Professor finds ‘shortest’ route to 50,000 historic U.S. sites

Travel and Leisure:

William Cook, a professor at the University of Waterloo, led a team of researchers in a two-year project to find the shortest-possible route for visiting 49,603 historical U.S. sights pulled from the National Register of Historic Places.

The researchers used Google Maps’ walking distance data between points to show the quickest possible tour for visiting all of the sights.

The route, which covers 217,605 miles, passes through archeological sights, historic homes, parks, and more landmarks across America’s cities and towns, providing history fans with quite the itinerary.

I have what is known as “Brown Sign Disease” (named after the color of historic markers in New England). It’s characterized by an inability to pass any historical marker or sign without stopping to read it. I would definitely take this trip and then follow it up with the “shortest journey to visit close to 25,000 pubs in the U.K.” trip.