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What Is The Worst State To Drive Through? - DrivingScene

What Is The Worst State To Drive Through?

Posted on 21 January 2013 by Adam Kaslikowski

The Worst State To Drive Through

Gentle readers, I have traveled across this great country and seen its sights. I have driven to and fro through the rust belt, across the South, and over the Rocky Mountains. From deserts to rich plains, ocean to ocean I have experienced what driving through this land has to offer. With this wealth of experience, I feel it is only right that I share with you which state, as a whole, is the worst to drive through. I do this so that you can aggressively avoid it as I do now.

What makes a state a bad drive? I would not say the curviness or straightness of the road, for both offer their own delights. I would also not say that being a arid desert disqualifies a state, as ripping through Death Valley, the Mojave, or the Bonneville Salt Flats are some of the most memorable driving experiences I have. So what is it that is needed to stay in a driver’s good graces? In a word – Interest.

The land needs something of interest to keep the mind occupied. It could be an ugly road full of tight turns and switchbacks. that could be interesting. It could be a perfectly flat and straight road through country so beautiful you mind flies over it to soak in the grandeur. My playlist collection can do only so much, I need something, anything to keep  my interest.

Interest is what Wyoming lacks, in every sense of the word. Driving through this western state is akin to traveling through a grey and white dystopia from an apocalyptic future. There is just NOTHING of any kind of interest. Beautiful nature that makes you realize how small in the universe your life is? Nope. Just flat grey dirt pocked by a few dead scrub brushes. Winding technical roads that allow you to explore your car’s limits. Nadda. Long, flat, and straight – yet always too busy to try for a top speed run (however inadvisable and illegal that is on ANY public road). Well how about a thriving culture that begs you to stop and experience a different way of life? Ha. No one lives in Wyoming, or at least not 90% of Wyoming. Does the state at least have any odd-ball American artifacts like the world’s largest rubber-band collection? Not that I know of or have ever seen roadside.

The major exception to all of this is the Grand Teton National Park.  If you’ve never been, the park is a place of unrivaled beauty and spectacle. However, that North-Western corner of Wyoming is not generally driven through – it is a destination in of itself. To drive THROUGH Wyoming, you are left with two major interstates. Cutting across the state is I-80, and running up and down the state is I-25. Along either of these routes, there is a just a whole lot of nothing.

I’ve driven both interstate through Wyoming many times, and I can certainly tell you that there is nothing to look at, think about, or visit. Kentucky has rolling grass hills while Montana truly is big sky country. California has the PCH and vineyards, and Texas has clear expanses of desert beauty that allow your mind to wander to new planes. This country of ours offers limitless natural and man-made beauty to travel along, but Wyoming contains none of it.  It is by far the worst state to drive through.

– Adam Kaslikowski