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This is The Perfect U.S. Road Trip According to Scientists - The Bold Italic - San Francisco
"When most people dream of using their vacation days, they fantasize about European castle tours or Caribbean cruises or African safaris — really anything outside of the United States (except maybe Hawaii). But for those of us who want to burn rubber on the good ol’ Interstate System while channeling Jack Kerouac, there’s finally a U.S. road trip map that tells us exactly where to go.

The map, created by Randy Olson with help from Tracy Staedter, pinpoints a mix of 50 major national landmarks, national historic sites, national parks, and national monuments. If you follow the route suggested, you’ll travel across all 48 contiguous states and never leave the country. Take a look for yourself below.


If you actually plan to execute the trip, you should budget 13,699 miles of driving — or about 224 hours. Attempting to do the trip in one go would take about 9.33 days, although Olson believes it would actually take 2-3 months to finish in reality. And don’t even think about shortcutting or not following the map. Olson used a genetic algorithm that found the best routes with little backtracking. The result is a map using “true distance,” which is the “shortest route by road between every landmark.” You should probably take Olson’s word over anyone else’s, considering he’s a fourth-year graduate research assistant at Michigan State University.

If you’re more into seeing cities than, say, Mount Rushmore, Olson also created a similar map that prioritizes TripAdvisor’s most recommended metros. This trip is only 12,290 miles but excludes cities from North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia, since TripAdvisor says there’s nothing worth stopping for in those states. Here’s what the journey looks like:


Sure, the map seems daunting, but road trips do mean blasting Spice Girls on the stereo, and who doesn’t love that?"
roadtrips  us  math  randyolson  tracystaedter  landmarks  2015 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Benedikt Groß – Metrography – London Tube Map to large scale collective mental map
"Nowadays our orientation is very often not longer based exclusively on the actual geography & their landmarks. There are loads of alternatives, from street numbers to GPS routing in our smartphones, to guide us to a destination…those wayfinding devices have in common that they are abstracted projections of real world’s spatial arrangement. Which brings us to 2 interesting implications:…[1] because abstraction means in this case a decrease of information, something is lost…[2] the longer you are using a device the more you accept it or get used to it. For instance the geographical structure of transportation networks are often reshaped to provide users w/ more understandable transit maps. These distortions have a major influence on people’s perception of city’s geography, to the point they get stored mentally & become collective representation of real world’s geography.

‘Metrography’ attempts to explore this phenomenon using the most famous of of transit maps: the London Tube Map."
deformation  osm  openstreetmap  SAX  scriptographer  maperitive  noamtoran  bertrandclerc  benediktgroß  landmarks  gps  cities  transportation  perception  collectiverepresentation  abstraction  mentalmaps  distortion  geography  via:mayonissen  metrography  londontube  processing  mapping  maps  london 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Flickr: LA Historic-Cultural Monuments
"The City of Los Angeles has over 500 designated "historical-cultural monuments" that define the cultural heritage of this city. A complete list of the Historic-cultural monuments is contained in the book: Landmark L.A ( ) or online ( ).

Help create a photo database of historic-cultural monuments in Los Angeles. Please follow the groups format: Namber of building or place as the title and the HCM number as the subtitle. You will have to look up the HCM number at one of the above references."
via:straup  losangeles  landmarks  history  culture  architecture  database  monuments  flickr  photography  heritage 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Crow Island School - Wikipedia
"Crow Island School is an elementary school significant for its architecture. It was a collaboration between Larry Perkins and Eero Saarinen.[3] It currently serves kindergarten through fourth grade students.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990."
eerosaarinen  schools  schooldesign  modernism  architecture  design  landmarks  crowislandschool  illinois  smallschools 
february 2010 by robertogreco
LA's top 10 cult locations | Travel |
"Think you know Los Angeles? Think again. Benji Lanyado explores the city's cult locations and off-beat cultural landmarks"
losangeles  travel  cities  landmarks 
august 2008 by robertogreco

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