If you’ve been watching movies, listening to music, and checking out the latest fashion, it’s hard to miss the influence of the 80s. Yep, it’s come around again and it feels like we’ve traveled back in time — how bodacious is that? Whether you’re a fan of the 80s-based show Stranger Things (and can’t wait for the next season) or just someone who likes to occasionally pull out your MC-Hammer pants and spandex, there’s something for everyone to love about this not-so-serious decade. And if you’re looking to turn your love of nostalgia into a full-blown adventure, you’re in luck: we’ve got the must-see travel spots that will make you feel like the 80s never left. Don’t worry, you won’t need a suped-up DeLorean to relive the decade — but you might need to start looking for some cheap airfare to one of these locations ASAP!
Dirty Dancing Festival – North Carolina
If you’re still in love with Patrick Swayze’s and Baby’s dance moves from the hip-gyrating classic Dirty Dancing, then you need to book a ticket for North Carolina. Every year at Lake Lure on Swayze’s birthday, there’s an enormous festival celebrating the classic and the movie. There are always surprises, from special guests to watermelon-carrying competitions (and of course a whole lot of dancing). What better way to pay tribute to one of the most unforgettable movies the 80s ever rolled out?
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The Elm Street House – California
If you remember having many sleepless nights as a kid in the 80s because of all the scary movies that terrified you during the decade, then you’d definitely remember Nancy’s house from A Nightmare on Elm Street. The house where Nancy was terrorized is a humble home that sits on a little street off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. A cool fact is that the current homeowners have restored it to look just like it did in the movie, and don’t mind fans taking pictures from the street.
The Goonies House – Oregon
It’s one of the most beloved boyhood adventure movies of the 1980s, so you know there’s got to be some great locations you can still visit from The Goonies. The home from the movie prefers to remain inconspicuous, simply playing the part of another house in a sleepy cul de sac. The owners aren’t too keen on tourists, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the trek (respecting the neighborhood, and not being too loud, of course) to get some rad Instagram-worthy shots from a distance.
RockFest 80’s – Florida
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The music of the 80s was an unforgettable mix of hair metal bands, nascent hip-hop, and pop classics. You can bring back the magic of all this great music if you manage to snag cheap airfare down to Florida. RockFest 80’s is a two-day time warp that takes you back to your favorite years of music. With past performers including artists like Lita Ford, The Outlaws, Sebastian Bach, and Dokken, the concert is the best way to relive the rock moments that helped define a decade.
Got more cool places from the 1980s that bring back great memories? Let us know in the comments.