As a well-traveled car enthusiast I thought I’d heard of all the greatest roads in North America. I’d driven the Tail of the Dragon and Highway 1. I used to live next to Skyline Drive. It turns out there was a better road, but it was just a secret.


In this episode of Jalopnik Investigates we look at California State Route 33, an orgasmic stretch of road that starts in Ojai and terminates in the middle of nowhere.

While some Californians and fans of Matt Farah have seen bits of and pieces of the road in videos, it generally doesn’t get mentioned when people talk about the greatest roads. In my experience, it’s the best place you can drive in North America.


There’s the perfect mix of elevation, scenery, turns, and pacing that make it exciting to drive in both directions. During the week it’s also fairly empty with only limited law enforcement.

What’s better than that?

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