DRIVIN' FOR MILES
Texas accelerates to No. 1 on list of best states for road trips this summer
Summer's just getting started in the Lone Star State, and so is the summer travel season. Good news for in-state adventurers — especially those who prefer not to fly: Texas is the No. 1 state for a summer road trip, according to the latest report by personal finance website WalletHub.
With a total score of 60.33, Texas sped into the top spot in 2023 after ranking third in WalletHub's 2022 report (score: 56.63). New York, which ranked first last year, slipped into second place in the new report, while Maine fell all the way down into No. 10 after ranking second-best in 2022.
The analysis takes 32 different metrics into consideration to determine the rankings for the 2023 edition of the "Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips". One factor is the price of gas, which currently is more than $3.50 per gallon nationally but about $3.21 in Texas, according to AAA. Only two other states in the WalletHub report – Louisiana and Mississippi – had lower costs to fill up the tank.
Other factors include camping costs, road safety, number of recreational activities, and more. And travelers can't forget about one major monetary inconvenience: inflation.
Texas earned a respectable No. 7 ranking for costs, and did even better in the category of activities, coming in at No. 5.
Texans already know how fun their home state is, with activities ranging from exploring some of the state's best parks, to trying out urban treasure hunting, to visiting world-class local museums. It's no surprise WalletHub agreed.
In terms of safety, Texas ranked a less desirable No. 38. The top five safest states for road trips, in order, are Maine (No. 10 overall), Vermont (No. 27 overall), New Hampshire (No. 34 overall), Iowa (No. 21 overall) and Wyoming (No. 8 overall).
The top 10 best summer road trip destinations are:
- No. 1 – Texas
- No. 2 – New York
- No. 3 – North Carolina
- No. 4 – Ohio
- No. 5 – Idaho
- No. 6 – Louisiana
- No. 7 – Florida
- No. 8 – Wyoming
- No. 9 – Minnesota
- No. 10 – Maine
The full report and its methodology can be found on wallethub.com.