One of my favorite things to do is to take a summer time road trip.  I've been able to visit a number of areas around the country, but next to California, New York and Pennsylvania are among my favorites for their scenic beauty.  There are a number of factors that have to be considered when you start comparing states and what makes one better than another.

The personal finance website WalletHub has done some research to come up with a ranking of the Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips and New York came out in the Top 10.  They used three main categories to come to their conclusions - Safety, Activities and Cost.

Among the items they considered in Cost was the price of gas, the cost of hotels, camping and other accommodations, tolls and auto repairs.  In terms of cost New York  ranked 49th out of the 50 states, but New York did much better in the other two categories.

New York ranked third best in Activities and fourth best in Safety.  Among the things considered in Activities were parks and recreation areas, zoos and botanical gardens, amusement and theme parks, fairs and festivals, historical sites, food services and weather.

In the Safety category WalletHub considered the quality of roads and bridges, enforcement of traffic laws, traffic density, traffic fatalities and driver behavior.

When all of those factors were compared, New York emerged as the 8th best state in the country for a summer road trip.  The Top 5 were:

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Carolina
  3. Minnesota
  4. Texas
  5. Florida

The worst state was Rhode Island.  Check out the complete WalletHub report for yourself:

Source: WalletHub