Do you ever wish instead of hitting up your local Waffle House, you could order pancakes at Luke’s Diner or Karen’s Cafe? Although some TV towns may be completely fictional, we can’t help but wish they existed in real life. Here’s a list of 10 of the quaintest, most dramatic TV towns to ever grace our screens.
10. Pawnee, Indiana – Parks are Recreation
True, it may be the fourth-fattest city in America and the “Fire Factory Capital of America,” but that doesn’t mean Pawnee doesn’t have it’s qualities. Where else could you get a 512 oz. size child soda for $1.59 from Paunch Burger? Visit the local Parks and Recreation Department and you’ll find beautiful murals of Pawnee’s rich history. The citizens may be a bit resistant to change, but no one can deny the inherent goodness of Pawnee residents.
9. Tree Hill, North Carolina – One Tree Hill
Looking for picturesque views, good school systems and crazy love triangles? Then Tree Hill, North Carolina, is definitely the place for you. There may be a few bad apples, but the town is mostly filled with genuine, loving people whose devotion to one another is incomparable. If you’re lucky enough to be friends with Peyton, you could check out her impressive music collection. You can visit Brooke’s own Clothes Over Bros boutique on Main Street by day, and listen to the coolest indie bands at Tric night club by night. But Tree Hill is most well-known for it’s basketball history, with stars like Nathan and Lucus Scott, Antwon Tanner and Jake Jagielski . And remember guys, there’s only one Tree Hill.
8. Springfield – The Simpsons
You may be thinking that Springfield is an actual city in the great state of Illinois, and you would be right. But this Springfield is a bit different than it’s counterpart. Homer and Marge had it right when they moved to this Anytown, USA-type town. Like most memorable TV spots, Springfield’s best feature is the people who call it home, despite how dreadful they may be. But it also has a lot more, like a multi-level mall, a Krusty Burger, a Nascar track, and you’ll always feel safe under the protection of it’s “watchful” police force. However, you may have some difficulty actually locating Springfield seeing that no one is quite sure exactly where it lays in the United States.
7. Mystic Falls, Virginia – The Vampire Diaries
Mystic Falls is one of the only places you’ll be able to hang out with vampires, werewolves, witches and other supernatural beings. If you aren’t into learning about the town’s rich history involving the Founding Families, you can always check out one of the town’s municipal events like the Founder’s Party or the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant. In terms of date night, take a stroll through the perfectly picturesque town square after getting dinner at Mystic Grill. Later you can meet up with friends at Bree’s Bar. Possibly the number one attraction in this spooky town? The men. There must be something in the water!
6. Point Place, Wisconsin – That 70’s Show
Ok, so maybe we only want to visit Point Place to land a date with Michael Kelso, but that doesn’t mean the town doesn’t have charm. Although it may be small, it houses a mall, a library and even a police academy if you’re interested. But the most fun activity in this small town is probably gathering all of your friends together, grabbing a six-pack and climbing the water tower just to hang out.
5. Storybrooke, Maine – Once Upon a Time
Ever wanted to meet your favorite fairytale characters? You totally can in Storybrooke, Maine. Get Snow White, Prince Charming, Elsa and even Captain Hook to sign your autograph book. Plus, Maine has beautiful natural scenery and amazing lobster rolls. You can satisfy your sweet tooth at Any Given Sundae or grab drinks at The Rabbit Hole before settling in at Granny’s Bed and Breakfast. Not to mention that Maine is one of the most picturesque states in the United States!
4. Capeside, Massachusetts – Dawson’s Creek
While it may have technically been filmed in North Carolina, Capeside, MA, is the epitome of New England coastal life. The population may be small, but their residents sure pack a lot of drama into their daily lives. Take for instance, Pacey Witter’s affair with his English teacher, or Joey’s father trafficking cocaine. There’s always something to talk about! If you were to visit in the summer, you could hit the beach or check out the annual regatta. Or maybe check out the newly renovated Ice House owned by the one and only Pacey Witter.
3. The Other Realm – Sabrina! The Teenage Witch
Ok, so technically The Other Realm isn’t a town, but it will work for our purposes. It may be millions of light years away from Earth and require access to a portal, but the trouble is definitely worth it! For a good time, you can visit Cloud 9 where all of your troubles will disappear. For a fun date night, you can go to the Other Realm carnival before visiting the rings of Jupiter. Or you and your family can hit the snowy slopes of Mars. The possibilities are endless!
2. Sunnydale, California – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sure, it may have been built over a demon portal, but Sunnydale is still a great place to visit. If you’re into the supernatural, you can take a tour of one of their 12 Gothic cemeteries or stop by the magic shop. You might even want to consider Sunnydale for your further education needs, seeing as it is home to the University of California at Sunnydale. But really, how cool would it be to help Buffy Summers defeat evil vampires, witches and other demons? Unfortunately, Sunnydale was destroyed when a massive crater opened underneath it.
1. Stars Hollow, Connecticut – Gilmore Girls
Stars Hollow is the physical embodiment of small town charm. There’s no other place in the world where you will find such an assortment of genuine, honest and kind individuals who all love and care for one another, sometimes too much. If you’re seeking good food, look no further than Luke’s Diner or Taylor’s Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe. If you’re looking for a good time, stop by their annual 24 hour dance marathon, firelight festival, or the hay bale maze. The only bad thing about Stars Hollow is that you’ll never want to leave!