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Seven Cheapest Cities for a Fourth of July Getaway

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gas prices are going down, down, down.  ABC News reported gas prices in 16 states have dropped to under $3 per gallon and that more are expected to drop under that price point in the coming days.

And with the Fourth of July holiday just one week away, families that previously decided to stay home may be reconsidering.

“Low gas prices light a fire under Americans. They really like low prices.  This is sure to entice more people to go on vacation and spend more of their hard-earned money,” Patrick Dehann of told World News.

A road trip is surely the way to go at this late date.  As ABC News reported, the weekends sandwiching the Fourth of July -- a Wednesday this year -- are some of the most expensive of the summer to fly.

But with just days to plan a trip, where should travelers go?  Visiting a city with too-high hotel prices will cancel out any fuel savings.  Online travel agency found hotel rates vary widely among cities in the top 25 destinations this upcoming holiday, from over $200 per night on average in the most expensive cities (Boston and Los Angeles) to just $99 per night in the least expensive city (Las Vegas).

Las Vegas consistently has some of the nation’s cheapest rates because hotels lower room prices to attract travelers and hope to make money from them in other ways, namely, gambling, food and alcohol.

If driving to Sin City isn’t an option, here are the six next-cheapest cities for a last-minute July 4 getaway, based on hotel rates:

  • Arlington, Va.: $104
  • Atlanta: $108
  • Orlando, Fla.: $109
  • San Antonio: $112
  • Anaheim, Calif.: $119
  • Miami: $122

One more tip: According to Orbitz, vacationers are favoring the first part of the July 4 week for their trips.  It found that 57 percent of room nights that have been booked are for stays between June 29 and July 5, while only 43 percent are booked for stays between July 3 and July 9.  Cost-conscious travelers should book a trip for the latter half of the week, as fewer travelers always translates into lower prices.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


The Best Time to Book July 4 Airfare

John Foxx/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’d like to get away for July 4, but haven’t yet booked airfare, it’s time.

According to data compiled by online travel booking site Travelocity, the best time to book to get the cheapest airfare for the holiday is three weeks prior.  Which, if you don’t have a calendar handy, is Wednesday, June 13.

Travelocity said the average price of round-trip domestic airfare this Fourth of July is $391, up 6 percent from a year ago.  However, based on historical data, a person who books three weeks in advance can expect to pay roughly $342.  Waiting until one week before the holiday will increase the average price 20 percent to $412.

“The good news is many of the top U.S. destinations are below the average ticket price,” said Courtney Scott, Travelocity’s senior editor.  She suggested booking vacation packages and opaque hotels as ways to offset rising airfare.

Here are the average airfares to the nation’s top 10 destinations for Fourth of July:

-- New York City: $337
-- Las Vegas: $365
-- Orlando: $316
-- Los Angeles: $364
-- Denver: $314
-- South Florida: $322
-- Washington, D.C.: $340
-- Seattle: $412
-- Boston: $343
-- San Francisco: $393

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


The Fourth of July is the Number One Holiday for Cookouts

Polka Dot/Jupiterimages(NEW YORK) -- In addition to the Fourth of July being one of the busiest travel holidays of the year in the United States, a new survey has revealed it is also one of the busiest days in the kitchen -- or outside with the grill.

While airlines and gas stations will be cashing in from travelers over the July 4 weekend, supermarkets will also be making big bucks, as a new survey by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association ranks the Fourth of July as the most popular outdoor cooking holiday. Memorial Day is the second most popular holiday for a cookout, followed by Labor Day and Father’s Day.

Thirty-three percent of Americans say they go for hamburgers at a Fourth of July cookout, while 29 percent prefer steak. Fourteen percent of respondents said poultry was their top food choice while seven percent named hotdogs.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Fewer Americans Traveling this Fourth of July Weekend

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- If you have plans to travel this Fourth of July weekend, it appears you will have plenty of wiggle room on the roads.

AAA estimates that 39 million Americans will be traveling far (50 miles or more) this year, a 2.5 percent drop from last year's 40 million travelers.

More specifically, close to one million fewer drivers (32.8 million) will be on the road during this holiday weekend compared to the 33.7 million last year.  More Americans, however, will be traveling by plane this year, marking a nine percent jump from the Independence Day weekend of 2010.

The main reason behind the overall drop in travelers?  Gasoline prices.

"AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Independence Day travelers mainly due to fuel prices being approximately one dollar per gallon higher than last year," said Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services. "Increased fuel costs are also responsible for a shift in the demographics of the typical Independence Day traveler as higher prices impact lower income households more significantly."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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