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Ultimate Road Trip (when we get old and retire)

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Be honest: at some point you’ve thought about going on a cross-country road trip, right?
Lucky for us, Randy Olson, a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, has planned the “perfect road trip.”
With the aid of a sophisticated algorithm, Olson’s road trip lets anyone, anywhere hit all the landmarks in each of the 48 continental states in the shortest possible route.
Just pick the point closest to home, and then drive around the country until you get back to the starting point.

Here’s the list of the landmarks along the road trip:
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, DE
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
As saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So pack the family or grab some friends. Because this is a road trip you’ll remember your entire life.
 

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Bookmarking this. Thanks for posting. 

The route doesn't appear to go too close to LA... Is that because there's nothing of note there?

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I was surprised the route didn't hit Chicago, as we all know the center of the known universe lives and works there.  

Wait for the earthquake and you can see both LA and San Andres Fault in the same place...

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19 minutes ago, Ghanburi said:

I was surprised the route didn't hit Chicago, as we all know the center of the known universe lives and works there.  

Wait for the earthquake and you can see both LA and San Andres Fault in the same place...

It skips a number of big cities that should really be included - Chicago, LA, and Seattle especially. 

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i'd love to do this, i'll be adding Chicago LA Seatle and Albuquerque to it then tho

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Just now, Dan said:

What else did I miss?

Kristen and I have a 2 year old girl named Jessica. 

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DANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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DANNNI!!!!!!!!! OMG I CAN"T EVEN RIGHT NOW

And Jessica is getting so big @Dan - I'll get you pictures! 

@Ghanburi - this map completely omits Disney, therefore this map is invalid.

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1 hour ago, Kristen said:

DANNNI!!!!!!!!! OMG I CAN"T EVEN RIGHT NOW

And Jessica is getting so big @Dan - I'll get you pictures! 

@Ghanburi - this map completely omits Disney, therefore this map is invalid.

Disney is for children, Kristen. 

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Stealing this for when I become famous enough from my spice girls tribute band to go on tour

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31 minutes ago, Chazza said:

Stealing this for when I become famous enough from my spice girls tribute band to go on tour

please post a video of that band on what are you listening to, i wanna see this

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