PULL OVER FOR LOW PRICES
As many families prepare to hit the road over Thanksgiving weekend, Cheapism.com went in search of the lowest gas prices in all 50 states, plus the nation's capital. This snapshot was taken on Nov. 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. ET. All prices are for a gallon of regular gasoline and provided courtesy of GasBuddy. (Prices at wholesale clubs such as Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Club are excluded because gassing up at these outlets requires a paid membership.) The places with the lowest prices are listed from most expensive to least.
EWA BEACH, HAWAII: $2.35
Ewa Beach is on the southern shore of Oahu, near Pearl Harbor and across the bay from Honolulu International Airport. It is on the way to the airport for those for those staying at the hotels and villas off Ka'ula Bay, making it a good place to stop and fill up a rental car tank.
MAGALIA, CALIFORNIA: $2.27
East of Chico and home to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Magalia started as a gold mining town in 1849. Ten years later, a 54-pound gold nugget was found in the area, the largest ever discovered at that time.
HELENA, MONTANA: $2.17
Helena is the capital of Montana and a popular tourist destination for outdoors enthusiasts year-round. The activities of choice shift from mountain biking, hiking, hunting, and fishing in the warm months to skiing and snowboarding during the winter.
CHUGIAK, ALASKA: $2.14
A small town northeast of Anchorage, Chugiak is home to about 8,300 people and abundant natural beauty. Gas costs more than in most other states, but full-time Alaska residents get a dividend from the state's Permanent Fund, which amounted to $2,072 a person in 2015.
ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA: $2.13
Pennsylvania's fourth-largest city, Erie sits on the shore of its namesake Great Lake, near multiple interstate highways.
WAPATO, WASHINGTON: $2.13
Wapato is a small town with about 5,000 residents on U.S. Highway 97. It may be worth a detour for travelers on Interstate 82, which runs parallel at that point.
PAHRUMP, NEVADA: $2.11
Pahrump grew quickly near the end of the 20th century, expanding from about 2,000 residents in 1980 to about 36,000 in 2010, due to its proximity to Las Vegas. Today there are casinos, a coffee roaster, and a winery, among other attractions.
WESTBROOK, MAINE: $2.06
A suburb near Portland, Maine, Westbrook has a pleasant downtown area next to the Presumpscot River and Saccarappa Falls, west of I-95.
NORTHEAST QUARTER, WASHINGTON, D.C.: $2.05
This area of the nation's capital is predominately residential, but there are a few sights for tourists. The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is open even on Thanksgiving, and admission is free.
FESSENDEN, NORTH DAKOTA: $2.05
Fessenden is a tiny town in central North Dakota. According to the 2010 census, fewer than 500 people were living there. The town has two gas stations, off Highway 52.
WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND: $2.04
Founded in 1642, Warwick is the second-largest city in Rhode Island. Visitors passing through can stretch their legs by taking a walking tour of the historic Pawtuxet Village.
BENNINGTON, VERMONT: $2.04
Bennington is Vermont's oldest town, located at the junction of U.S. Route 7 and State Route 9, near the Vermont's borders with New York and Massachussetts. Keep an eye out for the Bennington Battle Monument, a 306-foot-tall obelisk.
PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA: $2.02
Prior Lake is on the outskirts of Minneapolis, about 20 miles from the downtown. Travelers driving through on Highway 13 may want to make a quick pit stop, but there's not much to see.
LE CLAIRE, IOWA: $2.00
Le Claire sits on the border of Iowa and Illinois at the intersection of Interstate 80 and the Mississippi River. The town has a distillery and winery, but those are perhaps not the best stops for drivers.
DOVER, DELAWARE: $1.99
Dover is the capital of Delaware and the state's second-largest city behind Wilmington. Stop and take advantage of the tax-free shopping as well as the cheap gas.
FREDERICK, MARYLAND: $1.99
A historic crossroads connecting Native American trails and colonial trade routes, Frederick now sits at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 270 and Highway 15.
