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Civic Musical Road

3187 West Avenue G, Lancaster, California 93536 USA

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“when you drive here music plays!”

At first, America’s musical road, located in Lancaster, California, was built as a commercial, but it became a hit with the locals that they decided to keep it, but not until after it drummed up a bit of controversy. The 1/4-mile long, Civic Musical Road was built on September 5, 2008 on Avenue K in Lancaster, California. The stretch of road between 60th Street West and 70th Street West had special grooves that were cute into the asphalt which, when driven over, played the Finale of the William Tell Overture. Just a few weeks after it was built residents complained to the city council about the level of noise and the road was unceremoniously paved over.  When you visit stay on the far left lane of Avenue G, going westbound. It’s preferable if you drive 35 MPH to hear the rhythm of the melody. Some people believe the designers miscalculated the groove spacings, others say you just gotta hit the Honda Civic Musical Highway road going at 35 MPH to hear it best. Then, because people are so silly, more residents started complaining that it wasn’t there anymore, so two weeks later they re-built the road a bit further down on Avenue G between 30th Street West and 40th Street West. The new location was a couple miles away from where people lived and it was named Honda Civic Musical Highway. - Roadtrippers

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Reviewed by
clintricetti

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
March 22, 2017

If you drive back and forward REALLY quickly it sounds like youre scratching dope beats.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MichaelPrairie

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 05, 2016

It's pretty underwhelming .dont come to Lancaster just for this road, you'll be disappointed

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ahotch

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 04, 2015
Rated 3.0

30th-40th it's pretty neat, sorta feel like you are missing it because there aren't any signs but it's definitely a interesting thing to do if it's not out of your way

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
crystal.waddelldeines

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 01, 2014

ave g, just after 30th street, in the far left lane. so cool! didn't sound exactly like the song, but you could definitely make it out. accuracy probably based on going the right speed.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LauraLittlefoot

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 02, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was so much fun we drove it multiple times. I wouldn't go super out of my way to do this, but if I was ever in the area again I would gladly return.

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Reviewed by
Ed_Helvey

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 26, 2016

There is another musical road outside Albuquerque, NM. I was on it last June. Interesting idea, but like someone else said, if you're there, great, but I wouldn't make a special trip just for that experience.

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Reviewed by
gevin.born

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 06, 2016

I live there and drive that road frequently. 35 mph is a lie. If you really want it to sound right you have to hit that sucker at 90 mph, they didn't make it the same way they did the first time

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Reviewed by
SharoleKayeEwing

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 05, 2016
Rated 5.0

If I drove over a road like this I would be backing up and moving forward to create a song so it would not be safe for anyone around me to get too close!

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Reviewed by
Tamara Stoebe

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

Its one of those places - you just have to say you did it. Turn off the radio - go the posted speed, and its something you'll enjoy.

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Civic Musical Road

3187 West Avenue G
Lancaster, California
93536 USA

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