Gas Prices Dropped, But Travelers Still Staying Close To Home Memorial Day Weekend

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority says gas prices are actually drawing drivers to the beach, and thousands are expected this holiday weekend.

Gas prices peaked earlier this month at almost $4.00 a gallon. The average gas price now in North Carolina is $3.73 a gallon. That's $1.00 more than last year, but 12 cents less than the peak in May. AAA estimates 865,000 North Carolina drivers will hit the road this weekend, which is 3% more than last Memorial Day.

However, most trips will be short ones. Many people plan to stay close to home and head to local beaches- including the Crystal Coast. Some hotels were close to being booked Thursday, while restaurants scheduled more staff for the upcoming holiday. Crystal Coast beaches have easy road access for many nearby states, making it a popular destination for a weekend getaway.

"We are basically a drive destination and people come from anywhere from 2 to 6 hours away." said Crystal Coast Tourism Authority Elizabeth Barrow.


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  • by taxman Location: wilson on May 27, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    G.W. Bush left office losing two wars, , the economy in its worst condition since the great depression, and a third of Americans think he did a great job. The oil companies bought Bush and now they bought the Republicans in Congress. You see, this is called the "free market" where most anything has a price even the opinion and votes of American political leaders. The got theirs !!
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to taxman
      The Taxman cometh! And he's bringing the truth. Facts burn the Neocons like acid.
  • by Linda Location: NC on May 27, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Some say it's the speculators that are driving the price. I can remember when G W Bush was President the high gas price was a Bush's fault.
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      by anon rappr on May 27, 2011 at 09:26 AM in reply to Linda
      G.W. Bush left office losing two wars, , the economy in its worst condition since the great depression, and a third of Americans think he did a great job. yes you are correct, it was and is all Bush's fault along with his Neo-Con cronies.
  • by Joe consumer Location: Sidelined on May 27, 2011 at 02:30 AM
    Some people travel anyway to spend time with their family on the holiday. Gas prices are ruining the economy. I hope the next president will get a clue on lowering gas prices at the pump.
  • by Larry on May 27, 2011 at 02:26 AM
    President Obama needs to PERMANENTLY FIX speculation in oil futures. They need to be COMPLETELY eliminated from the market. At least the US-controlled parts. Even the SAUDIS are complaining about price speculation!!! Fixing this mess NOW would 99% ensure Obama's reelection. 'Cause then he would never let us forget about it...as if the weak GOP field isn't helping THAT along...
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      by anon rapper on May 27, 2011 at 09:29 AM in reply to Larry
      Republicans in the House of Representatives will not allow any such regulation to pass into law. They are paid by the oil industry to bock such legislation. Get a grip on reality.
  • by Yep, him again on May 27, 2011 at 02:19 AM
    When oil prices hit a record $147 a barrel in July 2008, the Bush administration leaned on Saudi Arabia to pump more crude in hopes that a flood of new crude would drive the price down. The Saudis complied, but not before warning that oil already was plentiful and that Wall Street speculation, not a shortage of oil, was driving up prices.
  • by Gilbert Location: Bath on May 26, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    Gas Prices Dropped? What 0.10- 0.20 cents a gallon only. I guess that is why travelers are staying close to home. Thanks Obama for the high gas price still!
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 02:13 AM in reply to Gilbert
      Can you spell SPECULATORS?
  • by Lee Location: NC on May 26, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    How soon we forget Obama blamed G W Bush for high gas prices to get elected. Now Obama's gas prices are the same as Bush's. Then Bush got the gas price down. Goggle US gas charts. The day Bush left office gas was only $1.61 per US gallon at the retail pump. Just facts. What happened Obama? What is the Gov't & State gas tax per gallon up to now Democrats.
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM in reply to Lee
      I don't remember Obama blaming Bush for high gas prices. If you have some proof of that please post it. So many right-wing lies just go unquestioned that people think they can say anything and get away with it.
  • by local Location: jville on May 26, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    The gas prices dropped?*% (***)<> )This holiday everyone stay home(I am)and let the oil speculators feel some PAIN!!!
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      by J.V. on May 26, 2011 at 08:34 PM in reply to local
      I bet Local does not know what a oil speculator is or does , or even about trading commodities.
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        by spot light on May 27, 2011 at 04:52 AM in reply to J.V.
        Ok your in the know(JV)Enlighten all who post on this site!!!
  • by jerry Location: enc on May 26, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    If those 865,000 would stay home and cook out or something, maybe that would send a message to the thugs in the oil companies.
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      by Ben on May 26, 2011 at 08:18 PM in reply to jerry
      Jerry it is the Muslim thugs Countries at OPEC who sell the oil.
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        by Boats on May 27, 2011 at 01:43 AM in reply to Ben
        And the idiot speculators in NY that are buying it. And I reguardless of what J.V. says, it's the speculators that are driving the price.
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          by spot light on May 27, 2011 at 04:59 AM in reply to Boats
          Speculators control the market(prices)and there the money makers,for all investers!!!
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        by anonymous oiler on May 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM in reply to Ben
        G.W. Bush left office losing two wars, , the economy in its worst condition since the great depression, and a third of Americans think he did a great job.
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      by anon rapper on May 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM in reply to jerry
      G.W. Bush left office losing two wars, , the economy in its worst condition since the great depression, and a third of Americans think he did a great job.
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        by WOW on May 27, 2011 at 10:31 AM in reply to anon rapper
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          by Facts Hurt on May 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to WOW
          Obama has already created more private-sector jobs in 2 years than Bush did in his entire two terms. You need to look at the damage one party did from 2000- 2006, starting two (unfunded) wars while cutting taxes for billionaires. Considering the absolute mess the Republicans left this country in, Obama has done a very good job.
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