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10 Vampire Diaries Filming Locations You Can Actually Visit

After filming the pilot episode in Vancouver, British Columbia, The Vampire Diaries moved the entire production to Covington, Georgia, where the rest of the entire series was filmed as the fictional Mystic Falls. Throughout the 170 episodes, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and the rest of the ghoulish immortals spent a lot of time hanging out in real locations that fans can physically tour.

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Among the various establishments are cafes, ice cream shops, boarding houses, public squares, and historical mansions - so if someone is looking to have a road trip in the future with some friends and family, why not start here?

10 The Mystic Grill

One of the most frequent hang-outs for Elena and her cohorts on the show was The Mystic Grill, which is a real eatery that fans can visit in Covington. According to its website, the restaurant was opened in 2014 by fans of the show, who were inspired to bring the fictional haunt to life.

If fans do visit The Mystic Grill, they can expect to recognize the outside only, as exteriors of the restaurant were filmed for the show while the interiors were filmed on a sound stage. Even so, the Mystic Grill can be found at 116 Clark Street, Covington, Georgia.

9 Scoops

While fans are still in Covington, another must-see stop on the itinerary includes Scoops, the colorful confectionary ice cream shop that Elena and the gang visit more than once on the show. According to gocovington.com, Damon Salvatore's (Ian Somerhalder) favorite treat at Scoops is the banana pudding milkshake.

To visit Scoops, head over to 1131 Church St., Covington, Georgia. The ice cream shop is located in the heart of Covington Square and is open Monday-Saturday from 11 AM-10 PM and Sunday from 12 Pm- 9 PM.

8 Lockwood Mansion

One of the most iconic building locations on the show includes Lockwood Mansion, the place where fans can pay respects to the fallen werewolf Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) and his family. Fans can visit the Lockwood Mansion in Covington, although fans might have to travel to two different locations.

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The first location includes Worthington Manor, a lavish abode situated in Covington. The place is a private residence but can be toured for a price modest price by an outfit called Vampire Stalkers. For those who simply want to snap a picture outside of the building, it's located at 2129 East Street, SE Covington, Georgia.

7 Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast

The second Lockwood Mansion that was used in the flashback depictions of 1864 includes the Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast, which is a fully operational tourist spot that fans and vacationers can stay at overnight. According to its website, cast members often stayed there during production. The location plays a prominent role in "Memory Lane," the fourth episode of season 2.

The elegant, upscale Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast was built in 1836 and is located at 2176 Monticello St, SW Covington, Georgia. For those who don't want to stay overnight, daytime tours of the location can be arranged too.

6 The Gilbert House

As the two lovable leads, fans are probably most excited at the prospect of visiting Elena and Jeremy Gilbert's (Steven R. McQueen) house. Thankfully, such a sojourn is possible despite the location fictiously burning down during season 4.

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Currently a private residence, fans should be a bit more careful when visiting the house. However, it might not prove to be a big problem since only the exterior of the home was used for filming. Those who want to drive by and grab a quick snapshot or selfie should make their way to 2104 Floyd Street, NE Covington Georgia.

5 Grams' House

Another stop fans can make while spending time in Covington includes the house of Shiela "Grams" Bennett (Jasmine Guy), who played Bonnie's (Kat Graham) grandmother. Bonnie visits the house whenever she needs words of wisdom or encouragement from her beloved family member and often spouts some of the TVD fans' favorite and funniest quotes there. Even after death, Grams' spirit manages to protect Bonnie when she becomes The Anchor.

For those who want to visit Grams' humble abode and see how it differs from the historic mansions that the show often films at, head over to 2136 Conyers Street, SE Covington, Georgia.

4 The Clock Tower

Another cool location to visit while in downtown Covington is the famous clock tower that makes multiple appearances in the background.

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The clock tower seen on the show is actually part of the Historic Newton County Courthouse, which is located at 1124 Clark Street, SW Covington Georgia. Across the street from the courthouse is a shop called "On Location Gifts," where fans can buy all sorts of The Vampire Diaries merchandise. Both locations welcome visitors with open arms.

3 Whitmore College

While most of the show was filmed in Covington, several other Georgia locations were used as well. One place worthy of visiting is Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia, which doubled as Whitmore College on the show. Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline (Candice King) attended Whitmore in season 5.

Located at 801 Emory Street in Oxford, Georgia, the place was founded in 1836, the same year as Twelve Oaks Bed & Breakfast (Lockwood Mansion), and was likely chosen due to its similar Gothic architectural design.

2 Whitmore Frat House

Before leaving Oxford, fans ought to check out the Oxford College fraternity house called Orna Villa, which served as a gory charnel house known as the Whitemore frat house in "Five." Even before being accepted to Whitmore, Elena and Damon shared a key moment on The Vampire Diaries by attending a fraternity costume party that ends in a grisly massacre.

Erected in the 1820s, the Orna Villa site can be visited by adoring fans down the street from the Whitmore campus at 1008 N Emory Street, Oxford Georgia.

1 Salvatore Boarding House

Much like the Lockwood Mansion, the Salvatore Boarding House seen on the show was filmed using two different locations. In the pilot, the location used was Foxglove Farm addressed at 6471 224 Street, Langley, British Columbia. The enchanting place has been used for several films and TV shows and can be visited by interested fans.

The second location used for the Salvatore Boarding House includes Glenridge Hall, situated at 598 Abernathy Road, NE Atlanta, Georgia. While both sprawling locales feature the same open courtyard driveway and wooded surroundings, eagle-eyed fans will notice the architectural differences. Moreover, visiting both places would require 2,500 travel miles.

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