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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 04-03-2015, 04:57 PM
 
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I love the desert, so even the more desolate drives out west enthrall me. If I had to pick one drive that I found truly excruciating, I'd go with I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I couldn't help noticing that so far, every response has nominated an Interstate Highway. Doesn't that tell you something?
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Inland FL
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My best friend (who used to be a truck driver) has always told me that the midwest and the Southwest regions were the most boring areas to drive through. It's flat and barren.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I couldn't help noticing that so far, every response has nominated an Interstate Highway. Doesn't that tell you something?
Yes. It tells me that all of the poll choices were interstate highways.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Yes. It tells me that all of the poll choices were interstate highways.
Most respondents did not talk about the poll choices, but offered their own choices in their comments. All of themm Interstates. And, the OP who created the poll did not include a single non-Interstate in his nominated list of what he characterized as the "most boring drives". There might not be any.

Can anybody suggest ANY Interstate that is less boring then ANY non-Interstate? Oh, OK, CA-99 from Bakersfield to Fresno, I'll give you that one.
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Old 04-04-2015, 12:00 AM
 
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My best friend (who used to be a truck driver) has always told me that the midwest and the Southwest regions were the most boring areas to drive through. It's flat and barren.
Kind of funny you would post this, living in Florida...the number ONE most flat state in the country.
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (South Central Region)
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Illinois - I-55 north


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Old 04-04-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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I've driven across the US several times -- west to east, east to west, north to south and south to north. The most boring drive I can think of is in a surprisingly interesting state .. California. It's the I-5 from LA to the Bay Area. That drive is worse than driving across Kansas.
That's what I voted for. The scenery is pretty bland for California standards; it misses the big cities in the San Joaquin Valley, and it's only four lanes, which means that 18-wheelers are spaced apart in the right lane going 60 while there's a conga line of cars in the left lane going 61. (The speed limit is 70.) In other words, the highway is a bad combination of both bland and frustrating.

Two other highway segments I'd nominate for the same reasons are I-35 between Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, and I-85 between Atlanta and Charlotte. Given that I-35 is supposed to be this major continental trade corridor, you'd think that TxDOT would have made everything north of San Antonio at least six lanes by now, but it hasn't. As for I-85, it needs to be widened from north of Atlanta to Anderson, SC; and from Spartanburg, SC to Charlotte. And South Carolina needs to stop ****ing around with the speed limits.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Most rural interstates are like that at night. Dark.
Haha... I get that. When I travel, often I'll do a considerable chunk of driving the long stretches very early or very late so there's minimal traffic. Therefore, I'm used to rural interstates at night.

With that said, if the Pennsylvania ones are that boring comparatively, you know it's bad.

I'm doing I-70 in Kansas later this year. I'll be reporting back on that for sure.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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I would submit that it's people who only stick to Interstates when driving somewhere who "don't get out much."
If I have a few hours of "wriggle room" I'll go off the beaten path. I did that in Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine this summer. That was a great experience. I stay off Interstates as much as possible in the Appalachians too.

However, to max out the time at certain destinations, especially if the Interstate goes through a dull area, there's nothing wrong with hoofing it down on to get to the good place more quickly!
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