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.
Tail of the Dragon (North Carolina)
A classic destination for motorcyclists, the infamous "Tail of the Dragon" is nestled deep in the Great Smokey Mountains. This 11-mile cambered stretch of U.S. 129 skirts the Tennessee and North Carolina borders, has no fewer than 318 stomach-wrenching twists and turns, and is not interrupted by a single intersection or driveway. The road is also extremely narrow with shoulders that either face the mountain or drop you off it. Almost every corner is blind and there's always someone coming round the other way. Mistakes made here are often met with dire consequences. Even so, with its misty mornings, habit of jackknifing trucks, and easy flow, this is simply the most badass stretch of U.S. roadway ever built.