Mapped: the Optimal Road Trip Across Europe

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by Morgane Croissant Jun 7, 2017

RANDY OLSON is a man who likes to optimize road trips. He has previously organized the ultimate US road trip and the best cross-Canada journey and, this time, Olson created an itinerary that would allow travelers to road trip across Europe and check out most of Business Insider’s “50 places in Europe you need to visit in your lifetime“.

The road trip Olson designed is 16,287 mile-long, so you’ll need a few month to complete the loop while enjoying the sights and driving at a reasonable speed. The itinerary focuses mostly on Western and Central Europe, so if you want to explore Eastern Europe, check out Matador Network’s guide on how to road trip Eastern Europe.

Here’s the full list of stops Olson included:

  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Pag, Croatia
  • Venice, Italy
  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Vatican City
  • Amalfi, Italy
  • Gozo, Malta
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Santorini, Thira, Greece
  • Rila Monastery, Rilski manastir, Bulgaria
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Sighisoara, Mures County, Romania
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Jägala Waterfall, 74205 Harjumaa, Estonia
  • Lapland, Finland
  • ICEBAR, Marknadsvägen, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Keukenhof, Stationsweg, Lisse, Netherlands
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Inverness, United Kingdom
  • Ballybunion, Ireland
  • Cliffs of Moher, Clare, Ireland
  • Cornwall, England
  • Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Paris, France
  • Pamplona, Spain
  • Lagos, Portugal
  • Granada, Spain
  • Ibiza, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Luberone, Bonnieux, France
  • Nice, France
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Interlaken, Switzerland

If you don’t have the time to complete the full loop and want to stick to touring one country only, Matador Network’s got you covered!

Click here for the interactive version of Olson’s map. To know more about Olson’s research, visit his website here.

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