Travel Agents Report the Return of the Spring Break Road Trip

DENVER, March 10 – The Spring Break Road Trip has returned, according to a recent survey of AAA Colorado travel agents. This year’s lower gas prices have led to an increase in trips to drive destinations compared to the international beach destinations that were popular last year. The top five destinations for spring travel according to AAA Colorado travel agents are:

  1. Southern California
  2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  3. Utah National Parks; Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Phoenix, Arizona

Nationwide, gas prices are 64 cents a gallon lower than prices a year ago. Assuming a vehicle averaging 30 miles per gallon, gasoline for a round-trip between Denver and Los Angeles would be approximately $43 less than last year according to the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator. Vacationers plan to use this savings on activities at their destination, dining out and additional shopping.

The theme parks of Southern California are a perennial family favorite. Disneyland is continuing its 60th Anniversary celebration through September. Universal Studios Hollywood will be opening its Wizarding World of Harry Potter on April 7, 2016.

The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. The National Parks were established by an act signed by Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916 and now cover more than 84 million acres. Centennial celebrations are planned across the United States.

In order to take advantage of the celebrations and grand openings, AAA recommends travelers seek the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor, who can provide personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. For more information and to begin planning a spring vacation, visit AAA.com/Travel.

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