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(Geotab.com)   America's loneliest stretches of open, scenic roads available on interactive map. Come for Maine's Old Canada Road; stay for Alaska's Dalton Highway   (geotab.com) divider line
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2020-07-04 5:59:41 PM  
If I could just afford to move there, all my problems would be far behind me.  i mean my parents are not gonna follow me to Alaska.
 
2020-07-04 6:05:58 PM  
Bluetooth Highway should be higher.
 
2020-07-04 6:06:24 PM  
BEARTOOTH YOU GOD DAMNED AUTOCORRECT
 
2020-07-04 7:06:49 PM  
Any road 8n Vermont
 
2020-07-04 7:08:45 PM  
Oh, and
"This isolated route runs through the deserted Navajo Nation"?
 
2020-07-04 7:44:14 PM  
At the South end of Dalton Highway, you will find yourself deep in Swayze.
 
2020-07-04 8:38:28 PM  
The US 385 running north-south in Eastern Colorado is a great drive if you need to take a nap behind the wheel.
 
2020-07-04 8:44:43 PM  
Dalton Highway?  I thought it'd be bigger.
 
2020-07-04 8:48:57 PM  
Pittsville, WI

Hard to argue that. Every other stretch of lonely in the state is at least seasonally busy in the summer. I would have thought anywhere outside Plattvile would have won. Or maybe Osseo around the Eau Claire area. Maybe the fishing takes it out of the running for the west side of the state. A whole lot of nothing around Mashfield.
 
2020-07-04 8:49:06 PM  
Nice idea, but a few screenshots and words don't offer enough.
 
2020-07-04 8:49:20 PM  
This year, all the highways are.
 
2020-07-04 8:49:29 PM  
When I worked in Tuba City, we had a mobile dental van that would travel to remote parts of the Rez.  We would regularly travel 160 out to Tonalea to either the day school or the chapter house (depending upon the time of year). Other times, we'd head north to the boarding school in Kaibeto.
There's a whole lot of nothingness out there.  I miss the hell out of it.
 
2020-07-04 8:50:59 PM  
I'd recommend starting the US50 ride (or ending it if going west) around Lake Tahoe, CA.  I took it east right across the heart of America (even got to stop off and see my grandparents right off of the road in Olney, IL) to Washington D.C.  US90 coming back was also fun in a different, sweat-soaked, mosquito-covered-helmet kind of way.
 
2020-07-04 8:55:07 PM  
Longest is the road
November U.S A. Pie
Chevy levy, it was dry
 
2020-07-04 8:56:12 PM  
Life is a highway and I want to ride it all night long.
 
2020-07-04 8:57:46 PM  
Someone should make a VR experience of this.
 
2020-07-04 9:02:10 PM  
They should have included the speed limits. A lot of open scenic roads have irritatingly low speed limits. Although I guess that only matters if you prefer driving over sightseeing.
 
2020-07-04 9:02:42 PM  
I'm surprised they didn't include US 50 through Nevada. Life Magazine named it the loneliest road in America back in the 1986. From Baker (near the Utah Border) to Carson City, it's nearly 400 miles of practically nothing, passing through 4 or 5 small towns along the way.
 
2020-07-04 9:11:37 PM  
The "Loneliest Road in America" [google] which is US 50 through Nevada is omitted. The Utah parts of it are not nearly as desolate. I have been there.
 
2020-07-04 9:12:23 PM  

full8me: I'd recommend starting the US50 ride (or ending it if going west) around Lake Tahoe, CA.  I took it east right across the heart of America (even got to stop off and see my grandparents right off of the road in Olney, IL) to Washington D.C.  US90 coming back was also fun in a different, sweat-soaked, mosquito-covered-helmet kind of way.


I took US 50 the other way on the first leg of my cross country trip, starting in Ocean City, MD and ending in Sacramento, CA. I took this photo at the west end:

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There's a complementary sign in Ocean City over the Route 50 drawbridge.
 
2020-07-04 9:21:16 PM  
I'm gonna take my moose to the Old Canada Road
 
2020-07-04 9:23:18 PM  
I've been on all of them in New England.  Rt302 from Portland, Me to Montpelier, VT is a nice ride too.
 
