The Chinese steel mill at the opening scene is actually shot at former Bethlehem Steel property in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bethlehem Steel is the builder of 1,127 ships during World War II and of the Golden Gate Bridge, supplier of metal for every bridge and tunnel that takes you from New Jersey into Manhattan, and for much of the skyline you see when you get there...
The cemetery where Optimus Prime meets Sam is Laurel Hill Cemetery located at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The cemetery is one of the nation's first major rural cemeteries. It is also the first cemetery to be named a National Historic Landmark. It was established in 1836, and developed throughout the 19th century and spreads along 74 acres overlooking the Schuylkill River.
Sam goes to Princeton and leaves Megan Fox and bumble bee behind. Firestone Library is used as a "classroom" and the University chapel a "dorm." The university chapel is the largest college chapel in the world.
University of Pennsylvania’s fraternity Psi Upsilon (known as “The Castle”) is used to film the frat party.
The action scene in the library is shot at Free Library of Philadelphia's main branch in Philadelphia.
Some scenes are captured at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Chantilly, Virginia, for the new transformer Jetfire, the abode of a retired SR-71 aircraft. This location, an extension of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. It opened December 15, 2003. It is located near Dulles Airport. It displays many more artifacts including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and Space Shuttle Enterprise. We watched IMAX version of this movie in this center at the first release weekend. Everybody laughed when we sawthe familiar parking lot, IMAX theater entrance, the central catwalk, the restroom...
When Jetfire opens the exit of the exhibition hall, they are at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), a United States Air Force aircraft storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona, located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which is a continent away. The Center currently controls over 4,200 aircraft as well as many other types of military equipment. Many of the stored aircraft can be returned to an operational status in a short period of time and there is a continual process of anti-corrosion and re-preservation work which keeps the aircraft in stable conditions during their stay.
Another attraction people will witness is Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The second monument appearing in the film is Arc de Triomphe. The arch, the largest in the world, was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories, but he was ousted before the arch was completed. In fact, it wasn't completed until 1836 during the reign of Louis-Philippe. It is is located at the end of the Champs-Elysées, in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle, a large circular square from which no less than 12 streets emanate. The streets are named after French military leaders.
Jefire teleported the group to Wadi Rum, Jordan,as being in Egypt. It is a desert valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southwest Jordan, full of large and imposing rock formations. It provides the setting for the film "Lawrence of Arabia". Then they found the matrix at Petra, Jordan.
The most important and impressive scenes were shot in Egypt near the pyramids. This is the place where the last scenes of the movie are shot. Giza pyramid is the most prominent attraction in the scene.