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!