STATEWIDE -- More than 34 million people are expected to travel by car to their July 4th destinations, according to AAA.
That may sound like a lot, but it's 300,000 fewer than last year. Gas prices have dropped in the past month, but AAA reports that they typically rise at least 15 cents in July.
"The gas is too high," said driver Earl Thomas.
Eighty-three percent of travelers will take to the roads for the Independence Day, despite the national average at $3.49 a gallon, up 16 cents from last year.
"Take a lot out of your pocket, can't do what you used to do," said Thomas.
Most of N.C. is paying around $3.40 a gallon. Gas stations in Raleigh were selling gas Sunday for around $3.45. Greensboro drivers were seeing the cheapest gas in the state at $3.38.
The pain at the pump had Richard Barfield driving his motorcycle instead of his car.
"It's cheaper," said Barfield. "I can do a week's worth of riding back and forth to work on $12 or $15 per week versus the vehicle I have which is $50-55."
Air travel remains about the same as last year, and so does the amount people are expected to spend, which is about $750.
AAA also reports that Wednesday, July 3, and Sunday, July 7, will be the busiest days on the roads with travelers going to and from their destinations.