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This Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

The concept of a road trip is as American as apple pie, and yet, devising the "best" U.S. driving route is a bit of a head scratcher. Much depends on time parameters, personal preference, and frankly, how long you want to spend behind the wheel.
Tracy Staedter at Discovery News decided to take on that challenge, enlisting Randy Olson—Michigan State University doctoral student and the man behind the famed (and super helpful) Where's Waldo algorithm—to devise what you might call the platonic ideal of the United States road trip. The parameters were: It had to hit all of the 48 continental states, every stop had to be a National Natural Landmark, a National Historic Site, a National Park, or a National Monument, and of course, had to be confined to car travel and within U.S. borders.
With a stop in Washington D.C. and two in California, the result is 50 points of all American awesomenesss.
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from mentalfloss.com · made by Alexthebottel
avg. score: 12 of 50 (24%)
required scores: 1, 6, 9, 13, 18 

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Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
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Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
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Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
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Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
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Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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The Alamo
The Alamo
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The Platt Historic District, OK
The Platt Historic District, OK
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9
Toltec Mounds
Toltec Mounds
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Graceland
Graceland
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Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park
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French Quarter
French Quarter
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USS Alabama Battleship
USS Alabama Battleship
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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
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Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia)
Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia)
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Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument
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Lost World Caverns
Lost World Caverns
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Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial
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Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
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White House
White House
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21
Colonial Annapolis Historic District, MD
Colonial Annapolis Historic District, MD
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New Castle Historic District
New Castle Historic District
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Cape May Historic District
Cape May Historic District
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Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell
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Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
The Mark Twain House & Museum
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The Breakers
The Breakers
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USS Constitution
USS Constitution
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Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
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Mount Washington Hotel, NH
Mount Washington Hotel, NH
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Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
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Fox Theater - Oakland
Fox Theater - Oakland
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33
Spring Grove Cemetery
Spring Grove Cemetery
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Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park
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West Baden Springs Hotel
West Baden Springs Hotel
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Abraham Lincoln'S Home
Abraham Lincoln'S Home
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Gateway Arch
Gateway Arch
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C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
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Terrace Hill Governor'S Mansion, IA
Terrace Hill Governor'S Mansion, IA
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Taliesin
Taliesin
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