Thelma & Louise: A Tribute Road Trip Through the Classic Film’s Utah Settings
This itinerary brings a whole new meaning to hitting the open road. Perfect for fans of the beloved film “Thelma & Louise,” tour the exact places where the movie was shot, and make some memories of your own exploring the beauty of this exquisite desert. You can go high-adventure and rough it, or stay in plush lodging with wine pairings at dinner — whatever you and your closest posse are seeking.
The 1991 adventure drama “Thelma & Louise” delighted audiences everywhere — but especially struck a chord with women. The film was a rarity, a “buddy” adventure movie starring two women, played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. The story inspired generations of audiences, who found the film relatable, funny, inspiring and gut-wrenching all at once.
As the duo flees the law, forsakes convention and finds a true sense of freedom for the first time in their lives, their journey takes them through wild open landscapes that feel absolutely fitting for the tale’s themes. And while the story takes place on a road trip that’s supposedly from Arkansas to Arizona, much of the movie was actually filmed in Utah, from the looming desert mountain in the opening credits to the epic “Grand Canyon” car scene at the end. (Spoiler: That wasn’t the Grand Canyon — the scene was shot at Fossil Point outside Moab, Utah.)
It just so happens that Utah’s desert wilds make the perfect setting for a road trip with your best friends (or with any fans of the film, of course). Not only can “Thelma & Louise” diehards check out the places where the movie’s iconic moments took place, but there’s potential for plenty of your own adventure, too. The film and its characters made history. Now it’s your turn to thoughtfully explore these rugged and fragile lands.
Pack your hiking boots, sun hat and outlaw soul. Vintage convertible optional.