Infographic: Navigate America With This Road Trip Movie Map

A cinema aficionado on Reddit created a map of the U.S. featuring the routes of characters from just about every American road-trip movie.

Life is a journey, not a destination. This maxim is especially true in movies, where it seems to be almost against the laws of physics for a road trip to be uneventful. As characters depart from their familiar surroundings, so do their narrative arcs depart from the normal course as lessons are learned and feelings are felt. Now a map has surfaced online that plots the routes of several cinematic road trips, making it clear where all these transformative experiences took place.

Created by redditor Sverdrupian, the Map of Road Trips in American Movies charts the progress of every highway jaunt from Dumb & Dumber to Thelma & Louise. Seeing all of these filmic journeys represented on a map makes a few things abundantly clear. First, the plurality of motivations these characters have for making their trips. It’s a nice reminder that no two people (or road trips) are alike. Also, it’s interesting to see how many of these voyages were cross-country (a lot) and how many took travelers to the Pacific Northwest (not a one.)

The map also takes care to point out the means with which these expeditions are undertaken, not just the routes. Both the Easy Rider mavericks and the sorry Wild Hogs bunch took motorcycles, while Little Miss Sunshine made efficient use of an RV. Of course, the most memorable means of conveyance in the bunch has to be a lawnmower, used by Alvin Straight in The Straight Story.

What road trip movies were left off the map? Add your examples in the comments below.

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  • Nate Wright

    The Go-Getter with Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel (Eugene OR to Ensenada, Mexico)

  • John Brice

    North by Northwest, It happend one night, The Sure Thing, Wizard of Oz (would like to see that one mapped), Death Race 2000, Cannonball Run, Hope and Crosby "road" movies, Midnight Run, Lost in America, The Muppet Movie, Midnight Run, Convoy, Gumball Rally, Fandango, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Color of Money, Grapes of wrath, Tommy Boy, Road to perdition, Duel, The Reivers,

  • Drek

    Sorry, but the Tommy Boy trip is missing every single part of their road trip. This lists them as only driving from Sandusky to Chicago when they actually FLEW from Sandusky to Chicago. 

    Who can forget the scene in the airplane where they pose as flight attendants? 

  • Bud Weiser

    I'll be Home for Christmas - San Diego to Larchmont, NY
    The Sure Thing - New England ( I'm sure they specify but I forget ) to Los Angeles.
    Overnight Delivery - Minneapolis to Memphis
    Dogma - Illinois to NJ
    Fan Boys - ohio? to Iowa to Texas to Vegas to Skywalker Ranch