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AAA: Californians and Nevadans take to the roads despite high gas prices

Despite high gas prices and overall inflationary costs, a record number of Californians and Nevadans will travel over the upcoming holidays, according to the American Automobile Association.

In California more than 8.9 million residents will travel 50 miles or more from their homes to celebrate the end of the year, while an estimated 612,000 Nevadans plan to travel 50 miles or more from their homes, the automobile and travel organization said today.

“Unprecedented high gas prices and an upsurge in travel expenses are definately having an impact on holiday travel,” said Cynthia Harris, spokeswoman for AAA of Northern California. “Californians can expect prices to be well above last year’s levels, whether you are driving or flying.”

AAA predicts those traveling from the Golden State by car will be around 7.1 million motorists, a .4 percent increase over last year. In Nevada, 490,000 or 81 percent are expected to travel by motor vehicle, a 0.4 percent increase over last year, AAA said. More than 92,000 Nevadans plan to fly, while 1.3 million Californians are expected to take to the skies.

“Each year, the state’s population grows, which means there are more travelers who get added to the equation,” said AAA Nevada spokesman Michael Geeser.

“Still, an increase over last year, at a time when prices have gone up across the board, shows how determined Nevadans are to get out and go this holiday period.”

Nationally, AAA said over 65 million Americans will travel this holiday, an increase of 0.7 percent from last year.

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