“We were born to explore… Our curiosity moves us all”, booms Morgan Freeman’s signature voice over the trailer for MacGillivray Freeman’s IMAX film Into America’s Wild. This opening line’s notion perfectly encompasses the main themes of the upcoming film: exploring everything our beautiful country has to offer, inciting passion about the environment, and connecting with each other through the power of the outdoors. For the remainder of the trailer, scenes of rugged coastline, crystal clear glacial lakes, towering rock formations, and vast prairies flash by, giving a sweeping look of the cross-country adventure that is to take place within the film.

We are especially excited for this film because it follows one of our favorite speakers, Commander John Herrington alongside pilot Ariel Tweto and long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis as they trailblaze across America’s natural landscape. We personally think Commander Herrington provides the perfect addition to the narrative of the film, and his unique experiences traversing the country as well as experiencing the world from outer space give him a unique perspective and round out the film well.

We too are outdoor enthusiasts here at Key Speakers… and we are just a few days away from the film’s much anticipated release in IMAX theaters nationwide, so for today’s blog we thought we would share some of our team members’ favorite American destinations:

Zion National Park

Photo credit: Diliff

Events & Operations Manager Kelli says that Zion National Park in southwest Utah is her favorite American natural landscape because of the sheer natural beauty it effortlessly possesses. Kelli says what drew her in to visit Zion in the first place was the striking contrast between the greenery and the red rocks. Her favorite experience while she was there was completing Zion Narrows wading hike, a hike upstream in the Virgin River.

Big Sur

Ellee took this photo herself!

Ellee, Key Speakers’ Marketing Associate, loves to go on road trips in her free time—so she chooses Big Sur in Central California as her top American outdoors destination. “Big Sur” refers to the 70-mile stretch of coastline between San Simeon and Carmel Highlands, and is hallmarked for its sapphire waters, dramatic towering cliffs, remote beach waterfalls, and hidden coves. She reminisces about her trip: “Last November, a friend and I hit the road from Orange County and explored California’s Central Coast, and ended the quick road trip with spending some time in Big Sur. It was unlike anything I’ve seen before—and was totally not what I was expecting!”

The Green Mountains/The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks. Photo Credit: R khot

Executive Agent & Consultant Wendy couldn’t choose her favorite outdoors destination between the two mountain ranges she frequents most, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks, located in Vermont and New York, respectively. She says these are her favorite locations because of the history intertwined with the landscapes, as well as the amazing things to do and see in the areas, like spending a day at Lake Placid or hiking the Appalachian trail. 

We hope we’ve inspired you to see the film at your local IMAX and get outdoors and explore our beautiful country!