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Talking Points on Gas Prices

Talking Points on Gas Prices

  • According to a recent study by TNS, 30 percent of travelers expect to react to rising fuel costs by staying closer to home.
  • North Carolina's proximity to many surrounding states makes it an attractive destination for road trips. Furthermore its geographic location halfway between major population centers in New York and Florida makes it a smart destination for millions of travelers who opt to travel by car.
  • Traditionally, when gas prices go up, visitation to North Carolina goes up. In 2008, when gas prices were equally high, visitation at North Carolina attractions was at its peak.
  • North Carolina offers excellent value for travelers faced with economic challenges. Visitors can get back to nature and take in our natural scenic beauty at hundreds of free sites from mountains to coast.
  • An increase in fuel costs does not necessarily make travel out of reach. It costs just $22.34 more to travel round trip from Washington, D.C. to Nags Head than it did at this time last year. For a fuel calculator visit
  • The US Energy Information Administration predicts that gas prices will rise slightly in June and then fall steadily in the summer months:

May 2011 - $3.90

June 2011 - $3.91

July 2011 - $3.88

August 2011 - $3.85

September 2011 -$3.81

Gas Watch NC

Current as of May 4, 2011

Did you know that it costs just $22.34 more to travel round trip from Washington, D.C. to Nags Head than it did at this time last year?

Sample Road Trip Ideas Round Trip Mileage Gallons Used Gas Cost* Difference from 2010 to 2011
Asheville to Raleigh 500 20.90 $20.17
Winston-Salem to Wilmington 472 19.68 $18.95
Greensboro to New Bern 386 16.04 $15.45
Durham to Charlotte 284 11.84 $11.40
Boone to Kitty Hawk 786 32.58 $31.37
Fayetteville to Morehead City 282 11.76 $11.32
Atlanta to Asheville 416 17.32 $16.68
Washington, DC to Manteo 557 23.2 $22.34
Richmond to New Bern 437 18.2 $17.53
Norfolk to Outer Banks 221 9.22 $8.88
Charleston, SC to Blowing Rock 590 24.48 $23.57
Columbia, SC to Raleigh 451 18.78 $18.09
Knoxville to Winston-Salem 516 20.8 $20.03

*Source: AAA's Fuel Gauge Report

Estimates based on the N.C. average gas price as of May 4, 2011 on passenger vehicle getting 24mpg.

2010 N.C. average gas price $2.904

2011 N.C, average gas price $3.867

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