AUSTIN, TX — With summer upon us, families will be taking to the road in search of vacation fun. So how does Texas stack up for road trips? According to one survey, the Lone Star State ranks 5th nationally for road tripping.
WalletHub ranked Texas 5th overall, with the findings broken down into various categories —with ratings ranging from 1 to 25 in a range from “best” to “average,” respectively. In terms of categories, here are some Texas highlights:
- 14th – Number of Attractions.
- 7th – Lowest Price of Three-Star Hotel Room.
- 9th – Avg. Gas Prices.
- 8th – Nightlife Options per Capita.
- 14th – Vehicle Miles Traveled per Capita.
- 30th – Car Thefts per Capita.
- 12th – Access to Scenic Byways.
- 8th – Lowest Price of Camping.
- 7th – Driving Laws Rating.
Gas prices might be one thing to worry about, WalletHub analysts noted. Fuel prices have been inching upward, with the national average rising 67 cents between January 1 and May 4. That’s on top of accommodations, activities and dining. All these expenditures contribute to the more than $761 billion Americans spend on leisure travel each year.
Still none of the expense and hassle seems to dissuade Americans from traveling. Quite the oppositie: WalletHub reports that 53 percent of families traveling this summer still plan to take road trips, according to AAA.
The appeal of Texas travel is seen in the myriad vistas found across its massive expansive. Virtually every conceivable landscape — deserts, oceans, forests, jungles, mountains, lakes, wetlands and more — can be found across the Lone Star State to satisfy every conceivable taste.
Besting Texas in the top 5 list, in descending order, are North Caroline, Wyoming, Minnesota and Virginia. In the top 10, Texas led New York, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
Here are some more fun findings per state:
Graphic courtesy of WalletHub.
To find the best road-trip destinations for summer, WalletHub compared the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Costs, 2) Safety and 3) Activities. Then, analysts evaluated those dimensions using 33 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights.
Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for summer road trips. Researchers then determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order their sample.
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