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In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th year of managing the country’s system of amazing national parks – sometimes called “America’s Best Idea” – Randy Olson came up with the ultimate national parks road trip. Randy studies computer science and engineering and optimizes road trips on his blog for fun. So it only makes sense that he set up a road trip to see every park in the contiguous 48 states. The optimal driving route to see all the US national parks, mapped The route is designed as a loop, so you can pick it up from anywhere along the way and still be able to get to all the parks. It’s also predicted to take about two months “traveling at a breakneck pace.” But that’s really no way to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. To properly see the parks, there are many of them you may want to take days, or even a week, to explore and appreciate. You could easily take half a year to drive this road trip, making leisurely stops at the national parks and at other interesting towns and attractions along the way. How many national parks are in the lower 48? There are 47 national parks in the lower 48 states, plus 12 national parks in Alaska, Hawaii, and other U.S. territories. As you’re planning your ultimate national parks road trip, you’ll want to consider how much time you want to spend at each of those 47 […]