Memorial Day: Travel down, gas prices up

May 22, 2013 (CHICAGO)

According to AAA Chicago, 1.8 million people in Illinois will take to the skies and roads, which is down .9-percent from last year. Of those travelers: 1.6 million will drive, which is about the same as last year, and 88,000 will fly, which is a 7.3 percent decrease from 2012.

Gas prices may be playing a role in the decrease. According to AAA, the average gallon in Illinois is $4.06, up from $3.87 in 2012.

In Indiana, 753,000 people are expected to travel. That's down 1-percent from 2012. Out of that number, 689,000 people will drive and 36,000 will fly. That's a .1-percent decrease and 7.4-percent decrease, respectively.

Gas in Indiana is $3.86 on average, up from $3.74 last year.

The national gas price average is $3.65 per gallon.

Across the nation, 34.8 million are expected to travel for Memorial Day. Around 31.2 million of those travelers will drive; only 8-percent, or 2.3 million, will fly to their destinations.

The average distance traveled in 690 miles.

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