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04/18/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

One Man Calculated The Ultimate NYC Walking Tour

Exploring all of New York City is hard, whether you live there or you're just visiting for a short time. Though subways make journeying a little bit faster, the best way to see the city and all it has to offer is to walk it. Lucky for us, one guy has calculated an optimized walking tour of NYC that includes all the sights you need to see.

PhD candidate Randy Olson, the genius behind the best way to road trip the United States and Europe in the shortest amount of time, developed the walking tour using the same algorithm that he used for the road trips.

To calculate the ultimate walking tour, Olson identified the top 27 NYC attractions according to TripAdvisor and then plugged them into the Python code he developed. As Olson says in his blog, the total trip comes out to "4.5 hours of walking" where "you'll hit major sights like Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and more."

Whether you're a tourist or a local New Yorker, this map is a must-see:

Image courtesy of Randal Olson

The tour is about 14 miles long, so Olson suggests splitting up the trip and taking time to "stop and actually enjoy the sights along the way."

To read more of Olson's post (and get the full walking directions for NYC as well as Philadelphia), you can visit his blog here.

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