Moab Travel Guide
Movie Travel / Thelma and Louise / Utah Travel / National Park Travel / Movie Set Travel / → All Tags
The view from the top
Ah, Thelma and Louise. Not to beat around the sexist bush or anything, but if you’re a female, it probably means a little more to you than if you’re a bloke. The sense of right on, pre-Spice Girls girl power. The freedom of the open road. The idea that road trips aren’t the preserve of men – all things that, not to get all preachy about it, had a greater impact than we realized as we grew up. In fact, when, in our very first job, we said something to our very first boss about Monument Valley and she said “Monument Valley! I traveled all the way there from New York because Thelma and Louise went there”, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world.
Since then, we’ve hit the Thelma and Louise trail ourselves. In fact, this member of Jaunted made a solo roadtrip from LA to New York last year, thinking of the girls. In October, we hit up Monument Valley, for the sake of both the girls and our old boss. And every time we visited the Grand Canyon, we had a moment of silence for Thelma and Louise.
That was, until two weeks ago we went to Moab, Utah, and were informed on our last day by locals that the death scene of Thelma and Louise was, in fact, not filmed at the Grand Canyon, but right there, at a place called Dead Horse Point State Park. Wot? We felt robbed.
Movie Set Travel / James Franco / Adventure Travel / 127 Hours / Movie Travel / Hiking / Utah Travel / → All Tags
Today, 127 Hours, the new movie by Oscar-Winning director Danny Boyle, opens in theaters, but don't expect another Slumdog Millionaire. The movie stars James Franco as hiker Aron Ralston and chronicles the time Ralson spent trapped in an isolated Utah canyon, including the life-saving decision he made to amputate his own arm.
Even though the movie's graphic realism might make the audience queasy, the scenery is sure to inspire some to take a (safer) adventure of their own.
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In living up to what we've promised, today's musical fest offering is the classic Moab Music Festival, taking place in gorg Moab from Sept. 2nd-17th. The whole thing goes down on weekends only and features classical music set against a breathtaking backdrop of natural rock formations.
The music varies as much as the scene; one night it could be European Masterworks, the next Stevie Wonder. Tickets start at $120 for an all-concert pass or you can buy tickets individually for $15-$40.