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Old 04-29-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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When going on long road trips, a lot of people don't pay much attention/get bored of what they see along the way. They might notice interest sights or scenic parts, but all in all, it wouldn't make any difference to them if they flew or drove.

For me, the journey is part of the destination and I enjoy watching the world pass by. Yes, it often does get boring even for me, but I like seeing how the landscape changes, get excited crossing state borders, certain towns.etc. I find a drive in the country can be a joy.

What camp would you fall into?
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Well, we drove from Baltimore area back to San Diego area. We took Old Highway 80 instead of the interstate. There's a lot of flat, repetitive farmland between MD and CA!
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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Yes. When I was 10 my family took a long cross-country driving trip and I filled my travel diary with descriptions of the scenery. But part of it is that I hate to drive on the interstate highways. If you are interested in scenery, it's best to take the secondary roads. Even Kansas can be relatively interesting on the semi-deserted secondary roads where you are pass through small Great Plains towns every 50 miles or so.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:44 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yes. When I was 10 my family took a long cross-country driving trip and I filled my travel diary with descriptions of the scenery. But part of it is that I hate to drive on the interstate highways. If you are interested in scenery, it's best to take the secondary roads. Even Kansas can be relatively interesting on the semi-deserted secondary roads where you are pass through small Great Plains towns every 50 miles or so.
Yes, when I went across with Trek America we mostly followed the interstates. I was so looking forward to the magnificent scenery of Arizona and New Mexico but was disappointed by flat, grassy high plains. I'm not sure I even SAW any mountains past the Hoover Dam!
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Yes, very, especially in foreign countries. Too bad that in Mexico most passengers closed the curtains over the windows, even before nightfall
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:26 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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scenery for me is a 'must see' and way more interesting than the destination.

I grew up in beautiful areas and scenic drives (Big Thompson Canyon daily by school bus...)
big thompson canyon - Google Search

Spend many yrs as a commercial driver in the Mt states (My favorite route)
Beartooth Highway
I love to drive the prairie on a winter night with moon creating glistening snow. I often will drive with my lights off to better enjoy this.

I now live immersed in a different beauty.
columbia river gorge - Google Search

I often take the 'scenic route', and detours when ever possible.
I do A LOT of night driving, between picturesque areas, I will drive all night just to get to a great spot for sunrise. (like Grand Canyon). I figure I can always take a short nap if necessary.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Lund, Sweden
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I've increasingly learnt that the journey is often as important as the destination, and in some cases, the journey is the destination!

I'm one who enjoys looking at scenery, especially when taking long bus trips. Naturally the type of scenery which I do not see often would interest me the most. I wouldn't really bother with the scenery in my native country (or the lack of)!
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Of course, both hubby and I pay attention to the scenery, and hopefully, he is paying attention to the road as well. We have always loved comparing the scenery in one location to another, each state and each section of each state has something to offer, even the flat lands. We also people watch.

Nita
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:45 AM
 
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I like watching the scenery when I am traveling.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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I have driven coast to coast by car for years just because I love to do it.
It's very fascinating to see not only the landscape change as your trip progresses but also to see the culture change as well.

I just get so excited about it!

This thread makes me want to jump in the car right now and drive!!
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