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California Is Hiding An Automotive Treasure in Highway 33

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | October 15, 2015

California Is Hiding An Automotive Treasure in Highway 33

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Living in California, I have come across California State Route 33 many times, but only in so much that its signs have crossed my eye while driving on the I-5. Thanks to Jalopnik, I am far more inclined to take a detour when traveling north from Los Angeles.

The publication posted the following video to YouTube, which takes a close look at a hidden gem among automotive enthusiasts.

When it comes to we travelers, it bears the promise as a haven for road trip joy, complete with twists, turns and wide open road.

Sometimes it’s not about getting to your destination quickly but rather enjoying the trip in the best possible manner.

Behold one of those ways: California State Route 33:

As the video states, there are excellent explanations why an asphalt gem has gone largely ignored over the decades.

For those who like the road to themselves, about 100 cars pass through the road per hour. The reason, as the video speculates, is twofold.

First, the town of Ojai, where 33 originates, is hardly a bastion of automotive aficionados bursting to take their rides out for a day.

The most important, and one I can attest to, is that CA-33 is sandwiched between two far more popular routes: the faster and more efficient I-5 and the twisty California State Route 1, which offers amazing views of the ocean.

That leaves a third option that rarely is an option on a traveler’s itinerary.

Perhaps this video changes that. I know for me it has.

I must deliver some bad news for those who have enjoyed the secret: I am taking 33 the next time I’m in the area.

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