For roughly 77 percent of Americans, summer is the perfect time to hit the open road. School’s out, the weather’s warm and the possibilities are endless. The only dilemmas? Deciding on a destination and somehow affording everything you want to pack into your itinerary.
Although gas is relatively cheap these days, filling up your tank along a long road trip will still cost a pretty penny, particularly given the 40 percent rebound in prices at the pump over the last four months. Plus, there are accommodations, activities and dining to consider. All of that certainly contributes to the more than $600 billion that we spend on leisure travel each year. And when you consider the billions of dollars in annual credit card debt that has been racking up as of late, ways to save are definitely in order.
With that in mind, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states to find the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations—plus those that’ll have travelers pulling a quick U-turn. The survey used 21 key metrics, including each state’s attractions, road conditions, costs and even weather patterns.
These categories are comprised of a total of 21 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. New York had an overall ranking at 17 out of the 50 states. New York’s “driving and lodging costs” rank was a measly 46 out of 50, while its “road conditions and safety” rank was 17 out of 50. And even better than that, New York ranked 5 of out 50 when it came to “fun and scenic attractions.”
You can find the results, additional expert insights and a detailed methodology at WalletHub’s website (www.wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-for-summer-road-trips/4648).