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This Is The Ultimate Road Trip Across The United States

Anyone interested in taking a road trip?

Who doesn’t love a good road trip?  One of the many great things about our country is that you can experience so many unique and amazing things by just jumping in a car.  The challenge is with some many options of what to visit, where do you even start?

Thankfully, Tracy Staedter from Discovery News took on the challenge.  She enrolled data expert Randy Olson to create the ideal and most efficient road trip route across the United States.  The parameters were A) the trip must stop in each of the 48 contiguous states B) every stop must be a National Landmark, Historic Site, National Park, or National Monument.

Here’s the full list of landmarks in order:

  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. Columbia River Highway, OR
  47. San Francisco Cable Cars, CA
  48. San Andreas Fault, CA
  49. Hoover Dam, NV

This route is a total of 13,699 miles and would take over 9 days of actual drive time.  For a full explanation of how they came up with the trip along with official Google Maps links, click here.