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AAA: More U.S. families to take summer vacations

More than one-third of Americans polled said they are planning to take a family vacation this summer.

According to a recent survey from AAA, millions in the U.S. will travel 50 or more miles with two or more immediate family members.

Drivers this summer should pay the lowest gas prices in 12 years. These lower gas prices are motivating Americans to drive at record levels and are prompting 55 percent of Americans to say they are more likely to take a road trip this year. AAA estimates that American drivers have saved nearly $12 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015.

For those planning to travel, the survey showed that 69 percent planned road trips; 49 percent planned to visit national parks; and 42 percent planned to visit theme parks. Vacations to international destinations (26 percent) and cruises (19 percent) round out the five most popular vacation options for traveling families, AAA reported.

“Savings at the pump is one reason more families are able to plan a vacation this year,” said Cindy Antrican, AAA public affairs manager in Dayton. “Whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a dream vacation to a far-away destination, our travel counselors are busy helping families who want the opportunity to explore and share a meaningful travel experience with their loved ones.”