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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 07-07-2023, 08:03 AM
 
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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 always thought of the quote from Dumb & Dumber: "I thought the Rocky Mountains are going to be a little rockier than this. That John Denver is full of s***, man!" lol. Anyhow, that's the one I picked since that's the one I'm familiar with for hours of the same thing. It is nice to see the farmland and corn fields of Kansas as first but it does get tiring. Eastern KS is more interesting with the Flint Hills, although I didn't take I-70 recently. I took some back highways between KCMO and Wichita, not the Kansas Turnpike neither.
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Old 07-07-2023, 01:23 PM
 
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I-85 from Richmond VA to the GA state line
I recently did the GA state line to Charlotte portion on I-85 and didn't think it was boring at all.
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Old 07-08-2023, 10:54 AM
 
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Any highway in Texas is the right answer. The poll is primarily based on how many drivers on the forum have crossed the listed sections. I have never driven on six of the ten sections, so I would not be in a position to judge.
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Old 07-08-2023, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Any highway in Texas is the right answer. The poll is primarily based on how many drivers on the forum have crossed the listed sections. I have never driven on six of the ten sections, so I would not be in a position to judge.
I've been on all 10 of these sections, and I stand by my vote for I-57 in Illinois. Now, if I-20 in West Texas had been included, I might have had to vote differently.
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Old 07-09-2023, 11:43 AM
 
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I-80 through Nebraska probably is close to tops for me, although many of the others are bad except for part of it.

I-10 across West Texas is boring but gets interesting towards San Antonio as it goes through the Hill Country. If you take the Hill Country section out, then yes, it's a yawner.

Same for I-70, It's boring until you see the Rocky Mountains, which is well before Aurora.
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Old 07-13-2023, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
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I-85 from Richmond VA to the GA state line
You must mean I-95, not I-85. The I-95 stretch from Richmond, or Petersburg, to Savannah is spectacularly dull.
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Old 07-16-2023, 05:42 PM
 
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Any highway in Texas is the right answer. The poll is primarily based on how many drivers on the forum have crossed the listed sections. I have never driven on six of the ten sections, so I would not be in a position to judge.
What would be particulary interesting is whether or not the original poster has traveled on all 10. I would agree with you that most of us haven't. I consider myself pretty well traveled and have only driven on 7 of the ten sections myself. By the way, of those I did travel on I did vote I-55 in Illinois.
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Old 07-16-2023, 06:58 PM
 
Location: PHX -> ATL
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The I-40 belongs on here but not that stretch. The stretch that belongs on there is inbetween ABQ, NM (backside of Sandias) and Oklahoma City, OK. West Texas (minus El Paso) is honestly ugly. Nothing but flat brown grass with the most interesting thing being a wind turbine. And wind turbines are designed to be not interesting, for aerodynamics.



Now if you didn't want to triple down on the empty strip like the I-10 and the I-70 both do here, if you made the I-40 Needles to Barstow in California that would be more accepting. But rolling hills and forested mountains of Northern Arizona, yes even west of Flagstaff, isn't ugly. I mean Kingman is I'll concede to that but just don't go into Kingman further than a gas station or lunch at the In-N-Out on the access road and you'll be ok.


I-40 west of Flagstaff:
- First street view

- Even small industrial-like areas like this are not the ugliest stretches of the US I've seen

- More mountains
- Even a historic dam along the way
- Flat but kinda green even, with some small mountains in the distance. Not the most scenic but not ugly
- Not ugly

- The area around Ash Fork I guess can be considered ugly, but at least you can still see Mount Humphreys
- Like I said Kingman is ugly, and as any Zonie will tell you... don't do more than a pit stop there if you have to
- Upon immediately escaping Kingman, it turns interesting again
- This valley is nothing to write home about, but there are uglier stretches. Looks like any standard Arizona landscape for the most part
- Colorado River Valley (Needles, CA) is less scenic than the valley prior to it on the AZ side
- The least ugly stretch post Needles


I have driven on the I-10 all the way from Santa Monica to Jacksonville and the majority of the I-40 from in California all the way to Memphis and I will tell you right now the stretch I mentioned previously on the I-40 is uglier than the stretch of the I-10 listed on this poll. I really disliked the Amarillo area. And to me it is so far the ugliest stretch of Interstate I have been on.



The I-8 belongs on here with the exclusion of the section between Gila Bend AZ and Casa Grande AZ. There is a section of the I-8 in between these two that go through the Saguaro Desert National Monument and it looks pretty nice, especially in the spring. The dunes just west of Yuma are kinda interesting but yeah you won't catch me defending Yuma or Dateland, AZ . But you will want to cut off before Alpine, in Ocotillo, CA just before it starts turning into this, before entering Alpine limits. So Gila Bend, AZ to Ocotillo, CA... ugly stretch definitely.

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Old 07-16-2023, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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What would be particulary interesting is whether or not the original poster has traveled on all 10. I would agree with you that most of us haven't. I consider myself pretty well traveled and have only driven on 7 of the ten sections myself. By the way, of those I did travel on I did vote I-55 in Illinois.
The OP is long gone, so we will never know, but from the OPs posts it sounds like they have driven on more then a few of them.

Anyway I don't think you have to necessarily drive on a highway to know that is boring. I admit that I have never driven on most of those segments. But I can use my 47 years of driving experience on many highways from the Midwest to the West Coast to determine what types of roads are boring and which are not. Generally flat straight roads are boring, curvy mountain roads are not so boring.

Then you can also use common knowledge to determine which roads are the most boring. Some of those highways have their defenders, but there doesn't seem to be many posters who will take issue with I-70 in Kansas being boring.
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Old 07-16-2023, 09:39 PM
 
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Are Drowsy Driving Advisory Zones only an Alabama thing? In retrospect, I think I only remember them there (though I wouldn't say the Chilton county one is among the most boring interstate drives compared to some others I've done. Greenville on the other hand...). If they were nationwide, counting those up might be a good metric to deciding a "most boring drive."
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