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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 04-06-2015, 07:46 PM
 
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US-1 between New Brunswick NJ and Trenton NJ is a HELL of a lot worse than I-70 through Utah or Colorado west of Denver.
That's like 20 miles, though. Why pick such a minor, short stretch?
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Having driven many times on I-90 (along with plenty of other interstates), the South Dakota portion is hardly the most boring stretch. Yeah, once you drive eastward and pass the Missouri River, it's two and a half hours of dullsville until you reach Sioux Falls, but the Minnesota stretch of I-90 is absolutely BRUTAL. Basically, the whole stretch from Sioux Falls on east to nearly the Mississippi River. The last few miles are very scenic (bluffs overlooking the river) but just aren't enough to make up for 200+ miles of absolute nothingness.

If you must travel eastward or westward in Minnesota, US 14 is at least a slightly more scenic alternative. It's a slower drive, but at the very least going through a small town every ten minutes should prevent you from completely falling asleep.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:04 AM
 
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Having driven many times on I-90 (along with plenty of other interstates), the South Dakota portion is hardly the most boring stretch. Yeah, once you drive eastward and pass the Missouri River, it's two and a half hours of dullsville until you reach Sioux Falls, but the Minnesota stretch of I-90 is absolutely BRUTAL. Basically, the whole stretch from Sioux Falls on east to nearly the Mississippi River. The last few miles are very scenic (bluffs overlooking the river) but just aren't enough to make up for 200+ miles of absolute nothingness.

If you must travel eastward or westward in Minnesota, US 14 is at least a slightly more scenic alternative. It's a slower drive, but at the very least going through a small town every ten minutes should prevent you from completely falling asleep.
I don't mind the drive from Sioux Falls to Rapid City. Sure, there's not a whole lot to look at but it's a nice open stretch of road. Plus, they just raised to speed limit to 80.
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:55 PM
 
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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!
Oh yeah, I definitely know that time can be of the essence more often than not.

But I've found that for the vast majority of people, it never even occurs to them to do anything other than zoom from Point A to Point B as fast as humanly possible. And then they complain about how boring their drive was.
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Old 04-07-2015, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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I-75 from Cincinnati Ohio all the way north to Saginaw Michigan. Horrible dull, flat and ugly and it includes some Rust belt classics like Toledo Ohio, Detroit Michigan and Flint Michigan. To top It off the State Of Ohio uses the interstate for revenue, there is usually Ohio state troopers posted every 10-20 miles pointing his radar at you just like Rosco P Coltrane. I hate that road.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:07 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Oh yeah, I definitely know that time can be of the essence more often than not.

But I've found that for the vast majority of people, it never even occurs to them to do anything other than zoom from Point A to Point B as fast as humanly possible. And then they complain about how boring their drive was.
To me, there's nothing boring about driving fast. Yes, I enjoy taking scenic alternate routes, but I also enjoy rocketing down the Interstates too.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Nothing tops driving through Kansas. Flat topography and windmills for miles.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:40 AM
 
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Nothing tops driving through Kansas. Flat topography and windmills for miles.
I found Kansas to be a heck of a lot more interesting to drive through than going through Georgia on I-75. That is freaking awful.

This is a fairly random image from street view of I-70 in Kansas. Call me crazy, but I find this type of scenery to be more interesting than pretty much the entire state of Georgia on I-75:

https://goo.gl/maps/9AiFH
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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I found Kansas to be a heck of a lot more interesting to drive through than going through Georgia on I-75. That is freaking awful.

This is a fairly random image from street view of I-70 in Kansas. Call me crazy, but I find this type of scenery to be more interesting than pretty much the entire state of Georgia on I-75:

https://goo.gl/maps/9AiFH
I agree, there's something about the sheer openness and expanse of the plains that makes them interesting.

A lot of those southern Interstates are flat and just get hemmed in by trees which makes the drive incredibly monotonous. I-16 in Georgia is another good example of that.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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Nothing tops driving through Kansas. Flat topography and windmills for miles.
It is quite stunning.
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