Loneliest Road

The backbone of America runs from sea to shining sea, passing through 11 states and some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes.


The Sunflower State

In its nearly 500 miles across Kansas, US‑50 and its selected variants pass across the agricultural heartland of America, winding through dozens of small farming towns that dot the generally level landscape. (Locals definitely seem to prefer the word “level” to the equally accurate “flat,” if only because it sounds less boring.)

This is the heart of the “Wheat Belt,” where most of the country’s grain is grown—as much as half the bread baked in America is made from Kansas wheat—and it’s also prime cattle country, with towns like Dodge City and many less famous ones maintaining their historic dependence on cows and cowboys.

Map of the Loneliest Road through Kansas.

Map of the Loneliest Road through Kansas.