Rider Destinations: 47 National Parks Road Trip Rider Destinations: 47 National Parks Road Trip Looking to take the ultimate road trip this...

Rider Destinations: 47 National Parks Road Trip

Looking to take the ultimate road trip this summer?

Dr. Randal Olson, data scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service by creating a map for the shortest possible road trip while stopping at all 47 national parks in the lower 48 states.

The National Park Service celebrates its birthday on 25 August. The body oversees more than 400 areas (e.g. national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails) in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Olson has developed what he calls the optimal route for visiting the parks in sequence.

“In total, this road trip spans 14,498 miles (23,333 km) and will take roughly two months to fully enjoy, depending on your pace," he said. "I’ve designed this road trip to form a circle around the U.S., so you can hop on at any point and proceed whatever direction you like. Just make sure to follow the agenda from that point on if you want to follow the optimal route.”

Here are all the stops in order. Just pick the one closest to you and start there.

1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

2. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

3. Saguaro National Park, Arizona

4. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

5. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

6. Big Bend National Park, Texas

7. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

8. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

10. Everglades National Park, Florida

11. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

12. Biscayne National Park, Florida

13. Congaree National Park, South Carolina

14. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

15. Acadia National Park, Maine

16. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

17. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

18. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

19. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

20. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

21. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

22. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

23. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

24. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

25. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

26. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

27. Arches National Park, Utah

28. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

29. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

30. Zion National Park, Utah

31. Great Basin National Park, Nevada

32. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

33. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

34. Glacier National Park, Montana

35. North Cascades National Park, Washington

36. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

37. Olympic National Park, Washington

38. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

39. Redwood National and State Parks, California

40. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

41. Yosemite National Park, California

42. Kings Canyon National Park, California

43. Sequoia National Park, California

44. Pinnacles National Park, California

45. Channel Islands National Park, California

46. Joshua Tree National Park, California

47. Death Valley National Park, California

Click here for an interactive map.