Lonely Planet Writer

Excited about the return of The Walking Dead? Here's how to have a zombie vacation

The Walking Dead returns to AMC this Sunday and if, like us, you’re waiting for that cliffhanger, you’re probably interested in some zombie travel. The walkers are truly having their day in the pop culture sun, so here’s some ways to join the undead fun and test your mettle with a Walking Dead vacation.

Taken from the Jackson Street Bridge, just east of downtown Atlanta, this is the place where Rick rides into Atlanta in episode 1.
Taken from the Jackson Street Bridge, just east of downtown Atlanta, this is the place where Rick rides into Atlanta in episode one. Image by Ryan Murphy

Georgia

The Walking Dead kicks off in Atlanta, although the bustling Southern city looked a lot more deserted in the TV series. Downtown has some of the most famous locations from season one, including the hospital and the sheriff’s office, as well as the building in the Terminus story line. It’s possible to scout these out yourself, but there are also dedicated tours, including one from Atlanta Movie Tours where an extra will be your guide and give you the inside scoop on the production.

No Walking Dead vacation would be complete without a visit to the historic town of Senoia, about an hour’s drive from the city. Here you can snap the settings for the Governor’s town of Woodbury and the Alexandria Safe Zone from season six. You can take a Walking Dead tour here as well, and there’s even a gift shop dedicated to the TV show to browse while you’re waiting.

Universal Studios

One of the latest additions to the Universal family, this immersive walk-through experience has you fighting for survival, as you follow in the footsteps of other human survivors, while fending off the gruesome walkers.

This immersive walk-through will really make you feel like you're having a Walking Dead vacation
The Walking Dead permanent daytime attraction. Image by Renard Garr/Getty Images)

Visitors come face to face with some of the show’s most iconic walkers as they start in the hospital where Rick wakes up in the opening episode and race through familiar scenes like the prison from season three or the warehouse where visitors must finally learn their fate. The attraction has won praise for its phenomenal attention to detail in replicating the show’s props and atmosphere.

Bahamas

If you’d prefer to take to the seas for your Walking Dead vacation, the next Walker Stalker Cruise sets sail in February 2017 and will include top celebrity guests from the show including Norman Reedus (Daryl), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) and Chandler Riggs (Carl). Fans can expect interactive panels and cosplay contests, as well access to the liner’s casino, bowling alley and video arcade during a three day round-trip from Miami to the Bahamas.

Worldwide

Participants dressed as zombies wander through the streets in Paris during World Zombie Day on October 8.
Participants dressed as zombies wander through the streets in Paris during World Zombie Day on 8 October. Image by Bernard Menigault/Corbis via Getty Images

Think you can do better than the renowned Walking Dead makeup artists? Google your nearest zombie walk, most of which happen in October. What started as a walk with seven horror fans in Toronto in 2003, has grown into worldwide events which regularly take place to raise money or food for charity, to break a world record or just to explore new pubs. The current holder for the Guinness Book of World Records is the Zombie Pub Crawl, Minneapolis which recorded 15,458 participants on 11 October 2014.