Many Utahns staying close to home for holiday weekend


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(KSL News) For the first time since 9/11, fewer Americans are heading out for Memorial Day weekend. All you need to do is look to your local gas station to find out why.

Carrie Fisher, like many Utahns, is spending her holiday camping close to home.

"I don't go as many places just on a whim. I have to do more planning. I filled up with gas twice before the weekend just to avoid it going up to $4," she said.

She ended up in Little Cottonwood Canyon. "It's fun to get away, but this is really close," she said.

About 360,000 fewer travelers will hit the road this weekend because of rising costs. The price of gasoline is up 20 percent from a year ago.

Here in Utah, the average price for a gallon of gas now sits at $3.85. Nationally it's $3.93 a gallon.

Air fares are up 8 percent; rental cars are up 45 percent. And that's not all. Cookouts will cost you about 6 percent more than last year.

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