We’ve all watched a movie and thought to ourselves, “I would love to visit that awesome location.” Well, here are a variety of essential road trips that have been inspired by some of the most iconic films and TV shows of all time.
There is something about western movies that just makes us want to put on a cowboy hat, some boots and escape into the desert landscape. Classics such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were shot in the Wild West. While movies like Back to the Future Part III and National Lampoon’s Vacation were shot at Monument Valley.
Top Chef Tour
Consider the fact that over 150 restaurants across the country have chefs who have competed in the reality show Top Chef. This alone can inspire you to put together a road trip where you can visit a number of, if not all of the restaurants in question. There is a Top Chef contestant cooking in virtually every major American city.
Sci-Fi classic Star Trek is all about exploring new worlds and venturing into the unknown. However, you wouldn’t believe how many places on Earth were used to depict the show’s intergalactic locations. For example, Vazquez’s Rocks were used to film scenes on planet Vulcan. Also, scenes based in The Cetacean Institute in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home were actually shot in Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Have A Day Off Like Ferris
A road trip doesn’t mean that you have to leave the city. It’s just a way to demonstrate one’s freedom, going from place to place on some sort of adventure. Of course, this is what Ferris Bueller did in his home city of Chicago in the classic John Hughes movie. All you have to do is make sure to visit locations such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field, and the Willis Tower, to name a few.
If you’ve seen the show Treehouse Masters, you’re bound to have felt inspired to build your very own house in the trees. Heck, why not build an entire road trip around treehouse hopping? The original idea for the TV show was actually sparked from TreeHouse Point, Pete and Judy Nelson’s getaway spot on the outskirts of Seattle.
Movie stars don’t have much time to date, so many date co-stars. Sparks fly on film sets and speculation is high. These couples took their romance off-screen.
Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor
Stiller met Taylor in 1999 on the set of Heat Vision and Jack. The couple instantly knew it was love and Ben admitted, “When I met her, I pretty much thought, ‘That’s the person,'” they married the following year in Kauai, Hawaii. Although the couple had two children and 17-years of marriage, they announced they were divorcing in 2017.
Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem
The Spanish duo had a passionate relationship on-screen in the 2008 film Vicky Christina Barcelona. There was much speculation surrounding their romance and if they were or were not dating. The couple stayed quiet about their personal life. In 2010, Cruz and Bardem tied the knot in a private ceremony in the Bahamas, and a year later had a baby!
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
Long before Kelly Ripa was the host of talk show Live! since 2001, she starred in soap All My Children, alongside Mark Consuelos. They were each other’s on-screen love interest and their relationship blossomed off-screen. The couple ran off to Las Vegas and secretly eloped in 1996. Since then, Kelly and Mark continue to defy the odds and have made their showbiz marriage work for over 20 years. Between their three children and busy schedules, they still live a very fast-paced lifestyle.
Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz
James Bond star Daniel Craig has eyes for one woman. He met Rachel Weisz on set of Dream House and wasted no time in embarking on a relationship. After a whirlwind romance, they married after six-months of dating. They pledged to stay as private as possible. Weisz commented, “You have to protect your marriage.”
Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton
Who could forget the relationship between Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton? The two met on set Pushing Tin in 1999 but didn’t pursue their romance until 2000. However, once they started dating, it was full speed ahead and they were married after a mere two months of dating. Their relationship was incredibly intense and this was shown by Angelina donning a necklace with a vial of Billy’s blood. Sadly, blood isn’t thicker than divorce papers and they called it quits in 2003.
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor was known for her eight marriages, and two of them were to her co-star Richard Burton. The two fell in love on the set of the 1963 film Cleopatra, but Taylor was married to fourth husband Eddie Fisher and Burton to Sybil Williams. They embarked on an affair but by 1964 they divorced their other spouses and married each other. Their troubled marriage led them to divorce in 1974, only to re-marry in 1975 but split again a year later.
Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
In 1943, on the set of To Have and Have Not, Lauren Bacall was just 19-years-old while Humphrey Bogart was 44. However, for these two, age was just a number and they did not care about the difference. Bacall revealed of their first kiss, “He was standing behind me — we were joking as usual — when suddenly he leaned over, put his hand under my chin and kissed me.” The couple married in 1945 and had two children, but sadly, disaster struck in 1957 when Bogart died of esophageal cancer.
Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin
Due to the provocative nature of vampire hit show True Blood, it is not surprising to find out that two of the biggest characters ended up together in real life. Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin started dating after filming the pilot of the show back in 2007. In 2010 the couple were married in Malibu, California and in 2012, welcomed their fraternal twins named Charlie and Poppy. Although their on-screen persona’s ended up splitting, these two are stronger than ever in real life.
Leighton Meester & Adam Brody
It was every teens dream when Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and The O.C. hunk, Adam Brody, started dating in real life. It was reported that Meester had a crush on Brody for years but nothing came to fruition until they were reunited on the set of their 2012 film The Oranges. It was clear there was a mutual attraction, but they didn’t actually become an item until 2013. From this, they were engaged nine-months later and tied the knot in secret, three months after that.
Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy
When Claire Danes starred in the 2007 movie Evening, it did not come as a shock that she fell in love with her co-star Dancy. The couple married in a private ceremony in 2009, which was said to be a low-key event, just like the couple. The couple have one son together and Claire gushed of Dancy, “He was raised well, went to great schools, he’s a clever guy and he makes me giggle… I scored. I lucked out, big-time!”
Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied
Natalie Portman’s outstanding performance in her 2010 movie Black Swan did not just win her an Academy Award, it also won her a husband. As it turns out, Millepied was the choreographer on the set of the movie and the two fell madly in love. When asked if winning an Oscar for Best Actress or a partner was more special, Portman replied “Yeah, the husband more.” The couple got married in 2012 and have two children together.
Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel met Kartheiser in 2012 when she guest-starred on his TV show, Mad Men. Their storyline involved a secret affair which broke off after a while, but in real life, they ended up going the distance. However, the couple revealed that they were completely professional on-set and didn’t explore their relationship until after the season wrapped-but when they did, it felt natural. In 2014, the couple were married and wasted no time in having their first child the following year.
Freddie Prinze Jr. & Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar first met on the set of their 1997 movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, but their romance was a complete accident. Sarah revealed “We had made plans for dinner with a mutual friend and the person canceled.” The co-stars decided to have dinner together anyway and they never looked back. The couple were married in 2002 and welcomed two children together. They even went on to reprise their roles as co-stars in the Scooby-Doo franchise.
Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman admitted that her jaw dropped when she saw Tom Cruise at the audition for Days Of Thunder in 1989. Kidman won the part in the movie opposite Cruise and she admitted, “He basically swept me off my feet. I fell madly, passionately in love.” The feeling was mutual and they were later married on Christmas Eve 1990. Cruise and Kidman adopted two children together but in 2001, everything came crashing down as they announced their separation.
Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez
After Halle Berry finalized a bitter custody battle over her daughter with ex Gabriel Aubry, she went back to work and focused on her career. In 2010, she didn’t expect to fall in love with her co-star Olivier Martinez on the set of Dark Tide. The actress and the Frenchman were inseparable and they married in 2013. The couple went on to have one son together, but there was trouble in paradise and their marriage didn’t last, they divorced in 2016.
Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes
Heartthrob Gosling and beautiful Eva Mendes kept everyone guessing when rumors began flying that they had sparked up a relationship, after hitting it off in their 2011 movie The Place Beyond the Pines. Although they were in fact together, the couple stayed coy on their status until it emerged that Eva was pregnant. The couple have two daughters together and in true Gosling-Mendes style, they kept-tight lipped on rumors of their marriage. They secretly tied the knot in 2016.
Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon
Bacon and Sedgwick officially met on the set of the 1988 TV movie Lemon Sky, but it was said that they exchanged words at a dinner years prior but didn’t think anything of it. However, there was not an instant attraction on set and Sedgwick recalled that she didn’t think Kevin was her type, but Bacon later won her over. They were married the following year and are still together today after 29 years of marriage and two children.
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
Jennifer and Justin were first introduced on the set of Tropic Thunder as Aniston was visiting, but nothing happened until 2010 when they both starred in Wanderlust. They seemed to have a spark and evident chemistry with Aniston admitting “I got a good one, I got a sweet, kind man.” After two years of dating, Justin popped the question on his 41st birthday. The couple were engaged for three years and surprised their friends and family with a wedding at their home in 2015.
