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A Scientist Has Calculated the Perfect Roadtrip Across America.


Thinking about Road Tripping America this summer, but not sure where to begin planning? Well you’re in luck! Randy Olson recently created a map, with the help of Tracy Staedter, that shows the best route to road trip America, through 48 states.

Olson had three main rules for the road trip.

The trip must make at least one stop in all 48 states in the contiguous US
The trip would only make stops at National Natural Landmarks, Natural Historic Sites, National Parks or National Monuments.
The trip must be taken by car and never leave the US

Tracy put together a list of 50 major US landmarks and then Randy started work on a genetic algorithm that eventually made a complete trip around the US in 13,699 miles of driving. The trip takes 224 hours of driving in total and 2-3 months to complete, and you can start anywhere on the map and follow the route.

- Grand Canyon, AZ

- Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

- Craters of the Moon, ID
- Yellowstone National Park, WY
- Pikes Peak, CO

- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

- The Alamo, TX

- The Platt Historic District, OK
- Toltec Mounds, AR

- Elvis Presley's Graceland, TN

- Vicksburg National Military Park, MS
- French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
- USS Alabama, AL
- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
- Okefenokee Swamp Park, GA
- Fort Sumter National Monument, SC
- Lost World Caverns, WV
- Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, NC
- Mount Vernon, VA

- White House, Washington, DC

- Colonial Annapolis Historic District, MD
- New Castle Historic District, Delaware
- Cape May Historic District, NJ
- Liberty Bell, PA

- Statue of Liberty, NY

- The Mark Twain House & Museum, CT
- The Breakers, RI
- USS Constitution, MA

- Acadia National Park, ME

- Mount Washington Hotel, NH
- Shelburne Farms, VT
- Fox Theater, Detroit, MI
- Spring Grove Cemetery, OH
- Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
- West Baden Springs Hotel, IN
- Abraham Lincoln's Home, IL
- Gateway Arch, MO
- C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, KS
- Terrace Hill Governor's Mansion, IA
- Taliesin, WI
- Fort Snelling, MN
- Ashfall Fossil Bed, NE
- Mount Rushmore, SD
- Fort Union Trading Post, ND
- Glacier National Park, MT
- Hanford Site, WA
- Columbia River Highway, OR
- San Francisco Cable Cars, CA
- San Andreas Fault, CA

- Hoover Dam, NV

Road trips are amazing fun! If you aren’t very good at planning, why not make it easier on yourself and book a Camp America Trek? Lots of the treks on offer cover places on the list and work with your 30 days to travel after camp. Book now at