The Ultimate American Road Trip


Self-described "data tinkerer" Randy Olson is known around the web for developing a fool-proof search path for Where's Waldo books. But he recently used this same algorithm to compute something much more interesting to us—the optimal American road trip.



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The route features the fastest and most efficient way to hit all lower 48 states, while making stops at historic sites, well known landmarks and national parks and monuments. You know, all the best places to snap some quality Instagram shots. And since it's one continuous loop, you start in any state and follow the path in either direction. If you want to know the specifics or the science and strategy behind the route, Olson's blog has got you covered.

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From what to pack to how to avoid tickets—prepare accordingly and you won't have any trouble out there.