These 1950s Films Show What it Was Like to Road Trip in the Days Before the Interstate Highway

"Road to Romance" was a series of films by Chevrolet that introduced viewers to the newest and most scenic roads of America's blossoming highway system.

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In 1949 and 1950, Chevrolet produced a series of short films highlighting the most beautiful driving routes in the United States. Whether it was swift new divided turnpikes or scenic routes through small town, this series of films, screened in theaters ahead of feature-length movies, showed what it was like to take an American road trip in the days before the interstate highway. Sit back, relax, and take in the scenery of 1950. It's almost enough to make you want to buy a brand-new 1950 Chevrolet.

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Highway of Tomorrow: The Pennsylvania Turnpike
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San Luis Obispo: The Heart of Old Spanish California
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Western Michigan: Vacation Land of the Inland Seas
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Oak Creek Canyon: Land of the Mystic Red Rock
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Coral Gables Florida: Sunland on Biscayne Bay
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San Diego and the Ramona Country
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Columbia River Highway and the Oregon Trail
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Bluegrass Land of Kentucky
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By Cayuga's Waters
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Narragansett Bay
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The Santa Cruz Trail: Land of the Giant Cactus
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Lakes of the Twin Cities
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Cedar Breaks National Monument
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