• Aug 31, 2006
We have to hand it to Forbes' on this one. This has been a feature that some of us have been mulling over for several months. The only thing that has caused us to hesitate is simply greed. We don't want everyone to know about our favorite roads. We've kept them hidden for so long that divulging their locations would be like revealing a dark secret that a friend had entrusted us with.

Thankfully, Forbes has brought some of the more popular roads to light, so we don't expect a serious influx of Harley riders and wannabe racers on our asphalt shod meccas anytime soon.

So who was chosen to give away their favorite drives? Some pretty big names of the motoring world. People like Danica Patrick, Chrysler's Tom LaSorda, John Walton of Aston Martin, Skip Barber and Bob Lutz, just to name a few.

No surprise to us west-coasters, but many of the roads highlighted are found in the Golden State. Some focus around the Pacific coastline, while others are further inland. Accompanying the article is a photo gallery that provides maps of the selected stretches of tarmac, all of which will bestow the consummate gearhead with the one thing that makes our lives that much more complete; speed, twists and that soothing shot of adrenalin that seems to make everything right in our world.

Damn we love driving.

We know you have your favorites too and that's why there's a 'comments' section.

[Source: Forbes]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a list of America's best DRIVING roads. A great driving road is one where you're so focused on the DRIVE that you don't have time for the scenery. That's exactly what the Tail of the Dragon is. And there are some beautiful views from some of those turns... The police presence isn't too oppressive either.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm with Roy, how did the blue ridge parkway, and its side roads (such as the dragon) not make this list?

      Granted this is one of the ones that will go onto the list of motorcycle clogged roads: http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

      there are many roads up in the northern US rockies also that warrant mention: US12 from Missoula, MT to Kooskia, ID; US16 in Wyoming as it crosses the Bighorn Range west of Buffalo, WY (crests at 10k feet... some cars run out of breath up there); US287 from Dubois into Grand Teton Nat'l Park is pretty spectacular as well, with views of 14000 foot peaks (both the Tetons and Wind River Ranges)

      there are many others, too many to list out there... (though some were better before Montana reinstated speed limits)
      • 8 Years Ago
      GOOD! They left off the pacific northwest! Bwhwahaahaahhaaa. I'm not sharing where these are, but here's a taste:
      http://chuck.forest.net/jag/z_car_photos/z_car_photos-Images/258.jpg
      http://chuck.forest.net/jag/z_car_photos/z_car_photos-Images/978.jpg
      http://chuck.forest.net/jag/z_car_photos/z_car_photos-Images/874.jpg

      They're mine, all mine....
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you really like some nice mountain roads, try these. They are so much fun; just make sure you go when it's dry and clear, because it can get really dangerous in wet weather (falling rocks, mud slides, VERY limited visibility). Everytime my feet start to feel tingly, I take my BMW there and do my thing. You MIGHT see another car, but it's not very likely-especially in the early evening hours (4pm-6pm).

      Drive carefully, but HAVE FUN!

      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Highland+Way,+Watsonville&ie=UTF8&om=1&z=15&ll=37.074559,-121.854086&spn=0.016264,0.042744&t=h&iwloc=A
      • 8 Years Ago
      SE Ohio (Hocking Hills) is pretty fun. I'm looking forward to getting my Mazda3 down there sometime. I'm usually there with the family in the Odyssey. Good to be with the family, but wish I could let loose a bit.

      That article was just lame, though. Where was the actual *list* of roads? I had to sort through that silly slide show to figure it out. They used Google maps, but didn't aculally *highlight* the route! And then, I had to read what each person said because the road wasn't listed in the subtitle, just their name. I thought this was about roads? Great idea, bad execution.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Definitely skewed to California. How about "Tail of the Dragon," Highway 129 from Marysville, TN to Fontana, NC? Beautiful, but not for the easily car sick. NC 194 through Valle Crucis near Boone and NC 115 from Blowing Rock to Banner Elk are wonderful two lane ribbons. Highway 11 - Cherokee Foothills Parkway through Valhalla, SC along the Georgia border is great too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For fast forest drives, I'd go for Hwy84 from Woodside to the coast. Once you know it, it rewards speed and a good car. Further north there's a road that cuts across from Hwy101 to south of Mendocino - though a bit more care is required on that one as numerous large redwoods literally share an edge with the asphalt ;)

      In response to the comment about Hwy17 (Los Gatos to Santa Cruz), it's mostly pretty dangerous because of other traffic getting caught out by blind/fast bends. In my view it's only a driving road if you are going uphill on a quiet section. The downhill sections aren't banked well enough to be enjoyable.

      On the international side, my own personal favorite is the A87 north of Fort William in Scotland. Fast and smooth with fabulous scenery.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Charlotte, so I'm nearby the Dragon and other great mountain roads. I took several roadtrips this summer in my BMW, and am going back in mid-October for a BMW meet on the Dragon (tons of new M5s and M6s, imagine that!). For anyone interested, here are some pics:

      Dragon: http://flickr.com/photos/marcjames/sets/72157594154573906/
      Cherohala Skyway: http://flickr.com/photos/marcjames/sets/72157594214503055/
      Blue Ridge Parkway: http://flickr.com/photos/marcjames/sets/72157594201615529/
      • 8 Years Ago
      I haven't visited most of these locations (only 1 of 10, I think), I can't speak to their greatness.

      However, I can't recommend the Hana Highway and Maui enough. Beautiful scenery. Great towns to stop in and savor some exotic flavor. Have I mentioned the crazy, blind, 1 lane turns yet?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Growing up and still living in Ohio I find that during the fall just about any country road is worth driving on if traffic isn't too bad. Just pop in "Red Barchetta" by Rush and cruise! Haven't been to California except in the airports but I have driven nearly every road on every Hawaiian Island and I enjoy driving on Maui, Kauai and The Big Island the most with off-roading on Lanai being one of my favorite pastimes. Man I love driving (not to work, for pleasure).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok,

      In CT,

      Route 7 North into MA. - Twist thru the mountains on your way to Lime Rock.
      Route 69 from Waterbury to New Haven - Surprisingly wide and fast.
      Route 8 North of I-84 - Twist through the mountains at interstate speeds.
      Park Lane in Newtown. Has a hill shaped like a ramp gauranteed to launch whatever you're driving. ;)

      Mark
      • 8 Years Ago
      My favorite drive is out in Colorado, aptly named the Million Dollar Highway.
      Check the link and follow the highway south...
      http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=ouray,+co&ie=UTF8&om=1&z=12&ll=38.048902,-107.6334&spn=0.088408,0.329247&iwloc=A

      Twists and turns and beauty all around. I'll be back, oh yes, I will be back.
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