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America's Greatest Driving Road Is A Giant Secret

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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Look up NC-215 between highway 64 and US-276 in the Blue Ridge Mountains (near Brevard, NC). Perfectly paved, not very well-traveled, magnificent view of the area at the top and I’ve never seen a cop in the many times I’ve driven it. Definitely one of my favorite roads in the country.

In the same area, you can also find US-178 between SC-11 and US-64, and US-276 itself between NC-215 and Brevard is great. Part of a half-day loop I do from Greenville SC if I’m feeling like an escape.