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Review of U.S. Route 50

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Owner description: U.S. highway that crosses through Nevada and is called "The Loneliest Highway."
Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

We drove Rt 50 from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Reno. It was an incredible drive. Though it is called the Lonliest Highway in America, don't let the name scare you away. There was plenty of traffic to make you feel safe if you had something go wrong. There were also plenty of places to stop for gas an such, but there were long stretches, so do plan ahead. There were not any places to go to the bathroom along the road such as rest areas. So prepare for that too. Look out for Nevada historical markers. They are aplenty but there is little to no warning they are coming up. The landscape is by far the greatest treat and you get it all to yourself! So do stop and get out of the car and listen in a particularly isolated area. You'll hear silence between cars driving by. I had only ever heard silence like that at night.

3  Thank Trey J
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Reviewed October 12, 2015

My daughter and I just drove this eastbound in October 2015. The highway is two lane and in excellent condition all the way. Kudos to the Nevada highway department. I would call it very lightly used, but not the loneliest road, in Nevada. Out of curiosity, we counted cars going the other way after leaving Fallon, NV, which is where the "loneliest" part begins. In two hundred miles we counted 189 vehicles, including cars, motorcycles and trucks.

It's a great drive, incredibly relaxing. What a pleasure to roll along, mile after mile, and not have traffic hassles!! I loved it. The scenery is excellent, too, especially east of Ely near Great Basin National Park, where the valleys between the mountain ranges get narrower and the lofty mountain ranges tower overhead. Quite impressive.

On a side note, as we continued on into Utah, US 50 seemed to lose whatever traffic it had in Nevada. The stretch east of the Nevada/Utah border was nearly devoid of traffic; on Sunday 10-4-2015 it really was the loneliest road. We saw maybe 5 cars in 60 miles east of the state line.

Bottom line: it's a wonderful drive but do it in a reliable vehicle.

1  Thank Fred_R2
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Reviewed June 2, 2015

What an incredible drive! First of all, unless you're caught behind a truck, there is no way the interstate moves faster. The amazing and beautiful desolation is deafening. While driving along, it is worth your time to pull over, turn the car off, and just listen to the silence. If traveling with kids, be sure to get the Route 50 Passport and have it stamped at the various towns. They really do send a certificate of completion! We got ours at the La Quinta in Ely as we were west bound. Enjoy!

2  Thank Ben P
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Reviewed May 31, 2015

It sure is the loneliest road in America. 100s of miles with no traffic, no habitation, no Services or fuel stations. No mobile signal - in fact, there was no radio signal in parts. Be sure you have a tank full of fuel and water and some bites. We went from Washington DC to San Francisco in 9 days, stopping at every 300-350 miles, lodging in various Motels.
One more advice: the food is mainly McDonald's and KFC and Taco Bells, unless you take detours. And if your journey is already 3300 miles, every detour needs to be thought through unless you have all the time int he world.

6  Thank EnvyNV
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

When one hears the moniker, "The loneliest road in America," the film "Deliverance" might come to mind. But nothing could be further from the reality. This is a spectacular, scenic drive through the best of the basin-and-range topography of Nevada; the flat basins are “the wide open spaces” at their best. Nevada's gambling revenues make possible high-quality highways in remote areas like this, and US 50 is no exception. The speed limit is 70 mph most of the way, but some mountain curves are posted at lower speeds. If you enjoy gazing at the night sky, this is an ideal area, relatively free of lights and haze. What few people you meet are likely to be friendly and laid back.

Some pointers: 1) Austin and Eureka are the only places along the way with restaurants. 2) It might be a good idea to have a long-distance towing plan before you make this trip. The roads are great, but the distances are far. A breakdown could easily occur 60+ miles from assistance. 3) Between towns, don't expect to receive a cell phone signal. If your car isn’t working well, fix it before driving this route. And fill your tank.

5  Thank Bill_K_Utah
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