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What are the best states for summer road trips?

Wheat Road

People across the country preparing to drive to vacation destinations

WalletHub, a personal-finance website, offers the following information to help people  maximize savings and fun:

Best states for summer road trips 

 

Worst states for summer road trips

1.

Wyoming

 

41.

Alabama

2.

North Carolina

 

42.

Kansas

3.

Minnesota

 

43.

Alaska

4.

Texas

 

44.

Kentucky

5.

Florida

 

45.

Indiana

6.

Louisiana

 

46.

New Mexico

7.

Washington

 

47.

Hawaii

8.

New York

 

48.

Delaware

9.

Utah

 

49.

Connecticut

10.

Colorado

 

50.

Rhode Island

Key stats – Best vs. worst: 

  • California has the highest number of scenic byways, 66, which is 22 times higher than in Delaware, the state with the lowest at three.
     
  • Wyoming has the lowest daily price for camping, $32, which is 2.1 times lower than in Connecticut, the state with the highest at $68.
     
  • Arizona has the lowest price for a three-star hotel room, $64, which is 3.4 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at $218.
     
  • Vermont has the lowest number of car thefts per 1,000 residents, .45, which is 12.5 times lower than in New Mexico, the state with the highest at 5.64.

2018 gas and travel survey

  • 49 percent of drivers choose where to get gas based on price, followed by convenience, 38 percent, with the brand, 10 percent, coming in well behind.
  • 25 percent of people have driven in at least 25 states. California, 11 percent, and Texas, 10 percent, are the most popular picks for the best state to drive in.
  • Nearly one in three people think an individual should have to take a test to get a credit card, just like a driver’s license.
  • 62 percent of people want rewards on gas more than any other type of travel purchase.

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Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

I agree that California has scenic roadways especially on the 1 or 101. We still have lots of potholes and traffic but, I guess that's what you get when you're popular. LOL

Rita

Hi Rebecca,

Yes, California has beautiful scenic highways. But, driving through the big cities is scary if you haven't done it before and don't know where you're going. Maybe it's better these days with the Google Maps telling you where to go.

Rita

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