5 Epic Road Trip Maps That Tackle a Lifetime of Sightseeing in One Go

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Road tripping is a laidback way to see a lot of places you might not get to otherwise. But if you’re the type who prefers to be extremely thorough, here are five routes that pack a lifetime of traveling into one trip.

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National Parks Route

UPenn senior data scientist Randy Olson has determined the most efficient path to hit up every national park in the lower 48. That’s 47 parks in total. The trip can be accomplished in about two months if you’re not dilly dallying. Here’s an interactive version of the map, and the full list of parks on Olson’s site.

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Literary Route

Want to take a page out of On the Road? Or maybe you’re more into Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This map compiles the routes of famous road trips in literature and memoirs.

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Ultimate Americana Route

Another one from Randy Olson, this route hits 50 must-see sites, including Graceland, Taliesin, and the Grand Canyon. It also makes it to all 48 states in the continental US and would take just nine days if you drove straight through.

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Foodie Route

This map from Trippy hits up the top 100 restaurants on Yelp. 46 are in California alone, so you Golden Staters have it pretty good. If you’d rather create your own food lover’s trip, TV Food Maps will show you all the restaurants featured on shows like No Reservations and Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives between point A and point B.

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European Route

If you’re up for the ultimate European vacation, Randy Olson is back with the optimal route. It hits all the spots from Business Insider’s 50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime, and will take 14 days of nonstop driving, so give yourself a few months to do it right.