The arena scenes were filmed in Asheville, North Carolina. It is way cooler than your average quaint little tourist town. Asheville‘s vibrant streets are filled with cool restaurants, cute shops, art galleries and a large number of good microbreweries. If you visit, check out:
- The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest private home, is located there.
- The same people who built the Biltmore also built the Grove Park Inn. Its Sunset Terrace, a massive back porch, is situated for an optimal view of the sunset over the mountains.
- Located in the Appalachian Mountains, there are tons of great hiking and outdoor activities nearby.
- The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the world’s most beautiful drives also runs through the mountains nearby.
Other scenes were filmed at the North Fork Reservoir near Black Mountain (not far from Asheville).
- Cabo Fish Taco
- Phat Burrito
- Amalie’s French Bakery
- Alexander Michael’s
- Zada Jane’s
- Crepe Cellar
Capitol scenes were also filmed in the nearby town Concord, North Carolina. Concord is best known for its giant NASCAR track, the races held there and its role as the center of the NASCAR industry. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby was filmed there. Homeland, a show popular in the US right now, is also filmed there.
There were outdoor scenes filmed at one of our favorite hiking spots at the DuPont State Forest, North Carolina. The Last of the Mohicans was also filmed here. Some of the movie’s most climactic scenes were filmed at its majestic waterfalls.