To conduct the ranking, Wallethub looked at 22 key metrics in three main categories: Costs, Safety, and Activities. That means they weighed statistics like the price of accommodations (hotel and camping), toll costs, quality of roads, number of attractions and nightlife, amount of shoreline and national parkland, and most importantly (and weighted heavily), "access to scenic byways." It also looked at average gas prices per state, which are down across the board. In fact, according to an analysis by Gas Buddy, fuel costs this summer are on track to be the cheapest they've been since 2005, which means you'll be able to explore from coast to coast even if you're budget's tight.
Here's how the states stacked up: