West Virginians are ready for a vacation

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Traditionally the Memorial Day weekend represents the first big travel holiday of the summer. As the nation starts to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror, folks are apparently eager to get on the road.

“We’re biting at the bit apparently,” said Melissa Norris with the AAA in Beckley.

According to AAA, surveys of West Virginia residents revealed about 55 percent indicated plans to take a trip somewhere this summer. A high percentage will get that started with this weekend’s Memorial Day holiday.

“With optimism the Covid vaccination has been rolled out, most travelers are excited about getting on the road and are making plans for this upcoming holiday and further into the summer,” said Norris.

The most popular destination for West Virginians headed out was to the beach, particularly Myrtle Beach or the Pigeon Forge,-Gatlinburg, Great Smokey Mountain area of Tennessee.

“That great American Road Trip is going to be the most popular thing to do, especially through this pandemic. The memories you share as a family and the bonding time, it still holds pretty true the road trip is going to be the way to go,” she added.

Normally the rising price of gasoline can act as a deterrent during normal times.¬† However after many were forced to skip last summer’s vacation the price doesn’t seem to be a factor for 2021.¬† ¬†According to Norris, gasoline is about a dollar a gallon higher this year headed into Memorial Day.

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