5 Road Trip Movies for the Whole Family


Family road trips are a staple of childhood. So why not watch one of these classic travel-themed movies to pass the time and decrease the number of times you hear "are we there yet?" from the backseat? These five movies are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

*Tip: Don't forget to check your local public library to rent DVDs for free.

1. "The Muppet Movie" (1979)
The first movie of all the Muppets' adventures. Join Kermit as goes cross-country in search of fame and fortune in Los Angeles. In his travels, Kermit meets Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the rest of the characters that kids (and adults) have come to love. Plus the film introduces one of the greatest songs in the history of cinema, "The Rainbow Connection." Rated G.

2. "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985)
The luckiest boy in the world, Pee Wee-Herman, travels across the country in search of his stolen bike. An off-beat comedy classic, fun for all ages. Just beware of Large Marge. Rated PG.

3. "Cars" (2006)
Pixar's animated classic that all kids love (and have probably seen over and over and will gladly watch again and again). A championship race-car named Lightning McQueen gets stranded in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. Rated G.

4. "The Great Outdoors" (1988)
Taking a vacation with the inlaws? Prepare yourself with this John Hughes' comedy starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd as they spend a weekend in the woods with their families. Hilarious hijinks ensue. Rated PG-13.

5. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
Perhaps the original road trip movie even though there isn't a single car in the film. But there's a lot of traveling and a lot of road (the yellow brick kind). Who can resist Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion as they set off to see the Wizard? And of course, there's flying monkeys! Rated G

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