If your anything life the team at Addicted and millions of people around the world, you too have been watching Riverdale, the new Archie comic inspired Tv show with a sinister twist, murder. Now while Riverdale’s episodes are intense and leave you hanging, the epic and picturesque scenery sure does inside the mind to think of travel.
While this fictional world isn’t somewhere that we can travel too, the show itself is actually filmed in and around Vancouver, which really comes as no surprise after seeing the setting over the first 6 episodes.
Now if you are anything like us, you may just want to see the beautiful “sweet river” or hike through the paths outside the town, or maybe you want to grab a milkshake at pops, well once again our friends at contiki have you covered in the Riverdale Travel Guide.
POP’S CHOCK’LIT SHOPPE (MEMPHIS’ ARCADE RESTAURANT)
While “Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe” in the show was filmed in B.C., the comic book’s purists longing for the good ol’ American diner experience need look no further than the Arcade Restaurant located in historic downtown Memphis. Founded in 1919, this is the city’s oldest eatery and is quite literally, a blast from the past. Outfitted with its spectacular neon sign and boomerang table tops – complete with booths that resemble those that Archie and gang park themselves in – the Arcade Restaurant is an ode to fifties diners from years past. Its nostalgic feeling has attracted plenty of movies where scenes from Mystery Train, Great Balls of Fire, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, and My Blueberry Nights have all been filmed in the restaurant. Did we also mention that Elvis was a regular back in the day? In case you’re wondering, yes, Jughead’s staple diet of cheeseburgers, fries and pizza are all on the menu!
How to get here: Contiki’s new “MUNCH – Boots, Scoot N Blues” limited edition tasty extravaganza is a love letter to the South’s culinary traditions, visiting the food scenes of Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. The mouth-watering tour includes everything from food truck experiences to cooking school delights. For more information, visit contiki.com
All roads lead to Rome. But in Riverdale, all roads seemingly lead to New York. From the former lofty world of Veronica’s Park Avenue existence and personal shopping account at Barney’s (not to mention, her weekly family dinners at Jean-Georges), Juilliard where Miss Grundy took her musical studies to the real neighbourhood of Riverdale in the Bronx, the Big Apple plays a supporting role in the show. Famous for well, everything, the city that never sleeps always invigorates the soul. The Epicentre of the arts. The dining and shopping capital of the world (sorry, Paris! We still love you though). Trendsetter. New York wears many crowns and spreads an irresistible feast for all. Perhaps you’ll spot Archie one day in the East Village, when he eventually makes his move to the city to pursue his music.
How to get here: Contiki’s “New York Uncovered” trip is a 4-day jaunt through the Big Apple where guests will experience Park Avenue (catching a glimpse of Veronica’s former life), Central Park, the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and lots more! Guests will embark on a real “New Yawk” experience as they travel the city by foot and subway – absorbing all there is to do, see and eat in one of the world’s greatest metropolis. For more information, visit contiki.com
THE BLOSSOM MANSION (SAVANNAH GEORGIA’S HISTORIC MANSIONS)
The “Blossom Mansion” (home to Mean Girl incarnate Cheryl and her family) might have been filmed in two locations in B.C. (the Copper Stone Mansion in South Langley and the Cecil Green Park House at the University of British Columbia in the pilot), but they don’t have anything on Savannah Georgia’s historic mansions! Like a proper Southern belle with an electric-blue streak in her hair, this grand historic town revolves around formal antebellum architecture and the liveliness of its student population. Set against the Savannah River, amid swamps and mammoth live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, Savannah features a plethora of colonial mansions that have been preserved with pride and grace. “River Vixens” should make a pilgrimage to one of the countless historic homes, and for those really up to it, make a beeline to Bonaventure Cemetery that is eerily similar to the Blossom family’s own private cemetery in the show. The real life cemetery in Savannah is one of the most haunted spots in town – just make sure you don’t conjure up dreams of #ZombieJason.
How to get here: Contiki’s 14-day “Eastern Discovery (Start New Orleans)” trip tours the Eastern Seaboard, making stops in Mobile, Panama Beach, Miami, St. Augustine, Savannah, Raleigh and ending off in New York. Travellers will be able to explore art deco in Miami, visit the grave of J.F.K and channel Forrest Gump and recreate the famous park bench scene in Savannah. For more information, visit contiki.com
Say what? We know what you’re thinking. Isn’t New Zealand, um, not in North America? You are right, but we couldn’t resist highlighting the
hella sexy handsome lead actor, who plays Archie, home country (OK fine. It was really an excuse to use that GIF). Yes folks. The all-American Archie character is played by a Kiwi – abs and all. Born in Auckland, KJ Apa is well known in his native New Zealand, especially in his role in that country’s prime-time soap opera Shortland Street. If after journeying across North America still doesn’t produce a glimpse of Archie, admirers might have luck in the actor’s home city. Surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, emerald waters and its unique skyline, Auckland is a an adventurer’s capital. From getting out onto the waters of the Haruki Gulf and exploring its many islands to the city’s unforgettable nightlife in the vibrant Britomart precinct, you might catch Archie KJ in real life at some point during your visit.
How to get here: Contiki’s epic 17-day “The Big Tiki (Queenstown to Auckland)” trip lets travellers soak up all that New Zealand has to offer. Guests will also have the opportunity to embark on almost 60 optional activities to ramp up their vacations. Helicopter tour of glaciers and a bit of cave action, anyone? For more information, visit contiki.com
Feeling inspired, we thought so, now where will Riverdale take us next? I guess we’ll just have to turn in, and find out! Until next time.