- Jan 3:
- Ciudad de México disfruta enorme Rosca de Reyes
- Dec 25:
- Denver's white Christmas features bagful of holiday fun and traditions
- El Papa oficia la misa de Nochebuena
- Siguen a Santa Claus en recorrido por el mundo
- Dec 22:
- Build traditions that help define your family
- Dec 21:
- Food traditions bring families together at Christmas time
- Colorado ski areas: It's beginning to look like a powder Christmas
- Dec 17:
- Gift cards for the holidays — take advantage, but carefully
- More than 4,500 turn out for Father Woody's annual party
- Dec 16:
- Colorado mountains face major snow storm, Denver could see snow Tuesday
- Dec 12:
- Be a smart shopper this holiday season and stretch your dollars
- En estas fiestas, compre con inteligencia y estire sus dólares
- Shopping malls cater to shifting ethnic, age demographics
- Dec 11:
- Winter driving tips to prevent accidents on Colorado's snowy and icy roads
- Dec 10:
- A double-whipped eggnog to set the holiday mood
- Dec 8:
- Highlands Church hosts Christmas store for Denver families
- Dec 7:
- Colorado holiday guide: 'Tis the season for ice rinks and 'Nutcrackers'
- Guía para las fiestas decembrinas en Colorado
- Golden gets festive with parades
- Dec 6:
- Denver Zoo welcomes trio of lion cubs on loan from Qatar
- Dec 5:
- Colorado handmade ornaments follow tree to nation's Capitol
- Dec 4:
- Work and weather penning you in? These guides offer a mental getaway
- Nov 28:
- Minimize anxiety during the holidays by focusing on creating memories
- Is a an artificial or fresh Christmas tree better?
- Comienza el corte de árboles navideños en los bosques nacionales
- Nov 26:
- Colorado Christmas tree arrives at U.S. Capitol
- Nov 23:
- Digital spying means no-so-secret Santa
- CDOT has new plan to smooth I-70 traffic
- Snow tubing a bright spot in slow early ski season
- El Papa termina trilogía sobre Jesús
- Nov 22:
- Consejos para ahorrar en gasolina el Día de Acción de Gracias
- Comienza el corte de árboles de Navidad en los Bosques Nacionales
- Desfile de Día de Acción de Gracias alegra NY
- Sandy victims cheered by NYC's Thanksgiving parade
- Nov 21:
- Tips for saving on pump prices this Thanksgiving
- Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey
- Obama indulta a pavos por Día de Acción de Gracias
- Nov 20:
- Thanksgiving traffic at DIA to be down slightly
- Some Colorado ski resorts don't wait for snow, offer weather deals now
- Nov 19:
- More retailers opening Thanksgiving night for shopping
- Nov 16:
- Smart Spending: How to do Black Friday week right
- Nov 14:
- Thanksgiving week will see uptick in road travel, slight drop through the air
- Nov 6:
- After near-record high in Denver Wednesday, snow, cold on the way
- Dec 13:
- Giving the gift of ... plastic? Teens want gift cards, but parents still want to wrap up a surprise
Roughly 1-in-7 state residents will travel at least 50 miles to spend the holiday weekend with friends or family, AAA Colorado predicts.
Holiday travel overall is expected to be up 1 percent this year, even though the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Colorado on Sunday was $3.37, far above the three-year average of $2.97 a gallon for this week, according to the travel club.
But while Coloradans travel a little more this week, they're expected to spend less. The median spending is forecast to be $569 for this long holiday weekend, down 8 percent from the average $621 spent by state residents in 2011, according to AAA's survey.
The survey also found that 45 percent said they would travel Wednesday. Thirty-six percent will return Sunday and 25 percent intend to return home Monday.
Of the projected 737,000 Coloradans who will be traveling for Thanksgiving, about 87.5 percent will travel by automobile, up 0.5 percent over 2011. Air travel is expected to decrease by 1.8 percent, even though airfare prices are down 11 percent from last year, AAA stated.
With warm, dry weather forecast across the state this week, high volume should be the only obstacles to smooth travel.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said that in 2011, the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 logged 171,698 vehicles Wednesday through Sunday, about 8,000 more than in 2010. The five-day holiday average of 34,337 vehicles is more than 10,000 vehicles above the daily average for October.
Denver International Airport is expecting more than 1 million travelers, though official projections won't be made until Tuesday.
"Over the holidays we see a dramatic shift from business to leisure passengers, and many of them are relatively inexperienced travelers," DIA aviation manager Kim Day said in a statement urging travelers to plan wisely. "We want everyone to have a positive travel experience at Denver International Airport. By planning ahead, allowing extra travel time, and following our simple tips, everyone can 'Go Like a Pro.'"
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