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These are the 10 most fun US states of 2018

Two mothers and their daughter play by the Santa Monica Pier in California.
Two mothers and their daughter play by the Santa Monica Pier in California.

Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer and America is set to have a record-breaking number of people hitting the road and taking the next flight out of town. Still, it isn't too late to finalize last-minute travel plans.

Whether you've only got a few days off or an unlimited amount of vacation, you may want to consider a trip to California, recently named the No. 1 most fun state to visit in the U.S., according to a recent survey from WalletHub.

The financial website's 2018 Most Fun States in America rankings analyzed how America's 50 states measure up. It looked at entertainment and recreation as well as nightlife across 26 key metrics, including the number of restaurants, national parks, movies theaters and beach quality.

California earned its top spot on the list with the most restaurants, movie theaters, fitness centers and performing arts theaters per capita.

Other fun facts: California, Florida, New York and Texas all tied for having the most restaurants per capita. With the exception of Florida, they also tied for most movie theaters. Alaska earned the No. 1 ranking for best access to national parks, Maine won for the highest variety of arts, entertainment and recreation establishments, and Michigan was tops for the most golf courses and country clubs per capita.

Here are the top 10 most fun states to visit in the U.S., according to WalletHub.

10. Minnesota

Minnesota State Fair Midway Farris Wheel and game stands at dusk. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota State Fair Midway Farris Wheel and game stands at dusk. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Total score: 45.8/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 10

Nightlife rank: 13

Fun fact: Minnesota ranked fourth in most performing-arts theaters per capita as well as highest variety of arts, entertainment and recreation establishments.

9. Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Museum of Art; Rocky Steps to Downtown
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Philadelphia, Museum of Art; Rocky Steps to Downtown

Total score: 46.68/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 9

Nightlife rank: 9

Fun fact: Philadelphia, the state's largest metro, made it onto WalletHub's list of Most Fun Cities in America in 2017.

8. Colorado

Young couple enjoying the sunset and each others' company at Sloan's Lake in Denver, Colorado.
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Young couple enjoying the sunset and each others' company at Sloan's Lake in Denver, Colorado.

Total score: 48.25/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 8

Nightlife rank: 10

Fun fact: WalletHub experts note that the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has mostly been a huge benefit to Colorado tourism.

7. Texas

Swimmers on a hot day in Barton Springs Pool. Barton Springs Pool is a man-made recreational swimming pool located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.
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Swimmers on a hot day in Barton Springs Pool. Barton Springs Pool is a man-made recreational swimming pool located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

Total score: 48.64/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 6

Nightlife rank: 14

Fun fact: Sixteen Texan cities made it to the list of most fun cities in America in 2017.

6. Washington

Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, has spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.
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Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, has spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.

Total score: 48.87/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 7

Nightlife rank: 8

Fun fact: The state ranked No. 5 for most movie theaters per capita.

5. Illinois

Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois
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Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois

Total score: 51.71/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 4

Nightlife rank: 3

Fun fact: Chicago ranked ninth on the list of most fun cities in America in 2017.

4. Florida

A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stands in front of the Cinderella's castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida
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A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stands in front of the Cinderella's castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida

Total score: 54.63/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 3

Nightlife rank: 11

Fun fact: Florida ranked No. 3 for the most golf courses and country clubs per capita.

 3. Nevada

Swimming pool at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Swimming pool at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Total score: 55.28/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 5

Nightlife rank: 1

Fun fact: Nevada tied with North Dakota and South Dakota as the state that spends the most money on supporting parks and recreation.

 2. New York

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Total score: 57.39/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 2

Nightlife rank: 4

Fun fact: New York City ranked as the third most fun city in America last year.

1. California

Two mothers and their daughter play by the Santa Monica Pier in California.
Two mothers and their daughter play by the Santa Monica Pier in California.

Total score: 59.42/100

Entertainment & recreation rank: 1

Nightlife rank: 7

Fun fact: California has over 30 cities listed on last year's list of most fun cities in the U.S.

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