Millions to vacation this holiday weekend

August 30, 2013 7:59:29 AM PDT
Millions of Americans are packing up their vehicle and getting ready to hit the road for the last long weekend of summer.

AAA predicts more than 34 million people will travel over the Labor Day holiday. Almost a million people are expected to hit the road in North Carolina.  

AAA manager Anita Flippen told ABC11 that they expect travel to be up 5 percent over last year.

Flippen said the beautiful weather and the economy are the reasons why travel is up.

"The economy is doing a little bit better so everybody's ready to take a little vacation that they've maybe postponed, and gas prices are down a little bit over last year," she explained.

North Carolinians can expect a range of gas prices depending on the stop. Prices could be as high as the $3.60 range.

"$3.50 is about the average [Friday] in Raleigh, but it is the best that it has been since 2010," said Flippen.

Most people in North Carolina will be traveling within the state through Tuesday, which according to Flippen, could make it an affordable trip for many families.

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