Memorial Day travel expected to be high; gas prices lower than last year

Posted at 5:48 PM, May 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-22 19:48:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The American Automobile Association says 37.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more for their Memorial Day weekend vacation, and with gas prices rising FOX 13 News asked a few of those drivers where they're going and how much they expect to spend.

At $3.00 a gallon for regular gas in Utah, Leroy Mariner said he is driving less to save money for his vacation. His extended family lives in the Four Corners area.

"When the gas was lower about a month or month and a half ago I was traveling back and forth to the Four Corners, but now it's just, you've got to wait for the next pay check to save for gas," Mariner said.

Mark Larson isn't quite as concerned.

"We think about it but right now, no," said Larsen, adding, "The price is relatively low."

According to the trip calculator provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Larson should expect to pay a total of $90.00 for gas to and from St. George in his Chevrolet Suburban.