Where is CT on the list of the best road trip destinations?
CONNECTICUT – American novelist and Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac advised us to “Live, travel, adventure, bless and not be sorry. ”
Unless your road trip takes you to Connecticut, Delaware or Rhode Island.
That’s the consensus of analysts at personal finance website WalletHub, who ranked these states low on their list of “Best Summer Road Trip Destinations.”
To create the rankings, WalletHub compared the 50 states in terms of cost, safety, and activities. These categories were then assessed using 33 relevant metrics, including criteria as diverse as toll costs, quality of bridges, purple crimes, miles of shoreline, and amusement parks per capita. The full methodology is available here.
WalletHub’s list comes at the right time, as travel and health experts have determined Americans are keen to hit the road after more than a year of coronavirus cabin fever.
“I think that with increasing vaccination rates, more people will be taking more trips this summer,” said Dr. Richard Lichenstein, professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “There is a palpable desire to get out after being locked up for so long, and many destinations outside of the United States are still problematic because not all countries allow visitors. The personal vehicle offers the most freedom and options for travelers and a sense of more security (although difficult to prove) than air travel. “
Neighboring New York City tops WalletHub’s list of destinations, bolstering its position with strong scores in the safety and activities categories. Families on a budget may want to consider heading to Louisiana, which ranked the best in terms of cost and still performed well in the activities category. The most expensive state to travel by car is California, but it’s also the top ranked state for activities. So you pay your money, you make your choice, as the saying goes.
There is virtually nothing to do in Delaware, according to the editors of WalletHub, who ranked this state last in the activity category. Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and West Virginia round out the bottom five positions on the activity list.
Jukka M. Laitamaki, clinical professor at New York University’s Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, offered these budget-saving tips to those about to venture out on the road:
- Use your own tent on registered campsites with modern facilities.
- If you are planning to use home sharing like Airbnb or vrbo, book early to find the best deals.
- If you are planning to stay in hotels, use kayak.com for the best prices and book early.
- Research food options that fit your budget ahead of time, and try to support local businesses.
- Schedule refueling in states with lower gas prices.
- Book attraction visiting times in advance to avoid long lines.