High gas prices affect holiday travel

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some economists are saying when it comes to gas prices all we can do is sit back and watch it climb.

One expert is even predicting prices could reach $6 a gallon in some states this summer.

While that's not the case right now, people in some states are already paying over $4 for their gas. Here in Virginia, we aren't at $4 a gallon yet — that's good news for anyone traveling this Easter holiday weekend.

The average price for gas in our area right now is $3.77, up about a dollar over this time last year.

You'll pay about the same if you are heading east towards Virginia Beach.

It's a little less in Charlottesville if you're travel plans take you west of town — you'll be paying about $3.66. If you are visiting family and friends in northern Virginia, that's where you may really need to keep your eyes out for a good deal. Gas is $4.00 a gallon in D.C.

But those rising prices in some states are pushing tourist destinations to offer gas vouchers in hopes people will still come for a visit.

In Branson, Missouri you'll get a $50 gas card with your admission starting in June.

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