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These 5 US States Just Ranked Best for a Summer Road Trip


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Are you planning a road trip this summer? New rankings have just revealed the top five states in the US for a road trip.

Road trips are expected to be a popular way to travel this year, with nearly 80% of Americans planning to take some type of road trip this summer.

according to a new study From WalletHub, these are the best states for a memorable summer trip. Their methodology is based on more than 30 factors, including things to do, value for money, safety, and more.

Here are the top states to consider for your next road trip:

aerial view austin texas

1. Texas

The Lone Star State tops this list of the best road trip destinations in the US because of its good value and abundance of things to do.

A great road trip to Texas would start in the quirky and cool city of Austin before heading south to historic San Antonio. From there you can head west to Big Bend National Park. Although remote, this national park is worth a visit for its stunning scenery.

Another option for a road trip to Texas would be to head south from San Antonio to South Padre Island, the top beach destination in Texas.

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Dramatic Valley in Big Bend National Park

2. New York

Although more expensive than other states on this list, New York is an amazing destination for a road trip this summer. There is much more to the state than just New York City.

On Long Island, the Hamptons are a classic summer beach getaway.

Farther north, the Catskill Mountains are another quintessential summer destination with a variety of outdoor activities. Some other great places to visit in upstate New York include the scenic Finger Lakes region and the iconic Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

3. North Carolina

Another of the best states to visit on a road trip this summer is North Carolina. This picturesque southern state offers good value for money and has no shortage of things to do.

If you are looking for a beach holiday, the Outer Banks is a must-visit destination. These remote barrier islands off the North Carolina coast are perfect for a laid-back getaway.

On the other side of the state, you can enjoy a road trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway is considered one of the most scenic drives in the country. Be sure to stop in hip and artsy Asheville and step back in time at the sprawling Biltmore Estate.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is located at the northern end of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina.


Ohio is another great state for a road trip this summer. This underrated state falls under the radar for tourism, but it’s packed with amazing summer destinations.

When you think of Ohio, beaches may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the state actually has beautiful beaches along the shores of Lake Erie. Places like Sandusky or Geneva-on-the-Lake are perfect stops on your road trip this summer.

Ohio is also home to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, home to several waterfalls, great hiking trails, and a scenic railroad.

The waterfall at Ash Cave in Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park.


Finally, Idaho is one of the best destinations for your summer road trip. This northwestern state is packed with amazing things to do.

One of the highlights of Idaho is its natural beauty.

You can enjoy a road trip to the impressive Shoshone Falls or see the otherworldly landscapes of Craters of the Moon National Monument. A small part of Yellowstone National Park is in Idaho, although most of it is in neighboring Wyoming and Montana.

Idaho also boasts incredible natural hot springs and a cool capital city, Boise, which has grown in popularity in recent years.

Sunset on the Salmon River, Camp Maloney Creek, Idaho.

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