Epic United States Road Trip

United States national parks are renowned for their natural beauty, land formations, and recreational activities. That’s why Randal S. Olson, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, released the newest edition to his growing list of epic road trips. The latest list takes travelers through 47 United States national parks.

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the epic United States road trip is designed to bring travelers from around the country to see the natural beauty of the parks. A total of 27 states have national parks but, since Olsen’s guide only accounts for driving, Hawaii, Alaska, and United States territories aren’t on the list.

In all, the epic United States road trip traverses 14,498 miles and starts in Acadia National Park in Maine and stretches to Redwood National and State Parks in California.

To create the route, Olson used Gurobi TSP solver, an algorithm designed to find the shortest and most efficient route to hit a specific number of destinations in a short amount of time. Thanks to the algorithm, Olson estimates that this epic road trip will take two months to complete.

Here at Glen Toyota, we’d be thrilled to take such an epic road trip across the United States!

Why Take Road Trips in a Toyota

There are plenty of vehicles to take road trips in and while many choose the average sedan or crossover, that can get expensive. If you plan on heading across the country, a more fuel efficient car will save you a good amount of money. That’s where Toyota comes in. Here’s why you should take road trips in a Toyota:

  • Money – Fun fact: you can travel the entire United States in a Toyota Prius for about $500. That’s cheap for any vacation, let alone traveling the entirety of the United States of America.
  • Space – Believe it or not, the Toyota Prius features an absolutely incredible amount of space. With enough room to fit a small mattress with the rear seats down, there are few vehicles that can compete in sheer amount of space.
  • Comfort – With the sheer amount the Prius has to offer, avoiding hotels is easy. You won’t be too hot or cold either. Thanks to the hybrid system, climate control can run all night without using much gas at all. Climate control will run off the battery and the engine will turn on in order to charge ever so often. Even better, the engine is so quiet that you won’t even notice it’s on.