Ultimate U.S. Road Trip

RVDoctoral student, Randy Olson, was challenged by Discovery News to plot the optimum road trip route across the U.S. This epic 13,699-mile journey stops at 50 landmarks which includes one stop in 48 U.S. states, as well as Washington D.C. and two stops in California for an even 50 stops. Each stop would be at a national natural landmark, national historic site, national park or national monument. Below is a list of the 50 destinations on the road rip route.

On our road trip in 2014 with our fifth wheel, we hit 18 of these stops (in bold letters) to complete our trip across the U.S starting in April through August 20th. We left our catamaran in Annapolis this year for the winter. Insurance is a lot more affordable when your boat is outside of the hurricane belt. Since we could not go cruising on Zuri, we decided to hit the road and make a journey across America to explore.

We started in Hollywood Florida from the Topeekeegee Yugnee Park and drove west. We spend the most time in Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. We stopped in Annapolis, MD in August through the end of October where we worked in our Annapolis office and did our anual exhibit at the biggest in the water boat show in the US, the Annapolis Sailboat Show. We made our way south again as soon as the weather turned cold and ended up in Key West for a while. This trip across America was one to remember and we decided to do it again in 2015.


1. Grand Canyon, Arizona2. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

3. Craters of the Moon, Idaho

4. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

5. Pikes Peak, Colorado

6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

7. The Alamo, Texas

8. The Platt Historic District, Oklahoma

9. Toltec Mounds, Arkansas

10. Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Tennessee

11. Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi

12. French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

13. USS Alabama, Alabama

14. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

15. Okefenokee Swamp Park, Georgia

16. Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina

17. Lost World Caverns, West Virginia

18. Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, North Carolina

19. Mount Vernon, Virginia

20. White House, Washington, D.C.

21. Colonial Annapolis Historic District, Maryland

22. New Castle Historic District, Delaware

23. Cape May Historic District, New Jersey

24. Liberty Bell, Pennsylvania

25. Statue of Liberty, New York

26. The Mark Twain House & Museum, Connecticut27. The Breakers, Rhode Island

28. USS Constitution, Massachusetts

29. Acadia National Park, Maine

30. Mount Washington Hotel, New Hampshire

31. Shelburne Farms, Vermont

32. Fox Theater, Detroit, Michigan

33. Spring Grove Cemetery, Ohio

34. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

35. West Baden Springs Hotel, Indiana

36. Abraham Lincoln’s Home, Illinois

37. Gateway Arch, Missouri

38. C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, Kansas

39. Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion, Iowa

40. Taliesin, Wisconsin

41. Fort Snelling, Minnesota

42. Ashfall Fossil Bed, Nebraska

43. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

44. Fort Union Trading Post, North Dakota

45. Glacier National Park, Montana

46. Hanford Site, Washington state

47. Columbia River Highway, Oregon

48. San Francisco Cable Cars, California

49. San Andreas Fault, California

50. Hoover Dam, Nevada

Credit: Google Maps


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