Memorial Day travel down from last year

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 1:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The kick-off to the summer travel season is here. More than 34 million Americans are traveling this Memorial Day weekend, that's down 0.9 percent from last year. Fewer people will be flying, but more are hitting the roads.

A recent survey found that gasoline prices have no impact on plans for 62 percent of travelers. The prices are about the same as they were last year. In the Louisville area, the average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.52. The state-wide average is just slightly higher at $3.55, but the national average is 10 cents more at $3.65.

Travelers this weekend are expected to spend about $659, that's six percent less than last year. AAA says more people are prioritizing friends and family.

Roger Boyd with AAA says a "staycation" might be the perfect idea for those of you looking to spend less. You can be a tourist in your hometown, and check out all the museums and dining Louisville has to offer. If you want to get out of town, Boyd suggests the quick drive up to Cincinnati. Another popular destination is St. Louis. Boyd says the drive is longer, but many of the attractions there are free.
 

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