Back Roads or Highways?

United States
February 13, 2009 10:10pm CST
When you go on a trip, do you prefer using the main highways, or the back roads? I think it's much more relaxing to take the back roads on a trip... you get to see more of the country and it's much more interesting than just taking 8 lane highways for hours on end. Even around town, I'd rather use back roads than highways, especially during tourist season!!!
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14 responses
• Canada
14 Feb 09
It wholly depends on the trip I am taking. I do agree with how relaxing a back roads trip can be but I wouldn't want to be in a car with three or four young children shouting "Are we there, yet?" The only route to ensure sanity is barrelling down the highway toward our destination.
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• United States
14 Feb 09
lol, that's very true, with kids in the car, take the highway!! Thanks for your response!!
@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
I would have to agree, the backroads all the time, you never know what sights you may see. My friends and my partner might dissagree though, after getting them lost on the way back to the train station and we all had to walk back to our hotel. I just find the less well walked route much more fun than to play it safe.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
lol! Just tell them it's part of the adventure and they'll laugh about it in 20 years
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
16 Feb 09
I do tell them that but we got really lost in a big vast field and mountians. My friend got so pissed because a snail found its way onto his jacket and left a big trail. I found it funny, maybe in 20 years he will too.
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@mivarg (277)
• India
21 Feb 09
I love the back roads. Simply enjoy the tourist bus trips that sometimes take the country roads. It's always a pleasure to enjoy the sights and be lost in one's own thoughts. Sometimes I even forget that I am not alone. That's the magic that a trip through the back roads has over me.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
I have never taken a bus tour, that sounds like fun!!
@ashjoe76 (1434)
• India
21 Feb 09
Back ways, at any rate! But if one dries on one's own, it can be a bit challenging. If someone else is driving (a good one at driving), it gives you an opportunity to sit back, relax, listen to some music and savour the beautiful landscapes! Great discussion.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
This is very true, I usually make my boyfriend drive so I can look at everything
• United States
16 Feb 09
I definately take the back roads. I hate being passed on the interstate when I'm going 75 0r 80. I once drove from Boulder Colorado to Telluride using all 4wd roads. It took us two weeks to get there. But we camped all the way and played music every night around the campfire. Way better than flying there on the interstate and missing all those sights, sounds, and smells!
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• United States
16 Feb 09
That sounds like so much fun!! That's exactly what I was talking about. What an experience! I think half the fun is getting there, not rushing through the country to get to the resort, you know? Fantastic!
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
14 Feb 09
Well I like that question, corty, so my answer is that I will take highways to get where I am going, and then once I get there, since the Hubby and I like to take drives for pleasure, and we have an on-board GPS, we will take a lot of back roads and explore what's out there! I had never really thought of taking a long trip by any other rout except highways, because I think would take too long to get where I'm going! Besides, I think the kids would kill us...
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• United States
14 Feb 09
Why, thank you, I like your answer to my question!
@maximax8 (30579)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 09
I like to go along the scenic back roads and see the countryside. I am especially fond of coastal drives. I think the main highway can be boring and some of the other traffic really fast. I went to South Africa and the intercity bus stayed on the highways. Then I went in a taxi and saw some lovely back roads on the way to a safari. I traveled back to Cape Town in a backpackers bus. It took some back roads and I saw some really interesting sights and picturesque routes.
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• United States
14 Feb 09
Coastal drives are the best!! I love the beach. And every beach is different, you'd think they'd all be the same, it's the same ocean, but they each have their own feel. Your trip to South Africa sounds amazing!! I would love to make it there someday. Thanks for your response!!
@maezee (40967)
• United States
14 Feb 09
I don't think I've ever been on a trip where we went the whole way on back roads (I didn't even know you could do that). I definitely like the highway better, so long as it's not during rush hour or traffic or anything. The speed limit on most back roads is 30, while the highway usually has a speed limit of 60-75 with no stop lights, stop signs, or pedestrians/bikers to watch out for. I guess it depends though. If you are touring a city and would like to leisurely take a scenic drive, then for sure - take the back roads. But if you're trying to get from POINT A to POINT B in a certain (faster) amount of time, and care less about tourist attractions & scenic drives, than the highway would for sure be a better choice for you. :)
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• United States
14 Feb 09
If we are going on a road trip, I prefer back roads because you can see more of the country that way, but that's assuming we aren't in any rush. If we have a deadline to meet, the highway's faster for sure! Thanks!!
@vicky30 (4771)
• India
14 Feb 09
Yes i agree to you.Backroads are very good to see the country.The people who live over there.We can also stop by to have food and drinks when we feel hungry and thirsty.Highways are also very good but if you need to reach the place very quickly.I prefer to drive on highways.It all depends on my mood.
• United States
14 Feb 09
Good point, if you are in a rush the highway's the way to go. Thanks for your response!!!
@zhuhuifen46 (3484)
• China
2 Mar 09
You are right while the highways are fast, the back roads present more picture like local views of the country. I enjoyed so much the roads leading to the house of an elderly host who moved from downtown after retirement. The slopy hills with sheep and cows in view and cottages spotted on raunches were just scenery read in fictions. And the branches and leaves bent down to mid cross seemed ushering us in on ever extending roads. Very often when passengers sitting on backseats were napping, I was having a good time thirstily taking in all these nourishing views to my heart's content.
• United States
3 Mar 09
What a nice description! I feel like I am on the trip with you!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I prefer back roads, mostly. There's something about traveling around the country-side, being in the wide open spaces on your way to someplace...that just really appeals to me. Plus, like you said, hardly anyone around! It's just so peaceful. It's awesome.
• United States
28 Feb 09
That's exactly what I meant
@Canellita (12051)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Actually, I prefer to fly but I think main roads are the safest because if you have trouble you don't want to be stranded somewhere on a backroad trying to find help. It's ok to stop in a town but backroads aren't always on maps and there could be detours and any number of other hazzards or issues along the way. There are usually gas stations and rest stops and better places for assistance along main highways.
• United States
28 Feb 09
That's a good point, it is probably safer to stay on main roads, but with cell phones and gps I don't think it's such a big issue anymore
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
8 Apr 10
I prefer backroads so I can see more scenery. Since I don't drive that means that I get to do all the sight seeing that I want and I don't have to watch the road. I love going on back roads in fall...the colors are amazing. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
@thaMARKER (2505)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
If using our own vehicle, we use back roads. Aside from peaceful traffic, we can also save gas and most back roads is safer and nearer route to every exit from my city. If commuting, going on a bus, of course we have to take main roads. Well not unless we paid for the entire bus trip.