Thanksgiving Day Travel; Increasing Gas Prices

By KBJR News 1

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Thanksgiving Day travel is upon us and the roads and highways are already filling up as people go in and out of town to spend the holiday with their families.

According to the travel forecast on aaa.com, there will be nearly 45 million travelers out on the nation's roads and highways.

That's an increase by about .7 percent from last year.

With recent economic uncertainty the higher–than ever gas prices may make a negative impact.

Gas prices increased by 15 percent between august and October.

The national average of gas is at three dollars and fifty two cents, the highest it's ever been on a Thanksgiving.

More than 90 percent of Thanksgiving Day travelers will be driving simply due to the convenience.

Minnesota and South Dakota are the only two states expected to see a positive growth in tourism travel this holiday season.

Justin Reis, NNC.