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.
OR 3 (Oregon)
Approach the Washington-Oregon border on Route 3, and you'll stumble into a steep series of zigzags, called the Rattlesnake Grade, that connects Flora, Oregon to Anatone, Washington. If you can imagine a Western version of the Alps' switchbacks, this is it, a ragged sequence of turns that attracts thrill-seeking motorcyclists and cyclists eager to push the limits of their machines. Not for the faint of heart, this stretch earns an extra layer of drama for its distinct lack of services. Tread lightly over its intermittently graveled surface, and avoid getting a flat tire at all costs.