2020-07-04 9:24:38 PM  
812 in northern NY is named after the amount of lake effect snow you can expect there on any given day between Columbus Day and Easter.

Either that or it's the total population of the Tug Hill region.
 
2020-07-04 9:29:22 PM  

puffy999: Bluetooth Highway should be higher.


I try to drive it every year as soon as it opens. Red Lodge to Cooke City, it's probably the most scenic highway in the lower 48.
 
2020-07-04 9:29:35 PM  
I vote for the Seney Stretch of M28 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The cruelty is that it's speed limit is only 55mph.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/t​h​e-seney-stretch-seney-michigan

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2020-07-04 9:30:57 PM  

Nobody in Peculiar: full8me: I'd recommend starting the US50 ride (or ending it if going west) around Lake Tahoe, CA.  I took it east right across the heart of America (even got to stop off and see my grandparents right off of the road in Olney, IL) to Washington D.C.  US90 coming back was also fun in a different, sweat-soaked, mosquito-covered-helmet kind of way.

I took US 50 the other way on the first leg of my cross country trip, starting in Ocean City, MD and ending in Sacramento, CA. I took this photo at the west end:

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There's a complementary sign in Ocean City over the Route 50 drawbridge.


Oh wow I remember that sign now.
 
2020-07-04 9:31:52 PM  

SpaceyCat: I've been on all of them in New England.  Rt302 from Portland, Me to Montpelier, VT is a nice ride too.


Yep, 302 is very nice. They mentioned 201 through Maine but didn't mention the sign (near Caratunk, IIRC) that shows you you're crossing 45N latitude, halfway between the north pole and the equator. I would have loved to get a picture but I was towing my RV to Quebec and there was nowhere to pull over.
 
2020-07-04 9:35:31 PM  
I guess I remembered the old sign which kept getting stolen.
 
2020-07-04 9:36:45 PM  
My 91gti cruse loop. VT-131, VT-100, VT-100A, VT-4 stop for lunch at Long Trail, then down VT-4, VT-12 to I-91 takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the stop at Long Trail.
 
2020-07-04 9:40:30 PM  

puffy999: BEARTOOTH YOU GOD DAMNED AUTOCORRECT


I drove the Beartooth Highway just about a year ago. It's a wonderful drive and the huge meadows near the top are amazing. I'm glad I thought to bring warmer clothes because it was COLD up there!

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2020-07-04 9:41:59 PM  

swahnhennessy: The US 385 running north-south in Eastern Colorado is a great drive if you need to take a nap behind the wheel.


Wow, I can't believe they selected that.  318 miles.  Fark me.  No wonder it's quiet and not traveled heavily.  There's nothing out there but ranches and farms.  And some missile silos. (not really, they're further west)
 
2020-07-04 9:42:21 PM  

Nobody in Peculiar: the sign (near Caratunk, IIRC) that shows you you're crossing 45N latitude


I have a picture... an actual picture, not digital, from one of dad's "Sunday afternoon drives".

Nobody in Peculiar: Yep, 302 is very nice.


Except for Crawford's Notch in a snow/ice storm.  Oy.  I wasn't driving.  I was in the back seat hiding.  Didn't help that the tires were in need of replacement....  Holy fark....
 
2020-07-04 9:44:03 PM  
The year before my dad passed my dad and I roadtripped from FL to my home in NH and we opted to skip 93 and take a more scenic route.

Blue Ridge Parkway was one of the most beautiful stretches of road I ever have had the pleasure of traversing.
 
2020-07-04 9:44:09 PM  
I've driven some of US 160 in AZ.  It's pretty nice.  Tuba City has a McDonalds that is almost brand new.
 
2020-07-04 9:45:46 PM  

Mr. Breeze: puffy999: Bluetooth Highway should be higher.

I try to drive it every year as soon as it opens. Red Lodge to Cooke City, it's probably the most scenic highway in the lower 48.


Yup. But the "quiet" part is complete bs. The road is always packed with tourists.
 
