This Map Shows the Quickest (and Ultimate) Road Trip Across America

© Randy Olsen
© Randy Olsen
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Social Content Editor23 April 2018

Planning a great American road trip this year? This map has got you covered.

It’s been a pretty tough year so far, what with Trump, the impending doom of Brexit and Ryan Gosling not winning that BAFTA for Best Actor, so we wouldn’t blame you if you were planning an epic road trip across the United States to banish those cerebral cobwebs.

To help you on your way to inner peace, a few years back a savvy University of Michigan researcher figured out the fastest route to drive across the US, hitting all the country’s major landmarks before coming full circle.

© Randy Olson

Using a carefully calculated algorithm, it would take about nine days of driving – or 224 total hours – to complete the 13,699-mile (22,046-kilometre) journey across the United States, according to Randy Olson‘s calculations.

If you’ve got the time to complete the full circuit, you’ll encounter some of the United States’ most famous sights, including Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Washington DC’s White House, New York’s Statue of Liberty and Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. And if you were curious, Randy calculated the whole thing in less than a minute. Genius.

To see the full interactive map, click here.

Here’s a full list (in order) of everything you’ll encounter on the epic road trip:

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park | © Erik Harrison / Shutterstock

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Pikes Peak, Colorado

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

The Alamo, Texas

The Platt Historic District, Oklahoma

Toltec Mounds, Arkansas

Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Tennessee

The Statue of Liberty | © Spyarm / Shutterstock

Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

USS Alabama, Alabama

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Okefenokee Swamp Park, Georgia

Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina

Glacier National Park | © Larry McMillan / Shutterstock

Lost World Caverns, West Virginia

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, North Carolina

Mount Vernon, Virginia

White House, Washington DC

Colonial Annapolis Historic District, Maryland

New Castle Historic District, Delaware

Cape May Historic District, New Jersey

Liberty Bell, Pennsylvania

Statue of Liberty, New York

The Mark Twain House and Museum, Connecticut

The Breakers, Rhode Island

The Liberty Bell | © foto-select / Shutterstock

USS Constitution, Massachusetts

Acadia National Park, Maine

Mount Washington Hotel, New Hampshire

Shelburne Farms, Vermont

Fox Theater, Michigan

Spring Grove Cemetery, Ohio

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

The White House | © Rena Schild / Shutterstock

West Baden Springs Hotel, Indiana

Abraham Lincoln’s Home, Illinois

Gateway Arch, Missouri

C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, Kansas

Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion, Iowa

Taliesin, Wisconsin

Fort Snelling, Minnesota

Ashfall Fossil Bed, Nebraska

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore | © critterbiz / Shutterstock

Fort Union Trading Post, North Dakota

Glacier National Park, Montana

Hanford Site, Washington

Columbia River Highway, Oregon

San Francisco Cable Cars, California

Golden Gate Bridge | © Francesco Carucci / Shutterstock

San Andreas Fault, California

Hoover Dam, Nevada

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