States traversed: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina
US Route 70 is a major east-west route across the American south, but not the deepest of the country's southern reaches. The western end is at US Route 60 in the town of Globe, Arizona, about an hour's drive east of Phoenix. US Route 70 passes through east-central Arizona, central New Mexico, northwestern Texas, southern Oklahoma, and central Arkansas. From Little Rock, Arkansas, through Tennessee to Raleigh, North Carolina, US Route 70 follows the Interstate 40 corridor. While Interstate 40 dives southerly beyond Raleigh, US Route 70 continues east to end at Atlantic, North Carolina, a town that predictably sits along the Atlantic Coast. The easternmost junction with another US Route occurs in New Bern, North Carolina, with US Route 17, but US Route 70 continues beyond there to Morehead City and Atlantic. Notable cities traversed by US Route 70 include Las Cruces, New Mexico; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Asheville, North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
My photo of US Route 70 doesn't come from US Route 70 at all; it comes from an eastbound offramp from Interstate 40 to US Route 49 in Brinkley, Arkansas. US Route 70 sits just barely to the south of this interchange, though. Most of Arkansas's US route markers look like the one on the left, with the skinny shield shape and skinny numerals, so I was pleased to discover the two anomalies to the right. (I also used this photo for US Route 49.) This photo was taken along the return trip from the first Gulf Coast excursion in October 2014. Back to the nationwide main page. Back to the home page.