Despite higher prices at the gas pumps this summer, the classic American road trip remains one of the most popular travel options.
At $2.86, average U.S. gasoline prices are at their highest level in about four years. Though the price for regular unleaded gasoline on July 8 was up from $2.26 a year ago, it was down from $2.93 a month ago, according to AAA. Gas prices were highest in the western states ($3.66 in California) and lowest in southern states ($2.53 in Alabama).
However, AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano said “elevated crude oil prices and other geopolitical concerns could tilt gas prices more expensive in the early fall despite an expected increase in global crude production from OPEC.” If U.S. demand remains strong, inventories rise and oil continue to sell at over $70 a barrel, drivers could see average gas prices hit nearly $3 a gallon in the coming months, she said.
In the meantime, families are hitting the road.
Nearly two-thirds of the 88 million Americans planning to take a family vacation this year expect to hit the road, according to AAA. About three-quarters seek a destination they’ve never been to before. Families also seek attractions, such as beaches and mountains (61 percent), sightseeing (59 percent) and relaxation (56 percent).
If you’re thinking about a road trip this summer or fall, here are some favorite road trips I’ve taken over the years:
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