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Old 08-19-2012, 09:47 PM
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What is the earliest you will start seeing destination signs for certain cities? Whether it be mileage signs or freeway directional signs. Example-If you were driving on I-90, when is the earliest you will see a Seattle sign? Spokane? Idaho? Or is it as early as Montana?

Here is one in southern Oregon that has Reno and San Francisco:

There is also one over by Laramie, WY that has Omaha 525 miles away.

Another one in California:

If possible, try not to include "Novelty signs" like this

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Old 08-19-2012, 09:57 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Inside Chicago, on the Dan Ryan exit to I-57, the sign says Memphis. It doesn't give the mileage, but its 533 miles, and Memphis is the first important town you come to.


In Jackson, Mississipppi, there are also signs to Memphis:


So those two signs to Memphis are 750 miles apart.

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Old 08-19-2012, 10:29 PM
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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I feel like there's a sign on I-70 in Baltimore giving the mileage to Denver.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:52 AM
Location: New Orleans
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When you get into Texas from Louisiana, you see El Paso-907 miles.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:54 AM
Location: Savannah GA
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There is a freeway sign on I-285 near the Atlanta airport that points the way to TAMPA, which I always thought very odd.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:03 AM
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There is an exit sign in St. Paul that is for Madison, which is almost 300 miles away.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:21 AM
Location: Glendale, CA
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On I-15 in the CA desert there is a sign saying Salt Lake City 500-something miles.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:27 AM
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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I was on the Beltway in Houston last week and was thrown for a loop for a second when I saw a sign saying downtown Austin and had an arrow. Most signs just say the city but it is funny that it said 'downtown'

Nice thread by the way
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:38 AM
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I-95 Northern Virginia as well as I-80 in Youngstown, Ohio list New York City as its destination. I-80 actually ends at I-95 west of the George Washington Bridge
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:40 AM
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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That I have seen

I-5 northbound: 634 miles to Portland, Oregon; sign north of Stockton, CA (since removed and Portland replaced with Redding for a mere 198 miles. North of Red Bluff, signs for Portland appear for 430 miles)
I-15 northbound north of Baker, CA: 572 miles to Salt Lake City, UT
I-40 westbound from Flagstaff, AZ: 466 miles to Los Angeles, CA
I-80 eastbound from Reno, NV: 519 miles to Salt Lake City, UT

As for the signs for SF and Reno in Klamath Falls, SF and Reno, by Western standards, aren't really that far from Klamath Falls (355 miles to SF, 252 miles to Reno). However, I notice that Oregon dislikes putting up signs having California cities. South of Portland along I-5, the control cities go to Salem (makes sense), Eugene (makes sense), Roseburg (yeah, that's a real destination), Medford (if you're a meth dealer, sure), and Ashland (that real major city).

The only sign within Oregon that have California cities along I-5 is south of Ashland, where Sacramento is 300 miles away.

However, from what I know, the same thing is true for I-84 east of Portland. Signs for Boise, ID (next real major metro along the route) don't appear until you get right next to the ID border.

For some reason, Oregon signs are much less likely to omit Washington State destinations. If anyone can answer this, I'd appreciate it.

Contrast this with Nevada, Arizona, and even Utah. Before the I-15 reconstruction project, I-80 west had signs for Reno and San Francisco westbound, and along I-15 south had Las Vegas and Los Angeles on them. Both of those signs were in Salt Lake City.

Keep in mind that from SLC, it is
424 miles to Las Vegas
689 miles to Los Angeles

519 miles to Reno, NV (even west of Reno, the main city they have is Sacramento, not San Francisco)
736 miles to San Francisco

Along the East Coast, the furthest one I saw was in OH with NYC being the control city, but it is 400 miles away (though across 2 states). Since there are more populated areas east of the Mississippi, its much more rare to find control cities that are more than 300+ miles away, though they exist since interstates typically bypass populated areas.
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