This is the ultimate U.S. road trip, according to science

This is the ultimate U.S. road trip,  according to science

 

If you’ve ever planned a road trip then you know it can get pretty complex. There are an endless combination of routes, roads, and stops to choose from - and that just gets in the way.

Luckily, science is here to save the day. 

Using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to calculate the best route to take on a U.S. road trip, Dr. Olson has calculated the optimal route. We’re talking every state in the lower 48 - hitting landmarks, national parks, and historic sites all along the way.

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Google Maps of the route: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

We estimate it will take you about 2-3 months to complete the journey. Though recently, a lot of people have been extending their trip in the heights of Colorado. 

Here's a list of all the stops along the route:

  1. Grand Canyon, AZ
  2. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  3. Craters of the Moon, 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, 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, D.C.
  21. Colonial Annapolis Historic District, MD
  22. New Castle Historic District, DE
  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, 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

 

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