great scenes from "dirty dance" were filmed on the Lac de Lure

Do you know where your favorite ’80s movie was filmed?

There’s something distinctly joyful about 1980s pop culture. Popular movies like “The Terminator,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Dirty Dancing” had a gigantic cultural impact that can still be seen today. Some of the most unforgettable movies were made during the decade of excess, and it’s fun to revisit them through the lens of travel. After all, who wouldn’t want to step into the world of their favorite movie?

These actual locations from 1980s feature films are also fantastic vacation destinations. However, prepare for the unexpected. A lot may have changed since these films were made, but in some places you might be surprised at how much everything has stayed the same!

‘Dirty Dancing’ – Lake Lure, North Carolina

When “Dirty Dancing” hit theaters on August 21, 1987, it captured the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers. Many of the film’s scenes, including the beloved lake lift scene, were filmed in Lake Lure, North Carolina. Start your journey there by checking in at Lake Lure Inn & Spa where Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray stayed during filming. As a bonus, the hostel even has two “Dirty Dancing” themed cabins.

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