LITTLE ROCK, AR - With gas prices hitting record highs nationwide, vacationers will still set out on summer sojourns. Now they'll probably seek destinations closer to home, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism says.
Spokeswoman Jana Greenbaum said more than a third of the state's tourism is from Arkansans traveling in-state to visit friends and family. She said higher gas prices, as well as some of the state's natural resources, may cause a larger percentage to travel within the state this summer.
Nationally, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.08 yesterday. In Arkansas, the average price per gallon was $2.97. Both averages were up nearly 20 cents over last year's prices, according to the AAA.