Memorial Day travel expected to be the highest in 12 years

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About 2.2 million Floridians - about 6 percent more than a year ago - are expected to travel on Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the summer season, according to a report released Monday by the AAA auto club.

Prices in Rockford are 55 cents higher than they were at this time past year, and 18 cents higher than a month ago.

"Higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend", AAA Assistant Vice President of Travel Sales Development Vicky Evans said in a statement.

While road trippers will pay higher prices at the gas pump this year, travelers can expect some relief in their wallets when paying for, vehicle rentals and most mid-range hotels.

Prices are up to the highest levels they've been in three years, but still far below 2008's all-time high of $4.11.

Even as gas prices rise like outdoor temperatures, AAA still expects an additional 2 million people will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation.

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AAA Colorado expects prices to peak around $3 a gallon, but if there is an especially active hurricane season they could go higher. That's almost 5 percent more than past year and the most since 2005, AAA says. We will see one more price hike.

The average price of regular gasoline in the city Sunday was $2.73 a gallon, up a penny from seven days earlier, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. In Maine, prices have risen 4.2 cents per gallon to an average price of $2.86.

With Memorial Day, and the unofficial start to summer, just around the corner, many southwest Georgians - like the rest of the nation - are making travel plans.

Airfare is cheaper. AAA's Leisure Travel Index estimates Memorial Day airfare is 7 percent lower this year, averaging $168 for a round-trip flight on 40 of the top domestic routes. "What we're seeing now is oil inventories that are 89 million lower than previous year and gas prices rise as a result".

Grand Rapids is also seeing an increase of 8 cents per gallon, with a new average of $2.81/gallon.

New Jersey drivers were paying just $2.36 for gas at this time past year.