BALDWINSVILLE, NEW YORK: $1.99
Baldwinsville is named after Dr. Jonas Baldwin, who dammed the Seneca River, which splits the town in two. Baldwinsville is just off Interstate 90, which connects Syracuse and Rochester.
BELOIT, WISCONSIN: $1.99
In south-central Wisconsin, Beloit is on the border with Illinois, at the intersection of I-90 and I-43. South Beloit is part of the neighboring state, but it may be best to fill up in Wisconsin, where the state gas tax is 3 cents lower.
GOFFSTOWN, NEW HAMPSHIRE: $1.96
Goffstown is small but just west of Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, and about an hour away from Boston.
SCOTTSBLUFF, NEBRASKA: $1.95
Scottsbluff is in western Nebraska near the border with Wyoming. Drivers heading through town on Highway 26 may want to stop for cheap gas and take some extra time to visit the Scotts Bluff National Monument and nearby Chimney Rock National Historic Site.
HOLBROOK, MASSACHUSETTS: $1.94
State Routes 37 and 139 intersect in Holbrook, south of Boston. Those traveling through Massachusetts, rather than within it, are unlikely to pass through the town of about 11,000.
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA: $1.94
South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls is a convenient place to find the state's cheapest gas, as Interstates 90 and 29 pass through the city.
CHEYENNE, WYOMING: $1.93
Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming and the state's largest city. With cheap gas, as well, it is potentially a good stopping point for those traveling across the country on Interstate 80, or north/south on Interstate 25.
PLANT CITY, FLORIDA: $1.91
Those traveling between Tampa and Orlando on Interstate 4 can plan a pit stop in Plant City. Dinosaur-obsessed kids and "Jurassic World fans" may be drawn to the city's Dinosaur World, an outdoor attraction with more than 200 life-size dinosaur replicas. Be advised: Tickets are about $17 for adults and $12 for children.
HOPKINSVILLE, KENTUCKY: $1.91
Hopkinsville is in southwest Kentucky just off Interstate 24. Stop for cheap gas and visit the Casey Jones Distillery or walk the Rail Trail.
WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT: $2.00
North of New Haven and southwest of Hartford, Waterbury sits at the intersection of Route 8 and Interstate 84. The Mattatuck Museum is hosting a free dog-friendly event the Sunday after Thanksgiving featuring a visiting Andy Warhol exhibit.
SOUTHWEST PORTLAND, OREGON: $1.99
Drivers passing through southwest Portland can stop at the Oregon Zoo. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, it will be festooned with more than 1.5 million lights for the annual ZooLights festival.
WEST SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: $1.99
Interstates 80, 15, and 215 cross in Salt Lake City. In the western part of the metro area, the Utah Grizzlies minor-league hockey team will be playing Nov. 27 and 28 at Maverik Center, a venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Tickets start at just $12.
AURORA, INDIANA: $1.90
Aurora is 35 miles west of Cincinnati and sits on the border between Indiana and Kentucky. The Ohio River flows by the historic downtown.
STERLING, ILLINOIS: $1.88
If cheap gas is not reason enough to stop, Sterling is on the Blackhawk Chocolate Trail in northwest Illinois. The self-guided tour suggests candy stores, restaurants, bakeries, soda fountains, cafes, and bed and breakfasts where visitors can indulge.
THOMASVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA: $1.88
Thomasville is on Interstate 85, between Charlotte and Greensboro. Starting at 3 p.m. the Saturday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21), there is an annual Christmas Parade that lasts about an hour.
PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA: $1.88
Interstate 77 and the Ohio River surround Parkersburg. Although it has some of the cheapest gas in the state, drivers might be better off filling up in Belpre, Ohio, on the other side of the river. Ohio's state gas tax is 6.6 cents lower than West Virginia's.
