Perfect Itinerary for an Epic USA Roadtrip (48 States At Once)

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Do you like roadtrips? As you might be aware of, it’s a very “American” tradition… and we have the perfect itinerary to visit every State in the Continental U.S. in one epic roadtrip.

Since the around-the-world itinerary we posted a few days ago was very popular, we’ll stay with the same theme, with this trip idea for those of you who have a lot of time off to go on an epic trip.

Also, a lot of people ask for summertime deals. If you read our article on which weeks to choose for your summer vacation of you want to travel, you know that summer airfare deals (at least at the low prices we like to share on our flight deals page) are very rare, so you won’t find as many.

So one alternative is planning a roadtrip, because driving doesn’t become more expensive in peak travel times, unlike flights. Personally, I love roadtrips and I hit the road as much as I can, despite being an aviation geek: you can like both right? What matters is travelling and seeing new places, no matter how.

Actually, one of our funniest trips (Flytrippers co-founder Kevin and I) was when we flew from Boston to Minneapolis on a ULCC for less than two days, literally just to rent a car over there and drive over 1,200 miles almost non-stop all across the Midwest, and then come back.

READ ALSO: How ULCCs Work (Ultra Low-Cost Carriers)




Good times. Roadtrips always make for great stories.

Anyways, if you like roadtrips, here’s one you’ll definitely enjoy: traveling to all 48 continental US states in one epic continuous loop. If you aim to see them all, this is as good as it gets. The only two states you’ll have left to visit after this roadtrip will be Hawaii and Alaska.

I’m on the quest to visit all 50 myself, I’m not doing too bad with 45 already… but let’s just say it would’ve been much quicker to get there with this roadtrip.

So here’s the map of the itinerary:

A perfect roadtrip

It was conceived by American PhD student Randy Olson, on his blog, and it was done scientifically: each stop represents a National Park or a Point of Interest, so you’re not just seeing every state, you’re seeing cool parts of every state (which sadly wasn’t our case in North Dakota in the aforementioned roadtrip).

The itinerary has also been optimized to be as efficient a route as possible to see all 48 states, so you can rest assured you won’t be wasting any time. If you only stop to sleep, you can complete this roadtrip in only 9 days, but we recommend taking at least a couple of weeks to explore all these places.

You can start anywhere, it’s a continuous loop, and it passes through many spots near the Canadian border in case you were wondering.

Here is the complete list of all landmarks (48 states + Washington, DC + a bonus stop in California):

1. Grand Canyon, AZ
2. Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
3. Craters of the Moon, ID
4. Yellowstone National Park, WY
5. Pikes Peak, CO
6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
7. The Alamo, TX
8. The Platt Historic District, OK
9. Toltec Mounds, AR
10. Elvis Presley’s Graceland, TN
11. Vicksburg National Military Park, MS
12. French Quarter, LA
13. USS Alabama, AL
14. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
15. Okefenokee Swamp Park, GA
16. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC
17. Lost World Caverns, WV
18. Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, NC
19. Mount Vernon, VA
20. White House, Washington, D.C.
21. Colonial Annapolis Historic District, MD
22. New Castle Historic District, DE
23. Cape May Historic District, NJ
24. Liberty Bell, PA
25. Statue of Liberty, NY
26. The Mark Twain House & Museum, CT
27. The Breakers, RI
28. USS Constitution, MA
29. Acadia National Park, ME
30. Mount Washington Hotel, NH
31. Shelburne Farms, VT
32. Fox Theater, MI
33. Spring Grove Cemetery, OH
34. Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
35. West Baden Springs Hotel, IN
36. Abraham Lincoln’s Home, IL
37. Gateway Arch, MO
38. C. W. Parker Carousel Museum, KS
39. Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion, IA
40. Taliesin, WI
41. Fort Snelling, MN
42. Ashfall Fossil Bed, NE
43. Mount Rushmore, SD
44. Fort Union Trading Post, ND
45. Glacier National Park, MT
46. Hanford Site, WA
47. Columbia River Highway, OR
48. San Francisco Cable Cars, CA
49. San Andreas Fault, CA
50. Hoover Dam, NV

These are all very enticing attractions, for the most part. It seems I’ve only seen 13 of those, so maybe I should hit the road again after all.

You can see the full interactive map here.

So if you were looking for an excuse for a roadtrip, this is it. And since we always enjoy giving you more for your money, we think 48 States instead of only one or two is something you’ll enjoy! What’s the coolest roadtrip you’ve ever been on?

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