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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%
Voters: 251. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-01-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Interstate X, between Y and Z. It's a tie, between all Interstates, which are by definition the most boring drives on earth, and by design, identical. If any one is more mind-numbing than any other, it would have to be I-37 between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, where one doesn't even see any buildings when passing the exits.

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Old 04-01-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Interstate X, between Y and Z. It's a tie, between all Interstates, which are by definition the most boring drives on earth, and by design, identical.
You must not get out much
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:14 PM
 
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Interstate X, between Y and Z. It's a tie, between all Interstates, which are by definition the most boring drives on earth, and by design, identical. If any one is more mind-numbing than any other, it would have to be I-37 between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, where one doesn't even see any buildings when passing the exits.
I would agree, but with some exceptions, and they are all in the western third of the country. Most of the interstates west of the Rockies supersede road beds of former US highways. Driving I-70, for instance, west of Denver to its terminus in Utah, would qualify as a big exception. Ditto I-80 from Truckee to Auburn CA. I-90 through the Idaho panhandle is yet another exception.

As for the most boring, there have been several posters who have mentioned Illinois, and in general, I concur. Every single interstate I have driven in the past is an exercise in tedium. I will purposefully drive through federal highways because you are only sacrificing an hour of your life in most cases, and you can see smaller towns along the way.

Just thought of a few exceptions east of the Rockies, as well. I-87 north of Albany NY, and I-93 through Franconia Notch in new Hampshire.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (South Central Region)
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I can't describe in words how sleepy, boring, tedious I-57 is from southeast Missouri to central Illinois.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I-40 from about Conway, Arkansas to Amarillo, TX is mindnumbingly boring. It's especially bad west of Fort Smith once you get into Oklahoma. West of Amarillo it gets a little more interesting because you start getting into the transition zone from great plains to the desert southwest.
So you think the drive through the Ouachitas along the Arkansas river is boring? More boring than from Memphis to Little Rock? You think Amarillo to say Clines corners is more interesting than eastern Oklahoma?

I-20 Texas Abilene to El Paso is the winner in this category hands down.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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Kansas is include with I-70. Oklahoma isn't included because Oklahoma City breaks it up.
I-70 between Denver and Topeka is pretty awful. But at least there are some interesting parts like the Flint Hills. I'd say I-29 from KC to Des Moines is mind numbing, along with I-80 between Des Moines and Chicago.
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:16 PM
 
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I think Highway 77 from far southern Texas (Brownsville) to Corpus Christi is gradually being upgraded to freeway status. That is one of the more dismal and dull stretches of road I can recall. No towns, no cities - just miles of semiarid scrublands and low bushy trees.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:39 PM
 
Location: kansas city
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I just drove from KC to Denver last week. I felt like giving up once I hit topeka !
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I picked I-57. There's just something about Illinois that I find to be mind-numbingly boring. Even runner-up I-70 through Kansas has at least the saving grace of being a wide-open sort of nothingness; but in Illinois, you can't see much beyond whatever farm you're passing by at that moment.

My apologies to those of you who love the Land of Lincoln; but to me, apart from the Chicago area, it's one of our least-appealing states.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Just thought of a few exceptions east of the Rockies, as well. I-87 north of Albany NY, and I-93 through Franconia Notch in new Hampshire.
I-68 through Maryland and West Virginia is very scenic, as is West Virginia's portion of I-79 and the southern part of I-77. I-24 and I-40 through the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee is also pretty. But in general, I agree with you; the western interstates tend to be more scenic than the eastern ones.
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