America’s Best Driving Roads for your Corvette

Your Vette Was Built For Driving. These 20 Roads Were Built For Your Vette

Rick Jensen Jan 27, 2014 0 Comment(s)
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Florida: U.S. 1 to Key West

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If a laid-back, speed-limit cruise is up your alley, this road (or bridge, to be exact) is perfect. Leaving from Key Largo, you’re treated to 100 miles of blue seas, tasty seafood, and kitschy souvenir shops. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Kentucky: Route 22 to Willow

If you’re heading north on I-65 after visiting the Mothership in Bowling Green, turn northeast on 71 at Louisville, then cut east until you hit I-75 and Williamstown. Route 22’s 30-mile Williamstown to Willow leg will remind you why you bought a Corvette in the first place.

North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile trek that starts near Waynesboro, Virginia, and ends up near Cherokee, North Carolina. While the scenery is majestic, be sure to keep your eyes on this heavily traveled road. If you can’t do the whole thing, try the section southwest of I-77, to Asheville.

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North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Tennessee: Tail of the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon is a technical driver’s dream. This legendary stretch of Route 129 passes through Tennessee and North Carolina, and has banked turns galore. Did we mention that it has 318 turns in 11 miles? Build up your arm muscles beforehand, and try to hit it during the week when there’s less traffic.

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Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon Photo courtesy Bill Russ/VisitNC.com


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Arizona: U.S. 191 Between Clifton and Alpine

Known as the Coronado Trail and found on the eastern edge of Arizona, U.S. 191 is nearly 100 miles of cornering nirvana. You’ll have several challenges while driving this road: mastering corners that challenge sport bikes, staying focused as the aforementioned sport bikes blast past, and somehow keeping your eyes off the unbelievably beautiful views of the Apache National Forest. Good luck; we’re all counting on you.

New Mexico: NM-72 Between Des Moines and Raton

The 40 or so miles between Des Moines and Raton, New Mexico, offer a fantastic mix of heart-pounding curves and long straights. Since it can be closed during winter, use the warmer months to take advantage of this challenging road. And don’t forget to take in the views: Sugarite Canyon State Park and the pastoral Johnson Mesa are well worth a pit stop.

Texas (North): 207 Between Claude and Silverton

A rugged Panhandle road to match the rugged landscape: With turns, elevation changes, and some great straightaways, it’s best to watch the pavement, not the craggy canyons around it. And if you’re itching to go flat-out for 118 miles, point your Vette’s nose toward Fort Stockton in April. The Big Bend Open Road Race will take whatever your ride can dish out.

Texas (South): Devil’s Backbone Near Blanco

Hills, valleys, state parks—and lots of curves—greet you on the 51-mile loop known as the Devil’s Backbone. Located in Hill Country near Highway 281 and the town of Blanco, the Backbone consists of Farm Roads 12, 165, 2325, and 32. You’ll no doubt enjoy the drive, but you’re just as likely to take a detour to Canyon Lake State Park, or to visit local towns like historic Wimberley.


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California: Pacific Coast Highway

Highway 1 is known as the PCH, and the 1,700 miles between San Juan Capistrano, California, and Astoria, Oregon, offer a perfect mix of winding roads and jaw-dropping scenery. In populated areas like LA, Angelenos clog it up while heading to hotspots like Malibu, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach. So we recommend heading north from the City of Angels: While the Malibu section is great, the less-traveled sections between Monterey, San Francisco, and Seattle can be downright transcendent.

Colorado: Million Dollar Highway

If you’re up for a technical, high-altitude driving challenge, U.S. 550—the Million Dollar Highway—is waiting. Part of the 232-mile San Juan Skyway, this section has a couple of good routes: A 50-mile trip from Ouray to Silverton is sweet. Or you can drive an even longer, 81-mile trek from Durango to Ridgeway. Both have a good mix of corners and straightaways as you pull g’s above 10,000 feet. But keep an eye out for hazards—in law-enforcement, boulder, and animal form.

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California’s Pacific Coast Highway Photo courtesy California Travel and Tourism Commission/Christian Heeb

Idaho: Old Spiral Highway Near Clarkston

A treasure of a road sits near the Idaho/Washington border. The Old Spiral Highway, just southeast of Highways 95 and 195, leads down to the town of Clarkston. This corkscrew is a near-perfect combo of smooth pavement, low traffic, and incredible descending turns.

Utah: SR-163 to Mexican Hat In southeast Utah, travel to the spot where SR-163 and SR-261 meet. Continue south on 163 and enjoy an intense, four-mile experience. The near-vertical descent and crazy turns are amazing, but your destination’s name takes the cake: Mexican Hat. It’s a good story to tell…if you survive.

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