The Best (and Worst) States for Summer Road Trips

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As we shared recently, the great American road trip is making a comeback, but some parts of the country are more suitable for hitting the open road than others. If you're interested in taking a road trip this summer but are stuck on figuring out the destination, WalletHub has got you covered: The financial advisory website analyzed factors like road conditions, gas prices, and concentration of activities to give you this map of the best states to explore by car.

Wyoming—home to the iconic road trip destination Yellowstone National Park—ranked No. 1 overall with a total score of 58.75 out of 100. It's followed by North Carolina in the No. 2 slot, Minnesota at No. 3, and Texas at No. 4. Coming in the last four slots are the three smallest states in America—Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut—and Hawaii, a state that's obviously difficult to reach by car.

But you shouldn't only look at the overall score if you're planning a road trip route: Some states that did poorly in one category excelled in others. California for example, came in 12th place overall, and ranked first when it came to activities and 41st in cost. So if you have an unlimited budget and want to fit as many fun stops into your vacation as possible, taking a trip up the West Coast may be the way to go. On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi is a good place to travel if you're conscious of spending, ranking second in costs, but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the quality of your trip, coming in 38th place for safety and 44th for activities.

Choosing the stops for your summer road trip is just the first step of the planning process. Once you have that covered, don't forget to pack these essentials.

Here's How Much Money You Need to Retire Early in Each State

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If you're complacent with your career, your goals might be limited to grabbing the last office doughnut. But if you have an eye on retirement, you might be wondering how much it's going to take to walk away from the desk forever.

Cost information website How Much has compiled estimates of the savings residents of each state might need in order to retire early at the ages of 35, 45, and 55. The site used figures from GoBankingRates that looked at the cost of living in the various regions and then estimated annual expenses based on age with an average 4 percent withdrawal rate annually.

If you wanted to retire at age 35 in Ohio, for example, having $1.61 million in your savings account would be ideal. In California, you’d need $2.37 million.

An infographic shows how much money is needed to retire at age 35 in each state
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An infographic shows how much money is needed to retire by age 45 in each state
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An infographic shows how much money is needed to retire by age 55 in each state
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The site cautions that this is an oversimplification of what should be some highly individualized financial planning. Everyone has different needs, and the numbers don't account for inflation or for adjusting the 4 percent annual withdrawal. In short, this is nothing you should pass along to your accountant. What these charts can do, however, is spark motivation to make your own plans for having a comfortable retirement. If you want to spend it in Hawaii, it might be best to start saving now.

[h/t Thrillist]

Each State’s Most Streamed TV Show in 2018

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The ladies of Litchfield are loved across America. According to a state-by-state analysis from HowtoWatch.com, Orange is the New Black was the country's most streamed show in 2018, with eight states searching for OITNB-related news more than any other series. The prison drama, which is due for its seventh and final season likely sometime this summer, was also the third most-streamed show of 2018 overall.

To create its map of the most beloved shows by state, HowtoWatch.com started with a list of the most popular shows on the four major streaming platforms: Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and Amazon’s Prime Video. Its analysts then used Google Trends to determine which shows were most popular in certain states.

As it turns out, newer isn’t necessarily better. Plenty of old favorites and guilty pleasures like Cheers, Frasier, Sex and the City, ER, Friday Night Lights, and Lost topped the charts. The Office, which ended in 2013 and remains the most popular show on Netflix, reigned as king in two states in HowToWatch.com's findings.

Although Netflix claims more than 70 percent of the country’s streaming customers, according to HowtoWatch.com, a few shows from other platforms also cropped up. Alaskans are watching Game of Thrones on HBO GO, Coloradans and North Carolinians are watching South Park on Hulu, and residents in several states are watching Goliath on Amazon Prime.

Check out the map below to see what your friends and family are streaming, and click on the link below it to enlarge the picture.

A map showing the most streamed shows by state

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