The good ol’ traffic light… A pain in the road traveler’s ass since its inception. Sure, it’s better than stop signs or just sheer pandemonium, but the real road tripper wants open roads… No stop lights, no stop signs, just open road. That being said, Lucas Zimmermann’s incredible nighttime photos of traffic lights make us love them just a little, tiny bit…

See more of his work on Behance and check out the other great photos he takes with his partner, Maria le Quany at Luma Visual Creations

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On the other hand, if you’re looking for a road trip without stoplights, even as pretty as these look, here are a couple trips where it’s all about the open road:

U.S. 50: The Loneliest Road

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Just outside of Reno sits a stretch of US 50 so desolate, so remote, so utterly empty LIFE magazine named it the “Loneliest Road in America.” Roadtrippers had the opportunity to cruise down the Loneliest Road, stopping at The Shoe Tree, of course, and we’re here to tell you it’s something to see. Read more about our adventure with 400 MINI Coopers down the Loneliest Road.

A drive through Valley of Fire State Park

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So if you’re in Las Vegas and the crowded strip is starting to feel a little suffocating, hit the road and head east for one of the most beautiful drives in the world… Just roughly an hour east of Las Vegas sits the Valley of Fire State Park, and this road trip there and back will have you reaching for the camera at every turn… See some of the beautiful shots others have snapped on their journey through the Valley of Fire State Park.