Created By: BlueGuy on September 6, 2013 Last Edited By: BlueGuy on January 10, 2014

Cross-Country Tour

A work where the characters travel across a single country.

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Sometimes, the World Tour just isn't in the budget. What do you do? Simple: just have the characters travel across the country.

Of course, the budget isn't always the problem - sometimes, the author just wants to show off their great country (almost always falling under Eagleland Type 1 if the country in question is America).

Not to be confused with cross-country teams. See also World Tour.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • Asterix and the Banquet is about Astérix and Obelix on a "Tour de Gaule", collecting speciality food from various cities throughout France in a bid for freedom from the Romans, who are enclosing their village from the rest of the world with a stockade.
  • The "Hard-Travelling Heroes" arc in Green Lantern/Green Arrow, where Hal and Ollie travel across the US so Hal can reconnect with ordinary humans and the problems they face.
  • Likewise with the "Superman: Grounded" arc of Superman.

Film - Animation
  • Bolt has the title character trying to travel back from New York City to Los Angeles, with a notable stop in Vegas.

Film - Live Action
  • In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Grizwold family travel across the country to visit a theme park called Wally World. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In The Muppet Movie, Kermit and Fozzie drive from the Alabama swamps to Hollywood (and detour to Hollywood, Florida and Hollywood, New Jersey along the way).
  • El Norte is a film about a brother and sister from Central America making the perilous clandestine journey through the length of Mexico and into the United States as undocumented aliens.
  • A large part of the film Indochine detailed Camille's journey across French Indochina (from southern to northern Vietnam) in search of her old lover, and then the two of them as fugitives travelling with a Communist travelling theatre troupe throughout the countryside.
  • The Motorcycle Diaries portrays Che Guevara's youthful journey by motorcycle across South America from his native Argentina up to Peru, where harsh working and living conditions for copper miners there inspire him to become a communist.

Literature
  • Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon is a nonfiction chronicle of the author travelling around the US in his camper-outfitted van on back roads (highways that were often colored as narrow blue lines on old gas-station maps), visiting many obscure or ideosyncratic small towns, in the 1970s.
  • Robert Persig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance details a motorcycle journey by him and his son across the western US, along with a journey of philosophical and spiritual discovery.
  • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn may qualify, in that while Huck and Jim didn't go "across" the country, they did journey down the Mississippi River from the North to the South on a crude raft, with plenty of perils (particularly for Jim in the Antebellum South).

Music
  • Havalina Rail Co.'s album America is a concept album about a road trip across the US, with each song corresponding to a different area traveled through. The back cover of the album has a map depicting the route traveled.

Pinball
  • Red & Ted's Road Show has its titular protagonists traveling across America, wreaking havoc along the way.
  • World Cup Soccer had the player progressing through the cup in different locales in the U.S. (matching those of the 1994 World Cup, which the game was made to promote).
  • The much-maligned pinball game Vacation America was all about this.

Video Games

Web Video
  • While the first Chris and Scottie's Road Trip (made by the same man behind The Irate Gamer) was a World Tour, the second installment is focused on the US instead.

Real Life
  • Of course, several sporting events (i.e. The World Cup) travel to places around the chosen country to compete.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • September 7, 2013
    jonnyb
    In National Lampoons Vacation, the Grizwold family travel across the country to visit a theme park called Wally World. Hilarity Ensues.
  • September 7, 2013
    foxley
    The "Hard-Travelling Heroes" arc in Green Lantern/Green Arrow where Hal and Ollie travel across the US so Hal can reconnect with ordinary humans and the problems they face.
  • September 8, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    suggested name: Country Cruise or Cross Country Cruise. sounds more stylish and posh.
  • September 8, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ I like Tour Across The Country better. Dunno why - it just flows more naturally to me.
  • September 8, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    The "Superman: Grounded" arc in Superman where Superman walks across the US so he can reconnect with ordinary humans and the problems they face.
  • September 12, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    I feel as though Tour Across The Country is a bit clunky to be honest (I think it's the "the"). Cross Country Tour, perhaps?
  • September 19, 2013
    Quatic
    The original The Muppet Movie, which has Kermit and Fozzie driving from the Alabama swamps to Hollywood (and detouring to Hollywood, Florida and Hollywood, New Jersey, along the way).
  • September 24, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Literature

    • Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn may qualify, in that while Huck and Jim didn't go "across" the country, they did journey down the Mississippi River from the North to the South on a crude raft, with plenty of perils (particularly for Jim in the Antebellum South).
  • October 16, 2013
    MetaFour
    Music:
    • Havalina Rail Co's album America is a concept album about a road trip across the US, with each song corresponding to a different area traveled through. The back cover of the album has a map depicting the route traveled.
  • October 17, 2013
    robbulldog
    Western Animation:
    • Bolt has the title character trying to travel back from New York City to Los Angeles, with a notable stop in Vegas.
  • October 17, 2013
    gallium
    This is Road Movie.
  • October 21, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ No, this is different. A Road Movie is focused on the events on each point and may not be across one country, or even one state.
  • November 13, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    A few non-US examples:

    Film

    • El Norte is a film about a brother and sister from Central America making the perilous clandestine journey through the length of Mexico and into the United States as undocumented aliens.

    • A large part of the film Indochine detailed Camille's journey across French Indochina (from southern to northern Vietnam) in search of her old lover, and then the two of them as fugitives travelling with a Communist travelling theatre troupe throughout the countryside.

    • The Motorcycle Diaries portrays Che Guevara's youthful journey by motorcycle across South America from his native Argentina up to Peru, where harsh working and living conditions for copper miners there inspire him to become a communist.
  • November 15, 2013
    gallium
    ^^ Nope, this is Road Movie. If you want to show a country as characters travel across it, you make a Road Movie. Many of the examples you have listed are already listed as Road Movies. National Lampoon's Vacation couldn't be more of a Road Movie if it were sponsored by Rand McNally.
  • November 16, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ But there's more to it than that! It covers all sorts of mediums!
  • November 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^ Yeah. You can't exactly call Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn a "road movie"—but it fits here though.
  • November 17, 2013
    gallium
    Why can't you call Huckleberry Finn a "road movie"? For the purposes of this wiki, at least? I've read this description, and I've read Road Movie, and they are the same thing. I would say that if this were to be made a trope then Road Movie needs to be a re-direct to this trope, and the examples at Road Movie need to be cut and paste into this trope. Because it isn't a coincidence that the same movies from Road Movie are getting put on this page.
  • November 20, 2013
    Lakija
    • In The Last Of Us, Joel and Ellie travel across the country to find Joel's brother.

    Gosh there are so many zombie or end of the world books I've read where the characters do this...
  • January 9, 2014
    gallium
    I see this YKTTW hasn't been updated in two months. The more I think about it, the more it seems that it should be fused with Road Movie. Proposal: the trope Road Movie to be expanded into all media, with the examples from other media listed in this YKTTW. Title TBD, but I guess "Road Movie" would need a new title.
  • January 9, 2014
    Boston
    There is a small distinction to be made; a Road Trip is often begun with just a destination in mind (or no destination at all), and the stops made along the way are often unplanned adventures. A Tour, on the other hand, suggests certain waypoints are pre-planned. A lot of rock and roll movies fall into this category.
  • January 9, 2014
    Chabal2
    Ushio And Tora has a young boy head from Tokyo to the north of Japan, slaying youkai along the way. Pretty much everyone he's met shows up in some way during the finale.
  • January 10, 2014
    kjnoren
    We have both Road Trip Episode and Road Movie. I think if we are to go for a general Road Trip trope (which to me is needed), those should be sent to TRS first.

    Cross Country Tour has the issue that it's easily understood as a traveling away from the roads.

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