Best States for a Summer Roadtrip


Thinking about taking a road trip this summer? Then check out this list of the best states to visit.

According to AAA, 79 percent of Americans will be hitting the highways this summer for a family roadtrip. Think sunny skies, barbeques and beach time. But the big question is, among all the states in our vast country — whether they’re home to major cities, tranquil shores or majestic mountains — which do you choose?

WalletHub, a website that offers free credit scores and reports, ranked the best and worst states for a road trip based on total expenses, available activities and safety. Here are their picks for the 10 best.

1. Oregon

  • Ranked among the top five states for the most scenic byways, Oregon is known for its hiking trails and lakes ideal for fishing.
  • Oregon is very safe, but it’s certainly not inexpensive.
  • Where to go: Crater Lake National Park

2. Utah

  • The snow-peaked mountains of Utah give this state some the most scenic byways in the United States.
  • If you travel here, there is no need to worry about safety as little crime is committed.
  • Where to go: Arches National Park

3. Washington

  • Washington State is tied for first place for having the highest percentage of total area designated as national parkland.
  • This natural getaway is perfect for hikers and outdoorsmen as it is ranked #2 for having the most overall activities.
  • Where to go: The Space Needle

4. North Carolina

  • This East Coast state was ranked #1 for having the most scenic byways.
  • North Carolina’s family-friendly beaches are a great spot to bring the kids with a relaxing atmosphere for the adults.
  • Where to go: The Biltmore Estate

5. Louisiana

  • Famous for its rich culture, storied history, and unique cuisine, Louisiana is sure to show any traveler a great time.
  • New Orleans, known as the birthplace of jazz, will sing to any music lover’s soul.
  • Where to go: Bourbon Street

6. Texas

  • Texas is ranked in the top 10 for lowest overall costs for a roadtrip.
  • Texas not only has beaches, like Corpus Christie and Padre Island, but it also boasts a unique culture with cowboys, ranch farms and rodeos.
  • Where to go: Historic Dealey Plaza

7. Nevada

  • Home to Las Vegas and Death Valley (the largest national park in the country), Nevada ranks #4 for the most access to activities — including the cheapest camping sites in the nation.
  • Safety in Nevada is not ideal, as car thefts are common in urban areas.
  • Where to go: Death Valley National Park

8. Minnesota

  • Minnesota is the safest state in the United States.
  • With nearly 12,000 lakes in the North Star State — that’s almost 45,000 miles of shoreline — there is no shortage of water activities.
  • Where to go: Mall of America

9. California

  • This West Coast state is ranked #1 in the nation for having the most activities, from beaches to wineries to state parks and more. With 900 miles of coastline, California beaches are some of the most visited in the world.
  • Visit Disneyland or take tours of the movie studios to immerse yourself in the laidback culture of the Golden State.
  • Where to go: Yosemite National Park

10. Colorado

  • If you’re a person who loves snow-covered slopes, vineyards and distilleries, and national parks, then Colorado is the place for you.
  • Colorado also has great hiking trails for people who love nature.
  • Where to go: Rocky Mountain National Park
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