The best states for your summer road trip, ranked by WalletHub

best states for a summer road trip

 

Summer is in full swing and nothing adds to that sense of enjoyment like a carefree road trip.

Near or far, mountain or coastal, or somewhere in between, there’s always a new place to go, different things to see, and reasons to be thankful you decided to fit in that break.

But where to this time?

WalletHub covered some ground to give you a hand.

The personal finance website left almost no stone unturned as it compared the 50 states across 31 criteria to rank them for your road-tripping pleasure – those that are fun, scenic and wallet friendly.

They include factors such as the price of gas and lodging, the condition of roads, summer weather, scenic byways, the amount of national parkland, and the number of attractions, theme parks and historical sites to visit.

After crunching the numbers, the dust settled on the following order:

 

Best summer road trip destinations

(States followed by total scores.)

  1. Wyoming – 58.75
  2. North Carolina – 56.24
  3. Minnesota – 56.13
  4. Texas – 55.46
  5. Florida – 54.62
  6. Louisiana – 54.40
  7. Washington – 53.74
  8. New York – 53.72
  9. Utah – 53.44
  10. Colorado – 53.06
  11. Oregon – 52.41
  12. California – 52.36
  13. Illinois – 52.32
  14. Virginia – 52.29
  15. South Dakota – 52.16
  16. Maine – 52.05
  17. Nebraska – 51.52
  18. Georgia – 51.27
  19. Michigan – 51.23
  20. Nevada – 51.22
  21. Arizona – 50.98
  22. Wisconsin – 50.94
  23. Ohio – 50.03
  24. New Hampshire – 49.97
  25. Massachusetts – 49.65
  26. Pennsylvania – 48.92
  27. Idaho – 48.62
  28. Tennessee – 48.19
  29. South Carolina – 48.15
  30. New Jersey – 48.07
  31. North Dakota – 48.00
  32. Vermont – 47.92
  33. Maryland – 47.83
  34. Missouri – 47.09
  35. Iowa – 46.88
  36. West Virginia – 46.56
  37. Oklahoma – 46.24
  38. Mississippi – 46.16
  39. Montana – 46.13
  40. Arkansas – 46.08
  41. Alabama – 45.87
  42. Kansas – 45.67
  43. Alaska – 45.62
  44. Kentucky – 45.60
  45. Indiana – 45.44
  46. New Mexico – 45.28
  47. Hawaii – 40.70
  48. Delaware – 40.51
  49. Connecticut – 38.62
  50. Rhode Island – 38.58

 

While the western state of Wyoming, home of Yellowstone National Park, ranks as the best destination for a road trip overall, it also places first for “costs,” including the lowest prices for camping. Minnesota leads the way for safety and California is the place to go for activities.

The Golden State also shares top position for its percentage of national parkland, and most scenic byways, although gas prices are higher than average. Southern states, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and North Carolina, offer the lowest gas prices.

For more travel inspiration and tips, have a look at RoadLoans’ collection of personal road trip experiences to states across the U.S., and learn how to calculate the gas cost of your trip in four easy steps.

 

 

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