The Most Underwhelming Places In America – And Why You Should Go There

There’s an article that has circulated on the Interwebs that lays out the “healthiest” road trip you can take. Well, according to one site it’s the “healthiest,” but the comments say the only entity getting healthy from it is the federal government – most of the stops it takes you require an entrance fee.

Here’s the map:

perfect road trip nonsense

It was created by this dude who is working on his PhD at Michigan State University. A reporter asked him to create an algorithm that would create the “best” cross-country road trip. It takes you places like The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Graceland, and other fantastic U.S. places. But (get ready, kiddos, here comes a little sarcasm) it leaves out some of the quintessential road trip destinations.

1The World’s Largest Ball of Twine

The fancy algorithm thingie takes you to the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, Kansas. That’s great and all, but a tweak to the route about 3 hours and 45 minutes west of Leavenworth and you end up at the largest ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas. Why ride a bunch of carousels and get all dizzy and sick when you can stare at a giant twine ball? Plus, it’s exciting to keep up with the twine ball news, because communities all over the country are always trying to outdo each other.

This is the biggest ball of twine as of 2014, so maybe it’ll still be the biggest when you get there. Fingers crossed!