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The ultimate fun, I think I will try it. 3 12.50%
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:50 AM   #1
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I just read an article from a techie thatwanted to lay out the ultimate route to hit every state of the main land U.S. via the shortest possible route. In theory you could do this in a few months. The way we travel it would take longer as I would want to visit many more sites than the trip has, but this would be fun. I think Woodalls or Good Sams may want to spend some time taking advantage of this guys work and hireing my wife and I to do it for them based on their version of it. Take a look at the article. Great idea.

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Definitely not our kind of trip. Why spend all the money on fuel and campgrounds if you're only going for the purpose of seeing ONE place in each state. Plus....the Fox Theater in Detroit for Michigan???? Yikes! Michigan offers a great deal more!


We full-timed for 16+ years traveling constantly and still haven't seen all there is the lower 48. However, unlike the above-mentioned trip, we did spend a summer in Alaska and of course, we had to drive through the Yukon and Canada to get there which included many more wonderful stops. We've also driven across all of Canada.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:16 PM   #3
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The route I find interesting. At road speed straight driving the authors said 9 days possible. For us, we would be continoually diverted to see other places. I happen to live in Michigan. Believe there might be a bit more here than the Fox. Actually we are spending this summer simply visiting as many or the state and federal parks as we can absorb. Doubt if we get them all. As for the trip route on the Google map it does provide the shortest distance between two points. I liked the continous route without doubling back.
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There is too much in each state to rush through only seeing one landmark.
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This was drawn up by a bunch of collage students. I have to wonder what Geography they were taught. If you notice they've missed several MAJOR attractions i.e. Niagara Falls even though the route goes near there there's no mention of it.
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I'd much rather go to Duluth or Brainerd area than mpls
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So we can all agree that a computer does not understand what we as explorers like to see and do. What I was hoping to discover was favorite routes around this pathway. If we put enough of them together maybe we provide others the pieces for their ultimate RV trip.
As an example my first phase of "this trip" would start in Traverse City Michigan. We will head North following the shores of the bays, across the Mackinaw Bridge and hang a left. Take the North shore of Lake Michigan to Garden Peninsula (a beautiful spot I might add) then West to Lake Superior. Hang a right through the White and Porcupine Mountains to Copper Harbor, follow Lake Superior to the East and South. Catch Marquette, Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish point to the Soo (Sault Ste Mare) locks then South back to the Big Mac and on down the Western Huron shore to visit Fox Theater (It is quite beautiful) then onto the computer generated route until I find the next diversion that hopefully someone that travels Ohio as much as I do Michigan can give us some good things to see and do. Next back to the computer route (more or less) to do the next state. You get the idea. The idea is there are many of us along this route that know the good stuff, our favorite stuff to do and see. This route that "some college kid" generated with a computer could provide a base map to share our knowledge with others.
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This is fascinating and hats off to the "techies" that put this together. It is a real compromise on mileage and getting at least one landmark to visit in each state. I'm not sure of the age of the folks that put this together but I must admit that they did a relatively good job of balancing historic, natural, and other landmarks for each state. Lots of college kids would make a trip to visit an Irish Pub in each state (another good idea??!!)

Very interesting but not for me at this stage.. i'm trying to slow down, not speed up!
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Now I like the Pub crawl idea. To be done right I would have to hit Boston on Saint Patty's Day. I did like their shortest routing between points. My problem would be all of the diversions from main route could easily add months to the trip. If I add the pubs along the way it could become a career
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Now I like the Pub crawl idea. To be done right I would have to hit Boston ....If I add the pubs along the way it could become a career
Start a pub crawl in Boston and THAT would be a career!
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Georgia for one has a lot more to offer than a trip up I 95

We like to stop a smell the roses. Would take us years to to that trip
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I'll throw the BS flag on that website. Sounds like someone wishing to promote their blog.
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while the West Baden Hotel in Indiana is something to see. There are many other places including the home of the Indy 500 and the Auburn/Cord museum.


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