Summer road trips and 4th of July displays

The Best Summer Road Trips And 4th Of July Spectaculars, New Study Ranks Summer Destinations

Summer is a time for family gatherings, road trips, backyard barbecues and fireworks.

Americans will hit the road in record numbers this year with 85 percent of families choosing to travel by car this summer. So, if you plan to hit the road and feel the wind in your hair, you’re not alone.

With that in mind, the Inquisitr studied the best places to spend your hard earned dollars this summer so you can sit back, relax, and have fun.

First Stop 4th of July

Americans are expected to spend almost $350 per family during the 4th of July on everything from hamburgers and beer to gasoline and fireworks.

Best summer destinations and 4th of July spectaculars
BOSTON, MA – JULY 04: Fireworks explode over the Charles River with the city of Cambridge in the background during July 4th celebrations on July 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

If you’re up for a road trip this 4th of July the best places to watch fireworks are in Minneapolis, Seattle or St. Paul, according to a new study by WalletHub.

Nothing is more American than watching the nation celebrate its birthday, but nothing is free and the new study balanced fireworks displays, gas costs, and entertainment performances across the nation. Fifth ranking San Francisco is the best Californian city.

Next Stop Summer

With gas prices falling just in time for the summer road trip season, financially conscious Americans everywhere are looking for fun, scenic adventures that won’t bust their pocket book.

A new study examines travel costs, summer weather, and entertainment value to determine the best destination for American families to spend their precious vacation time.

Oregon, Nevada, and Minnesota topped the list with Delaware, North Dakota, and Connecticut coming in last.


Whether it’s a scenic drive up the coast, an exploration of Oregon’s beautiful Painted Hills or a rambling tour down one the two-dozen scenic byways, the state’s lush wooded landscape will set any travelers heart at ease.

The picturesque Oregon coast full of seafood restaurants, sand dunes, and ocean views is perfect for a relaxed family road trip.

Best Summer spots and 4th of July displays
MULTNOMAH FALLS, OR – SEPTEMBER 26: The Multnomah Waterfalls, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are seen September 26, 2014 in Multnomah Falls, Oregon. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)


From Lake Tahoe in California to the Great Basin in Utah, a road trip to the great state of Nevada offers visitors everything from raucous nightlife to corrugated countryside and a look back at the old west.

Not only are Reno and Las Vegas the adult entertainment capitals of the world, but the state also boasts the lowest camping costs in the nation. From Las Vegas travelers can easily reach the Valley of Fire, Death Valley, and Zion National Park.

Summer road trips and 4th of July displays
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CA – MAY 23: A view of Badwater Basin from Dante’s View on May 23, 2014 in Death Valley California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


With the nation’s safest roads a Minnesota road trip allows drivers to relax and enjoy the rolling hills, jagged forests, and blue-green lakes.

After exploring St. Paul’s cobblestone drives and Minneapolis’s highly rated eateries, try a short drive up to Duluth and Lake Superior’s North Shore.

Wherever you choose to spend your summer vacation, make it memorable.

Summer destinations
JULY 16: Aspen trees stand in a forest on July 16, 2014 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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