With another weekend on the horizon, now is the ideal time to start planning that next get-together with your closest friends.

And if you're looking for just the right combination of fun and affordability for your outing, the Tri-State Area is the place to be.

Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota have all landed in the top ten on a Nasty Gal list of the best states for a Girls' Night Out.

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The study factored in things like the cost of a cocktail, cab, fast food meal, the number of bars, and the overall safety in each state.

They then looked at data from Trip Advisor to determine the number of bars and clubs per 1,000 people in each state, along with the number of five-star rated venues.

Iowa cracks the top five at number five thanks to the second-lowest cost of cocktails ($8) and cab fare ($16) among the top ten states.

The Hawkeye State might have ranked a bit higher, but its $16 average cost for a bottle of wine tied with Rhoe Island for the highest in the top ten.

Minnesota checks in at number seven on the list.

The North Star State had the second-highest safety score in the top ten but tied for last in the top ten for the fewest number of bars and five-star bars and clubs per 1,000 people.

South Dakota is right behind Minnesota at number eight.

The Mount Rushmore State is tied with North Dakota for third in the top ten for the number of bars per 1,000 people and tied for fourth with three other states for the number of five-star bars and clubs per 1,000 people.

South Dakota's biggest negative? The lowest safety score among the top ten states.

Overall, Wisconsin ranked first, with the cheapest cocktails and the most five-star bars and clubs per 1,000 people.


  1. Wisconson
  2. Wyoming
  3. Vermont
  4. North Dakota
  5. Iowa
  6. Nevada
  7. Minnesota
  8. South Dakota
  9. Nebraska
  10. Rhode Island

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