Ranking All 50 States for Summer Road Trips

Florida comes in a surprising seventh place in this latest report
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Don’t worry, pal. We’ll pull over at the next rest area. Photo by Andrew Pons/Unsplash

This summer, nearly 80% of American adults plan to take some sort of road trip, with around 39% planning to travel more than 250 miles from home. To that end, WalletHub has released a report on the best and worst states for summer road trips.

With road warriors in mind, WalletHub compared all 50 U.S. states based on 32 key metrics to find the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations. Key metrics included gas prices, quality of roads, car thefts, the number of zoos, botanical gardens, theme parks and more.

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How did Florida do? Not as well as we expected. The Sunshine State’s ranking of 7th might seem a little low. The state ranked second only to California for activities but also 49th for safety and 22nd for costs.

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Florida tied for first in the percentage of total area designated as national parkland (along with Alaska, Hawaii, California, Washington, and Arizona). But it also ranked among the worst states for price of camping. Here are the WalletHub conclusions:

Best Road-Trip Destinations for Summer

  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. North Carolina
  4. Ohio
  5. Idaho
  6. Louisiana
  7. Florida
  8. Wyoming
  9. Minnesota

Rhode Island was designed the worst state for summer road trips, according to WalletHub. It ranked dead last for activities and 43rd for costs. It was followed by Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Montana.

WalletHub is a personal finance company that produces a suite of services and tools including free credit checks.

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