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Updated: June 25, 2024

Maine ranks in top 10 states for summer road trips

Sunset over Casco Bay in Portland. Photo / Renee Cordes With its stunning scenery, Maine ranks among the country's top 10 states as a summer road trip destination.

Among the country's summer road trip destinations, Vacationland ranks as one of the top go-to's, a new study says.

Out of 50 states ranked by personal finance website WalletHub, Maine is No. 9. That puts the state between Wyoming (No. 8) and Pennsylvania (No. 10).

Maine places far above its New England peers: New Hampshire is No. 35, Massachusetts No. 37, Vermont No. 46, Connecticut No. 48 and Rhode Island No. 49.

WalletHub map of U.S.
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Maine is No. 9 out of 50 states for summer road trips in a new WalletHub ranking.

Researchers note that 75% of Americans are planning a road trip this summer, with around 33% planning to travel more than 250 miles from home.

With road warriors in mind, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states based on 32 key metrics to find the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations. Researchers looked at a variety of data, from the number of attractions to road conditions to gas and accommodation costs.

Texas leads the pack at No. 1, while Delaware comes in at No. 50. 

Maine received a top ranking for safety, which is based on factors including vehicle miles per capita and population density, but No. 29 for costs and No. 30 for activities.

'Strong' drive market 

Kathleen Pierce, HospitalityMaine’s director of membership and communications, welcomed the Pine Tree State's strong showing in the WalletHub report.

“Maine’s drive market has always been strong,” she told Mainebiz. “Almost every route on our highways and byways includes gorgeous scenery and adventure.”

However, “when you factor in Maine’s epic food scene, from ployes in Madawaska to lobster rolls in Kittery, I am surprised it’s not No. 1,” she noted. (Ployes are a type of Acadian flatbread.)

Jenny Kordick, executive director of Maine Outdoor Brands, said, “Summer in Maine is particularly special, with its long days perfect for exploring and the hospitality of our local communities and outfitters. The state’s serene lakes, stunning coastlines and tranquil wilderness provide the ideal backdrop for relaxation and adventure alike.”

More information

Find the full report and rankings, click here.

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