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Drivers are making fall road trip plans with cautious optimism

Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle top list of destinations this season, according to AAA survey

Orlando, Fla.—American travelers are making vacation plans through the end of the year, but remain cautiously optimistic about those future plans with regards coronavirus, according to a recent AAA Travel survey. The vast majority of trips this fall — 80 percent — will be road trips.

The survey states that one in five who are planning a trip before the end of this year but haven’t booked yet expect to do so within one week of traveling. Lower gas prices may also be motivating some travelers. On average, gas prices nationally are nearly 50 cents cheaper than this time last year, and are the cheapest fall prices since 2016.

Top road trip destinations

Vacationers this fall are showing a preference for destinations that allow for socially distanced, outdoor recreation, according to the survey. New additions to the list of top road trip destinations this year include Keystone, South Dakota – home to Mount Rushmore – and Colorado Springs.

  1. Denver
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Los Angeles
  4. San Diego
  5. Seattle
  6. Keystone, S.D.
  7. Portland, Ore.
  8. Phoenix
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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