US Road trip across 48 states : Outside Suburbia bucketlist

Here is something for your bucket list – a road trip across the US. One man, Randy Olson, recently mapped out the optimal road trip across the US. He used an algorithm to chart the best route that:

Covered all 48 states (did not include Alaska and Hawaii)
Stops at national monuments, landmarks, historic sites or parks
Only requires a car

The result was a road trip that would take 224 hours of continuous driving, which would take close to three months to complete realistically, with 50 stops. See the map here.

Here’s the full list of 50 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.Hanford Site, WA
47.Columbia River Highway, OR
48.San Francisco Cable Cars, CA
49.San Andreas Fault, CA
50.Hoover Dam, NV

He has also mapped out a version for Europe that covers “50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime.” which you can find here

If you go on this adventure do send me a postagram!

Happy Road tripping!

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