Worst States for a Road Trip

A new survey ranks all 50 states by road trip costs, safety and activities. The bottom 10 could surprise you.

Road with detour signs seen on a road trip
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Summer road trip season is officially here. Anyone looking to amble along the highways and backroads of America should know that not all states are created equal. A new report from WalletHub ranks all 50 states across dimensions of costs, safety and activities to show where road-trippers can get the most bang for their buck.

Road trip must-haves

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State RankingStateTotal Score
41South Carolina47.16
42North Dakota46.96
43New Mexico45.49
50Rhode Island37.97

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Ben Demers
Audience Engagement Manager, Kiplinger.com

Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.