“Step into the world of Katniss, Peeta and President
Snow on this exciting 3-hour tour. Experience the real
life sites of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,
Mockingjay Part 1 & 2!”
My daughter Andi and I got in a last minute summer trip before she started her senior year of high school. We decided to take her best friend Sophie to Atlanta with us to see Christine, one of my best friends. Since we have all read the Hunger Game trilogy and love the movies, the Hunger Games tour was a must-do!
We chose the Victory Tour, presented by Atlanta Movie Tours. We saw where Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Jennifer Lawrence (Katnis), along with the rest of the cast, filmed the beloved movies. The three hour tour took us to the “District 12,” President Snow’s mansion and many other locations shown in the movies. So Cool!!
The District 12, where Katnis and Peeta live, is filmed at the Goat Farm, an artist community in Atlanta’s West Midtown area. As the bus pulled up the drive, I knew it had to be District 12. You could still find the fake coal that was dumped there for the movie. We were stood where the Peacekeeper beat Gale before Katnis and the other victors saved him.
We also visited President Snow’s mansion, which is actually the Swan House. The Swan House, part of the Atlanta History Center, is an elegant mansion built in 1928 for the Edward H. Inman family. The filmmakers knew that the Swan House was the perfect place to represent the mansion but had a lot of work to do first. They actually repainted rooms, hung curtains, replaced furniture and much more before filming. They then put everything back the way it was after filming.
The Swan House was one of my favorite parts of the tour because we were able to sit at President Snow’s desk and stand on his balcony where he had given his infamous speech. The Swan House is so gorgeous that I suggest touring it even if you are not on a Hunger Games tour.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about the filming of the Hunger Games, as well as The Walking Dead and the overall movie industry in Atlanta. We actually drove by the set of Spiderman, where several cars were piled on top of each other. We saw the location where Rick Grimes rides into town on horse in the first episode of the Walking dead. I even met one of the extras from Stranger Things (a new hit on Netflix)!
When you go:
· Cost – $65 (check Groupon and other discount websites)
· Buy your tickets HERE!
· Book several weeks in advance if you can to guarantee a spot
· Dress appropriate for indoor/outdoor venues
· They also offer The Walking Dead and Gone with the Wind tours
May the odds be ever in your favor.
Disclaimer: This writer received media passes from Victory Tours for review purposes. As always, all opinions expressed are those of the writer and in no way influenced by companies or products mentioned within. Post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for clicking through them! It helps keep this site here for you
The Hunger Games Atlanta Tour!
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