THE YEAR OF THE ROAD TRIP - US HWY 50 

US 50 crosses the central portion of Nevada, entering the west side of the state near Lake Tahoe and exiting the east side near Great Basin National Park.

 

Dubbed the “loneliest road in America” by Life magazine in 1986, the Nevada portion of this transcontinental highway really lends the feeling of driving in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-like desert wasteland


 With seemingly endless miles of asphalt running toward distant mountains, and beautifully desolate desert valleys passing by, it’s no wonder a road trip on this route is a popular to-do item on the old bucket list. It can be a very picturesque and peaceful drive. But don’t for a second take this route lightly — a breakdown on any part of this isolated stretch would definitely be more than just an ordeal as service stations are often separated by hundreds of kilometres. Pack lots of water and extra supplies.

Ever get that feeling of leaving it all behind? Of hopping into your RV, going on a long road trip to nowhere and just getting lost.

Well, if you long for such a trip, you’re in luck as there are many “roads to nowhere” you can drive right here in North America. This road is among the loneliest on the continent, with nary a gas station (or fellow motorist) in sight for hundreds of kilometres. Civilization can often seem like a distant memory on these routes.

The entire highway stretches from Sacramento, Calif., in the west all the way to Ocean City, Maryland, in the east. But the remotest stretch crosses central Nevada for 657 kilometres, starting from the west near Lake Tahoe and exiting near Great Basin National Park.