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Despite high gas prices, people still traveling for Labor Day

Despite high gas prices, people still traveling for Labor Day

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 31, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It is the start of the Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

The roads will probably be packed this weekend. AAA is predicting that more than 33 million Americans will go somewhere for the holiday.

That is about three percent more than last year.

More than 200,000 will travel by air. Another 200,000 will take the train or bus. But, many will drive and they say they may have to cut back on expenses like hotel rooms because of the high cost of gas.

Gas prices have been rising ever since Isaac hit and are expected to be the highest ever for the Labor Day holiday.

Yesterday alone, prices jumped six cents nationally. According to, the national average for a regular gallon of gas is $3.80.

Here in Las Vegas, we are paying $3.63.

Still, a lot of people are expected to come here to Las Vegas. has Las Vegas as the number two searched destination for the Labor Day weekend. And, we have the lowest average domestic airfare among destinations.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for and contributes to and