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Road Trip Genius Calculates the Shortest Route Through 47 National Parks. 12.4K 5ShareNew The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th birthday on August 25.

Road Trip Genius Calculates the Shortest Route Through 47 National Parks

While hitting every NPS property in the system between now and then would be quite the challenge, this route spotted by The Washington Post is a great place to start. The “Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip” map is the creation of road trip mastermind Randy Olson. The trip includes stops at all 47 national parks in mainland America (for the sake of practicality, the 12 national parks in Alaska, Hawaii, and other U.S. territories were left out). Olson came up with the ideal route by plugging his destinations into the Gurobi TSP solver. To complete this latest trip, Olson suggests drivers set aside at least two months to fully take in the 14,500 miles worth of sites. [h/t The Washington Post] Know of something you think we should cover? August 2, 2016 - 9:00pm Michele Debczak is a staff writer for mentalfloss.com. . ©2016 Mental Floss, Inc. A global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Fee-free days make national parks accessible to more people.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

NPS photo The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in '16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016: January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. DayApril 16 through 24: National Park WeekAugust 25 through 28: National Park Service BirthdaySeptember 24: National Public Lands DayNovember 11: Veterans Day National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are 409 available to everyone, every day. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people.

GPS Based Aurora Borealis Forecast. Get the Probability of a Visible Aurora anywhere on Earth. This note should go away shortly.

GPS Based Aurora Borealis Forecast. Get the Probability of a Visible Aurora anywhere on Earth.

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