Woodward, Okla. —
VACATIONING CLOSER TO HOME
While gas prices might not be keeping people from traveling this 4th of July, they might be keeping people from traveling as far.
"We do know a lot of folks will be traveling north to locations like Kansas City and Denver," Mai said. "But we also know that folks will be spending a little less, around $747 on average, and the distance people will be traveling is quite down this year, with an average round trip of 613 miles, which is 110 fewer miles than last year."
The AAA spokesman said this would seem to "indicate that a lot of individuals and families are deciding to stay closer to home as a means of economizing their vacation."
However, that is not necessarily a bad thing, Mai said, because "there are quite a few vacation destinations in the state of Oklahoma that a lot of people are just now realizing and appreciating."
He said these destinations predominately include state parks and lakes, as well as other attractions.
To find a place that might appeal to your family, he suggested visiting TravelOk.com
"If you haven't explored TravelOK.com, which is our state tourism website, it's a great place to start. It offers a number of travel ideas and lists of things to do from cultural activities to outdoor recreation," Mai said. "You'll see that there's a lot here and you don't have to travel 1,000 miles to have a great family vacation."
In addition, choosing to vacation in Oklahoma has double the benefits.
"By vacationing right in your backyard, you'll save money on vacation expenses while helping to contribute to our state's economy," he said.