Caitlin Flynn
December 12, 2016 3:49 pm
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Listen up, history enthusiasts, because the vacation of your dreams has officially arrived. A professor has mapped out a route to thousands of American historical destinations — and this road trip will allow you to hit up nearly 50,000 of the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A team of researchers led by William Cook, a professor at the University of Waterloo, spent two years mapping out the most efficient route to visit a wide variety of historic parks, archeological sites, and famous landmarks across the country.

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The route covers 217,605 miles of terrain and it’s basically the stuff of a history buff’s dreams. But, the road trip also has plenty to offer for those of us who didn’t necessarily love history class and simply appreciate taking in America’s beautiful sights.

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As road trippers explore the country, the interactive map created by Cook’s team provides the perfect way to easily pull images and information from the National Register of Historic Places — because we’ll probably need help as we prioritize which of the 50,000 locations we can’t miss.

Earlier this year, Cook mapped out a journey to visit nearly 25,000 pubs in the United Kingdom. We know he’s super busy and all, but perhaps his next project could be adding a few amazing bars and restaurants to the history road trip? Just a friendly suggestion — either way, we’re already packing our bags and preparing to hit the road.

See the map here!

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