Minnesota ranked No. 3 state for road trips


Minnesota is one of the top road trip destinations in the United States, according to the finance website WalletHub.

WalletHub ranked the states that offered the most wallet-friendly places for people to drive to for a summer vacation, ranking Minnesota No. 3 among the 50 states.

Oregon was No. 1 and Idaho No. 2. The worst places for your wallet to take a road trip? Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia, in that order, WalletHub says.

The website looked at states that offered the most fun for your dollar by examining attractions, traffic conditions, weather, gas prices and lodging costs.

Among the factors that made Minnesota a top destination: The state ranks eighth in number of nightlife options per capita; 11th in driving laws rating; 14th in number of scenic byways; 17th in car thefts per capita; 18th in ideal temperature (remember, this is a summer road trips list) and number of attractions.

More than one-third of Americans plan to take two or more vacations this summer, and many plan to do so by car, according to the travel website Travelzoo. Nearly eight in 10 vacations were by car last year, the U.S. Travel Association reports.

Looking to take a road trip this summer? Check out WalletHub's map for the best and worst destinations:

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WalletHub isn't the only website naming Minnesota as a top place for road trips. USA Today lists a drive from Minnesota to Louisiana, following the Mississippi River, as one of the 10 best bucket-list road trips.

Vita.Mn has a list of the best "liquid" road trips in Minnesota, which includes stops at distilleries and breweries throughout Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin.

The popular travel resource Foder's has a list of the best road trips in Minnesota, including making the trek to the North Shore, Park Rapids and the Iron Range.

Outside Magazine, which recently named Duluth, Minnesota, as the best outdoor town, has a list of the 10 all-American summer road trips, naming a trip from Duluth to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan as one of the best.

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