The 10 most fun states in America to visit this summer, according to a new report

“Fun” looks a little different to everyone, but some factors are universal: nice weather and a menu of fun and affordable activities, for example, almost always help create a fun environment.

Now that summer is here, people’s calendars will be filled with outdoor concerts, vacations, and other festivities—and if you’re lucky enough to get time off work this season, you may be wondering where to go and what to do for get the most out of your wine.

Some countries make it easier for you to enjoy yourself than others — at least according to a new report from WalletHub, which identifies the most fun states in America.

To determine the list, the personal finance website compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia on two key dimensions: “fun and recreation” and “nightlife.”

More than 25 metrics were used, including restaurants and amusement parks per capita, coastline mileage, and access to national parks, and the metrics were weighted differently. Each country’s weighted average across all metrics was used to calculate the overall score.

Here are the 10 most fun states in America, according to WalletHub’s report:

1. California

Overall score: 63.60

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 1

Nightlife ranking: 3

2. Florida

Overall result: 61,26

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 2

Nightlife ranking: 8

3. Nevada

Overall result: 59,84

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 4

Nightlife ranking: 1

4. New York

Overall result: 56.11

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 3

Nightlife ranking: 7

5. Illinois

Overall result: 55,33

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 5

Nightlife ranking: 4

6. Colorado

Overall score: 51,38

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 6

Nightlife ranking: 10

7. Washington

Overall score: 50,64

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 8

Nightlife ranking: 9

8. Texas

Overall result: 50,27

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 7

Nightlife ranking: 13

9. Minnesota

Overall result: 45,21

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 11

Nightlife ranking: 6

10. Louisiana

Overall score: 44,53

Sorting of fun and entertainment: 14

Nightlife ranking: 2

It’s no surprise that coastal states with thriving tourism industries like California, Florida and New York top the list, as these destinations are consistently ranked in travel blogs and reports as some of the best places to visit in the US.

Other states scored well on more specific metrics to secure a spot in the top 10: Louisiana, home of New Orleans, was recognized for its nightlife, while Texas, home of Six Flags, topped theme parks per breath.

WalletHub also considered access to scenic byways, the number of state fairgrounds and the average price of beer and wine, among other factors, to compile its rankings.

Several states on the list, including California, Colorado and Florida, spend “a lot” to promote local tourism, Tom Lehman, an economics professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, told WalletHub. While it is difficult to measure the direct impact of state-sponsored campaigns on tourism promotion, such campaigns tend to have “some small positive impact on the level of overseas visitors and revenue,” he added.


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