Rising gas prices are expected to help tourism on the Crystal Coast. Tourism directors we talked to say they expect a lot of people who live relatively close to the beach to plan their family vacations there instead of making longer trips. The average price of gas in Morehead City was around $2.80 a gallon. Out of state tourists say it'll cost them a bit more to take their vacation, but that won't keep them at home. The average price of gas in our state is $2.83, two-cents higher nationwide.