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Throwback Thursday: Traveling Back To Enjoy Classic 'Vacation' Movie

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Traveling Back To Enjoy Classic 'Vacation' Movie

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Load the family truckster and prepare for another rousing look at the slapstick shenanigans of the Griswold clan.

The new “Vacation,” starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, opened nationwide on July 29.

And we certainly hope you enjoy the film that featured far fewer destinations than the movie that inspired its production—although, according to Rotten Tomatoes, you will have a better time riding along with Aunt Edna.

However, here we take a closer look at the classic film dropped upon the masses in 1983, which illustrated all the reasons you shouldn’t take the family on a trip to Walley World.

Here are the trailers from the new and the old versions of “Vacation.”

Production crews were extremely busy leading up the 1983 release of the classic movie starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

IMDB lists an exhausting number of locations used for the film, including stops in Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Magic Mountain and private property in Los Feliz, which served as the exterior of the Griswold House. (The interiors were shot at a Burbank studio.)

Adam the Woo helps us out with a look at the classic home:

The movie took cast and crew all across the nation, skinny-dipping and enjoying “real tomato ketchup” along the way.

Here are just a few of our favorite scenes and locations from a movie filled with them:

Star Ford – Glendale, California:

The moment Clark realizes he has been had by Eugene Levy’s car salesman character is at Star Ford in Glendale—although the location has moved from 900 to 1101 S. Brand.

Griswold really should have held out for the Antarctic blue sports wagon.

Saddleback Inn – Norwalk, California:

Previously the Saddleback Inn, the GuestHouse Hotel was where the trip deviated into the realm of untoward swimming.

And, according to the following YouTube clip, the bar is still there.

We never get a great look at the bar, but the hotel does have the same exterior. Chances are slim that you run into Christie Brinkley, however.

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona:

According to, the hotel where Clark cashes his check before admiring the Grand Canyon is the nearby El Tovar Hotel—although the website states the interior was shot at the Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado.

We don’t recommend similar methods of pulling out money.

Monument Valley – Utah:

The Griswolds travel by air briefly at Monument Valley.

While Chevy Chase actually meandered about aimlessly in Death Valley, IMDB states the hilarious off-roading incident took place in Utah.

Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California (Video NSFW):

Finally, we learn that the best place to park when you are the first to arrive anywhere is way in the back. Granted, the joy of being the first ones out is negated when the park is closed.

Rather than deter you from taking a trip, the movie should motivate you to plan for a worthwhile adventure of your own.

Just make sure you keep the picnic baskets away from the dog and leave the grumpy aunts at home.


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