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  • Recognize That From the Movies? 5 Classic American Drives

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    Looking to get out of your neighborhood? Want to take a road trip and see some of the best landscapes America has to offer? How about taking a road trip to travel destinations that were used in movies like Easy Rider and Into The Wild? Take a look at some of these classic American drives, that you will recognize if you've seen some of these classic movies!

    Nothing triggers wanderlust quite like a classic American road-trip movie. The best of these films evoke the feeling of a place in such a way that the scenery becomes a character in its own right.

    With that in mind, we started our search for great American drives at the movies, where we watched reel after reel until we found five films that feature U.S. highways and landscapes as prominently as the protagonists. From the vast soundstage of the Southwest to the Technicolor magic of the Alaskan wilderness, each of these drives captures the spirit of the film that inspired the route.

    The Great Alaskan Wilderness ('Into the Wild')

    Embrace the pioneering spirit that has led Americans to explore new frontiers for centuries.

    Film Synopsis: Emory University grad Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) donates all of his possessions and life savings and sets off on a two-year journey that ends in a remote part of Alaska's wilderness.

    Destination Highlights: After traveling through western U.S., McCandless's last great adventure took shape on Alaska's Stampede Trail, near Denali National Park & Preserve. Plan your trip: Fairbanks, Alaska, to Denali's Wonder Lake; 204 miles.

    Route 66 ('Easy Rider')

    Follow the highway that gave birth to the American road trip as we know it.

    Film Synopsis: The South and Southwest come alive as Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) discover themselves and America in this 1960s counterculture classic.

    Destination Highlights: Follow the old U.S. Route 66, which overlaps U.S. Route 40 in many places, from California to Louisiana. Plan your trip: Death Valley, Calif., to Flagstaff, Ariz., to Taos, N.M., to New Orleans; 2,017 miles.

    Read more at Yahoo Travel

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