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Do you visit the actual town beyond the Interstate Highway?

Do you visit the actual town beyond the Interstate Highway?

Oct 2nd, 2007, 02:32 PM
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While as I said, I enjoy getting off them, I have to admit I'm not as "down" on interstate highways as some others here. There is some spectacular scenery along many of them. Specifically some of the mountain ones have been built with spectacular bridges and build-outs or pull offs that give you views that sure can't be matched on the old back roads.
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 02:51 PM
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There are a few miles of Interstate that have beautiful scenery. Here is one of the best.

http://rockymountainscenery.com/glenwood/
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 03:07 PM
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I-80 Truckee to Auburn, California.

Parts of I-75 in Northern Tennessee.

I-84 along the Columbia Gorge.

I-15 cutting across the NW corner of Arizona.

I-90 through much of Montana.

Many more.
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 03:36 PM
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I-280 between San Mateo and north of San Jose.
 
Oct 2nd, 2007, 03:37 PM
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Oh, but there's no chain restaurants or hotels along that stretch either. Just cows, green, water, some houses one or two colleges and very little else!
 
Oct 2nd, 2007, 04:19 PM
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NeoPatrick-- WA SR-14 is much more laid back and nicer than I-84 thru the Gorge... MT200 and US2 much better than I-90 across the Big Sky. Try them some times you may convert to the less traveled roads. There are scenic Interstates but many are marred by the traffic, trucks and many other distractions. Nothing like looking out the front window seeing no traffic with no one in the rear view either..
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 04:36 PM
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Red Rock, I have traveled both those roads along the Columbia Gorge. One of the best things about the Interstate route is that I am sometimes actually able to look away at the scenery for a second. The last time we drove the smaller road it was bumper to bumper with cars, trying to pass each other. Mostly it was wind surfers with their boards attached to the roofs of their cars. They were out by the hundreds that day (a Saturday or Sunday, I forget which) and we got caught up in the middle of them. More a hassle than a scenic drive. In fact we were doing a loop out one side and back the other from Portland for the day, but after a while on 14, we found a way to cross back over to the interstate. We found the views to be better from the higher elevated interstate -- and far less congested. There are also lots of pull offs and scenic overlooks.

Don't tell me to try the other roads, I was doing that before the interstates were even built, and have done many since. I guess you and I have different preferences. To each his own.
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 04:59 PM
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RedRock--Yes, those are some beautiful routes around here!
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 05:30 PM
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NeoPatrick - >Don't tell me to try the other roads, I was doing that before the interstates were even built, and have done many since.<

As was I, only I never got into the Interstates Highways.
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 05:54 PM
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I know you won't agree with this, but one thing I don't like about many backroads is that they are often "littered" with "quaint Americana" -- old rusted signs, washing machines on front lawns, broken down cars, tumble down shacks, old commercial buildings, stop signs at deserted intersections, wrecked car graveyards, etc. etc. These stir about the same feelings in me as crochet doileys on the dresser and a toilet paper cozy in the bathroom of a quaint B&B. Many people delight in seeing such things even calling them "charming". I don't.

One of the best things about interstates is that almost nothing can be built along them, so often you are actually seeing far more natural scenic beauty than you do where years of uncontrolled building has littered the back roads with things that obstruct rather than enhance the view. They may be serviced by those chain restaurants and motels mentioned by the OP, but at least they are concentrated at random interchanges, and not scattered all along the route. I still remember Lady Bird being the one responsible for stopping and even removing many billboards and other blights from the interstate highways. Sure there are still some, but many stretches of interstates are totally devoid of anything to obstruct the natural scenic beauty. Give me sights of distant hills and valleys over trucks on cinderblocks in front yards any day.

Again, as I say, to each his own. And don't misunderstand me. I'm certainly not talking about all backroads, nor am I talking about all interstates.
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