An estimated 865,000 North Carolina motorists are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend.
According to AAA Carolina that is a 3 percent increase over last year's travelers. Overall, AAA says that because of high gas prices, people will spend less money, travel shorter distances or find other modes of transportation.
The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority says gas prices are actually drawing some people to the beach.
Gas prices peaked earlier this month at almost $4.00 a gallon. Now prices are 30 to 40 cents cheaper, but still almost a dollar more than this same time last year.
Many people are planning to stay close to home and head to local beaches, including the Crystal Coast. Tourism officials say there are still hotel rooms and condos available for this weekend at the Crystal Coast.