Here’s The Ultimate Road Trip To Visit All The National Parks
Here's what to do if you want to hit up every national park in the continental U.S.
Anyone up for a road trip? This one travels through all 47 national parks in the continental U.S. and will take you two months to complete. But hey, if you’ve got plenty of vacation time saved up—why not?
The route is just under 14,500 miles, according to The Washington Post. The Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip map was designed to commemorate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service last August.
The map was created by Randal Olson, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He had a little help from the Traveling Salesman Problem, which calculates the shortest route you can take to hit up a number of different cities before ending up back where you started.
So, if you’re looking for a road trip and hit all 47 national parks (excluding those in Alaska, Hawaii and other U.S. territories), then, this would be the shortest, fastest way to do it. Olson recommends setting two months aside to take in all the sights.
Olson designed a circular route so that you can hop on at any point and still stay on track. To learn how the trip was calculated or to create your own trip, check out his blog.