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How Does Your State Rank for 2017 Summer Road Trips?

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Hitting the open road this summer? Of course you are! It is road trip season, after all. Thanks to the analytical skills of WalletHub.com, you can find out where your state and/or destination of choice rank for your next summer road trip.

Using 22 key metrics for analysis, according to senior writer Richie Bernardo, WalletHub.com has determined “the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations—plus those that’ll have travelers pulling a quick U-turn.”


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If you’re looking for a state with the most picturesque drives, you will want to explore the states of California, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, or Idaho; although they have a lot to offer, Hawaii, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Connecticut, and Delaware offer the least amount of scenic byways, according to Bernardo.

If saving money on gas is a priority for your trip, set your navigation to South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, or Oklahoma, which boast the lowest average gas prices, reports Bernardo; you’ll pay more at the pump in the beautiful states of Nevada, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and California.

If your road trip means embracing Mother Nature with nights of camping, you should consider Nevada, Wyoming, Nebraska, Georgia, or Alabama, which offer the lowest price of camping. Camping in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are the priciest options in the United States.


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If you’re looking to bask in the wonders only a national park can present, then head to Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Washington, or Wyoming, which according to Bernardo, have the “highest percentage of total area designated as national parkland.” On the contrary, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Rhode Island, and Illinois are home to the lowest percentage of total area designated as national parkland.

Your car will be a bit safer in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania, which are states that have the least amount of car thefts per capita; it might be best to lock your doors in Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, and California, though.

No matter where you decide to go this summer, stay safe on the road and enjoy the ride—it’s all about the journey, right?

News Source: WalletHub

  • This summer we’ve made a huge road trip: from Arizona to New York! It was amazing!