Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gasoline Prices Won't Stop Them Vacationers Vow to Take to the Highway This Summer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gasoline Prices Won't Stop Them Vacationers Vow to Take to the Highway This Summer

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Memorial Day travel, said the AAA, was almost 2 percent higher than last year when it came to motorists who drove at least 50 miles for festivities.

That was music to the ears of travel agents because the holiday weekend is the traditional kickoff of summer travel, said Tracy Edwards, director of travel sales for AAA East Central in East Liberty.

"It was a good start to the vacation season," he said. "It tells me no one has concerns about gas prices," which bounced between $3.60 and $3.90 a gallon for unleaded.

Gasoline prices don't seem to be a concern for a number of East suburban residents.

Jill and Glenn Briercheck will drive to Florida and Georgia in July or August to visit relatives for two weeks and to soak up sun and fun at the local beaches.

Since the Greensburg couple will stay with family there, the cost of the vacation will be minimal and gas prices do not create a big issue, Mrs. Briercheck said.

Mr. Edwards said popular summer driving destinations include Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Nags Head, N.C.; Niagara Falls, in New York and Canada; Gettysburg in Adams County; and Washington, D.C.

Lisa Hays said she will probably stay at home because she is hosting vacationing family members from North Carolina and Washington State at her Cook Township home this summer. But she said she will take day trips with her guests to Idlewild Park and Linn Run State Park in Ligonier, as well as historical sites in the region.

Debbie and Dave Delisi of Hempfield recently flew to San Francisco, where they rented a car to visit the state's Yosemite National Park, Big Sur and the Napa Valley.

Mr. Delisi said he frequently encountered gas prices hovering around $4.60. "It is upsetting at the pump, but we still [travel]," he said.

For those who consider heeding Horace Greeley's advice of "Go West, young man," Las Vegas is an affordably priced destination with a $384 air/hotel package, said Sheila Greene, owner of Angels With Wings Travel Agency in Monroeville. …

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