Westeros or Bust: The Rise of 'Game of Thrones' Tourism

The Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia, is the site of the HBO series' fictional King's Landing Photograph by Fiona McIntosh

In his 1982 novel The Names, Don DeLillo famously observed that “tourism is the march of stupidity.” Sure, but had he ever experienced firsthand the overcast and windswept moodiness of Winterfell, the ancestral home of the House of Stark? Or the soaring gothic castles of the royal capital of Westeros: King’s Landing, overlooking the scenic Blackwater Bay?

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