Are you an outdoors sort of person with a sense of adventure? You should get to know the name Randal S. Olson. It’s the name of a data scientist, researcher at University of Pennsylvania, and avid search path fan who likes to plan the best-ever cross-country road trips. On the list of his latest hypothetical trips, he pinpointed 47 of the 59 US national parks along the best possible route. Are you up for this wild US road trip?
Spanning 14,498 miles, Olson’s latest tribute to the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, runs through a number of memorable and famed parks, including landmarks like California’s Redwood National and State Parks, home to the largest trees in the world.
Olson created the route using an algorithm known as the Gurobi TSP solver. TSP stands for “traveling salesman problem,” which alludes to the algorithm’s purpose – to find the fastest, best, and most efficient route through multiple destinations, with the end of the route looping back to the origin point where the traveler began.
The loop-shaped design of this national park packed US road trip is made to make it easy for anyone anywhere in the States to hop on the route and go. The question is, are you brave enough to take this estimated two-month-long trip?
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