So, Devin, where are you stopping on your cross-country drive?

Well, up until today, dear reader, I didn’t have an answer. But now I do.

I’ve spent the past week researching all the recommendations I received, running them through Randy Olson’s magical genetic algorithm, and have come up with the following route.

The winner

A few disclaimers about the current “plan”:

  1. It doesn’t actually cover every stop I’ll be making, as I had to limit it down to 50 locations to get the script to work properly
  2. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me yet – I’m still guessing about 3 months total
  3. I don’t know when I’ll be any of these locations (except Erie by August 1st)
  4. The route will likely change as I make my way across the country and decide I want to go other places

All that said, here’s an interactive version of it. This link will be the more up-to-date version, as I’ll continually tweak it as I work my way across the country.

The Destinations

1Big Bear Lake, CA’
2Drive-Thru Tree Park, Drive Thru Tree Road, Leggett, CA’,
3Astoria, OR’,
4Hanford Site, Benton County, WA’,
5Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT’,
6Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Butte County, ID’,
7Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, WY’,
8Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota 244, Keystone, SD’,
9Enchanted Highway, Regency-Gladstone Rd, Regent, North Dakota 58650 USA’,
10Minneapolis, MN’,
11Taliesin, County Road C, Spring Green, WI’,
12Chicago, IL’,
13Detroit, MI’,
14Cleveland, OH’,
15Erie, PA’,
16The Mark Twain House & Museum, Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT’,
17Providence, RI’,
18Provincetown, MA’,
19Acadia National Park, Mount Desert, ME’,
20Mount Washington Cog Railway, Coos County, NH’,
21Ben & Jerry’s, 1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676,
22New York, NY’,
23Seaside Heights, NJ’,
24Amstel House Museum, 2 E 4th St, New Castle, DE 19720’,
25The White House, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC’,
26Baltimore, MD’,
27Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA’,
28Lost World Caverns, Lewisburg, WV’,
29Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC’,
30Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston County, SC’,
31The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL’,
32Atlanta, GA’,
33Fort Morgan, Alabama 180, Gulf Shores, AL’,
34New Orleans, LA’,
35Jackson, MS’,
36Little Rock, AR’,
37Nashville, TN’,
38Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, KY’,
39Indianapolis, IN’,
40St. Louis, MO’,
41Des Moines, IA’,
42Lincoln, NE’,
43Wichita, KS’,
44Oklahoma City, OK’,
45Austin, TX’,
46White Sands National Monument, Otero County, NM’,
47Colorado Springs, Co’,
48Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, UT’,
49Grand Canyon National Park, Coconino County, AZ’,
50Hoover Dam, Clark County, NV’,