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith met Jada Pinkett in 1995 when she auditioned to play Will’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada might have not won the part, but she won Will’s heart. The couple married in 1997 in a secret New Year’s Eve ceremony and went on to have two children together. In 2001, the couple united on-screen in Muhammad Ali biopic Ali, playing husband and wife. Although they have been plagued with split rumors for years, they have been married for almost 20 years.
Steve Carell & Nancy Walls
On The Office, Steve Carell’s character Michael Scott dated Walls’ character Carol Stills, who wasn’t too eager for the relationship and later broke his heart. However in reality, the two have been in love for over two decades and met while Carell was Still’s improv teacher. Carell admitted that he was hesitant to ask Nancy on a date, but once he plucked up the courage to do it, sparks flew. The two later married in 1995 and have two children.
Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
Bennifer 2.0 got to know each other well before they started dating. Ben admitted “We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil.” However, at that time they were both in other relationships but in 2004, Jennifer’s divorce was granted and Ben broke off his engagement to Jennifer Lopez. In 2005, the couple were married and went on to have three children together. Unfortunately, after 10 years of marriage, the couple announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized in 2017.
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan
Everyone fell in love with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan watching Step Up in 2006. Their chemistry was undeniable and their attraction to one another was shown through their tactile dance moves. Fans went wild when it was revealed that the two were dating and the couple stuck together ever since. They were married in 2009 and welcomed their daughter, Everly in 2013. Nowadays the two can’t help but gush about one another on every talk show and media interview.
Ryan Phillippe & Reese Witherspoon
When Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon starred opposite each other in Dangerous Liaisons in 1999, they were already married. That same year, Reese fell pregnant with their first child Ava, followed by their son, Deacon. Unfortunately, their union was not to last and the couple decided to divorce in 2006.
Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof
Alyson Hannigan might have wanted nothing to do with Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in Buffy The Vampire Slayer as she played nerdy little Willow, but things in real life were just the opposite. Offscreen, Hannigan fell for Densiof and the two tied the knot in 2003. Today, the couple are still married and more in love than ever. They have two daughters, Satyana Marie Denisof born in 2009, on the same day as her mother, and Keeva Jane Denisof, born in 2012.
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez
After meeting on the set of Gigli in 2002, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were given the name ‘Bennifer’. Their relationship garnered extensive media attention and they were constantly pictured on the front of most tabloids. The couple got engaged in November 2002 but their September 2003 was postponed four days prior due to “excessive media attention.” This was a huge sign and many people knew that they wouldn’t go through with the marriage. They finally ended up parting ways in January 2004.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis
In 1998, Mila Kunis was 14-years-old while Ashton Kutcher was 20 when they were cast on That 70’s Show. Ashton and Mila dated on-and-off as youngsters before deciding it wasn’t working, and went into other relationships. However, in 2010, Mila split from longterm boyfriend Macaulay Culkin and Ashton split from wife Demi Moore in 2011. It wasn’t until 2013 that Mila and Ashton went public with their relationship and the following year Mila became pregnant. The couple married in 2015 in a secret ceremony and have since welcomed their second child.
Sophia Bush & Chad Michael Murray
It was every One Tree Hill fans’ dream when Brooke Davis and Lucas Scott got together in real life. It seemed that for Bush and Murray, their attraction to one another was more than just a storyline on the show. The young couple decided to marry in a ceremony in Santa Monica, California but it turned out their marital bliss was not meant for these two. After just five months of being man and wife, Bush and Murray divorced.
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard
Depp and Heard met on the set of their movie The Rum Diary where they played each other’s love interest. However, the couple did not get together until 2012 when Depp split from his wife of 14-years, Vanessa Paradis. In 2015, the couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in the Bahamas. In 2016, everything came crashing down when rumors of abuse started to circulate, leading Heard to file for divorce. After a bitter battle, lawsuit and a restraining order, their divorce was finalized in 2016.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s forbidden love infamously started on the set of their film Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004, when Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. The tabloids couldn’t get enough of the controversy but Jolie denied that they were intimate on the movie set. In 2005, Pitt filed for divorce from Jennifer Aniston and embarked on a relationship with Jolie. Pitt later adopted Jolie’s children and had three of their own. After 10 years together, the couple got married in 2014, but Angelina filed for divorce in 2016.