State Rankings

Well here it is, my rankings of all the states. You may notice that I have changed my initial views on some states, particularly if I rated two states together.  The ratings are my views on what states are best for tourists.   There may be some suprises!

Ranking State Home Comforts Attractions Natural Beauty Culture Value Total
1 Wyoming 10 10 10 7 10 47
2 Alaska 5 9 10 8 9 41
3 Hawaii 8 9 10 8 5 40
4 California 8 9 5 6 7 35
5 Illinois 7 8 7 8 6 36
6 Oklahoma 8 7 7 8 7 37
7 Louisiana 8 7 6 7 7 35
8 New Mexico 7 7 9 7 6 36
9 Pennsylvania 7 7 7 8 7 36
10 New York 7 8 5 7 5 32
11 Washington DC 7 8 7 7 6 35
12 Massachusetts 7 6 5 10 7 35
13 Utah 5 7 8 8 7 35
14 Colorado 7 7 8 7 6 35
15 Florida 8 8 4 4 7 31
16 Arizona 6 7 7 8 5 33
17 Nevada 7 7 6 6 7 33
18 Oregon 6 5 6 7 7 31
19 Montana 7 7 7 6 7 34
20 Michigan 7 6 6 7 8 34
21 West Virginia 7 6 7 6 6 32
22 Arkansas 7 5 8 6 7 33
23 Vermont 7 6 8 6 6 33
24 Tennessee 7 6 6 6 6 31
25 Maryland 6 6 6 6 7 31
26 Connecticut 7 5 7 6 6 31
27 Wisconsin 7 5 7 5 7 31
28 South Dakota 6 6 6 7 6 31
29 Minnesota 7 6 5 5 6 29
30 Missouri 6 7 5 6 6 30
31 Mississippi 8 6 5 4 7 30
32 North Carolina 6 5 7 6 5 29
33 North Dakota 6 5 6 6 7 30
34 Texas 8 5 4 5 8 30
35 Iowa 6 6 6 6 6 30
36 Kentucky 6 6 7 4 6 29
37 Delaware 6 5 5 6 6 28
38 Indiana 5 6 5 5 7 28
39 New Hampshire 5 5 7 6 5 28
40 South Carolina 6 5 5 5 6 27
41 Washington 6 6 7 6 6 31
42 Virginia 4 5 6 6 6 27
43 Kansas 5 5 5 5 6 26
44 Ohio 6 5 5 6 5 27
45 Alabama 6 5 4 4 7 26
46 Rhode Island 5 4 6 5 6 26
47 Georgia 7 3 5 4 6 25
48 Nebraska 4 4 5 5 6 24
49 Idaho 5 4 5 4 6 24
50 Maine 5 2 5 3 6 21
51 New Jersey 2 3 4 4 5 18
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California Dreamin’

California is very diverse. There are mountains, deserts, cities and forests. The economy of California is huge (12th largest in the world). It is also one of the biggest tourist destinations in America.

My total score for California out of 50 is 35.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 8. I was a bit apprehensive about the quality of the hotel, however I was really impressed. The hotel, Camelot Inn & Suites, was really close to Disneyland and easily walking distance, the pool was nice and the room was big and well equipped. The food is pretty good and there is a wide range of things to eat, both inside and outside the parks.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 9. Disneyland is a great place for people of all ages, not just kids. It is a great place to chill out, you don’t need to just go from one ride to another. There are also lots of small activities to do in California.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 5. There are some nice views, outside the cities, however the highways in California, particularly around Los Angeles are pretty unattractive and dirty.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 6. Locals are pretty laid back and chilled, but not lots of historical sites.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 7. Good value, however a little expensive.

Driver Waves

People in Oregon are very laid back. Lots of people resting in the sun. And very polite drivers, they always do the driver wave and seem to patiently wait their turn to get in a lane or turn a corner.

While there I heard in the news that Oregon is 50th in America for High School graduates, so maybe they are a little too laid back.

My total score for Oregon out of 50 is 31.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 6. Had some problems with the Internet at the hotel, but these were fixed promptly. Good, if unexciting food.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 5. Hiking, walking, bike riding not much else.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 6. Rain, mountains, more rain.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 7. People all seem pretty nice, and a few local art galleries, etc.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 7. Most things are affordable, not brilliant value though.

The emerald city

Seattle is known as the Emerald City. As in the book, the emerald city looks pretty, but has some secrets.

Seattle has the worst homelessness problems I have seen on this trip. Nearly every corner has someone who looks desperate and is asking for money.

Seattle itself also does not seem genuine. It seems like it is trying too hard to be alternative or edgy. The result is just frustrating and pretentious.

My total score for Washington out of 50 is 31.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 6. We had quite a nice hotel, although places to eat were a bit limited.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 6. I found the activities in Seattle a bit disappointing. The seemed o lack depth.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 7. Nice mountains, if you can see them through the cloud and rain.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 6. Lots of cultural activities, but nit a lot of history.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 6. Quite expensive for what you get.

Big Sky Country

My total score for Montana out of 50 is 35.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 7. Food and accommodation was pretty average, not terrible, just not great.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 7. A few things to do, but nothing too exciting. A few events which are pretty fun.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 7. Nice mountains and trees.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 6. A few reservations, but native culture is not as prominent as it is in other states.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 7. Pretty affordable.

Wyoming – Wow

Wyoming is old Skool cowboy country, horse riding, wildlife and adventure sports. Running rivers, snow covered mountains, rolling hills.

My total score for Wyoming out of 50 is 47.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 10. We stayed at the Spring Creek Ranch, which has open fires, beautiful vistas and free cookies! We also had great Chinese food here.

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 10. Eco tourism in the flesh. Horse riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 10. We saw buffalo, bears, deer, birds and all in the amazing Yellowstone national park.

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 7. Everyone is really nice and talkative and passionate about Wyoming.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 10. We paid $95 for horse riding and whitewater rafting and $11 for lunch and dinner!

Utah’s state bird is the California seagull

Does anyone else find this weird? I mean, not only is Utah nowhere near the sea – why would you adopt a bird with another states name in the title?

Utah is actually cooler than you would think. Lots of adventure type activities and awesome views.

My total score for Utah out of 50 is 35.

Categories out of 10

Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 5. Pretty basic food and the hotel’s Internet was terrible!

Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 7. Monument valley is awesome and there are lots of outdoorsy type activities.

Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 8. Monument valley…

Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 8. Local Navajo are awesome and there are lots and lots of individual artists stalls by the side of the road you can stop by and purchase some amazing jewellery.

Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 7. Really great value for most things.

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