Holiday weekend travel begins

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's the start of a long holiday weekend for most people, and chances are you're probably not traveling far! Triple-A estimates a decrease in fourth of July travel this year.

Higher gas prices are keeping some closer to home, while others are venturing out to see area attractions.

"We're going to Cleveland and up to see the Football Hall of Fame," said Carla Vaughn.

The Cumberland Gap is one stop on the holiday journey for the Vaughn family, and they are thankful for seemingly cheaper gas prices.

"The dip down definitely helped us plan this trip, think we would have gone anyway," said Carla Vaughn, of Bristol, TN.

Danny Felosi said a leisure trip was the last thing on his mind.

"Try to catch the weekend - try to change out some furniture," said Felosi.

He's headed up from Grainger County, Tennessee with a load in his truck.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Kentucky is $3.46. This time last year it was $2.67.

"Fuel prices have cut us back. Food prices have cut us back. Right now we are just staying at home," said Felosi.

Felosi calls it a 'stay'-cation. That's something more people this year say they are taking advantage of.

"The friends I've talked to - they're not planning to go far away," said Vaughn.

Triple-A said the slight decrease in gas prices during the past few weeks may mean that some people will decide to travel last minute.

You may have noticed gas in Kentucky is a few cents higher Friday. That's because a two cent increase in the state's gas tax went into effect.

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