More Nevadans Plan Holiday Travel

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More Nevadans are planning to take to the skies and highways over the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA Nevada said Tuesday.

The automobile club projected 276,700 Nevadans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, up 2 percent over last year.

Of those, 84 percent, or about 233,000, plan to travel by car, while 15 percent, or 41,000, intend to fly.

About 1 percent intend to travel by bus or other means of transportation, the organization said.

Nationwide, AAA predicted 36 million people will travel over Thanksgiving, with 86 percent traveling by car.

"In addition to visiting friends and family on Thanksgiving, it appears that more and more people are using this time for a real vacation getaway," said Lisa Foster, spokeswoman for AAA Nevada.

"We're seeing slight increases in travel to vacation-type destinations such as beaches and mountains, and we're also seeing a decrease in the numbers of travelers staying in friends' or relatives' homes," she said.

Motorists will pay higher prices for gasoline in Nevada this year compared with last Thanksgiving, AAA said.

Statewide, the average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded was $1.71 on Tuesday, up 20 cents from a year ago.

In Reno, the average price was $1.69. It was a penny higher in Las Vegas.

Still, prices have dropped significantly since early September, when the statewide average was $2 a gallon over Labor Day weekend, the last big travel period, AAA said.