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.
Skyline Drive (Virginia)
This 105-mile trail winds its way along the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia between the I-66 and I-64 freeways. Drivers spend their time tunneling through dense trees, then breaking out into breathtaking vistas at every bend in the road. While this road is filled with some legendary twists and high-speed sweeping turns, the speed limit is 35 mph and strictly enforced, meaning driving this stretch is all about handling over speed and can give drivers without performance cars a chance to get in on the action. During the foliage season (usually late October–early November) it's particularly crowded – for good reason – so spring and summer are better for cruising. Be prepared to brake for animals – the park has white-tailed deer, black bears, turkeys and all kinds of other critters that like to cross the road.