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On The Road Again: North Carolinians Head Out For A Final Summer Fling

Interstate 40 traffic
Dave DeWitt
I-40 traffic

More than 1 million North Carolinians are expected to hit the road for a final summer vacation over this Labor Day holiday weekend.  Low gas prices in North Carolina and surrounding states have made driving the most popular travel choice for vacationers.  

AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright says another trend they're seeing is people planning trips not far from home.

"For people in the Carolinas, Charlotte is always a big draw," Wright says. 

"Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Asheville for those wanting to go out to the mountains seeking some outdoors.  According to our AAA Vacations, those are the top travel destinations, especially for those that are driving."

But many people may still be trying to line up last minute getaways.   Wright says for those late planners, all is not lost.

"There are a lot of great deals out there that do offer some great packages when you're talking about hotel, air fare and rental car.  So basically what we say is just be a smart shopper, know what's out there and do your research," she says.

Wright reminds people who are driving to their destination that state law enforcers will be out in large numbers. They'll be conducting their annual summertime 'Booze It and Lose It' campaign which runs through September 1.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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