AAA Predicts Busy, Pricey Holiday Weekend - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

AAA Predicts Busy, Pricey Holiday Weekend

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Holiday travelers should expect crowded roadways and higher prices for fuel and lodging across the state and region.

AAA Idaho Spokesman Dave Carlson says people are ready to hit the road during the Independence Day weekend after resisting the travel urge amid the recession.

The organization estimates about 34.5 million Americans nationwide will be traveling at least 50 miles from home this weekend, with about 90 percent of them getting there in cars and trucks. Travel is expected to be up 19 percent from a year ago in Idaho and other western states.

Idaho motorists can expect to pay a little more for gasoline by the weekend.

Carlson says the average price per gallon in Idaho is $2.90, down 18 cents from a month ago but well above the national average of $2.75.
      

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