I have looked at rome2rio and few other sites, but it did not fit what I was looking for. I want an application or site, where in, if I feed it a list of cities it should tell me which city should be my starting point and what cities I need to traverse (with specific order) and what should be my final destination. I am mainly looking for travelling by road. The whole purpose is I need to make sure that I do not travel back and forth and waste time, I should travel optimally.

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    In other words, you want to solve the traveling salesman problem (or at least the real-world practical version of the problem). – Zach Lipton May 15 '16 at 7:03
  • For travel by road, I think a map will be enough. Maybe something like ViaMichelin or Google maps, which will also include road connections and some other information like tolls and where you will find ferries. – Willeke May 15 '16 at 8:48
  • Worth a look: travel.stackexchange.com/a/22071/32134 – mts May 15 '16 at 19:44

The problem that you state is known in academia as the Traveling Salesman Problem as pointed out by @ZachLipton.

Googling for that expression in combination with app/website/software gives a few good finds.

As apps I could find e.g. Concorde TSP and Route4Me (no affiliation nor experience).

A nice online tool is Optimap which seems to use Google directions. Here is a random route along the US east coast. You can choose between a roundtrip and or ending up in a different city than where you started from.

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  • Yes, I had studied Travelling Salesman, Shortest path first and other networking problems during my computer science degree :) But I was curious if any of the websites provide a close solution. The above ones are sufficient for me for now. – Sandeep May 22 '16 at 4:54

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