The roads and highways will be busy around the state this weekend as many will take advantage of the last long weekend of the summer.
According to AAA Kansas, 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year.
Travel counselors from area AAA offices in Kansas report the top auto travel destinations for Kansas members planning trips now are Branson, New England Fall Foliage, Colorado and Yellowstone/Black Hills. Kansas AAA Travel agents report their top destinations for trip planning are Disneyworld, Hawaii, Fall Foliage, Alaska & Europe cruises, as well as all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Those who are driving will pay a little less at the pump than last year. AAA forecasts gas prices to remain less expensive than last year based on current trends through the middle of August.
As of mid-August, prices were on average down 2.7 percent per gallon compared to the same time year. The average price for gas on Labor Day 2012 was $3.83 per gallon, the most expensive average ever on record for the holiday. The current national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.54, 18 cents lower than last year.
The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high.
The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 29 to Monday, September 2.