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November 26, 2019

America's loneliest roads, mapped

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From the website:

An interactive map highlights the least traveled routes in the country โ€” and some of the most scenic.

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Among road-trip enthusiasts, the Alaska Highway is a favorite.

It runs more than 1,300 miles, dazzling travelers with tundras and sightings of eagles, caribou, and the like.

But if you want to take the road less traveled, a study by the GPS-company Geotab suggests you should go north to the James W. Dalton Highway, Alaska's hidden gem.

It runs 414 miles from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, and sees mostly ice road truckers, with few service stations and small towns in between.

You would, however, be greeted by majestic snow-covered mountains and glimpses of the Yukon River.

In fact, it's the quietest route in all of the United States.

That's according to the study, which crunches 2015 annual average traffic data from the Highway Performance Monitoring System to find the least traveled roads in each state, and in all of America.

The results are highlighted in an interactive map.

Click on a state, and you can get a virtual preview of each route via Google Street View.

The site also offers the top 10 most scenic paths (starred on the map) from those listed, as ranked by the conservationist and photographer James Q. Martin, who collaborated with Geotab on the study.

Topping both lists โ€” for the least traveled and most scenic โ€” is Dalton Highway, which ferried an average of just 196 vehicles each day in 2015. (By comparison, the Alaska Highway saw an average of 344 vehicles per day, according to 2016 data.)

Other least traveled roads include routes in Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  

Undoubtedly, the roads' unforgiving terrain and remote locations are part of the reason why they don't get many visitors.

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November 26, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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