The personal-finance site WalletHub recently ranked all 50 states by 26 fun factors, ranging from beach quality to casinos per capita.
And the winner is California, which placed first in number of restaurants, fitness centers, and movie and performing-arts theaters per capita.
Rounding out the top 10 most fun states are:
But not everyone measures fun the same way, so it’s worth taking WalletHub’s findings with a grain of salt. Coming in dead last was West Virginia, where I’ve enjoyed rafting and tubing on the Shenandoah River, hiked at Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, and even seen George Washington’s outdoor bathtub in Berkeley Springs.
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …