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It's that time of year. The warm weather is heading south for the winter, track days are few and far between and staying cooped-up inside leads to a particular strain of automotive cabin fever. What's a gearhead to do? Easy. Hit the open road.

This our first installment of a weekly feature we're calling Autoblog Sunday Drives, where Autoblog writers, industry folk and you, our dedicated readers, will submit your own maps and routes for the rest of the world to enjoy. Over the next few weeks, we'll be laying out our favorite local roads in Google Maps, allowing you to download turn-by-turn instructions for a cathartic jaunt along our nation's most scenic and challenging stretches of tarmac.

Our inaugural route is a slice of Autoblog's Northern California drive test route, primarily used when an automaker blesses us with something specifically designed to tackle the twisties. The route begins at the southern end of the Livermore Valley, winds its way through the hills that separate the South Bay from the Central flatlands, cuts west over Mt. Hamilton, with a brief respite in Milpitas, then takes you north through one of our favorite runs in the area: Calaveras Road. But it's not for the faint of heart. Covering almost 100 miles in a Google-estimated 3.5 hours, breaks are highly recommended, so bring along a bottle of water and a few snacks to give your brain and body a chance to recoup. We've even added a few waypoints worth stopping at, including a small restaurant nestled into the hills between Mt. Wallace and Mt. Oso, and the Observatory that sits atop Mt. Hamilton.

As always, be smart and safe. And you can begin submitting your own drives in Google Maps format by sending a link to your route to autoblogsundaydrive -at- gmail -dawt- com. Enjoy!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Great Idea!! I'd love to see more great routes in the Midwest. I need to have more spirited driving sessions!!

      When you are looking at Autoblog's route, look near Calaveras Reservoir and you can see a Airliner that got caught by the Google maps satellites.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been on most of that route and used to drive it weekly. I'm never going up there again though. My friend died in a rollover last week up there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish we had roads like that in Florida. Damned flat state...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool idea Autoblog!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Next installment needs photos!
      G-man
      • 6 Years Ago
      pictures would be nice too!
      G-man
      • 6 Years Ago
      i can't wait to see these drives! i hope somebody has a nice drive in my area! Atlanta area guys, let me know whats scenic around here!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you saw a red Lotus Elise today, it was me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      dont go to san ramon, the cops there will pull you over for +2mph
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow guys, that was a thrill, just went out and did that whole route. It was amazing beautiful views good road, very few people and cars. But must say I am completely exhausted now! Thanks Autoblog!
      • 6 Years Ago
      UT-65 is where it's at.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys need to come to Switzerland for great roads ;)

      Hell even TopGear agrees that the best driving road is in this country :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've always wanted to do the Calaveras and Mt. Hamilton drive but have never gotten around to it. I'll have to do it soon!!

      How's the traffic on these roads? Driving up 9 or 84 is hell because I always get stuck behind a slow car. 35 is usually clear but it's fairly straight. I've had some luck on Black Mtn Rd in the SCruz Mtns, but the road is pretty rough in some sections.

      BTW, www.pashnit.com is a website that shows lots of great motorcycle routes. It used to be free but now they charge for membership to view the routes. :(
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