In honor of the National Park Services 100th birthday, Randy Olson, a senior data scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, used an algorithm and Google Maps to connect all 47 national parks in the contiguous United States. It excludes the 12 National Parks in Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, for obvious reasons
The trip would hit all of the popular national parks, like The Grand Canyon in Arizona, and also stop by lessor know parks like Isle Royale in Michigan. In total, the trip covers 14,498 miles of road, and would take about two months to travel the entire distance.
Taking two months out of your schedule is a lot of time for most people, but Olsen suggest people follow his lead, and take shorter weekend trips. “My job doesn’t give me the opportunity to take 2-3 month breaks to take epic road trips like this,” Olson wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “Typically I go on smaller weekend trips, visiting a few spots then heading back home.”
So since we’re in the last days of summer, it’s best to put your foot to the petal ASAP!