AAA: More in Kansas and Missouri traveling for Memorial Day than nationally

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - AAA projects 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend.

Eighty-nine percent of those will be driving, a slight increase from last year.

AAA's Topeka, Kan., office says more people in Kansas and Missouri will hit the road and drive to a holiday destination compared to the rest of the U.S.

"For our part of the country, more of the population is traveling over the holiday," said AAA Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Jim Hanni. "Over 14 percent of our regions will be traveling, versus 11 percent for the U.S."

AAA defines the Memorial Day holiday travel period starting Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27.

So what are you going to pay in gas? The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.931 in Kansas on Thursday, which is up about 48 cents from a year ago, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. In Missouri, the average price is $3.734, up about 42 cents from a year ago.

AAA analysts said they feel confident gas prices in the Midwest have reached a peak and should decline slowly, but steady.

A survey of travelers found that gasoline prices would have no impact on the plans for 62 percent of travelers.

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