Big data finds the loneliest roads in the U.S. ripe for a road trip11/29/2019
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Geotab, a fleet-tracking company, put all of its big data to use, bringing us the 50 loneliest roads in America, one for each state. It also created a handy interactive map, which you can interact with here.
The quietest road, at least as of 2015, was the James E. Dalton Highway in Alaska. It runs between Fairbanks and Deadhorse and measures 414 miles. It offers very few services, but you do get views of the Yukon River and the mountains. Only about 200 people drive on it per day.
North Dakota State Route 24 is next. It’s 211 miles and runs between Fort Yates and Solen. We then go back to Alaska for State Route 98, then to Montana and Nevada. Nevada’s State Route 360 only sees about 500 cars per day.
When you combine the quiet routes and scenic routes, you get Geotab’s top 10, which also starts in Alaska, then 335 miles in Utah on Route 50, Maine’s 157-mile journey from Brunswick to Sandy Bay and Arizona 160, which goes from Tuba City to the New Mexico state line. California, Virginia, Louisiana, Wyoming, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania round out the top 10. Check out them out here, complete with pictures.
Road trips still represented almost 40 percent of vacations in 2016, according to a study by MMGY Global, up 17 percent from the previous year. It’s cheaper, more flexible and bypasses hours in airport security.
This is about half my idea for a driving roads app. Take all the data we (Google) have, combine it to find the roads close to you, with a predetermined amount of curves, low traffic, high speed limits and low police presence. Someone can surely program that. Until then, check these roads out before they’re overrun, too.
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