March 17 2015
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Josey Orr
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This Total Genius Has Figured Out the Ultimate U.S. Roadtrip

Route 66 is old news, this is now the best road trip through the United States of America.

So many of us have dreamed of taking the ultimate road trip, but have you ever sat down to try to plan it? Plotting your course is both time consuming and difficult. There is just so much to do and see in the United States and how can you possibly narrow it down? Well, data genius Randy Olson just made your job a helluva lot easier. 

How? Through the use of science and data, of course! Randy created an algorithm using an itinerary that included stopping at least once in every state in the lower 48, only stopping at National Parks or landmarks, and only being able to take the trip by car. With no traffic, this trip will take approximately 224 hours (9.33 days) of driving in total. The realistic timeline of completing this journey is about 2-3 months. Which, interestingly enough, you could do during summer break. 

Here is a list of all the places you'd see.

  1. Grand Canyon, AZ
  2. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  3. Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID
  4. Yellowstone National Park, WY
  5. Pikes Peak, CO
  6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
  7. The Alamo, TX
  8. The Platt Historic District, OK
  9. Toltec Mounds, AR
  10. Elvis Presley’s Graceland, TN
  11. Vicksburg National Military Park, MS
  12. French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
  13. USS Alabama, AL
  14. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
  15. Okefenokee Swamp Park, GA
  16. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC
  17. Lost World Caverns, WV
  18. Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, NC
  19. Mount Vernon, VA
  20. White House, Washington, DC
  21. Colonial Annapolis Historic District, MD
  22. New Castle Historic District, Delaware
  23. Cape May Historic District, NJ
  24. Liberty Bell, PA
  25. Statue of Liberty, NY
  26. The Mark Twain House & Museum, CT
  27. The Breakers, RI
  28. USS Constitution, MA
  29. Acadia National Park, ME
  30. Mount Washington Hotel, NH
  31. Shelburne Farms, VT
  32. Fox Theater, Detroit, MI
  33. Spring Grove Cemetery, OH
  34. Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
  35. West Baden Springs Hotel, IN
  36. Abraham Lincoln’s Home, IL
  37. Gateway Arch, MO
  38. C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, KS
  39. Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion, IA
  40. Taliesin, WI
  41. Fort Snelling, MN
  42. Ashfall Fossil Bed, NE
  43. Mount Rushmore, SD
  44. Fort Union Trading Post, ND
  45. Glacier National Park, MT
  46. Hanford Site, WA
  47. Columbia River Highway, OR
  48. San Francisco Cable Cars, CA
  49. San Andreas Fault, CA
  50. Hoover Dam, NV

Thank you to Randal Olson for putting this together.

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