Planning a vacation this summer? Bone up on your Oregon trivia — it's Willamette, dammit! — because the Beaver State is a destination worth the drive, according to WalletHub's rank of best and worst states for summer road trips.
The Washington, D.C.-based personal-finance website ranked states across 22 factors in three categories — cost, safety and activity — pulling data on everything from average gas prices and maximum toll costs to vehicle-theft rates and share of land devoted to national parks. Below are the state-by-state rankings:
49. Rhode Island
46. North Dakota
42. New Jersey
31. South Dakota
28. West Virginia
27. New Hampshire
22. South Carolina
20. New Mexico
17. New York
4. North Carolina
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Western states ranked highly, with Oregon (No. 1) and Washington state (No. 3) bracketing Utah (No. 2). Road trippers might also consider the South: North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas took the fourth, fifth and sixth spots, respectively.
WalletHub's study landed the Northeast in the opposite camp, no pun intended. New York and Maine had above-average rankings, but Connecticut landed in last place (No. 50), with Rhode Island (No. 49), Pennsylvania (No. 47), Delaware (No. 45) and New Jersey (No. 42) close behind. See the full study here.
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