The Blue Highways

I love this feature in Google Maps, you click “Avoid Highways” and see what comes up.

These alternates add about time to your trip, but they add character, too.

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They used to call these the Blue Highways. William Least Heat-Moon wrote a book about them. He had coined the term to refer to small, forgotten, out-of-the-way roads connecting rural America (which were drawn in blue on the old style Rand McNally road atlas).

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