Today, the first official day of summer, happens to mark the start to another season. Gas up, snack up and mute that annoying voice command on your GPS app, because it’s road trip season.
If you thought, however, that living in Texas meant living in one of the best states to hit the road and get away, WalletHub has compiled a list that says otherwise. According to the personal finance company’s site, Texas ranks No. 30 on 2016’s “Best States for Summer Road Trips” list. What about those beautiful, endless highways (one of the many things we love about Texas) isn’t cutting it for WalletHub?
In listing the states the site averaged each one’s rankings in three different criteria groups: “driving and lodging costs,” “road conditions and safety” and “fun and scenic attractions.” Unsurprisingly, Texas’ cheap gas prices and slew of seedy motels secured it the No. 8 spot in the first. Similarly unsurprisingly, it took the No. 42 spot for safety and conditions.
Texas roads aren’t exactly renowned for their safety. In fact, in a 24/7 Wall St. piece from December 2015 Texas was the only state to have more than 3,000 traffic fatalities. Adjusting for population, the state came in 17th as the most dangerous state to drive in. Whether it’s the fact that we boast the U.S.’s fastest speed limit or the sheer expanse of highway, we can’t deny that road tripping in Texas might pose a higher risk than other states.
But what about the most important category? What about fun? WalletHub believes a road trip in Texas to be below average when it comes to fun and scenic attractions. This is where we’re stumped.
What isn’t fun about visiting the world’s busiest Prada or weirdest Cadillac dealership? What other state can you start a road trip in a desert, traverse plains, hill country and swampland to wind up at a beach?
While there might not be an attraction around every turn, a road trip in Texas meets one of the major requirements — a lot, a lot of road. Just don’t forget the snacks.