There is only one thing better than hosting a barbecue bash mid-summertime, and that’s packing up the car with the bare minimum and hitting the open road armed with a paper map and the endless possibilities of adventure. It’s the perfect adventure. The kind that you pored over in Kerouac novels, Dennis Hopper films and Bob Dylan songs.
But there is one teeny-tiny dilemma: picking the right corner of the country to explore.
It’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly and that’s because there are lots and lots to dance with, from the gas prices, road quality, nightlife attractions, chance of an injury accident, National Parks to explore, scenic attractions to speed past and so much more, and all chops and changes from state to state.
Of course, this begs the big and bold question: where should you head for your next summertime road trip? Well, according to a thoroughly detailed report by WalletHub, you need to book a flight to Oregon, Nevada, and Utah, hire the snazziest classic car you can find and hit the road for as long as you can because these place tick all the boxes. The cost of driving and lodging, road conditions and safety, fun and attractions – everything. If, however, you’ve already decided to have a Connecticut adventure, cancel your plans and think again. The same goes for Alaska and Mississippi, which are the worst road trip staycation spots according to the studies.
But to give you the full low down and let you see how your plans compare to the rankings, check out a full list of best and worst and, well, do with it what you please. The way we see it, this is just a guideline because, as we all know, every road trip is an adventure worth taking a polaroid camera on. They’re memory-makers like no other.
The Best Of The Bunch
4. North Carolina
The Worst Of The Best
4. North Dakota
If you were hoping we were going to break it down into the most important parts of a great road trip then you’re in luck too. We’re talking about the all-important gas price saga, where the cheapest camping spots are, the most national parks and the most jaw-hit-floor, gorgeous highways.
So, for the lowest gas prices in our amazing country, you’ll want to head to the magical state of Mississippi, where you’ll get to travel for weeks on end without breaking the bank of adventure, while the impossibly stunning state of Wyoming will give you the best price when it comes to camping under the night sky. As for the most amount of perfect parkland, you’ll want to head to Arizona. But given we know that’s not an option, head to California instead, which came in at number 12 on the WalletHub list. As for the most staggering highways, surrounded by endless vistas of Mother Nature at her most beautiful, California and North Carolina are where you want to set your GPS too.