Great Drives (1996)

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Celebrity hosts explore famous U.S. highways.

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 Host (volume 1: Highway 61) (unknown episodes)


Each episode or volume of this 5-part series follows a celebrity host as he or she experiences the sights, sounds, food, people, and culture found along a famous U.S. highway. In volume 1, musician/actor Levon Helm explores Southern culture and blues music as he drives from Memphis to New Orleans on U.S. Highway 61. Volume 2 follows actor/director Robert Townsend as he searches out the old Mom-and-Pop roadside attractions along Route 66, the "Mother Road", from Chicago to Los Angeles. Volume 3 finds actress Teri Garr between land and sea as she drives the Pacific Coast Highway from Big Sur to Washington state. Actor Graham Greene explores the magnificence, desolation, and mystery of the Western landscape and its people along U.S. Highway 93, the "Killer Road", from Hoover Dam to Glacier National Park, in volume 4. Finally, in volume 5 actress Maria Conchita Alonso observes the contrasts between past and future, between commercial development and native wilderness, as she drives ... Written by yortsnave

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Excellent video travel series!
20 July 2001 | by (Columbus, OH USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this 5-part mini-series on PBS several years ago. I enjoyed it so much, I retraced the route from the first episode's drive, U.S. Highway 61, from Baton Rouge to Memphis. I am looking forward to making the other drives as well, especially Route 66 and Route 93. Highly recommended for all who enjoy traveling by automobile!

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