If you're looking to take a road trip this summer and live in the state of Texas, you're in luck. We have one of the best states for summer road trips. WalletHub recently ranked all the states from best to worst in regards to road trips. Here is the full list:

  1. New York
  2. TEXAS
  3. Louisiana
  4. Maine
  5. North Carolina
  6. Minnesota
  7. Utah
  8. Illinois
  9. Michigan
  10. Wisconcin
  11. Washington
  12. Idaho
  13. Nevada
  14. Vermont
  15. Florida
  16. Georgia
  17. Ohio
  18. Pennsylvania
  19. Colorado
  20. Nebraska
  21. New Hampshire
  22. Wyoming
  23. Iowa
  24. Oregon
  25. Virginia
  26. Massachusetts
  27. Arizona
  28. Oklahoma
  29. North Dakota
  30. West Virginia
  31. California
  32. South Dakota
  33. Missouri
  34. Indiana
  35. Alaska
  36. Kentucky
  37. Maryland
  38. Tennessee
  39. South Carolina
  40. Kansas
  41. New Jersey
  42. Mississippi
  44. Alabama
  45. Montana
  46. Arkansas
  47. Hawaii
  48. Connecticut
  49. Delaware
  50. Rhode Island

So what are the criteria that put Texas toward the top of the list?

  • Lowest average gas prices. Texas comes in 3rd behind Louisiana and Mississippi

Aaannnddd, that was it. That's the only criteria that Texas made the top 5 in. But here are the other criteria that were used to make this list.

  • Lowest average cost of car repairs
  • Lowest price of camping
  • Fewest car thefts per capita
  • Highest percent of total area designated as national parkland
  • Most scenic byways

One of the main aspects of road trips for me has to do with the kind of weather you're going to run into while on the road. Texas during the summer usually has pretty decent weather. Although you will run into the occasional thunder storm which can be a pain and there will also be a dust storm every now and then. My wife and I just made the trip to Austin this past weekend and we ran into a few patches on the way back to El Paso where visibility wasn't the best. It wasn't bad enough to get us to pull over, but there were a couple times it felt like it might get to that.


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Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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