Summer is the time for vacations, outdoor explorations and soaking up the sunshine. What better way to enjoy the best parts of summer than by hitting the open road, rolling down your windows and seeing some new and exciting places?
The classic summer road trip is one of the most romanticized trip concepts and the actual adventure tends to vary greatly. One of the biggest factors in the success (or lack of success) on any given road trip lies in the location. Since the route you choose plays such a big role in your trip, WalletHub gathered and calculated data on the states you should see on your summer road trip—and the ones you should avoid.
Taking a look at the attractions, national park units, road conditions, costs and weather (among other aspects), WalletHub put together a list of the best and worst states. From Delaware to Washington, take a look at the list and see how your state measures up.
Best known as the Potato State, Idaho has more to do and see than most people realize. Home to more than a dozen state parks, several wildlife refuges and some of the best fishing in the country, Idaho is a top choice for summer road trips. Some of the main factors that put Idaho in the top 10 are low hotel rates, low rates of crime, the 31 scenic byways and incredible summer weather.
#9 North Carolina
A favorite state for tourists on the east coast, North Carolina has a lot to offer. From coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to Mount Mitchell, the highest point in the east, and cities like Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh that draw tourists from all over. North Carolina is a great state for road trips due to inexpensive lodging and camping, quality roads and an astounding number of scenic byways—54 in total.