Celebrate the 25th Anniversary Of 'Thelma & Louise' With a Cinematic Road Trip
One of the greatest road trip movies ever made is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, which makes it the perfect time to take a "Thelma & Louise"-themed summer road trip!
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis head out for a girls weekend that quickly takes a turn in this classic film about friendship and following the open road. The pair travels from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon in the movie but, in reality, it was primarily filmed in California and Colorado.
California filled in for most of the Arkansas and Oklahoma scenes. It also just happens to be the perfect starting point for any U.S. road trip.
When the women pay a visit to The C&W (the bar that led them on a drastically different adventure than what they had planned) they were actually at the Silver Bullet, located at 3321 South Street in Long Beach, CA. Today, the space is occupied by a country bar called Country Cowboy Saloon complete with line dancing, a mechanical bull, a cowboy boot shining service, live music, bar food and pool tables. And, hopefully, you'll have a better time here than Thelma and Louise did.
After a night dancing at the Country Cowboy, crash at the Vagabond Inn in Downtown Los Angeles. In the film, the ladies meet up with a very young, very hunky Brad Pitt here. In real life, it's still a decent budget hotel, which is a rarity in L.A. It also boasts good ratings on TripAdvisor and Hotels.com.
After filming wrapped in Cali, a few scenes were filmed in Colorado, most notably the phone call that Louise makes to an FBI agent that was shot outside the Bedrock General Store in Bedrock. Since so little filming was actually shot in Colorado, you're better off heading straight to Utah from California, rather than taking the time to find the few Colorado sites in the movie.
Once you've arrived in Utah, make your way to the ghost town of Cisco, where the movie’s big police chase was filmed. The ghost town was also featured in "Vanishing Point," "Don’t Come Knocking" and is the subject of the Johnny Cash song, “Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station.” Once a booming village, Cisco was all but deserted by the 1980s when I-70 was built. But, thanks to its pop culture popularity, Cisco has become one of the state's most famous roadside attractions.
La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park and the Canyonlands all make appearances in “Thelma & Louise,” mostly playing the part of New Mexico. The La Sal Mountain Loop Road Scenic Backway is one of the most spectacular drives in the states, too. The scenery along the route includes forest and mountains, as well as the red rocks. It is easily accessible and begins on US 191, just south of Moab, and winds north through Castle Valley before ending at the Colorado River. The route takes over three hours to complete, but is worth the tranquility that is harder to find at the more popular parks like Arches.
The most iconic scene in the movie is set at the Grand Canyon but was actually the Colorado River inside Dead Horse Point State Park, just south of Moab. There is no way any "Thelma & Louise" trip is complete without a visit to Dead Horse Point, just don't go over the edge like our leading ladies. "Thelma & Louise" may go down in history as one of the first, and still one of the only, great female-led buddy movies, but for those of us with wanderlust, it will forever be #travelgoals.
More by Christine Bord
Get Travel Deals and Travel News
Recent Travel Opinions
Airlines & Airports