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Who doesn't love a good road trip? Whether it's just you, the road, and your vintage Pontiac Firebird, or you're in the back of your Granddad's piss smelling 1987 Cortina on the way to Rhyl, there's a universal love of hitting the road.

The trouble is, everybody's different. For some, the ideal road trip would take in nothing but wide open spaces, and nature at it's untouched finest. For others, nothing other than the majesty of urban sprawl should feature crop up during your days on the road.

But fear not! American computer boffin Randy S. Olson has worked out what he claims is the greatest European road trip.

The 16,287 mile trip takes in 45 locations around the continent and, thanks to some clever computer algorithm that was originally designed for the most efficient way of completing Where's Waldo (nee. Wally) puzzles  - no, really - this is supposedly the most efficient route.

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The clever path doesn't just take the least amount of time, however, It also ensures that your journey will keep the scenery mixed up, not staying in one location for too long, keeping everybody you're sharing the journey with happy. It's also designed so that you can start the journey at any point, and still get the same experience.

Taking an estimated 14 days to complete, the epic road trip will take in:

  1. Innsbruck, Austria
  2. Munich, Germany
  3. Pag, Croatia
  4. Venice, Italy
  5. Tuscany, Italy
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Rome, Italy
  8. Vatican City
  9. Amalfi, Italy
  10. Gozo, Malta
  11. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  12. Santorini, Thira, Greece
  13. Rila Monastery, Rilski manastir, Bulgaria
  14. Istanbul, Turkey
  15. Sighisoara, Mures County, Romania
  16. Budapest, Hungary
  17. Vienna, Austria
  18. Prague, Czech Republic
  19. Krakow, Poland
  20. Jägala Waterfall, 74205 Harjumaa, Estonia
  21. Lapland, Finland
  22. ICEBAR, Marknadsvägen, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  23. Bergen, Norway
  24. Copenhagen, Denmark
  25. Berlin, Germany
  26. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  27. Keukenhof, Stationsweg, Lisse, Netherlands
  28. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  29. Inverness, United Kingdom
  30. Ballybunion, Ireland
  31. Cliffs of Moher, Clare, Ireland
  32. Cornwall, England
  33. Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
  34. London, United Kingdom
  35. Brussels, Belgium
  36. Paris, France
  37. Pamplona, Spain
  38. Lagos, Portugal
  39. Granada, Spain
  40. Ibiza, Spain
  41. Barcelona, Spain
  42. Luberone, Bonnieux, France
  43. Nice, France
  44. Monte Carlo, Monaco
  45. Interlaken, Switzerland

Like you, we're baffled as to why neither Wolverhampton, Hull, or Runcorn made the cut. But fear not, map is only a suggestion. After all, what's the point of embracing the freedom of the road, and then being confined to a map?

We got our hands on the algorithm, and ran it asking to pinpoint Europe's premier scooter spots. Looks like a pretty different.

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