Wanna get away but don't have the funds to take the entire family down to Disney World? No need, because Texas ranks 3rd in the country in "2022's Best States for Summer Road Trips."

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Summer Vacation?

Summer is in full swing, and for many families that means vacation time. The last couple of years saw the pandemic keep people home for obvious health reasons, and the summer of 2022 is full of inflation and high gas costs. So many are, once again, rethinking those plans to visit Mt. Rushmore, to see the Great Northwest, to wave to the  Statue of Liberty simply because the cost of living and even getting around is at an all-time high.

The good news is that we live in a state that has plenty of things to see and do. In fact, WalletHub compared all 50 U.S. states based on 32 key metrics to find the most fun, scenic, and wallet-friendly road-trip destinations, and the great state of Texas finished at #3 on their list.

Road Tripping in Texas

Finishing 3rd on the list should tell you that Texas has a lot to offer. Only New York, at #1, and Minnesota at #2 placed higher. Of the 32 metrics used to determine the best states for summer road Trips, Texas finished pretty strong in seven categories including:

- 7th in number of attractions
- 2nd for lowest price for three-star hotel rooms
- 8th for average gas prices
- 10th for nightlife options per capita
- 22nd for vehicle miles traveled per capita
- 12th for access to scenic byways
- 9th for driving laws rating

So you may have to slim down your plans this summer for that family road trip, but Texas has lots to offer. Whether you want to make it a 3 or 4 day weekend trip, or even a full 5 or 6 days away, there are lots of places to choose from with plenty to do right here in the Lone Star State.

Chill Out This Summer at the 6 Best Swimming Holes in Texas

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Here are six of the best swimming holes in Texas to get your chill on and lower that core temperature.

Trips to Discover and The Crazy Tourist both list the following six places as the best places to cool off this summer in the great state of Texas. You'll want to keep this list handy as the mercury rises and the sweat starts to pour!

Blue Bell Ice Cream On The List of Top 15 Brands Nationwide

Blue Bell is the official ice cream of Texas, and my personal favorite. According to a new list of the 15 best brands of ice cream nationwide, Blue Bell was ranked in the middle.

In addition to ingredients, texture, and variety, Tasting Table used Influenster and other site reviews as part of its ranking process.

Scroll on to find out how Blue Bell compared to the number one ice cream, and how all 15 on the list were judged.