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Survey ranks Connecticut second-to-last as summer road trip destination

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When it comes to filling the fuel tank and turning on the GPS in search of a good time, Connecticut is not the place for road trip fun – or, at least, that’s the finding of a new WalletHub survey titled “2018’s Best & Worst States for Summer Road Trips.”

Connecticut ranked 49th in WalletHub’s 50-state listing for summertime road trips, with only neighboring Rhode Island being considered a less entertaining location. Connecticut was identified in the survey for having the highest average cost of auto repairs and the highest cost for camping.

Furthermore, Connecticut ranked 46th in access to scenic byways, 46th for overall activities to keep the day trippers happy, 42nd in nightlife options per capita, 26th for overall safety, 40th in number of attractions and 23rd in car thefts per capita.

WalletHub claimed that its study used “31 key metrics to find the most fun, scenic and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations – plus those that’ll have travelers pulling a quick U-turn. Our data set ranges from the number of attractions to road conditions to costs.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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