Sunday, December 5, 2010

Best Driving Roads - Part 2

In continuation of my last post, I'm taking the opportunity to showcase some of North America's best driving roads. Only one I've had the pleasure of driving myself, and others are simply on my to-do list.

My criteria for an awesome road starts off with the mandatory nice scenery, combined with at least a few areas where I can mash the throttle, and last but not least, a few breath-taking turns where I can really feel gravity at work. Obviously there are tons of impressive roads on this continent, but I can't write about them all, so if anyone wants to chip in and recommend a road, feel free to do so!

 Sea to Sky Highway (British Columbia)


I'll start off with a personal favourite - the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia, Canada. I live here, so I've driven it many times. The landscape is breathtaking, but it's a highway so it doesn't require much driving skill. It's just the type of road that would be perfect for a relaxing Sunday drive. The route itself is from Vancouver to Whistler

Blue Ridge Parkway (NC to TN)
This is another road that is renowned more-so for its scenery, but due to the length of this road, it has many features. I have never personally driven it, but it's reported to not be very heavily policed. There are also many opportunities to pull over and appreciate the scenery. With that being said, it also has hairpins, dips and rises, and plenty of room to open up the throttle! This route is also considered to be one of the "Top Scenic Byways" in America. 
 
Tail of the Dragon (NC)

According to its website, the road is 11 miles long, has 318 curves, and is widely considered America's number one motorcycle and sports car road. It's kinda difficult to explain this one, but there's lots of good YouTube videos like the one below.

 

39 comments:

  1. Does Pikes Peak Colorado count???

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  2. Very nice post, i follow your blog everyday...

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  3. Best roads in Spain are normally toll roads, but sometimes it is worth paying and pushing it to the metal... these ones in the article look very nice.

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  4. I love roads next to the ocean or giant bodies of water. The air seems much fresher.

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  5. The tail dragon looks like something out of a fantasy book!

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  6. The tail of the dragon reminds me of horrors. O_o

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  7. The S2S is really a beautiful road. I'll be driving it to go to Whistler next week.

    Also one day I'm going to take my bike to Deals Gap and tame the Dragon.

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  8. i wish i lived in a place like that

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  9. Sea to Sky Highway, now that looks like a place designed specifically for my wandering eye and driving talent.

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  10. I prefer cruising roads but the Tail looks fun

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  11. Scenes like that are what makes a road trip worth having. Otherwise its long uninterrupted boredom with little bits of fun here and there.

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  12. 1st pic is pretty epic man. 3rd pics looks like the Jackass crew is waiting in the bushes ready to attack a passing motorist.

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  13. that vid is awesome! man it would be fun to drive on that epic scenery

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  14. I've driven the B.R. Parkway, and you gotta watch the motorcycles coming around blind curves on the wrong side of the road.

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  15. Oh man, these roads are beautiful!

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  16. Love that driver "Yuri" hes unstoppable!

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  17. if you can actually speed down these roads at 60 mph, i would shake your hand and buy you a happy meal... no... TWO happy meals

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  18. if i only got a car... and live near these places

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  19. If only my license wasn't suspended...

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  20. sweet, another British Columbian! I've never taken this route, but I love the scenery.

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  21. I wonder how many of these amazing roads are designed or just a freak of nature. Love the dragon one.

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  22. You should see some of the roads through the desert here in AZ.

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  23. I want to build my own road one day

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  24. Great post. I'm gonna have to check some of those out. Thanx.

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  25. the thrid road looks divine and amazing!

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  26. These make me want to go drifting. But then I remember I drive a Focus and they can't drift at all. They kind of skip...sideways.

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  27. That be some hell of a road, I tell ya

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  28. The Sea to Sky Highways and the Dragon Tail were breathtaking

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