South Carolina Named the 12th Best State for Summer Road Trips


South Carolina is ranked among the best states for summer road trips according to WalletHub, a personal finance website.

WalletHub conducted a study of the 50 U.S. states to determine the 2015’s Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips. The study compared the states on three different dimensions including driving and lodging costs, road conditions and safety, and fun and scenic attractions. Along with these dimensions, the study used 20 key metrics that examined the attractions, road conditions, gas prices and even the weather in each state.

“About 85 percent of Americans—up 13 percent since 2014—are planning a summer vacation, and nearly 90 percent of them will be on the road,” WalletHub said.

According to this study, the best state for a summer road trip is Oregon, followed by the state of Nevada.

The Palmetto State is ranked 12th in the overall study, just below Arizona and one spot above Georgia. The Post and Courier grouped some of South Carolina’s rankings in the list below.

  • 1st - Average gas prices,
  • 7th - Number of nightlife options per 100,000 residents
  • 11th- Driving laws
  • 14th- Number of scenic byways
  • 18th- Number of attractions
  • 28th - Vehicle miles traveled per capita
  • 30th- Lowest price of camping