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Ohio ranks sixth on the list of best states for a road trip. Here’s why

Ohio ranks sixth on the list of best states for a road trip. Here’s why

Ohio ranks sixth on the list of best states for a road trip. Here’s why

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Get your car ready: It’s time to hit the road and see some sights. But Ohioans don’t have to travel far, according to a new study.

The Buckeye State was named one of the best summer road trip destinations, according to WalletHub.

Ohio ranked No. 6 in the country on WalletHub’s ranking of the “most fun, scenic, and affordable road trip destinations.” The state came in behind Florida, but ahead of North Carolina in the rankings.

Ohio holds the keys to a great road trip, according to WalletHub

The best states for road trips are those that make them affordable, WalletHub analyst Cassandra Happe said in a statement, as gas, food and lodging prices are heavily affected by inflation. Safe roads and a wealth of interesting attractions to visit are other keys.

“Therefore, the best states for summer road trips are those that keep costs low while offering the best driving experience and the most fun activities,” he said.

In its ranking, WalletHub compared all 50 states on 43 parameters, from the number of attractions to road conditions to fuel and lodging costs. Ohio ranked No. 21 in cost, No. 24 in safety, and No. 13 in activities.

Top 10 States for a Road Trip

According to WalletHub’s study, these are the 10 best states for a road trip:

  1. Texas
  2. Minnesota
  3. NY
  4. Louisiana
  5. Florida
  6. Ohio
  7. North Carolina
  8. Wyoming
  9. Maine
  10. Pennsylvania

Texas ranked first for the number of attractions, such as zoos, amusement parks, and botanical gardens, and ranked first in the nation in that category. The state also has 9,500 miles of scenic roads for driving, as well as plenty of accommodations and dining options. Texas has the second-lowest prices for 3-star hotel rooms within 10 miles of urban centers as of mid-July, and is at the top of the nation for accommodations and dining options per capita.

Things to do in Ohio

Ohio scored well in WalletHub’s rankings for activities. If you’re looking for a road trip destination in Ohio, here are some suggestions:

Visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Located in Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park covers 33,000 acres surrounding the Cuyahoga River. The park offers 125 miles of hiking trails, a scenic railroad between Akron and Cleveland, and biking, jogging, or walking along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. It also offers one of Ohio’s most scenic waterfalls, Brandywine Falls.

See some picturesque waterfalls

In addition to Brandywine Falls, Ohio is home to many other waterfalls worth visiting. These include Hayden Run Falls in the Columbus area, the Upper and Lower Falls at Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, and the Great Falls of Tinkers Creek in Cleveland Metroparks.

Traveling the Ohio Ice Cream Trail

Ohio’s Ice Cream Trail, started by state tourism agency TourismOhio in 2018, has expanded to 54 shops this year. Akron Beacon Journal writers took an ice cream trail to 20 area shops.

TourismOhio also has suggestions for places to visit and things to do.

The state tourism board has suggestions for cities to visit and things to do, as well as suggestions for restaurants, breweries, museums, amusement parks, nightlife and much more.