Created By: Dudeacus97 on September 24, 2012

Cross-America Adventure

Characters have an adventure from one side of North America to the other.

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When your characters are aiming to get from one far place to another, what better location to set it than the United States? (Okay, there are probably more, but Eagle Land stereotype demands that Americans only know about America.) It's big, it's very diverse in geography and culture, and there are plenty of landmarks on the way.

Although most of the time taking place in the United States, some parts of it might take place in Canada or Mexico. Stories about a journey across Canada or Mexico can also qualify.
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  • September 24, 2012
    JakeTheYak
    Sounds to me like a Road Movie. I'm not sure that the fact it's set in America is enough of a distinction to warrant a separate trope.
  • September 25, 2012
    Quatic
    The Muppet Movie -- Kermit and Fozzie drive from the swamps back east to Hollywood (poor navigation has them explicitly reaching the East Coast along the way). There's a montage of scenery. And landmarks, naturally.
  • February 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • February 13, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Cross Country Adventure would definitely be a good way to de-localize this, and it has the advantage of being an established term.
  • February 13, 2013
    Chernoskill
    The Cyberpunk2020 adventures "Land of the Free" and "Home of the Brave" together form a campaign that leads the player characters from one coast to the other.
  • February 13, 2013
    Chabal2

  • February 16, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film-Animated
    • Bolt and Mittens travel from New York to Los Angeles. Their adventures are huge learning experiences for both characters.
  • February 16, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Cannonball Run, Cannonball Run 2, and Speed Zone all are films set during an illegal coast-to-coast road rally.
    • Route 66 follows the leads as the cross the eponymous interstate highway having adventures.
  • February 16, 2013
    TheHandle
    German film Friendship is about two German boys from the recently dead FGR hitchiking their way through the USA for the sake of finding the lost father of one of them, who had jumped over the Wall a few years prior.
  • February 16, 2013
    jamespolk
    This is Road Movie.
  • February 17, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • Midnight Run. Bounty hunter Jack Walsh must take the criminal Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas from New York to Los Angeles in five days. Mardukas has a panic attack on a plane, so they must travel overland by train and car, hunted all the way by the mobster boss Mardukas embezzled from.
  • February 17, 2013
    Arivne
    Many of examples on Road Movie are Zero Context Examples. Please check that page and see if you can add information to any of them.
  • February 17, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Two examples where this isn't the whole or point of the work (therefore arguably not Road Movie), but part of the work involves such a journey:

    Film

    The eponymous character in Forrest Gump, some time in the 70s after Jenny rejects his proposal to her, just started running... and ended up running across the U.S.

    Literature

    Many of the characters in Stephen King's The Stand crossed the country from the East Coast after the pandemic, many on foot, to either Nebraska (and later Boulder) to meet Mother Abigail, or Las Vegas to meet Flagg.
  • February 17, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Also, Road Movie seems to be restricted to film (although it probably could be more broadly applied to other types of works that center around the journey).

    A classic literary example might be Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, although it's a shorter north-south journey down the Mississippi.
  • February 19, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    One of the central tropes of Supernatural. As of the last time I checked, they'd left US soil a grand total of once ever and the basic episode format is "Winchesters come to new American town, investigate horrible events" The sense of place tends to be emphasized.
  • February 19, 2013
    ZombieAladdin
    Some of the seasons of the Reality Show The Great Food Truck Challenge on the Food Network begin on one side of the United States and make their way to the other. For instance, a recent season began in Los Angeles and ended in New York City, two locations on opposide sides of the country with lots of established food trucks, with each round set in a major city east of the previous one.

    P.S. What further context is needed? There isn't much ambiguity for "characters travel from one side of America to the other."
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