Fuel Prices Drop As Campers Approach Memorial Day Holiday
$4 a Gallon Gas Not Likely to Reappear This Summer
BILLINGS, MT (May 23, 2011) – Gasoline prices are dropping, just in time for the annual exodus of Memorial Day campers to favorite Kampgrounds of America parks throughout North America.
The second dose of good news is that there are still great tent and recreational vehicle sites, as well as KOA cabins and lodges, available at the more than 475 KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada for this holiday weekend.
“For several years now, we’ve seen a trend of more and more campers looking for camping options closer to home,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “That is even more pronounced during the spring Memorial Day holiday, when schools may still be in session and it’s hard to take a long trip.”
Luckily for campers, there is likely to be a fantastic camping option just a fuel-efficient short trip from home.
“We know that fuel prices have been on everyone’s mind this spring,” Hittmeier said. “It’s great to see fuel costs starting to drop, and we encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors this Memorial Day weekend. Of course, we think KOA camping is a wonderful way to do just that.”
The American Automobile Association (AAA) reported that the national average price of regular gasoline had dropped more than 11 cents per gallon from last week’s average of $3.955 per gallon to $3.843 per gallon on Monday, May 23. The drop was driven in part by a 16-cent decrease in the price of a barrel of oil.
AAA predicted that 34.9 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home as part of their Memorial Day weekend – up 0.2% from last year.
“Our campgrounds have invested in beautiful, full-service lodges with full bathrooms and kitchens, as well as our more rustic cabins,” Hittmeier said. “This allows our guests to still enjoy camping in comfort at a KOA while traveling in their most fuel efficient vehicles. Camping is still the most economical vacation you can experience.”
For more information on Kampgrounds of America, or to make your reservations for your next stay, go to www.KOA.com.
Kampgrounds of America, founded on the banks of the Yellowstone River in 1962, is now the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds. KOA has 475 locations in the United States and Canada.