It’s officially summertime and many families are getting ready to pack up the car and head out on a long summer road trip. As for places high on the most-desired-to-visit list, they are many and quite diverse. But if your vacation plans aren’t yet finalized and you’re looking for ideas, the folks at WalletHub have come up with a list of the 10 best states (and 10 worst states) for a summer road trip in 2015 that are worth checking out.

We’re most excited about a few of them, but you’ll be the judge. Here, then, are the 10 states that seem to have captured the most points in WalletHub’s analysis. As for the methodology used to arrive at the overall ranking, factors for weighting include driving and lodging costs, road conditions and safety, and fun and scenic attractions.

Top 10 States for a Summer Road Trip

Ranking #1 through #10 are a good mix of states for summer road trip enjoyment. These include two states in the Pacific Northwest, four in the mountain states, two in the Midwest, and one on the East coast.

Oregon – Sightseeing spots in Oregon for family travelers include Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls, and Haystack Rock. Number one on the best states for a summer road trip, Oregon ranks 3rd for fun and scenic attractions, 4th spot for road conditions and safety, and #32 for driving and lodging costs. It’s tied with Utah at 3rd place for most scenic byways.

Nevada – With 100+ golf courses, Lake Tahoe for relaxation, and, need we say it, the excitement of casinos, nightlife, dining and more in Las Vegas, Nevada deserves its #2 overall spot as a summertime road trip state. It’s #4 in fun and scenic attractions, #12 in driving and lodging costs, and #24 in road conditions and safety. It’s also the state with the lowest price of camping, but gas costs are pretty high and it is third on the list for most car thefts per capita.

Minnesota – Water sports and hiking are prime summertime activities in Minnesota, thanks to its lakes, forests, and wilderness areas. No wonder Minnesota is #3 overall for summertime road trips. The state comes in #1 for road conditions and safety, #19 for fun and scenic attractions, and #22 for driving and lodging costs.

Washington – Points of interest in Washington include Grand Coulee Dam, Olympic National Park, and the Space Needle. At number 4 overall, Washington ranks 1st for fun and scenic attractions, #9 for road conditions and safety, and #40 for driving and lodging costs.

Ohio – With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cedar Point, and lots of sports venues, Ohio is a bit of a surprise at 5th place for a summertime road trip state. Individual rankings include 6th place for road conditions and safety, 7th place for fun and scenic attractions, and #30 for driving and lodging costs.

Utah – Best-known for winter skiing, Utah has much to offer road-tripping families in summertime as well. There are the Arches, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks, plus the historic locations in Salt Lake City.  At sixth place overall, Utah claims individual rankings of #2 in road conditions and safety, #17 in fun and scenic attractions, and #28 in driving and lodging costs.

Wyoming – With a wealth of natural beauty in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, plus Devil’s Tower and Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming has much to offer travelers visiting by car. Placing 7th on the top 10 states to take a summer road trip to, Wyoming also comes in at #4 for driving and lodging costs, #8 for road conditions and safety, and #26 for fun and scenic attractions.

Colorado – Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Gardens of the Gods are just a few of the many spots to see when traveling to Colorado, #8 on the top 10 states for a summer road trip list. The state ranks #11, #28, and #14 for driving and lodging costs, road conditions and safety, and fun and scenic attractions, respectively.

North Carolina – Boasting the highest mountains along the East coast, North Carolina is #9 on the WalletHub list of top states for a summer road trip. It ranks 12th for fun and scenic attractions, #14 for driving and lodging costs, and #31 for road conditions and safety.

Idaho – At #10 on the list, Idaho, with its mountains, meadows, and deep river canyons, is a perfect state for such summertime recreational pursuits such as golfing, river rafting, and fly fishing. The state is #15 in terms of fun and scenic attractions, 21st for road and safety conditions, and 27th for driving and lodging costs. Interestingly, Idaho also ranks #5 in the states with the fewest numbers of car thefts per capita and #5 for numbers of most scenic byways – good points if you’re planning a trip there.

If your state isn’t among the top 10, check out the full list here. You’ll see that Arizona comes in at #11 (and the state ranks #2 for driving and lodging costs); New Mexico is #22 (and ranks #8 for driving and lodging costs); Alabama is #29 (#1 for driving and lodging costs).

10 Worst States for a Summer Road Trip

On the opposite end of the ranking, you might be glad (or not) to know that these states are solidly at the bottom of the list in terms of desirability for a summer road trip this year. Nothing against these states from our perspective, but the numbers from WalletHub clearly are compelling. So, you might wish to steer clear of a long summer drive in or through these states.

New Jersey – Despite the attraction of the Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey is not so much of a go-to destination if you go by the numbers. The state, which ranks 41st overall (out of 50), is #13 in terms of road conditions and safety (not bad), 47th for fun and scenic attractions (not good), and 34th for driving and lodging costs.

Michigan – This one we found quite shocking, especially having been on some rather spectacular summer road trips to upper Michigan, along Lake Michigan, and numerous inland lakes. The state, which ranks overall at #42, comes in #48 in terms of fun and scenic attractions, #32 for road and safety conditions, and 19th for the costs of driving and lodging.

Rhode Island – What can we say about Rhode Island, except we wouldn’t want to drive there if we didn’t have to. That’s buttressed by the numbers: overall ranking of #43, 49th for driving and lodging costs, #34 for fun and scenic attractions, and a respectable 12th place for road and safety conditions.

Arkansas – With its diverse geography and lots of summer festivals, you’d think Arkansas would rank higher on the summer road trip list. While visitors will surely find something to like, Arkansas did come in at #44 overall. In terms of driving and lodging, road and safety conditions, and fun and scenic attractions, however, the rankings were #20, #44, and #40, respectively.

Oklahoma – A state that’s home to hundreds of lakes (man-made), casinos, state parks, museums and more, Oklahoma, nevertheless, ranks #45 among the 50 states for a summer road trip destination. Included in the analysis, the state is a very respectable #4 for driving and lodging costs, but comes in at #45 for fun and scenic attractions and dead last in 50th spot for road and safety conditions.

South Dakota – It’s the home of Mount Rushmore, a state where the locals tout boating, fishing, canoeing, waterskiing and windsurfing, but South Dakota falls in the #46th spot as a summer destination for a car trip. Its rankings are #26, #36, and #46 for driving and lodging costs, road and safety conditions, and fun and scenic attractions, respectively.

Mississippi – There are 24-hour casinos and some resort-like accommodations in Biloxi and Gulfport, but overall, the state of Mississippi doesn’t fare too well as a summertime destination (by road trip, that is). It’s #47 overall and ranks #3 (really good) for driving and lodging costs, #49 for road and safety conditions, and #50 for fun and scenic attractions.

Delaware – Boasting the cleanest beaches in the nation, Delaware probably has more things going for it than its #48 ranking in the WalletHub list. While it comes in at #30 for road and safety conditions, it ranks 41st for driving and lodging costs and 42nd for fun and scenic attractions.

North Dakota – Unless you’re into traveling the Lewis and Clark trail, North Dakota may be a state you want to skip. It’s second to last in the WalletHub list and carries rankings of #36, #42, and #38 for driving and lodging costs, road and safety conditions, and fun and scenic attractions, respectively.

Connecticut – The southernmost state in the area known as New England, Connecticut doesn’t fare very well at all in this listing. It’s dead bottom in overall ranking and in terms of driving and lodging costs (#50), falls in 16th place for road conditions and safety, and 49th spot for fun and scenic attractions. Ouch.

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