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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 06-24-2023, 07:38 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I95 through GA and the Carolinas. Literally nothing. Just the interstate divided by a line of trees.

It's this: https://www.google.com/maps/@32.3759...7i13312!8i6656

For pretty much the entire stretch...
I drive this every year and it's really brain numbing. SC is especially empty except for the bypass of Florence where you pick up an extra lane for a couple of miles and then when you cross that lake in the middle of the state.
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Old 06-25-2023, 09:48 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I-10 from Pensacola to Tallahassee should be on this list.
There actually are some cool long bridges and views on the way.

I would say Interstate 64 between Richmond and Norfolk is pretty boring, also Interstate 12 in Louisiana between Hammond and Slidell. These two routes are mostly straight through pine forest on both sides, at least with the Midwest like Kansas you have the open countryside and open skies and farmland.
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Old 06-26-2023, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I drive this every year and it's really brain numbing. SC is especially empty except for the bypass of Florence where you pick up an extra lane for a couple of miles and then when you cross that lake in the middle of the state.
Brain-numbing, it is. And here's the only thing at all to break up the monotony:

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.5094...8192?entry=ttu
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Old 06-26-2023, 12:21 PM
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Location: Planet Earth
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Since last post in this thread, I drove from Birmingham to New Orleans and back. I was not expecting West of Tuscaloosa to be nothing but I guess I should have been prepared for that.

Also, while Louisiana and Alabama are no picnic, Mississippi has the worst quality roads I've driven on.
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Old 06-27-2023, 02:59 AM
 
Location: TN/NC
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As someone who did the Minneapolis to Key West drive back in January, I think it's safe to say that Illinois (almost the entire state north-to-south, not just a small chunk of I-57) is probably the most awful stretch of nothingness I've driven...and I've done a lot of cross-country driving.

It's not even awe-inspiring nothingness like the western Great Plains; it's just mind-numbingly featureless farmland. No wonder people on the coasts think there's nothing in the Midwest; driving cross-country means crossing Illinois!
Agreed.

I lived in Iowa for awhile. Driving back to see family in TN meant crossing IL. It's just nothing from about Terre Haute, IN, for many years.
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Old 06-29-2023, 04:53 PM
 
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I picked I 70 Kansas to Colorado before the mountains. OK you're in Kansas and you know it's going to be flat, but then you think now I'm in Colorado (mountains right?) But Eastern Colorado is flat as can be till you get to Denver (no mountains), and just like Kansas. Maybe the drive is painful because you are so looking forward to mountains, but eastern Colorado goes on and on and on. At least that's how it is for me.
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Old 06-29-2023, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Most scenic routes I've been on are probably in CA. I love driving around PV just on local roads. Also the drive up to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear is extremely scenic. Of course, as the driver you're more concerned with trying to stay on the road than admiring the scenery. Fortunately there's lots of places where one can pull over.


Most boring in the worst possible sense is actually any metropolitan freeway when it's jammed. At least on flat land in the middle of the country you can go fast and there's space to maneuver. Traffic jams are mind-numbing because they're both boring and yet requiring of constant focus as you're sure to run into the lane weaver types who'll try to use any tiny gap to bully their way in.
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Old 07-01-2023, 09:37 AM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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I picked I 70 Kansas to Colorado before the mountains. OK you're in Kansas and you know it's going to be flat, but then you think now I'm in Colorado (mountains right?) But Eastern Colorado is flat as can be till you get to Denver (no mountains), and just like Kansas. Maybe the drive is painful because you are so looking forward to mountains, but eastern Colorado goes on and on and on. At least that's how it is for me.
I would caveat this a little. I-70 curves northwest after you pass Limon. Once I've passed this interchange on I-70, you start to feel the shift. Bluffs begin to appear, and in my opinion the terrain starts to becomve very interesting. You can feel the shift of leaving the comparably monotonous eastern 2/3rds of the country into what starts to beome the true intermontaine west.
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Old 07-06-2023, 08:41 PM
 
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I-85 from Richmond VA to the GA state line
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Old 07-06-2023, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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There actually are some cool long bridges and views on the way.

I would say Interstate 64 between Richmond and Norfolk is pretty boring, also Interstate 12 in Louisiana between Hammond and Slidell. These two routes are mostly straight through pine forest on both sides, at least with the Midwest like Kansas you have the open countryside and open skies and farmland.
The only bridge you are possibly discussing is the Apalachicola bridge. Outside of that, there is really not that many bridges once you enter Santa Rosa County. The Views? Well yeah if you love trees. Count them to entertain you while you're driving through 250 miles of them until you get to Lake City.
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