Dwight Eisenhower gets a lot of the credit for establishing the interstate system the US enjoys today. We’re told he was inspired by the German system he saw in WWII. This is all partially true. However Eisenhower had long been in support of such a plan before the war. And plans for a interstate system date back to long before his presidency. However, today we enjoy these roads as the fastest means to travel great distances by car.
But that doesn’t mean they should always be taken. I’m on vacation after a long summer spent on some stretches of the interstate system. They are almost always the fastest way to get from A to B. But that doesn’t mean they should always be taken. They are incredibly boring. Sometimes it’s nice to take an old highway and see what the rest of the country looks like. Large portions of the population live close to an interstate, but many live hours away from one.
Taking these roads can sometimes be just as quick and you get to see a lot more of the area. Then again, sometimes you just hope your car doesn’t have a breakdown while you do it.