Indiana Jones Franchise
The Indiana Jones franchise is one of those priceless film series that instantly causes its theme tune to play within the minds of anyone who hears its name. Following the adventures of a fictional professor of archaeology, Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Junior, the Indiana Jones film franchise began in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade and – after a 19-year hiatus – The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The series is also famous for its many exotic filming scenery locations including deserts, canyons and jungles across the world.
1981, 1984, 1989, 2008
Gross Box Office
$1.98 billion worldwide
Multiple locations including Hawaii, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Utah and New Mexico
Landmarks and Locations
- Al Khazneh Temple, Petra, Jordan – Exterior shots for the closing scene in The Last Crusade where Indy and his companions gallop into the sunset
- Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil – Filming location for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- Sidi Bouhlel Canyon, Tunisia – Location of Indy’s fight with the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii – Opening “Peru” scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Monsul Beach, Andalucía, Spain – The beach on which Henry Jones Senior uses an umbrella to scare birds into the flight path of an enemy plane in The Last Crusade
Why You Should Visit
Who wouldn’t want to ride off into the desert sunset just like Indiana Jones? The filming of Indiana Jones had a profound effect on the tourism in both Jordan and Hawaii, with the latter’s booming film industry generating over 10,000 jobs in the local economy. In Jordan, you can gaze up at the impressive edifice of the Al Khazneh Temple (don’t worry, there is no snake-infested room within!), and in Hawaii you can wander the incredibly beautiful tropical jungles that stood in for Peru during Indy’s famous boulder escape sequence. There are no booby traps, we promise.