If you're considering a seriously crazy summer road trip, check out the route data-blogger Stephen Von Worley created that starts in South Berwick, Maine, and ends in Taft, Mont.
The Fifty, Swiftly route he created a few years ago outlines the fastest way to see all 50 states and Washington, D.C. — not that he's ever done it or knows anyone who has.
For those pushing for the grand sweep, fly from Spokane, Wash., to make a "three-legged loop to Honolulu, Anchorage, and back" to bag Alaska and Hawaii, adding 36 hours to the journey. The grand total: 160 hours to tag every state in the union.
How much time is that? Well, there are 168 hours in a week.
But don't expect to go souvenir shopping on this journey. On the Lower 48 ride, you'll average 2.6 hours per state during this drive-a-thon. With Alaska and Hawaii added in, you'll spend "anywhere from a few seconds to eight hours in each state," Von Worley says in an email.
The recommended vehicle for the trip isn't a cushy SUV but a box truck, preferably used, outfitted with a bed and a fridge for your team of drivers. Yes, a team of drivers and cheerleaders is what you'll need to do the Fifty, Swiftly.
Other road-trip ideas to check out: MotorcycleRoads.US challenges two-wheelers with a Nifty Fifty list that points to the most scenic rides to conquer in each state. (Mulholland Highway is the entry for California).
It's also worth consulting 2014's Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips from WalletHub, which provides insight into which states you want to be road-tripping in and why.