Do you get too hot or too cold easily? You may want to consider this road trip to stay at a perfect 70-degree temperature every day.
This route, determined by climatologist Brian Brettschneider, is the most likely to keep your body exposed to a daily temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The trip spans over 13,000 miles—from southern Texas all the way up to Alaska, and then back down south, ending in San Diego.
Of course, coming up with the “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 connected the dots and mapped out the 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 want to drive all the to Canada, or you want to stay even warmer, check out some of the other 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 is a perfect 70°F. By March you’ll continue through Texas and arrive in Oklahoma 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 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).
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 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 South before returning back to Florida for the winter—where you can catch a flight back to Hawaii and start the whole year over again.
For the full list of stops, check out the route on the Washington Post.
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