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Going on a road trip for the long weekend? This is how much it could cost you

Washington's current average gas price is $5.22, compared to $3.56 this time in 2021.

SEATTLE — Almost 35 million Americans are expected to hit the road for the holiday weekend, according to a AAA estimate.

Those numbers -- which are close to pre-pandemic numbers -- come as drivers in Washington and across the country continue to feel the pain of high gas prices. 

The Crescent Market gas station at the Snoqualmie Casino tried to provide a few people with some relief Friday morning, as the station gave away five gallons of regular gas to the first 99 cars in line starting at 7 a.m. 

Some arrived as early as 5:30 a.m. before hitting the road for vacations that will undoubtedly cost more this year. 

Washington's current average gas price is $5.22, compared to $3.56 this time in 2021.

Drivers will definitely feel that increase as they stop by the gas pump to fill up.

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Higher gas prices add up

Let’s say you 're heading to Montana to visit family with an average fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon.

Last year, a one-way trip to Bozeman would have cost around $90, but this year it will cost you nearly $140.

Even a shorter getaway to Cannon Beach will cost an additional $10, from $28 to $40. 

If you're taking a longer road trip all the way down to Los Angeles?
In 2021, that would have cost nearly $160. As of Friday, that's a whopping $230, about $70 dollars more. 

The trip back would be even more expensive, gas in California averages more than $6 a gallon. 

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