Early last month, data scientist Randy Olson took an algorithm he devised for finding Waldo and used it to map out the ultimate U.S. road trip—a 13,699-mile, 50-stop journey that could be completed in nine non-stop days of driving. As it turns out, shortly after that wanderlust-inducing exercise, Olson also created a European version, a 45-stop itinerary that ensures the fastest route between each destination with the least amount of backtracking. The result, seen above, illustrates how you can technically cover 16,287 miles in 14 days—though to actually enjoy the sights, you should probably budget at least three months.
Fully aware that he won't be able to please everyone, Olson decided to base his itinerary off a Business Insider article, "50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime"— and then eliminated those that can't be reached by car.
Here are the stops in order:
Santorini, Thira, Greece
Rila Monastery, Rilski manastir, Bulgaria
Sighisoara, Mures County, Romania
Prague, Czech Republic
Jägala Waterfall, 74205 Harjumaa, Estonia
ICEBAR, Marknadsvägen, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Keukenhof, Stationsweg, Lisse, Netherlands
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Inverness, United Kingdom
Cliffs of Moher, Clare, Ireland
Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Luberone, Bonnieux, France
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Finally, here's an interactive version of the map and instructions for how to use Olson's code to optimize a custom road trip to your heart's content.
· Computing the optimal road trip across Europe [Randol Olson via Lifehacker]
· The Ultimate U.S. Road Trip, According to a Data Scientist [Curbed National]