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Road Trip! What are America's Best States for Summer Driving?

It’s summer, and whether they’re getting their kicks on Route 66 or seeing the USA in their Prius (which doesn’t have the same ring as “Chevrolet”), millions of Americans can’t wait to get on the road again.

| BY Donald Liebenson

It’s summer, and whether they’re getting their kicks on Route 66 or seeing the USA in their Prius (which doesn’t have the same ring as “Chevrolet”), millions of Americans can’t wait to get on the road again.

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Affluent Americans surveyed by Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner intend to travel in the U.S. this summer. Among these, almost one-fourth (22 percent) are heading for a national or state park, while 10 percent plan to take a trip somewhere within the United States this summer. Among that 64 percent, 22 percent plan to visit a national or state park, and 10 percent plan to get to a theme or amusement park during the summer.

While drivers are paying higher prices for gasoline in comparison to a year ago, the difference has narrowed to just a penny compared to 19 cents at the beginning of July, according to AAA. Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.61 per gallon, four cents less than one week ago and five cents less than one month ago.

So; Americans start your engines. But where to? The website WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states to determine which states are the most wallet-friendly, which have the most to offer, and which are most likely to keep road warriors from becoming road worriers.

WalletHub compared 21 metrics within four major categories, including driving and accommodation costs, traffic conditions and safety, weather conditions and fun and scenic attractions. The results:

10. Colorado

9. Ohio

8. California

7. New York

6. Nevada

5. Washington

4. Utah

3 Minnesota

2. Idaho

1. Oregon

According to WalletHub, if you’re looking for inexpensive camping, head to Arizona. Scenic byways? California takes bragging rights for the highest number. Massachusetts can boast the most national park units per square mile, while Montana gets credit for having the best weather conditions (between July 1 and Aug. 31).

How can travelers minimize costs on the road? Beyond the obvious travel strategies of careful budgeting and checking the Internet for the best deals on meals, lodging, and attractions, Robert Alex Robertson, Ph.D from the University of New Hampshire has a simple and sociable suggestion: Ask your bartenders and servers along the way.

“(They) are a wealth of information and full of local travel tips,” he said. They can point you in the right direction of quality and value. Be sure to tip proportionally to the quality and quantity of the tips that you receive. If you are flexible and open to opportunities as you go, you will experience unique values and qualities that only present themselves when you aren’t adhering to a set plan.”

Related story: Baby boomers seeking roads less traveled

About the Author

Donald Liebenson

Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.  

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.