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Fewer Southern Californians will travel for Labor Day

August 29, 2011 | 10:38 am


About 2.32 million Southern Californians will travel for the Labor Day weekend, a 2.6% drop from last year, according to the latest data from the Auto Club of Southern California.

Vacationers who plan to fly, take a train, a bus, a motor home or a cruise ship will drop the most, while the number of Southern Californians who will drive will increase to 1.89 million compared to1.88 million who traveled by car last year.

Gas prices will be higher this holiday weekend than during any other Labor Day weekend except 2008, when Southland travelers were paying $3.80 to $3.90 a gallon on average. Current gas prices are just a few cents below that record level for Labor Day.

According to a survey of the Auto Club's travel agents, the top destinations for Southern California Labor Day travelers are:
1) San Diego
2) Las Vegas
3) Central Coast (Santa Barbara to Monterey)
4) San Francisco
5) Grand Canyon
-- Hugo Martin
Photo: Labor Day vacationers enjoy a day at the beach. Credit: Los Angeles Times.