Best Local SF Bay Area Windy Roads to Drive Your BMW or MINI

One thing our customers are always asking us is where are the best windy roads to drive their BMWs, Minis and Porsches. And here are a few of our favorites. Believe it or not, we’re not always working on your cars--we also like to take our BMWs, Minis and Porsches out for a spin whenever we can.

Highway 17 is a favorite windy road, especially the part between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. We highly recommend you consult Google maps before leaving, though, because Highway 17 can get crowded on the weekends and sitting in traffic certainly isn’t fun. There are a couple of great places to stop along the way. One is the Cats Restaurant in Los Gatos (which means “the cats,” by the way), and the Summit, where there’s a cafe with a fantastic view. Seeing all the green trees immediately takes you away from the concrete jungle of the Bay Area.

Highway 92 is another fantastic drive. When you hit the top of 92 and you see all the way to Half Moon Bay, it makes you realize why we all live in the Bay Area. It’s beautiful! Whether it’s sunny, foggy, or somewhere in between, driving to the coast is always a treat. Weekends can get crowded on some roads, so make sure to bring some snacks and food along for yourself and the kids. And don’t forget a jacket and your hats! Our Bay Area is famous for its microclimates, where the temperatures can vary quite a lot in just a few miles.

Highway 35 is another magical place for a drive. If you’ve never stopped for a bite to eat at Alice’s Restaurant, you’re in for a treat. This place is a gem in the woods, where you’re as likely to encounter a biker as a bicyclist. There are a number of great parks along Highway 35, including Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, which has a visitor’s center, a pond, and a lake.

Bear Creek Road and Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills are a bit closer to home but just as magical. If you’ve never been, you must go to Tilden Park. The kids go crazy for the little train in Tilden Park, and there’s a lake with a concession stand that even serves espresso. If you’re driving through, though, be sure to give the Spandexed cyclists plenty of space! Also, you may have to stop suddenly for wild turkeys that make their home here.

By the way, if your brakes or any other part of your car needs to be serviced before you go for a day trip around the Bay Area, be sure to stop by. We want to ensure you have a safe trip and don’t have to worry about your car on your drive. Whether you’re braking for cyclists or wild turkeys, make sure everything is in good working order. Schedule your appointment with German Auto Sport and our highly-skilled team of auto mechanics today. We are located at 2396 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley.


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