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No speed humps around these parts

Updated on November 17, 2015

The Interstate highway system in the United States of America is really a work of art that criss-crosses all over the country. Two digit even numbered Interstates, like Interstate 40, run from East to West. Two digit odd numbered Interstates, like Interstate 95, run from North to South. Interstates with three numbers, like Interstate 695, travel and circle around big cities.

The blue Autobahn sign seen throughout all of Germany.
The blue Autobahn sign seen throughout all of Germany.
North Carolina - 423.55 miles
North Carolina - 423.55 miles

Contradictory to what popular belief is the United States wasn't the country responsible for the idea of the Interstate highway system. The idea actually was borrowed from Germany's Autobahn system, which was created for fast deployment of military equipment and troops. A short time later the people's car, otherwise known as the Volkswagen came onto the scene to help fill a void on the barren Autobahn in it's early days. Stuttgart is around 300 miles North of Munich Germany on the Autobahn. I once in my younger days drove the entire distance between these two cities in just a little over two and a half hours. Yes, I was really rolling!

California - 154.61 miles
California - 154.61 miles

The birth of the Interstate in the United States brought about fast, safe, convenient, and dependable travel between the states. It helped connect the entire country as a whole, and brought everyone together.

I decided to write this hub about Interstate 40, since I already wrote a previous hub about Interstate 40's predecessor Route 66.

Tennessee - 455.28 miles (I never saw an I-40 sign in Tennessee to photograph, with the state name on it ??)
Tennessee - 455.28 miles (I never saw an I-40 sign in Tennessee to photograph, with the state name on it ??)
Arkansas - 284.64 miles
Arkansas - 284.64 miles

Interstate 40 starts off at a cross roads in Barstow, California and crosses the entire country Eastward until it's end in Wilmington, North Carolina at Carolina Beach. Interstate 40 travels through a total of eight Southern states which includes, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Driving on Interstate 40 is almost like a lesson in American history. You drive over the Appalachian, Rocky, and Great Smokey mountains. You drive over famous rivers like the Mississippi, Colorado, and Missouri rivers. You drive by mesas, plateaus, the petrified forest, and famous Indian reservations like Cherokee and Navajo. You drive through famous American cities like Nashville, Little Rock, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, and Memphis just to name a few. Interstate 40 is literally a history lesson on wheels.

Texas - 177.10 miles
Texas - 177.10 miles
New Mexico - 373.51 miles
New Mexico - 373.51 miles
Arizona - 359.48 miles
Arizona - 359.48 miles

Out of the eight states which Interstate 40 travels through, Tennessee has the most of Interstate 40's mileage with 455.28 miles. North Carolina comes in at a close second place with a total of 423.55 miles of Interstate 40's hard top. New Mexico is not far behind with 373.51 miles of Interstate 40 on it's land. Arizona is right behind New Mexico with 359.48 miles of the Interstate. You pass over a lot of flat land, and drive by a lot of colorful mesas in the state of Oklahoma which has 331.03 miles of Interstate 40. Arkansas has a a good chunk of Interstate 40 with 284.69 miles of it. The Empire of Texas is next with 177.10 miles. California rounds it off with the least amount of Interstate 40 at just 154.61 miles.

Interstate 40 travels an astounding 2,559.25 miles all across this great country, practically from sea to shining sea. So if you need to get somewhere quickly or you ever find yourself having a need for speed, then just hop onto an Interstate highway, and you won't have to worry about those speed humps anymore.

Oklahoma - 331.03 miles
Oklahoma - 331.03 miles

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    • Dahlia Flower profile image

      Dahlia Flower 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Very nice. I've been around the United States a bit but I haven't driven the Interstate 40. Voting up and useful.

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      Steve West 

      5 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      I hitchhiked I10 as a kid San Diego to Jersey you gave me a fond memory within your story.

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      Caleb DRC 

      5 years ago

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

      Going now to check out your route 66 hub.

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      Ginger Ruffles 

      5 years ago

      Fond memories of driving the majority of 40 in a big truck many times. Really beautiful sights! Texas has only 177 miles, lol, it always seemed BIGGER and took forever.

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      Nikki D. Felder 

      5 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

      I live in Castle Hayne, N.C. Which is right outside of Wilmington. I've seen the sign for Barstow California which is over 2,000+ miles away. It's neat as I'm told there's one in Barstow which has Wilmington, N.C. 2,000+ miles away too! Interesting article! Nikki D. Felder

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      5 years ago from California

      I drove on the Interstate 40 starting from Needles California all the way to Amarillo Texas where I switched to the 287 on route to Wichita Falls Texas. I made that trip when I was in my late teens and serving in the Marine Corps. It took me about 20 or so hours. Excellent Hub, it brings back memories.

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      Judith C Evans 

      5 years ago from Boise, ID

      I loved reading this hub! Interstate 40 holds a special place in my heart because I traveled that highway many times while I lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for five years. Then I traveled on I-40 from Arizona to Texas to get married! It is a great road that passes through some beautiful country.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      very interesting raod interstate 40 is. Great hub and I enjoyed every minute of it. Although, my choice would be to travel back roads when really seeing the sights.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      No more mention about 'humps' aside from the title... A bit misleading. Not that I'm a fan of speed humps. Far from it. The biggest speed hump in Britain is Mt Snowdon - hard to imagine anybody doing 60 over that one! We've got a frustrating system of roads here in the UK, some built on top of Roman roads! One of our newer motorways, the M25 'London Orbital' is nicknamed the 'biggest carpark' because of the periodic gridlocks caused by lack of imagination: filter roads off it leading up to traffic light controlled roundabouts. By the time two articulated trucks get through the lights they change back to red again! The whole thing backs up for several junctions. I was caught on the east-bound section in north London at around mid-day, mid-week - imagine what it's like in the 'rush-hour' on Fridays... not much rushing going on there.

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      5 years ago

      WHOA! That is so cool. You know that you rule. Yes! I voted up!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very well done. The interstate is the way to go if you must get somewhere quickly.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      We have driven a large part of 40 and there is a lot to see. I loved it and this hub! :)

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      5 years ago

      Hi theholestory

      "Interstate 40 is literally a history lesson on wheels." I much enjoyed the history lesson.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a good weekend. :)

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      5 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. I learned a lot. Thank you for sharing such great info. Voted up for useful and interesting.


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