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A road trip inspired by 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure'

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Created by Roadtrippers - July 30th 2023

It's been nearly 40 years since Pee-wee Herman set off on a cross-country adventure in search of his beloved red bike in Tim Burton's directorial debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Although some of the iconic locations visited by Herman no longer exist (RIP to Palm Springs' Wheel Inn Diner), loners, rebels, and everyone in between can still sit in a T-Rex's mouth in Cabazon, California, and tour the Alamo in Texas—but remember, there's never been a basement. And if you're really lucky, you might even catch Big Adventure on the big screen at one of several old-school California drive-ins.

Here's a cross-country road trip with 15 stops inspired by Pee-wee's Big Adventure—be sure and tell them Large Marge sent ya!

Photo of Pee Wee's House

1846 Oxley Street, CA, US

Pee Wee's House

1351 3rd Street Promenade Ste 201, Santa Monica, CA, US

Downtown Santa Monica and Third Street Promenade

401 South Hudson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, US

Francis's Mansion

Photo of Cabazon Dinosaurs

50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA, US

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Photo of Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, US

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

Photo of Fairplex

1101 W McKinley Ave , Pomona, CA, US


1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA, US

Malibu Creek State Park

3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA, US

Warner Brothers Studios VIP Tour

2930 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA, US

​Electric Dusk Drive-In

Photo of Mission Drive in Theatre

4407 State St, Montclair, CA, US

Mission Drive in Theatre

1660 N Highland Ave, CA, US

The Hollywood Museum

Photo of The Alamo

300 Alamo Plz, San Antonio, TX, US

The Alamo

27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL, US

Volo Auto Museum

7 W Monroe St, New Bremen, OH, US

The Bicycle Museum of America

1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, US

Carnegie Science Center

Banner Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/CityMorgue


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