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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 02-27-2020, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I hear you about some of those stretches of nothing in the middle of the state, but along that route you do cross the Cascades and the Columbia river/plateau, and westbound on a clear day you can have views of Mt. Rainier 150-200 miles away, as well as mountains in the background for much of the trip. Just my opinion, but it's far, far, far less boring than taking any of the major interstates across the Great Plains (looking at you I-70 in Western KS/Eastern CO) or even a lot of areas in the Upper Midwest or South!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjJU2MY3SE
The first half of that is pretty bad. I don't see any views of Mt. Rainier until about Ellensburg, which is about 50 miles, not 150-200 miles. But the second half is in my opinion some of the most beautiful part of the country. So over all I would say on average that is a pretty nice drive. Also that nothing section from Spokane to the Columbia River is about 150 miles. In the Midwest you get about 600 to 900 miles of nothing. Eastern Washington is not my favorite drive, but I would choose that over the Midwest anytime.
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Old 02-27-2020, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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The first half of that is pretty bad. I don't see any views of Mt. Rainier until about Ellensburg, which is about 50 miles, not 150-200 miles. But the second half is in my opinion some of the most beautiful part of the country. So over all I would say on average that is a pretty nice drive. Also that nothing section from Spokane to the Columbia River is about 150 miles. In the Midwest you get about 600 to 900 miles of nothing. Eastern Washington is not my favorite drive, but I would choose that over the Midwest anytime.
There are plenty of pics out there of Mt. Rainier from Othello, Moses Lake and even Ritzville (though some are undoubtedly Adams, not Rainier). There are also a decent amount of threads talking about it being one of the mountains visible from the furthest distance, which makes sense if you look at the topography-no trees and nothing blocking the view except the low ridges near Yakima that are dwarfed by the volcanoes. There's also about a 1000 foot rise between Moses Lake and Ritzville that helps compensate for the curvature of the earth at that distance. My wife and I have seen Rainier numerous times from that area, though I've never owned a camera with a zoom capable of getting a reasonable pic. Anyway, on a clear day westbound, it's worth keeping an eye out on the horizon from way out!

From Ritzville:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thevie...re/5824903083/

Between Moses Lake and the Columbia River:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnano/189530517

Interesting discussion on the subject:
https://www.summitpost.org/phpBB3/lo...ed-t44409.html

Line of sight tool:
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Old 02-27-2020, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Anything in the Midwest is a boring drive.’
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Old 02-27-2020, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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There are plenty of pics out there of Mt. Rainier from Othello, Moses Lake and even Ritzville (though some are undoubtedly Adams, not Rainier). There are also a decent amount of threads talking about it being one of the mountains visible from the furthest distance, which makes sense if you look at the topography-no trees and nothing blocking the view except the low ridges near Yakima that are dwarfed by the volcanoes. There's also about a 1000 foot rise between Moses Lake and Ritzville that helps compensate for the curvature of the earth at that distance. My wife and I have seen Rainier numerous times from that area, though I've never owned a camera with a zoom capable of getting a reasonable pic. Anyway, on a clear day westbound, it's worth keeping an eye out on the horizon from way out!

From Ritzville:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/thevie...re/5824903083/

Between Moses Lake and the Columbia River:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnano/189530517

Interesting discussion on the subject:
https://www.summitpost.org/phpBB3/lo...ed-t44409.html

Line of sight tool:
HeyWhatsThat
Yeah, well Mount Evans can be seen from Kansas too, but that doesn't improve the drive on I-70. Nobody cares about a dot on the horizon.
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Old 02-27-2020, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Born + raised SF Bay; Tyler, TX now WNY
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57-55 with ChamBana is the only one of those I find most boring. I’m a bit of a desert rat, so I find the desert routes to kind of be me humming along in my happy place. I’m rarely in as good a mood as I am in a desert or West Coast place.

The ones in the Dakotas might come close, but I haven’t actually been that way much.

I would actually say that I55 from Memphis, north to the I57 split is my boring place, and boring for hours more pretty much no matter what direction you take after that.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Yeah, well Mount Evans can be seen from Kansas too, but that doesn't improve the drive on I-70. Nobody cares about a dot on the horizon.
LOL, I wasn't trying to argue with you. Actually I agree with you completely with your take on both WA and CO. I was just pointing out that you can frequently get views of Mt. Rainier-and sometimes pretty cool ones at that- from far more than 50 miles away.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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LOL, I wasn't trying to argue with you. Actually I agree with you completely with your take on both WA and CO. I was just pointing out that you can frequently get views of Mt. Rainier-and sometimes pretty cool ones at that- from far more than 50 miles away.
Personally I like to drive in the mountains, not just with a view of them. On flat roads like Eastern Washington, I'm constantly fighting the urge to doze off.
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Personally I like to drive in the mountains, not just with a view of them. On flat roads like Eastern Washington, I'm constantly fighting the urge to doze off.
I totally agree, live in WA now and lived on the Front Range of CO for a number of years. That part of I-90 in Eastern WA is pretty boring. That said, I still think it's better than Eastern CO and Western KS on I-70, which is one of those 600-900 miles of nothing stretches you mentioned. There's literally nothing to see until you get fairly close to Denver.
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Old 02-28-2020, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Anything in the Midwest is a boring drive.’
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Spoken like a true Coastal Elite .
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Old 02-28-2020, 07:40 PM
 
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Anything in the Midwest is a boring drive.’
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Ignorant. In your attempt at disdain, you prove ignorance. Well done. Maybe a bit of travel and reading would serve you well.

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