What Are the Best States for Summer Road Trips?

Despite gas prices that are again on the uptick, sixty-four percent of Americans still plan to take road trips this summer. Consumers looking for ideal destinations may want to take a look at a survey that WalletHub recently released of the best states to visit on summer road trips, taking into account costs, safety, road conditions, and available activities in each of the 50 states. Darker blue states on the map are those that scored best and the lighter blue states are those that ranked lower.

Source: WalletHub

CNBC also compiled a list of ten destination towns and cities throughout the United States. Most of the destinations corresponded with WalletHub’s top twenty states to visit including: Seaside, OR; Steamboat Springs, CO; Portland, ME; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Bar Harbor, ME; and Grand Teton National Park, WY.

A few additional factors that road-trippers may want to be aware of are the states with: the lowest average gas prices, the lowest average cost of car repairs, the lowest price for camping, fewest car thefts per capita, the highest percentage of national parkland, and the states with the most scenic byways.

There are a few interesting surprises on the list – popular beach destinations like Rhode Island and Delaware place #48 and #50 on the list (this may be due to the high cost and traffic associated with visiting these destinations). Places that tend to be very hot in the summer, such as Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, are in the top ten, another possible surprise to would-be road trippers.

Check out WalletHub’s full list below:

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
StateTotal Score‘Costs’ Rank‘Safety’ Rank‘Activities’ Rank
1Wyoming58.7511922
2North Carolina56.2411287
3Minnesota56.1331119
4Texas55.4615346
5Florida54.6220482
6Louisiana54.40103710
7Washington53.7443184
8New York53.724943
9Utah53.4434814
10Colorado53.06172718
11Oregon52.4140128
12California52.3647411
13Illinois52.32331121
14Virginia52.29351516
15South Dakota52.1662233
16Maine52.0532232
17Nebraska51.5291039
18Georgia51.2773627
19Michigan51.23212426
20Nevada51.22302912
21Arizona50.98144513
22Wisconsin50.9426931
23Ohio50.03382515
24New Hampshire49.9722537
25Massachusetts49.65411320
26Pennsylvania48.9244179
27Idaho48.62391625
28Tennessee48.19183530
29South Carolina48.1555024
30New Jersey48.07372328
31North Dakota48.0016745
32Vermont47.9228350
33Maryland47.83423111
34Missouri47.09124629
35Iowa46.88271438
36West Virginia46.5683047
37Oklahoma46.24134236
38Mississippi46.1423844
39Montana46.13194034
40Arkansas46.0834441
41Alabama45.8744340
42Kansas45.67252046
43Alaska45.6245475
44Kentucky45.60243235
45Indiana45.44292143
46New Mexico45.28234923
47Hawaii40.70503317
48Delaware40.51363948
49Connecticut38.62462642
50Rhode Island38.5848649

 

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