California recently landed the top spot in WalletHub’s Most Fun States in America ranking for the second year in a row, edging out New York, Florida, Washington, and Colorado, in the top 5.
WalletHub evaluated all 50 states across two broad categories—Entertainment & Recreation, and Nightlife—looking at such specifics as the number of restaurants, music festivals, and ski areas per capita, along with metrics such as shoreline mileage, access to national parks, and a number of scenic byways.
The Golden State holds its own in all of these categories. California has more national parks (nine) than any other state in the union, an epic string of beaches and beach towns, and a year-round calendar of music festivals—not to mention a deep inventory of A-list chefs and an array of bustling nightlife scenes.
Meanwhile, California is home to one of the most scenic road trips on the planet, Highway One, as well as other beauties such as The Rim of the World and the wine lovers’ Silverado Trail – Visit California
We all define “fun” a bit differently. And hopefully, the place in which we live caters to our personal ideas of entertainment. But that’s not always the case, which may drive people to live somewhere new. There are certain states where fun is not just an option but also a way of life. These states offer such a variety of activities that everyone will be able to find something that excites them.
At the other end, propping up the fun states, are the most unfun, miserable states. I give you West Virginia at 50, and Mississippi at 49.