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Report: Washington ranks among top 10 states for summer road trip

Ross Troxa

Once again, Washington state has ranked among the top 10 states for a summer road trip.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared the 50 U.S. states based on 31 key metrics to find the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations - and the results were released Monday.

Washington ended up No. 7 overall - and it was ranked the highest of the Pacific Northwest states (Oregon came in at No. 11 and Idaho was No. 27.)

According to the report, the Evergreen State had a terrible ranking in terms of cost - including No. 48 in terms of gas prices - but the state's scenic beauty and cornucopia of activities more than made up for its expense.

According to AAA, 64 percent of families traveling this summer plan to take road trips - despite the hassle and expense.

The states that ranked ahead of Washington in the WalletHub survey were (1) Wyoming, (2) North Carolina, (3) Minnesota, (4) Texas, (5) Florida, and (6) Louisiana. New York came in at No. 8, Utah was No. 9 and Colorado was No. 10.

The worst five states for summer road trips were (46) New Mexico, (47) Hawaii, (48) Delaware, (49) Connecticut, and (50) Rhode Island.

Check out the photo gallery above to see why Washington state ranked so high for its scenic beauty.

The full results of the WalletHub report can be found here ...

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