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Study Unveils 2023’s Best States for Summer Road Trips

by Mary Melnick

Jul 14, 2023

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Summer is the best time to hit the open road, windows down, hair blowing in the wind and passengers jamming to favorite tunes. With nearly 80 percent of U.S. travelers saying they will take some sort of road trip this summer, WalletHub released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips.


To help travelers plan a fun, wallet-friendly road trip, WalletHub compared all 50 states based on 32 key metrics ranging from the number of attractions to road conditions to costs.


The best states for summer road trips are:

  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. North Carolina
  4. Ohio
  5. Idaho


The worst states for summer road trips are:

  1. Montana
  2. Hawai’i
  3. Connecticut
  4. Delaware
  5. Rhode Island


Some key findings include:


  • California has the highest number of scenic byways, 22 times higher than Connecticut and Delaware, the states with the lowest


  • Mississippi has the lowest daily price for camping at $36.86, 3.5 times lower than in California, the state with the highest at $129.19


  • Oklahoma has the lowest price for a 3-star hotel room, whereas Hawai’i has the highest; Vermont has the lowest number of car thefts per 1,000 residents, which is 12.5 times lower than Colorado, the highest


To read the full report, click here.


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