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This Is How You Do A Crossroads-Inspired Road Trip

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    Real talk: 2002's Crossroads was one of the best road trip movies of all time.

    It had everything you could ask for in a movie: romance, friendship, teen pregnancy, and Britney Spears lip-syncing *NSYNC (while she was dating Justin Timberlake, which is so meta).

    Nothing brings friends together quite like a road trip across the U.S. — especially a road trip that was written for the big screen by none-other than Shonda Rhimes. Just ask Britney (Lucy), Zoe Saldana (Kit), and Taryn Manning (Mimi). Together, the girls join forces with Ben (played by Anson Mount), a brooding guitar player with a car — who they meet at their school dance — and hit the road.

    They leave their small hometown in Louisiana and head to California to fulfill Mimi's childhood dream — and some of their own. There are few detours along the way, but you'll have to suspend disbelief a bit to believe how long it takes them to get to California and the serious lack of pit stops along the way.

    Chances are, you've thought about hitting the road with some of your friends. Well, there's no time like the present. Crimp your hair, grab that bucket hat, and prepare to belt out "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman" with your squad.

    Click ahead for our guide to a Crossroads-inspired road trip.

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    Playlist Must-Have: Madonna's "Open Your Heart"
    Crossroads opens with Lucy singing Madonna's "Open Your Heart" in her underwear (and a cowboy hat). Who can blame her? It's a great sing-along song! And fitting, since Madonna and Britney later collaborated on music ("Me Against The Music") and famously shared a kiss.

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    Place To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
    Remember that time Lucy found out that Ben might be a killer? Remember the hotel room? It had red velvet walls and Kit was not having it. The real hotel used for those scenes is actually called the Shed Dran motel — and based on reviews, you should NEVER stay there. So, we recommend staying at the Hilton Kit saw a while back, instead. The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, in Baton Rouge, LA, isn't fancy, but it does look clean and neat, with rooms as cheap as $111 a night.

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    Playlist Must-Have: *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye"
    Crossroads was filmed while Britney and Justin were still Britney and Justin. But by the time the movie was released, their romance (replete with matching ensembles) had come to an end. Still, Lucy, Kit, and Mimi sing along to this early '00s jams during their road trip, and you should, too.