Now that summer is here, how are you going to spend your vacation time? If you're like us, a road trip is on your list.
Which states have the best rates for lodging and fuel? What about history of road safety? And what will you do when you get there?
We've compiled a list and photo galleries of things to do when you visit one of the top 10 road best trip spots in the United States. Our list was curated using WalletHub's "Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips," ranked by driving and lodging costs, road quality and safety, and fun and scenic attractions.
No. 10: Idaho
This state is home to outdoor adventures to fit any enthusiast. River rafters can enjoy a mild run on the Payette, prove their toughness on Lochsa or enjoy the Middle Fork of the Salmon River — one of two rivers in the United States to make National Geographic's "Top 10 White Water Rafting" locations. For history buffs, portions of the Lewis and Clark, California and Oregon Trails run through the state. Hikers and backpackers can explore one of Idaho's national forests.
No. 9: North Carolina
This state has lower costs of travel and fuel and no shortage of fun activities. More than 400 movies have been filmed in Wilmington, also known as Hollywood East, according to visitnc.com. Tour sites where films like "The Hunger Games," "Dances With Wolves," and "Dirty Dancing" were shot. Channel your inner adventure and hike portions of the Appalachian Trail during your visit to North Carolina. Also, check out some of the state's lighthouses, the biggest home in America, or explore the 300 miles of beaches. Check out the photo gallery for more ideas.
No. 8: Colorado
Colorado ranks well both for travel and lodging costs and fun and scenic attractions. Stroll through one of Colorado's art walks or museums, take a walk on the wild side at Elitch Gardens amusement park, visit ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, or visit one of the other national parks, state parks or national monuments. Sports enthusiasts can hit up a Rockies game and those looking for a way to relax, can take a dip in one of the hot springs in Buena Vista or Salida.
No. 7: Wyoming
Take affordable fuel and lodging costs and add to that hundreds of miles of wilderness and recreational land and you'll have an adventure in Wyoming. Take a hike through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, visit Devil's Tower and Fossil Butte National Monuments, or stop over in Jackson Hole. Wyoming is also home to parts of the Oregon and Pony Express trails and other historic landmarks and wilderness destinations. Cool off with a rafting run down the Snake River.
No. 6: Utah
From the mountainous Logan Canyon up north to the Salt Flats in the West and red rocks in the south, you can drive for two to three hours in any direction and get a drastically different and refreshing outdoor experience. WalletHub ranked Utah as having the second best road conditions and safety in the U.S., which is a bonus for those who will be traversing the state. This state is also home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so you may want to schedule time to listen to a rehearsal or live performance. Check out the architecture of the Salt Lake Temple and the Cathedral of the Madeleine while you are in Downtown Salt Lake. Utah also boasts five national parks and the greatest snow on earth. While skiing may not be an option during the summer, Utah's ski resorts have fun activities available for you and your family all year long.
No. 5: Ohio
Hike through the Appalachian Foothills in southeast Ohio, bike through the flatlands of the northwest portions of the state or raft or float through one of Ohio's 50 rivers. Visit Ohio's Amish Country to learn more about this simple way of life. Here you can visit the Amish Sistine Chapeland eat in an Amish home. You and your family can also visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park or one of the state's national historic parks and sites, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. While in Ohio, catch a ball game with the Cincinnati Reds or the Cleveland Indians, or a professional soccer game with the Columbus Crew.
No. 4: Washington
Eclectic Washington offers something for the outdoor enthusiast, city slicker, or anything in between. Climb up Mount St. Helens, a volcano that last erupted in 1980, or visit Mount Rainier, Olympic or North Cascades national parks. If you don't find what you want here, you can visit one of the state's national historic parks and sites, including the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. If you head to Seattle, make sure you hit up a Seattle Mariner's game, check out the Space Needle or visit one of the museums or nearby lakes. No wonder WalletHub ranked Washington as the No. 1 place for fun and scenic attractions.
No. 3: Minnesota
Home to the Mall of America, Minnesota was also ranked first in the nation for road condition and safety by WalletHub. Visit one of the state's museums or aquariums, or head out for some fishing, biking, hiking or off-roading. (Bonus: Deluth, Minnesota, was the 2014 winner of Outside Magazine's "Best Towns" contest. Click here to see why and to get more ideas for your road trip.)
Source: Explore Minnesota
No. 2: Nevada
Nevada is perhaps most popular for being home to Las Vegas, with its seemingly endless ways to be entertained. Catch a Cirque Du Soleil show or concert, hit up one of the city's famous buffets or visit the fountains and lights at the Bellagio. If you need a break from the Vegas lights, take a history tour at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park. If you're looking for things to do outdoors, trek over to some of Nevada's natural wonders like Lake Mead, Valley of Fire State Park, Great Basin National Park and Red Rock Canyon.
No. 1: Oregon
WalletHub's No. 1 pick combines history with the uniqueness of Portland and the beauty of nature. Oregon was ranked as one of WalletHub's Top 5 places for road conditions and safety and fun attractions. While in Oregon, check out Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Crater Lake National Park, Multnomah Falls, Portland's Japanese Garden or the International Rose Test Garden. History buffs can visit the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and Trail or the parts of the Oregon Trail.