Do you get too hot or too cold easily? You may want to consider this road trip to stay at a perfect temp everyday. Determined by climatologist Brian Brettschneider, this route is the most likely to keep your body exposed to a daily temp of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The trip spans for over 13,000 miles – from the southern tip in Texas all the way up to Alaska and then back down and around, finally ending in San Diego.
Of course coming up with a “perfect” path wasn’t easy, as weather is not always consistent. For his data, Brian collected the daily high temperatures from the National Centers for Environmental Information and Environment Canada as well as data from the period 1981-2010 that was available from every U.S. weather station. Then he simply connected the dots and constructed this doable route.
Here’s the complete itinerary with every stopping point throughout the year. You’ll pass through the most territory during June, kicking off an unforgettable summer.
If you don’t really want to drive all the way up through Canada or you want to stay even warmer, check out some of the other re-routes that Brian provided the Washington Post. By staying in the lower 48, the route condenses to only 9,929 miles, spanning from areas in the south over to California.
Beginning January 1, your trip will begin in southern Texas where the regular high temp is a perfect 70°F. By March you’ll continue through Texas, and finally arrive at the Oklahoma border by the end of the month.
Throughout April you’ll head northeast towards Washington D.C., and in May pass through Pittsburgh and Chicago. By the beginning of June you’ll reach northern Wisconsin, and for a couple of months you’ll travel through northern states including Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana before heading back down to explore the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Eventually you’ll make a loop around, and finally arrive at the same endpoint in San Diego by December 31.
Here’s a good route if you’d like it even warmer: the red-dotted line shows the previous route at 70 degrees, but if you’re looking to turn up the heat, kick off your year in Hawaii from January to February, or Puerto Rico (though not shown on the map). Unfortunately, from December into February there isn’t a location within the contiguous U.S. that’s actually warm enough to stay on the road.
By March you’ll head to Florida and begin your exciting trip by going along the Gulf Coast, reaching south-central Texas by April. During May the route leads northeast across the mid-south, passing the southern Appalachians.
In June you’ll pass through the Mid-Atlantic and Washington, D.C. before going down the I-95 corridor through Boston. New England is a great spot to spend the summer before heading back through the Upper Midwest (including Chicago) by August.
During the fall months you’ll cover a ton of mileage from South Dakota through Utah as you head east into the Desert Southwest. By October, you’ll cross over central Texas and the entire south until returning back to Florida for the winter – where you can catch a flight back to Hawaii and start the whole perfect year over again.
For the full list of stops, check out this route over on the Washington Post.
What do you think? Would you like to take this year-long road trip?