Missouri hideouts and hangouts Meramec Caverns, Stanton, Missouri: Meramec was a longtime must-see on All-American road trips, and pop culture still lurks everywhere on the cave tour. Jesse James hid out along the underground river. A side room hosted honeymooners for 10 days in a 1950s' TV stunt, and an episode of Lassie--the one where Lassie rescues Timmy--was filmed inside.
Visit Star War's planet of Endor (Redwood National Park, California) to look for Ewoks. It’s no big secret that Ewoks are cute and cuddly. But, it was their badass tribal warrior traditions that allowed these sentient teddy bears to defeat an entire legion of terribly under-camouflaged Stormtroopers. George Lucas was so taken with California’s Redwood National Park that he wisely chose it as the home planet of these furry lilliputian warriors.
Add this to your bucket-list: going on a cross-country road trip with your best friend. My best friend and I are a great team. She's the driver, and I'm the navigator. The best part of being the navigator is that I get to tell her where to go, and she can't disagree with me.