Gas Prices Affecting Tourist Locations?

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Memorial Day weekend is underway and motorists have noticed the high prices at the pump. It's kind of hard not to when you're traveling out of town.

"When we left Eastern North Carolina it was $3.13-a-gallon. We got into Tennessee and it was $2.97-a-gallon, and now it's $3.09," said Teresa Buchanan, a North Carolina resident.

While the high gas prices may keep some off the road this weekend, attractions like Mammoth Cave National Park have not seen a decrease in activity.

"Hello Carol! Have you got a full bunch with you," asked Vickie Carson, Mammoth Cave Public Information Officer.

"One-hundred and one," answered the the tour guide.

Mammoth Cave National Park is one the top tourist attractions in Kentucky. Even with the high gas prices, business is still booming at the park.

"This month we're up. I think it's 20 percent so far for the month, which is a pretty big increase, and at the end of April we were up six percent of the year over last year," Carson said.

Nearby at another Cave City tourist attraction, Dinosaur World, the gas prices don't seem to be affecting the family outings.

"Cave City is a real gem in the fact that we have affordable and family fun vacations. That high gas prices are really gonna affect the larger destinations like if you're going to Florida or traveling out West, you're gonna maybe have second thoughts because that's a longer destination," said Nicole Randall, Park Director of Dinosaur World.

Randall said with Cave City being just a days drive from most major cities, gas shouldn't stop the visitors from stopping by.

"We have a great location where people can make the shorter trips on a less amount of money," Randall said.

One tourist we caught up with at Mammoth Cave National Park agreed.

"My wife is originally from Louisiana, so her son and them came up and it's a good halfway point to meet for a family get-together," Richard Bumgardner said.

For more on tourist activities in the Cave City area, click on the following link:
http://www.cavecity.com/

For more on Mammoth Cave National Park, click on the following link:
http://www.mammothcave.com/

For more on Dinosaur World, click on the following link:
http://www.dinoworld.net/

To see the WBKO Gas Gauge, click on the following link:
http://www.wbko.com/kentuckyam


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