Finally, I-80 in northern New Jersey is remarkably nice, as is I-287 which connects it to the New York State border, skirting the NY-NJ metro area. Mainly forested hills and valleys, plus a few farms and lakes – almost urban buildup at all! (Some wealthy homes behind the trees in places, but also surprisingly high number of public lands, e.g. Allamuchy Mountain State Park.)
Thanks–that video is awesome, showing all the exits, elevation, and other info as you drive up, over, and down the pass.For some reason I think going north is more interesting than going south.
I would add to the list the first freeway built in the western U.S.–the 110 (The Arroyo Seco Parkway, or Pasadena Freeway) which connects downtown L.A. with Pasadena. Because it was build so early, I guess cars didn’t go so fast when it was built, so the on-ramps are kind of nerve-wrackingly short. The windiness of road itself doesn’t help, especially because there are so many interesting things to distract you as you go.