Nothing says summer like jumping in the car and taking off for a week or even just a few days. So how much will gasoline prices crimp your impulse to travel? It depends on where you're going.
The good news is that last week gas prices continued to tumble in Southern California. As of Monday, AAA found the average price of a gallon of gas to be $4.12 in the L.A.-Long Beach area, $4.07 in Orange County, $4.10 in San Diego, $4.17 in Santa Barbara area, $4.09 in the Riverside-San Bernardino area, $4.15 in Bakersfield and $4.13 in Ventura.
The bad news is that gas prices in the West are highest in the nation. AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows prices from L.A. to Seattle are red hot -- meaning the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline runs from $3.75 to $4.47 as of Monday.
For the cheapest gas-fueled road trip, try the South. Average price for a gallon of regular gas as of Monday was $3.12 in South Carolina, $3.20 in Alabama, $3.21 in Mississippi and Tennessee, and $3.23 in Arkansas. Other average prices for a gallon of regular gas include $3.77 in New York, $3.60 in Washington, D.C., and $3.55 in Massachusetts.