Grab your GPS and a cooler of snacks, and make sure you have plenty of time for exploring, because road trips are one of the best ways to celebrate summer. But before you venture out, take a look at the best and worst states for summer travel. The personal finance experts over at WalletHub looked at data from all 50 U.S. states to identify the ones that offer frugally minded road travelers the most fun for their buck. They looked at factors including average gas prices, the quality of roads, the number of scenic attractions and more.
Best and Worst
Some key statistics of the report include these travel-related factoids: California has 22 times more scenic byways than Connecticut. Also, if you want to camp, it will cost you twice as much to pitch a tent in Connecticut as it will in Nevada. And taking road trips in California requires a little extra vigilance: The Golden State has eight times more car thefts per 100,000 residents than Vermont.
Looking at driving and lodging costs, road conditions, safety rankings and the fun factor, WalletHub lists these five states as the best for summer travel:
The states listed below come in dead last on WalletHub’s list:
46) South Dakota
49) North Dakota
Where You’ll Save
Other notable findings include statistics on the state with highest gas prices (Washington), and lowest (South Carolina); the cheapest place to camp (Nevada), and the priciest (Maine); and the state with the lowest cost of car repairs (Nebraska), and the highest (Virginia).