According to TravelZoo, 40 percent of Americans plan to take some kind of summer vacation this year. If you’re among those planning a getaway, here’s a good reason to visit the Bay State. Personal finance site WalletHub just named Massachusetts the 12th best state for a summer road trip.
WalletHub looked at 21 key metrics in all 50 states to determine which state offers the most enjoyment for tourists without taking a large bite out of their budgets. While Massachusetts did not take the top spot on the list (Oregon got that honor), it was the highest-ranking New England state according to WalletHub’s findings.
Take a look at how Massachusetts fared according to WalletHub’s survey. Next
Number of Attractions
Massachusetts came in 12th for WalletHub’s metric of the number of attractions in the state. Not too shabby, considering we’re home to a long list of attractions that other states can’t brag about – including the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, the Bunker Hill monument, and much more.
Massachusetts also has the most National Park units per square mile compared to the other states, according to WalletHub’s findings. The only other New England state to make the top 5 in this category was Rhode Island, which placed 4th. Next
If you’re planning to stay in a hotel in Massachusetts, it will likely be on the more expensive side compared to other states. According to WalletHub’s findings, Massachusetts ranks 40th in terms of the lowest price of a 3-star hotel. The average cost of a 3-star hotel in Massachusetts is $96.67 per night. Next
WalletHub points out that gas prices tend to climb during the summer months and Massachusetts is no exception. The cost of gas is on the more expensive side in the Commonwealth with Massachusetts ranking 31st for least expensive gasoline. Gas prices in Massachusetts are currently at $3.68 per gallon, according to AAA Southern New England (as of this posting).
According to WalletHub, the cheapest gas can be found in South Carolina while the most expensive gas is in Hawaii. Next
If you plan to paint the town red during your visit, Massachusetts has you covered. According to WalletHub, Massachusetts has the 12th highest number of nightlife options per capita. Next
Vehicle Miles Traveled
According to WalletHub’s findings, Massachusetts ranks 8th in terms of vehicle miles traveled per capita (0.0007), which is another way of saying there is less traffic congestion than in 42 other states. Of course, that’s probably a hard figure to swallow for anyone who has fought Cape traffic during peak vacation times.
WalletHub calculated vehicle miles traveled per capita by looking at the “average number of miles driven by any given person in the state divided by the total population of that state,” according to a WalletHub spokesperson. Next
One of the worst things that can happen to a tourist (or anyone else) on an out-of-state road trip is to fall victim to car theft. Visitors to Massachusetts have better odds of finding their car right where they left it, according to WalletHub. The Bay State ranks 12th in terms of having the fewest car thefts per capita with only 9,232. Next
Scenic byways are roads that have been recognized by the US Department of Transportation for their “intrinsic qualities.” These roads are recognized as unique tourist destinations and preserved under a program run by the Federal Highway Administration.
According to WalletHub, Massachusetts ranks 33rd in terms for the number of scenic byways. This include the Jacob’s Ladder Trail in Russell, Battle Road along Route 2A in Arlington, Cambridge, and Concord, and the Mohawk Trail in Greenfield (pictured). Next
Visitors to the state also have decent odds of being greeted with comfortable weather conditions. Massachusetts ranks 16th in terms of the difference between the historical average temperature for the period between July 1 and August 31 and the ideal temperature of 75 degrees, according to WalletHub. Next
Driving Laws Rating
If you’re driving into Massachusetts, you’ll find locals have a lot to say about the traffic (spoiler alert: It’s not pretty). But while we may have a lot of complaints about traffic, tolls, and who cut off who on the Pike, apparently our driving laws get a very favorable rating. Massachusetts has the 11th safest driving laws in the country according to WalletHub’s rankings. Back to the beginning
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