Think of your favorite stories--books, movies, stage productions, etc. Where do they take place (continent, culture, socioeconomic, rural,etc.)? What time period are they? Is there historical significance? What time of day? If you were designing a set to create a movie, what elements are absolutely necessary?
Journal: Compile a list of your favorite stories and consider the settings. What do they have in common? Try writing a scene with one or more of those common threads.