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.
Natchez Trace (Mississippi and Tennessee)
Travel along the Natchez Trace Highway from Mississippi, grazing the edge of Alabama, and diving into Tennessee, and you'll be treated to 444 miles of scenic bliss that culminates in the cultural and musical gem that is Nashville, Tennessee. Though you may be tempted to blast through the Natchez Trace Parkway's more than 51,000 acres, remember that the National Park Service strictly enforces the 50 mph speed limit, making this ride more about smooth than fast.