Dionne Warwick was wrong. LA isn’t just a great big freeway. It’s a great big freeway surrounded by some of the very best driving roads anywhere in the world. Roads that are well-surfaced, warmed by the almost permanent sun and with views that make you want to just stop and point stupidly at them.
Sure, LA has more than its fair share of traffic problems - the lava-slow freeways being one of the main everyday headaches at any time after 2.30pm. But it also more than makes up for those with its vast network of almost deserted canyon, coast and ridge roads that spin their web across the county, from the shining Pacific Ocean in the west all the way out to the desert in the east.
Pictures: Rowan Horncastle
This feature was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Top Gear magazine