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Seven Year High For Labor Day Roadtrips

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If you're staying home this Labor Day weekend you're in the minority. According to AAA, 88 percent of Ohioans (1.6 million) will be hitting the road sometime before Monday. Nationwide 35.5 million Americans will do the same.

  • 30.4 million will travel by car
  • 2.64 million will fly
  • 1.5 million will travel at least 50 miles or more

One of the biggest reasons so many people are headed out of town is because gas prices are down. AAA says the national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.53. That's 91 cents cheaper compared to Labor Day 2014 and lower than all Labor Day national average prices dating back to 2004.
Click here to get daily updates on gas prices for all 50 states. Averages are down 10 cents or more per gallon in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

The travel website Orbitz says airfares are 11 percent cheaper when compared to 2014.

Where are Cincinnatians going?

The top three destination AAA requests are: Myrtle Beach, Outer Banks, NC, and Gatlinburg, TN. AAA says more than 30 percent plan to travel with children.

To make sure there aren't any interruptions in your trip, AAA suggests having your car checked out. Last year over Labor Day weekend AAA's Roadside Rescue Team responded to more than 2,700 calls for assistance in Greater Cincinnati.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology