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View Poll Results: What is the most boring drive in the US?
Interstate 5 between Santa Clarita and Stockton, CA 38 15.14%
Interstate 8 between Casa Grande, AZ and Alpine, CA 5 1.99%
Interstate 10 between El Paso and San Antonio, TX 49 19.52%
Interstate 29 between Sioux Falls, SD and Fargo, ND 8 3.19%
Interstate 40 between Flagstaff, AZ and Barstow, CA 8 3.19%
Interstate 57 between Interstate 55 and Urbana, IL 49 19.52%
Interstate 70 between Topeka, KS and Aurora, CO 61 24.30%
Interstate 80 between Sparks, NV and Salt Lake City, UT 11 4.38%
Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD 8 3.19%
Interstate 94 between Billings, MT and Fargo, ND 14 5.58%
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:00 PM
 
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The entire state of Kansas is the most boring drive. I was driving 105 did not get pulled over or even see a cop but I just wanted to get to Colorado but the state went on forever with a bunch of nothing.
And then when you got to Colorado...another bunch of nothing! You have to drive almost half way across Colorado before it stops looking like Kansas!
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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I did not realize people knew about that boring drive between eastern CO and through Kansas. It's like time stops; nothing but fields for hours and hours. Have had to do it three or four times and I would sooner go through Nebraska in the future.
While on our 5,000 mile road trip that was, without a doubt, the most boring part (and we drove across Saskatchewan!). Leaving Denver on our looooooooong drive to Manhattan, KS was unbearable. And that was after coming down through Eastern WY on 25 which is also quite boring.
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:08 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I agree. I've driven across Nebraska many times, and like you said, 2/3rds of it is no different than driving across Iowa.

Nebraska is just long if you're on I-80.

Iowans bitching about driving across Nebraska is just the Iowa/Nebraska dynamic. We hate each other and are quick to point the 5 differences between our states, but the rest of the country can't tell us apart.
Even I-80 looks the same in north states I think. I always figured my Iowa relatives saying Nebraska was ugly was due to ignorance. They almost never leave the confines of Iowa. Their idea of a vacation is the state fair.
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:36 AM
 
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Even I-80 looks the same in north states I think. I always figured my Iowa relatives saying Nebraska was ugly was due to ignorance. They almost never leave the confines of Iowa. Their idea of a vacation is the state fair.
Could be, I've always figured it was based in that sense of rivalry - much the same way Minnesotans go out of their way to express their utter disdain towards anything Iowan as quickly as possible.

I've traveled the contiguous US a lot and find them very similar. Once you get west of Chicago, the drive pretty much looks the same until you get into the more arid high plains.
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Old 08-16-2018, 07:43 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Could be, I've always figured it was based in that sense of rivalry - much the same way Minnesotans go out of their way to express their utter disdain towards anything Iowan as quickly as possible.

I've traveled the contiguous US a lot and find them very similar. Once you get west of Chicago, the drive pretty much looks the same until you get into the more arid high plains.
A cornfield is a cornfield. If you dropped me off blindfolded in a cornfield and there were no signs identifying the state I wouldn't know if I was in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Illinois.

It's weird how some states have a friendly sort of rivalry with other states but then some have a superiority complex. Montana has a definite superiority complex. It's so pretty according to locals that even the eastern plains along I-94 (a boring drive) are somehow superior to the plains along the equally boring plains on Wyoming's I-80.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:01 AM
 
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A cornfield is a cornfield. If you dropped me off blindfolded in a cornfield and there were no signs identifying the state I wouldn't know if I was in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Illinois.

It's weird how some states have a friendly sort of rivalry with other states but then some have a superiority complex. Montana has a definite superiority complex. It's so pretty according to locals that even the eastern plains along I-94 (a boring drive) are somehow superior to the plains along the equally boring plains on Wyoming's I-80.
I could make an educated guess if you dropped me off next to a cornfield where it was by driving around a little. I wouldn't need to see state signs or anything like that, but I could make a judgment based off the other crops planted in the area an the topography.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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The drive through western KS and eastern CO is super boring. Having to get off the road and deal with bumpkins out there is weird too. That region is so isolated, you can tell that the people have no clue or understanding of others elsewhere. The looks they give you...
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I could make an educated guess if you dropped me off next to a cornfield where it was by driving around a little. I wouldn't need to see state signs or anything like that, but I could make a judgment based off the other crops planted in the area an the topography.
I'm sure as a farmer you're quite a bit more educated than me on that.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The drive through western KS and eastern CO is super boring. Having to get off the road and deal with bumpkins out there is weird too. That region is so isolated, you can tell that the people have no clue or understanding of others elsewhere. The looks they give you...
The looks the people gave me when I was there were absolutely weird. I'm Asian from Alabama and live in Texas, but have never experienced such thing in a while.
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:33 PM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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And then when you got to Colorado...another bunch of nothing! You have to drive almost half way across Colorado before it stops looking like Kansas!
The entire population of the eastern 120 miles of Colorado is 140,000 as of 2016, and shrinking every year. Driving through Cheyenne County and Cheyenne Wells (the county seat of 800) was a sad affair. In 50 years you can make a case there will not be anyone left.
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