Put on your Captain America leathers and relive the most iconic road movie of all time (minus the cocaine and getting killed). From the "no vacancy" for long-haireds hotel to the best cemetery to trip out on LSD, tons of spots from the movie are still standing. Follow this Easy Rider road trip and ride for freedom, cause that's what it's all about.
Start at LAX and head east just like Wyatt and Billy.
Along the way you'll have a chance to see a ton of the infamous movie filming locations. Below are a few you shouldn't miss:
This gold mining desert town is pretty much deserted now, but you'll remember it from where they stuffed the tank with cash and threw the watch on the road. Be sure to also check out the creepy truck with ties to the Manson Family.
While no longer in operation, the Pine Breeze Inn still stands. You'll remember it as where the fellas stopped for the night only to be turned down and forced to camp on the side of the road. The "No Vacancy" sign now hangs in the Route 66 Roadhouse Bar & Grill. Sounds like the perfect place to grab a beer on your ride.
Although now a private residence, the Scared Mountain Gas Station still bears a striking resemblance to the original look of the place so many years ago. Word is the guy that lives there is pretty nice. Maybe he won't shoot you if you knock on the door.
We know, they went here first before the gas station, but it comes after if you're going down the road and don't want to double back.
Here is your chance to parade without a permit... The exterior of the police station used in the movie is still quite recognizable. Today it is an art gallery. (The interior jail shots were filmed in Taos, NM at what is now Bryans Gallery.)
The little town of Morganza struggled with the fact the movie portrayed them as a collection of rednecks, but today they pay homage to the movie that put them on the map with a little plaque. Sorry, the restaurant is long gone. Rumor has it Fonda and Hopper actually sent some of the crew ahead of them to tell the townsfolk at the restaurant an exaggerated story of how awful and perverse these hippies were to get the townsfolk all riled up.
A tour of the cemetery is a must, but maybe don't trip on LSD quite so hard. This same cemetery was also featured in the Cincinnati Kid and houses the tomb for Nicolas Cage. (Like Nicolas Cage will ever perish...Ride on Ghost Rider)
Head northwest out of NOLA to the little town of Krotz Springs to cruise the stretch of road where Wyatt and Billy's soul-searching quest came to its end. There is a little debate whether to head north or south on 105, but you get the idea. Flip some rednecks the bird and get out of there before the shotguns come out.
(Thank you to Mr Zip 66 for extensive research on this route)