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How are the gas prices treating you lately? If you’re itching to make some memories on a road trip (I always am) here are 5 road trips you can take from Phoenix, Arizona for $50 in gas!Favorite road trips from Phoenix

5 Road Trip Ideas from Phoenix for $50 in gas

  1. Sedona – go see the red rocks, get in a hike, or just enjoy the shops and art throughout the city.
  2. Tucson – fun stops along the way, plus a great staycation city.
  3. Payson – gorgeous views, cooler weather, and just the right distance to get out of the city.
  4. Jerome – I love this eclectic city. Go wine tasting, grab some lunch, explore the mine and history of this unique town.
  5. Prescott – several lakes, a super cute historic downtown area and several museums to choose from in this perfect road trip city.

*$50 in gas based on a vehicle that gets 23mpg or better and $5/gallon gas price

5 Road Trip Movies for Movie Night

If you don’t want to spend ANY money on gas right now but need a good road trip story, here are 5 road trip movies to inspire your next road trip!

  1. Don’t Make Me Go – premiering on Prime Video July 15, 2022. I just watched this and loved this! So sweet, funny, and totally made me want to jump in the car and road trip with my boys. “When single father Max (John Cho) discovers he has a terminal disease, he decides to try and cram all the years of love and support he will miss with his teenage daughter Wally (Mia Isaac) into the time he has left with her. With the promise of long-awaited driving lessons, he convinces Wally to accompany him on a road trip from California to New Orleans for his 20th college reunion, where he secretly hopes to reunite her with her mother who left them long ago. A wholly original and emotional journey, Don’t Make Me Go explores the unbreakable, eternal bond between a father and daughter from both sides of the generational divide with heart and humor along for the ride.”

    *Note it is rated R and there are full “birthday suits” shown for comedic effect twice. 

  2. Thelma and Louise – a road trip classic that I surprisingly had not watched until just last year! “Meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon), an independent waitress, on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico, and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.” Rated R
  3. Almost Famous – one of my favorites! “Set in 1973, it chronicles the funny and often poignant coming of age of 15-year-old William, an unabashed music fan who is inspired by the seminal bands of the time. When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater — fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond and lead singer Jeff Bebe William embarks on an eye-opening journey with the band’s tour, despite the objections of his protective mother.” Rated R
  4. Into the Wild – a favorite book turned into the ultimate road trip adventure movie. “Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.” Rated R
  5. Little Miss Sunshine – If you like dark comedy with a sweet/real twist, this is the movie for you. “The Hoover family — a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) — puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group’s quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.” Rated R

Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

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