SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – (DRG News) AAA South Dakota says the number of state residents traveling over the upcoming Independence Day holiday will drop slightly from July 4 of last year. A survey shows that just over 128,000 South Dakotans will travel, which is a small drop from last July. Of those state residents that will journey 50 miles or more from home, 114,900 or 86% will drive and 6,630 will fly. Others will go to their destination via other travel modes. AAA South Dakota says the anticipated decline in auto travel is due to a shorter holiday period. Most travelers will leave home on Wednesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 7 is the most popular date of return from holiday trips. AAA says average gas prices are up just over a dime compared to the same time in 2012, however prices remain below their highs of earlier this year. AAA’s travel projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight.
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