Vail makes top 5 Fourth list |

Vail makes top 5 Fourth list

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

If you thought soaring gas prices surely would take the traffic out of the Fourth of July, well, forget it.

The AAA auto club estimated that 41.1 million Americans would hit the road for the holiday week, a tick up from the 40.8 million who traveled this time last year.

Gas prices might be up an average of 28 cents a gallon since last year, but that’s still no real obstacle to driving somewhere for vacation.

The Fourth of July week ranks as the busiest travel period of the summer, according to AAA.

And where might they be traveling? In Colorado, it’s Denver, Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Durango and Vail. Yep, we made the AAA’s top five for in-state destinations.

Colorado residents headed out of state are going most to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orange County (Disneyland), Orlando (Disney World) and Seattle (for cruises), according to AAA.

Plenty of us are staying home, of course. Given the plethora of Fourth of July festivities, concerts and such, who could blame us? Besides that, we’re relatively high and cool compared to more scorching lower places these days.

Vail making the top five this year ” not Aspen, not Summit County, not Steamboat or Grand Junction ” that’s a boost toward that eternal goal to balance our terrific winter seasons with better summers.

After all, summers are terrific up here. Vail’s a destination well worth driving to, even at 28 cents more a gallon than last year.

” Don Rogers for the Editorial Board

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