A road trip is the perfect opportunity to get away. To strike out on your own (or with carefully-selected companions) and leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind. To really achieve this, you're going to have to get off the crowded interstates and find some truly deserted roads.
And we've got just the tool to help you find them.
Geotab, a fleet-tracking service that GPS-monitors delivery trucks and other business vehicles, put together The quietest road in each state was determined by calculating the average number of vehicles that traverse each route daily (using Department of Transportation data), with the most infrequently-traveled road in each state getting the nod. Interstates, US Routes, and State Routes more than 10 miles long are included in the data.
The result is offering Google Street View images, route length, and start and end points of each state's least-traveled route. In addition, Geotab asked photographer James Q. Martin to select the 10 most scenic routes from the state-by-state list; he compiled a beautiful summary of the best, loneliest roads in America.
R&T readers will recall that our own Sam Smith explored Utah's U.S. Route 50, "The Loneliest Road in America," in a Ferrari GTC4Lusso last year. The quietest stretch on this nearly-abandoned route, a 335-mile portion that traverses the Great Salt Lake Desert, is photographer James Martin's number-two pick among the most scenic lonely roads. Number one? That's Alaska State Route 11, a.k.a. the Dalton Highway, a.k.a. the ice-road trucker route that reaches all the way to the Arctic Ocean.
, click on your state, and explore the loneliest road in your region. Or peruse any of the quiet backcountry routes this great nation has to offer. Road-trip season is coming.