HOUGHTON LAKE, MICHIGAN: $1.86
This unincorporated community is home to about 3,500 people. Those stopping by on the drive home can look for gifts at an annual arts and crafts show hosted in a local middle school gym each Thanksgiving weekend.
WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA: $1.84
Warner Robins is a mid-size city about 100 miles south of Atlanta off Interstate 75. Visitors often take time to explore the Museum of Aviation, one of the largest of its kind in the country.
KEWA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO: $1.84
This census-designated place is on the Rio Grande about midway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, just off Interstate 25. Aside from a gas station, visitors will find a cultural center and small museum with donation-based entry fees.
OXFORD, OHIO: $1.82
Oxford is in southwest Ohio, about an hour's drive north of Cincinnati. It is a true college town; the village of Oxford was built only after Miami University was chartered there.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: $1.81
The Arkansas River divides North Little Rock from the state capital. Those driving across Arkansas on Interstate 40 will pass through the city.
CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA: $1.79
Casa Grande lies between Tucson and Phoenix at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 8. Those with a little extra time can visit the Hohokam Indian ruins, the town's namesake "big house," located about 20 miles northeast of the downtown.
PARSONS, KANSAS: $1.79
Parsons is a city of about 10,500 people in southeast Kansas. U.S. Routes 59 and 400 cross in this former railroad town.
CLINTON, MISSOURI: $1.79
Clinton has Missouri's largest downtown square, complete with jewelry, fashion, and gift shops -- as well as free Wi-Fi. The town is about halfway between Kansas City and Springfield.
FLOWOOD, MISSISSIPPI: $1.78
Flowood is part of the Jackson metropolitan area and sits between Interstates 55 and 20. Drivers weary of gas-powered cars can try the remote-control variety at Flowood R/C Indoor Park. Spectating is free, and cars are available for rent.
GARDENDALE, ALABAMA: $1.77
Gardendale is just north of Birmingham on Interstate 65. With its low prices, this is a good place to stop on the way to Madison, Huntsville, or Nashville.
EDISON, NEW JERSEY: $1.77
South of New York City on the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95), Edison may be a good place to stop and fill up. The state has one of the lowest state gas taxes in the country: 14.5 cents per gallon.
WHEAT RIDGE, COLORADO: $1.76
Wheat Ridge is suburb west of downtown Denver, off I-70. For a break from the road, stop by 44th Avenue with its antique shops and consignment stores.
OCOEE, TENNESSEE: $1.76
East of Chattanooga, drivers pass through Ocoee on the way into the Chattahoochee National Forest via Route 74. It is a small, unincorporated community with a few shops and eateries.
LOCUST GROVE, VIRGINIA: $1.75
Locust Grove is home to about 12,700 people. It began as a German settlement in the early 18th century, and during the Civil War, parts of the Battle of the Wilderness happened in the area.
NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA: $1.74
Interstates 44, 40, and 35 converge at Oklahoma City. The northwest part of the city is one of the most prosperous areas, and visitors can find fine dining options, hotels, and Oklahoma's first outlet shopping center.
FILER, IDAHO: $1.71
A small town in south-central Idaho, Filer is home to about 2,500 people. The town is near the intersection of U.S. Routes 30 and 93, which travelers are likely to pass through on the way to or from Nevada.
PONCHATOULA, LOUISIANA: $1.71
Ponchatoula is just south of the I-12 and I-55 intersection, on the way to New Orleans for those coming from the north. The city's name comes from the Indian term for flowing or hanging hair, a reference to the moss-laden trees in the area.
CENTRAL, SOUTH CAROLINA: $1.69
Central is in the northwest part of the state, halfway between Georgia and Charlotte. Unfortunately for drivers, it is about 15 miles away from Interstate 85.
PLAINVIEW, TEXAS: $1.64
Plainview has the cheapest gas in the entire country, according to the data from GasBuddy. Alas, the small town in northwest Texas is not along any major travel routes. The whole 125-mile length of I-27, which runs through Plainview, lies within the state.