2020-07-04 9:46:08 PM  
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Anyone know where this particular picture was taken?
 
2020-07-04 9:50:19 PM  
I always liked driving U.S. 90 in west Texas, especially between Sanderson and Marathon. It may not be particularly scenic, but it is quiet. I haven't been down there in more than 20 years, but I doubt there's much of anything there still.
 
2020-07-04 9:53:09 PM  

SoupGuru: I vote for the Seney Stretch of M28 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The cruelty is that it's speed limit is only 55mph.


Who in the hell only drives 55 in the U.P.?

I was coming out of Bessemer on 28 once and hit about 75 before I got pulled over.  Only gave me a warning.  Lucky for me because I was driving a brand new black Cadillac with Texas plates and limo dark tint, could have made my life hell.  I've done the Seney Stretch in a Corvette hitting about 120 before I backed down.  No way in hell I would drive across that area without locking it in on some ridiculous speed.  During the day of course, at night there are too many deer.
 
2020-07-04 9:54:29 PM  
I used to love road trips.  Then, in my 20's I drove from Edmonton to Winnipeg every other week and back again.  Again in my 40's I drove from Thompson Manitoba to Winnipeg every other week and back again.  Every farking time was an emotional roller-coaster.  That is a lot of alone time.

I remember once in the far north of Manitoba in the middle of the night being overwhelmed by the Northern Lights in January.  I had to stop, step outside and stood in awe for a good thirty minutes.  Froze my ass off but I could not help it.
 
2020-07-04 9:56:31 PM  

full8me: I'd recommend starting the US50 ride (or ending it if going west) around Lake Tahoe, CA.  I took it east right across the heart of America (even got to stop off and see my grandparents right off of the road in Olney, IL) to Washington D.C.  US90 coming back was also fun in a different, sweat-soaked, mosquito-covered-helmet kind of way.


I've done that drive on US 50 four times. It's not so bad I'd you're driving west, because you get to look forward to being in Tahoe. Going east, it's just driving towards more flat, emptiness.
 
2020-07-04 9:56:57 PM  

Mock26: [Fark user image image 750x500]

Anyone know where this particular picture was taken?


Not sure but there are a lot of places around the San Rafael Swell area that look similar
 
2020-07-04 9:58:17 PM  

NeoCortex42: Dalton Highway?  I thought it'd be bigger.


Lolz
 
2020-07-04 9:58:42 PM  
The Texas choice is strange. I grew up near there and have driven that road a lot. It's not really busy, but I've definitely driven on far lonely roads in Texas. And the scenery is just typical pine forest of that area.

I would have picked something in central or west Texas personally.
 
2020-07-04 9:58:49 PM  

Mock26: [Fark user image 750x500]

Anyone know where this particular picture was taken?


Nevada/Utah/California/Arizona?

I hope that helps...
 
2020-07-04 10:00:05 PM  

IamSporko: Mock26: [Fark user image image 750x500]

Anyone know where this particular picture was taken?

Not sure but there are a lot of places around the San Rafael Swell area that look similar


Does look familiar. Amazing hiking out that way.
 
2020-07-04 10:00:08 PM  

SpaceyCat: I've been on all of them in New England.  Rt302 from Portland, Me to Montpelier, VT is a nice ride too.


Rt 100.
Nice drive, and paved.
 
2020-07-04 10:00:32 PM  
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2020-07-04 10:02:26 PM  
US-395 for Oregon? Can't be, sometimes it takes up to a minute to find a gap when turning left onto it.
 
2020-07-04 10:03:59 PM  
Pennsylvania's pick is bull-shiat.  Any of the parts of US 6, or any of the roads that go thru the Allegheny National Forest are a better pick.
 
2020-07-04 10:05:03 PM  
I wouldn't want to breakdown in western Nebraska.

The loneliest road I've ever been on is the road to the Chiricahua National Monument. South on 186 from Wilcox, Arizona. And Wilcox ain't no bustlin' burg.  After turning off, we saw 2 other cars the whole afternoon. We didn't even see government vehicles in the park.
 
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