The most boring freeway in California

I hereby declare I-505 to the most boring freeway in California.

I just got back from a little road trip up to the Northwest, and so for the first time, drove on I-505 on my way back to the Bay Area. I-505 is a connector freeway between I-5 at Dunnigan and I-80 at Vacaville, saving you the trip into Sacramento. I can now say that I know the answer to “What is between Vacaville and Dunnigan?” The answer is absolutely nothing. I was almost in awe of the boringness that surrounded me for that half hour we were driving on that road.

Now I know what you are thinking: What about I-5? Granted, there are parts of I-5 that are amazingly boring, but there are also parts that are beautiful. For example, the drive around Mt. Shasta is quite nice. But I am talking the most boring freeway–in its entirety. The 33 miles of I-505 wins that hands down. I haven’t traveled every freeway in California, but I am still pretty confident in my ranking here.

4 Comments so far

  1. Mark (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 10:44 am

    I dunno, I drove this road in March and, comparing it to the suburb-and-franchise-lined stretch of I-80 that leads to it, I found the pastoral views along 505 positively refreshing. Perhaps it’s nicer in the spring when the grass is green. Everything looks a little tired and windswept once the grass has died.

  2. SFGary (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    I would take the “a glass half full” approach. Seems to me, from your pic, that the freeway is blissfully lacking in blood pressure inducing bumper to bumper that you find around the Bay Area.

  3. Lauren (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

    Ok, let me amend my statement: I-505 is the most boring freeway in California, but I’ll take it any day over the traffic jams that I faced on I-80 heading out of town Saturday morning. I was just struck by the nothingness along the entire way of 505. Most freeways have some city they go through or some landmark. But this one has nothing. That nothingness can be refreshing or blissful or however you want to see it. But it is different from any other freeway, you have to admit that.

  4. 000000 (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 4:32 am

    Try driving the 505 with gas gauge on “E”. I made the STUPID assumption that there would be a diesel fuel station somewhere along that freeway through nowhere. I somehow made it onto the 80 and eventually to a fuel station… It was not only boring, it was twighlight zonish…

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