We both stayed up late last night for midnight screenings of The Hunger Games (review to come as soon as we’re awake!). For those who want to immerse themselves even deeper in the world of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, the Hunger Games Fan Tour is for you. You can sign up for a weekend of adventure as a tribute in Transylvania County North Carolina, near where the movie was filmed.
Among the weekend activities: archery, sling shot training, fire building, orienteering, shelter building, and camo-face painting. The evening is filled with Capitol-sponsored dinners (a good thing, since no one wants to eat District 12’s squirrel) and zip-lining to simulate jumping from trees a la Katniss and Rue. The weekend culminates in a Hunger Games Simulation of timed trials of the skills you’ve learned over the weekend. Fortunately, you don’t have to sleep in a tree or even a cave, the Earthshine Mountain Lodge serves as home base.
The Hunger Games Fan Tour also offers a day trip.
Another alternative is to follow the self-guided Hunger Games tour put together by North Carolina State Tourism. You’ll start in Charlotte and drive to Asheville and have the chance to visit a number of locations actually used in the film including Henry River Mill Village, the setting of District 12 and DuPont State Recreational Forest, the setting for the Hunger Games.