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© William Cook | University of Waterloo
© William Cook | University of Waterloo

This Incredible Map Takes You to 50,000 Historic and National Sites in America

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Updated: 28 February 2017

For those who love a bit of history and exploration, this rather awesome map has your next great American road trip covered. 

William Cook, a professor at the University of Waterloo, recently led a team of excellent researchers to find the quickest possible route for visiting no less than 49,603 of the sites listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

After spending a lengthy two years on the project, the fantastic map covers a colossal total distance of 217,605 miles.

© William Cook / University of Waterloo

© William Cook / University of Waterloo

The result is the ultimate heritage explorer itinerary. For those that decide to take a punt on the trip, they’ll pass through a bunch of historic parks, ancient and archaeological sites, as well as innumerable famous landmarks throughout the country: the Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty and Hollywood Sign to name a few.

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The exceptionally detailed (and frightfully intimidating) interactive map also allows you to learn about thousands of interesting points en route, pulling up countless historical photos and oodles of unusual and useful facts for many of the points of interest.

Screen Shot | © University of Waterloo

Screen Shot | © University of Waterloo

To have a look at the map (and start planning your very own historical American adventure) click here.

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