The speed and agility of modern cars are wasted on too many roads. In same way that off-road vehicles can't be tested by peastone driveways, souped-up sedans can't be pushed to their limits on suburban cul-de-sacs. In order to drive – truly drive – a car, modern commuters have to head out of their way to one of the rare stretches of American asphalt designed to push vehicles to their limits. These winding, curving sections of tarmac not only give great cars a chance to show off the muscle under their hood, but also give great drivers a chance to remind passengers why the American road was once considered the purest embodiment of freedom.
Angeles Crest Highway (California)
This 66-mile stretch of wide sweepers and mountainous ascents links the bedroom communities of La Cañada and Flintridge to the sleepy Southern California ski town of Wrightwood. Affectionately referred to as "The Crest" by foolhardy locals, who attempt to break personal land speed records on the straight bits, these two lanes of bliss attract more than their fair share of knee-dragging motorcyclists. These gentlemen find their way back down the mountain in the back seat of a squad car or an ambulance on a startlingly regular basis.
Though the road itself is a destination for two- and four-wheeled thrill seekers, it's also a delightfully roundabout way of getting from the Los Angeles basin to the high desert speed mecca of Willow Springs Raceway, making Angeles Crest a double win in our books.
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