Take a stroll down some of America’s most iconic highways with these retro-styled animations.
If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember playing driving arcade games back when arcades were still a thing. Outrun and Cruisin’ USA were the two most popular by far back in the early ‘90s, and many an afternoon was well-wasted tooling around those 8-bit highways.
As much as those games were loosely based on real-life locales, they only vaguely managed to capture the feel of the location they espoused. Now thanks to a new animation from Expedia, we have a much better representation of American highways through the lens of a retro arcade game.
Now if only we could convince Expedia to fund development of an actual game. They’re halfway there already.
We begin our journey in Washington State where we have Lake Crescent on one side of is and an entire freakin’ rainforest on the other. Olympic National Park is perhaps the most gorgeous example of rainforest in North America, and these brief 8-bit frames hardly do justice to the vibrant greens and deep foliage that you can experience driving through.
Next, we travel south to the Historic Columbia Highway in Oregon. Much like in Washington, drivers are practically assaulted with greenery although it’s not quite as moist as before. That moisture is probably hell for an untreated vehicle, which our mid-engine cruiser just might be.
We have no idea what that thing is. The rear headlights scream early ‘90s import, but the hatch and fixed rear wing say mid-engine supercar. We’ll report back if we ever get told our 8-bit whip is.
Moving on, we hit the California coast on the Pacific Coast Highway. This is the highway that has been seen countless times in advertising, with mountains on one end and the entire freakin’ Pacific Ocean on the other.
Skipping Nevada and Utah, which are boring and not worth mentioning, we arrive in Colorado for the Million Dollar Highway. Connecting the old mining towns of Durango and Ouray, the 236-mile San Juan Skyway is filled with hairpin turns and steep drops that will force a driver to pay attention lest they wind up a smoking wreck.
And finally, we return to Arizona for Route 89A. This stretch of highway is filled with bleak desert and majestic buttes. Keep an eye out for tumbleweeds.