Gas prices soar by more than a dollar per gallon since 2020: Labor Day weekend sends prices surging to national average of $3.18 and $4.39 in California as twice as many travelers choose to drive than fly than in 2019
- Californians can expect high gas prices throughout Labor Day weekend as price remain around $4.39
- Prices have risen to around a $1 more compared to last year’s prices as more and more travelers are taking road trips
- Despite Hurricane Ida shutting down oil rigs in the Gulf, prices remain steady
Californians traveling this weekend can expect high gas prices as summer travel demands are still elevated.
Travelers can expect to spend around $4.39 per gallon for regular gas, according to the Los Angeles Times, which is up from the $3.24 price tag from last year.
The current national average is $3.18, which is up 95 cents since last year.
Auto Club reported rising gas prices all summer due to an increase in demand. With more and more travelers taking road trips as compared to two years ago.
Californians can expect high gas prices this holiday weekend as summer travel demands are still elevated. Travelers can expect over $4 price tags per gallon as they make their way to popular travel destinations (pictured in July)
Despite Hurricane Ida affecting the west coast after hitting Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, gas prices remain stay around $4.39 per gallon
With hotspots nearby for California, including Zion, Bryce Canyon national parks, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, San Diego, Sedona, Austin, and Seattle, overnight trips are on the rise this summer season.
As Labor Day weekend rolls around and travelers prepare for their road trips, gas prices – despite being high – have remained fairly steady since Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, affecting both coasts.
The hurricane briefly shut down oil rigs as the storm affected the Gulf Coast, but are back up and operating again.
Gas prices have continued to rise compared to last year. In January 2020, prices sat around $3.50 compared to almost $4.50 in August 2021
Prices plummeted during the pandemic, but are now higher than ever as travelers continue to take more road trips this summer season
The storm has since moved north, causing mass flooding and deaths across the East Coast.
In a historic moment, New York City shut down all five boroughs for the first time as 46 people died from the severe flooding, leaving many trapped on the transit lines for hours and others paying high prices for rideshare apps to get home.
As fall rolls around, travelers and drivers can expect gas prices to lower nationwide as demand lowers.
Gas prices in California usually begin to decrease around late August, according to the Los Angeles Times. Californians can expect prices to lower in the coming weeks.
The top 25 US travel destinations of 2021
- New York City, New York
- Maui, Hawaii
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Key West, Florida
- Oahu, Hawaii
- Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
- San Diego, California
- Savannah, Georgia
- Kauai, Hawaii
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Sedona, Arizona
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Orlando, Florida
- Chicago, Illinois
- Branson, Montana
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Miami Beach, Florida
- Washington, D.C.
- Austin, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Los Angeles, California
- Denver, Colorado
- Boston, Massachusetts
Source: Trip Advisor