What is summer with a roadtrip or two and how do you make a regular roadtrip more fun? Well, by following the footsteps of your favorite movie characters of course. We love guest contributor Jessica's list of movie rod trips that you can take in real life and so will you!
Movie buffs, are you ready to hit the road on your summer vacation? Why not follow in the footsteps of some of your favorite fictional characters? Here are seven movie road trips you can take in real life.
1 Dumb and Dumber
How can you not love the two simple-minded blokes who embark on a noble quest to return a briefcase to its owner? Their wacky misadventure begins in Providence, R.I., and takes them all the way to Aspen, Colo. Make sure you don't miss the turn for Colorado and end up in Nebraska before you get back on track. Your «Dumb and Dumber» road trip won’t be complete without a «sheepdog» van, so you better start shopping.
To see their route and routes from other movie road trips, check out buzzfeed.com. The maps will make it easy for you to recreate the trips.
2 It Happened One Night
Explore the east coast when you follow the route of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert from Miami to New York. The road trip in «It Happened One Night» is especially fitting for couples looking for a little wacky romance. Along the way you can recall how the characters in this lovable movie traveled by bus, hitchhiking, and stolen car. When you stop at a hotel for the night, bring down the walls of Jericho.
3 National Lampoon’s Vacation
Hopefully your road trip will lack the unpleasant — but hilarious — woes of Chevy Chase’s character in «National Lampoon’s Vacation,» as he takes his family from Chicago to Los Angeles. His plan to bring his family closer together takes wacky turns as they head for the fictional Wally World theme park. Even though the movie is about 30 years old, adventure.howstuffworks.com says it «will still leave you laughing.»
A workaholic decides to pair business and pleasure by renting a recreational vehicle to take his family from California to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The rented vehicle is what funtrivia.com calls «a rolling commercial» because of the huge advertisement on its side. Between not knowing how to drive an RV, getting lost, and a crazy friendly family who decides to help them out, this movie keeps you laughing throughout.
The adventure brings the family closer together, but it probably would 've been a good idea if they had dumped the RV and sought out a great deal on used cars to get them to their destination.
5 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
The incidents along the way from Wichita to Kansas make for side-splitting laughter as a high-strung business person tries futilely to escape his slovenly but good-natured traveling companion. In the end, the movie is a great lesson in tolerating the quirks of other people. If you travel by bus, rental car, plane, or train, you may consider putting the road trip from «Planes, Trains, and Automobiles» on your list of future getaways. Hopefully you find pleasant people to travel with.
6 Tommy Boy
Set a course through America’s blue collar working towns of Sandusky, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan as you attempt to relive Chris Farley and David Spade’s hilarious adventure from Tommy Boy. In the film, the comedic duo takes their SNL antics on the road in a noble effort to sell enough brake pads to save Callahan Auto from being sold to a conglomerate. As you relive their journey, your road trip won’t be complete without eating peanut M&Ms on the dash, schmoozing the waitress at a dive to make you chicken wings in the morning, and blasting REM’s It’s the End of the World. Just be sure to steer clear of any deer!
Are you a wine lover? Chances are you’ve seen the cult classic wine-laden buddy comedy Sideways. The film follows best friends and wine connoisseurs played by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church as they spend a week long romp in Santa Barbara, California’s famous wine country. You two can ditch the monotony of your everyday work life and hit the road through California’s gorgeous wine vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Taking a best friend with you would be apropos as you talk of lost love, challenges with middle age and your disdain for Merlot.
People who love movies will love the thrill of connecting with their favorite characters by taking the same road trips that they did — hopefully without mishaps. Go ahead, pack up the car and see what silver screen adventures await you.
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