RANDY OLSON, a Computer Science & Engineering Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University, is a man who likes to design 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 see every single national park in the 48 contiguous states without wasting any time.

The road trip Olson designed is 14,498 mile-long and it would take you about two months to complete the loop if you are going “at a breakneck speed”. In other words, you’d better take a few months off work before getting on the road.

Here is a list of all the national parks Olson included in his itinerary. Note that you can start the trip at any stop in the loop.

    Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
    Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
    Saguaro National Park, Arizona
    Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
    Big Bend National Park, Texas
    Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
    Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
    Everglades National Park, Florida
    Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
    Biscayne National Park, Florida
    Congaree National Park, South Carolina
    Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
    Acadia National Park, Maine
    Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
    Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
    Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
    Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
    Badlands National Park, South Dakota
    Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
    Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
    Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
    Canyonlands National Park, Utah
    Arches National Park, Utah
    Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
    Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
    Zion National Park, Utah
    Great Basin National Park, Nevada
    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    Glacier National Park, Montana
    North Cascades National Park, Washington
    Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
    Olympic National Park, Washington
    Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
    Redwood National and State Parks, California
    Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
    Yosemite National Park, California
    Kings Canyon National Park, California
    Sequoia National Park, California
    Pinnacles National Park, California
    Channel Islands National Park, California
    Joshua Tree National Park, California
    Death Valley National Park, California

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

To know more about this particular itinerary and Olson’s research, visit his website here.

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