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More people driving for Labor Day weekend

September 3, 2010 12:05:37 AM PDT
With gas prices down, more Southern California residents are hitting the road for Labor Day compared to last year, hoping to squeeze in one more trip before the end of summer.Nine out of 10 Southern Californians going out of town this weekend plan to drive to their destination, and more people are traveling this Labor Day weekend compared to last year.

The Auto Club of Southern California estimated about 2.5 million Southern Californians are going out of town this weekend, which is about an 11 percent increase.

One of the main reasons for the increase is the economy. Last year, people were concerned about their jobs, or they were unemployed and didn't want to spend money on travel.

"I usually try to do, just because of the economy and stuff right now, mini trips, it's more economical, and you know, it's just easy to get away in Southern California, so many good things offered, go to the beach, mountains, just try to take advantage of it," said traveler David Barton.

Gas prices are hovering around $3 a gallon in many Southland cities, making it possible for residents to put gas in their vehicles without breaking the bank.

Top driving destinations for L.A. residents
Information from TripAdvisor

  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Palm Springs
  • Carlsbad
  • Big Bear Lake

Air travel is also up this year compared to last year by about 6 percent.

TripAdvisor said the top places to fly this weekend are Napa, Las Vegas and Phoenix, Ariz.