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  • Published on Mar 02, 2016
    The Ultimate Road Trip

    With winter ending in a few short weeks, now is the perfect time to plan this year’s camping get away. The U.S. is full of beautiful national landmarks, parks, monuments and historic sites. Choosing which sites to see and calculating the fastest routes between them can be both exciting and a hassle.

    If you are feeling particularly ambitious, have plenty of vacation days, and would like to limit the amount of time spent selecting your route then Randy Olson's ultimate cross country road trip is perfect for you. The map was created by the data scientist after he was challenged by Discovery News' Tracy Staedter to find the quickest route connecting 50 different landmarks with the least amount of backtracking. Staedtler provided the list of landmarks and a few guidelines. The trip must make at least one stop in all 48 states in the contiguous U.S. and only make stops at National Natural Landmarks, National Historic Sites, National Parks, or National Monuments. Finally, the trip must be taken by car and never leave the U.S. 

    After using google maps and an algorithm to comb through over 2500 different routes Olson finally mapped the optimal route. The result? A 13,699-mile, 224-hour behemoth of a road trip. 

    If the ultimate road trip seems to be too much of a challenge we suggest using it as inspiration. Check out an interactive version of the map here. You might discover some great landmarks that are off the beaten path. 


    The 50 Landmarks:

    Grand Canyon, AZ
    Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
    Craters of the Moon National Monument, 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

    Harper Camperland

    The clock is ticking, there is a limited left to take advantage of our HUGE deals and get a camper that will aid with all of your camping dreams! Check out our winter specials on our homepage while you still can! 
    We offer financing and hassle free RV trade in options; simply fill out our secure online forms and we’ll have you driving the RV of your dreams in no time. Already have an RV? Let us service it for you before you take your next trip! Our expert staff of certified service technicians are happy to help you with any RV issues or question. 

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