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The Baltimore Sun

Iconic destinations

A brush with pop culture and history can transform a place into a full-fledged destination. Before Michael Jackson fled to Bahrain in 2005 after his acquittal on child molestation charges, the Middle Eastern country wasn't very well known. It's hard to think about Hyannis Port, Mass. without thinking about the Kennedys. Monaco is where Grace Kelly became Princess Grace. Here's a rundown of more destinations where pop culture and travel intersect. On your next getaway, stay at the hotel that inspired Stephen King's "The Shining" or visit the farm that became Hobbiton in "Lord of the Rings."
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