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A climatologist has mapped out two year-long road trips around the U.S. that keep the driver in temperatures around 70 degrees throughout the entire time.

The trip sounds too good to be true, like an over-sold pitch from a pushy travel agent:

Imagine that you really like days where the high temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit and you wanted to plan a road trip where the temperature always hovers around 70 degrees.

But that’s a climatologist talking. Brian Brettschneider, based in Alaska, continues on his blog:

Well, I have done the planning for you. Since you cannot know what the temperature will be more than a week in advance (the current limit of decent forecasts), you have to go with plan B.

“Plan B” is to look in a climate almanac. So, Brettschneider consulted what he calls the go-to climate almanac for the U.S., published by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Then he mapped out two year-long road trips.

Both trips follow routes through cities where the temperature would be around 70 degrees at the time of year when travelers would reach those cities:

  • The first trip starts on Jan. 1 in deep south Texas and includes a summertime leg that takes travelers through Canada to Alaska and back to the continental U.S. It ends on Dec. 31 in San Diego.
  • The second trip also starts on Jan. 1 in Texas and ends on Dec. 31 in San Diego. But for travelers without passports, it follows a path that is contained by the continental U.S. borders.

You can see a map of Brettschneider’s journeys by clicking the link to his blog above.

Would you ever take one of these year-long road trips? Let us know what you think of Brettschneider’s routes — leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

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