll find a strip of homes known as the Painted Ladies. You’ll recognize those from the Full House opening credits scene. Visiting two classic sets in one afternoon is hardly a bad day in our book.

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A Christmas Story

Pack up your bunny pajamas, because you can now stay overnight at the house from A Christmas Story. You’ll instantly recognize the Cleveland house from iconic scenes—who could forget that leg lamp? The house has been restored as it was in the film, and guests can pay $395 to spend one night in the third-floor loft. Once the house closes to the public (it’s open for tours during the day), overnight guests have access to the entire home.

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