Many people taking holiday "staycations"

July 4, 2008 6:33:47 PM PDT
A lot of people are staying put this 4th of July. With gas prices soaring, it's a less expensive option than hitting the road and there is a new term to describe the trend: "Staycation".

A lot of people are staying put this 4th of July. With gas prices soaring, it's a less expensive option than hitting the road and there is a new term to describe the trend: "Staycation".

The Bay Area has a lot of activities going on this year for the holiday, and many people are staying local for their holiday staycations. San Francisco's cable cars were packed with tourists and the Golden Gate Bridge was bustling with visitors.

The Iverson family of Santa Rosa chose to make the 70 mile round trip to the Golden Gate instead of going further with their seven children in their Chevy Suburban.

"With a big family a large vehicle isn't really an option," says Nathanial Iverson.

Bucanan Elliot and Lesley Baker are driving from school in Texas back home to Vancouver. Flying was out of the question.

"Unfortunately I was stuck with my truck," says Bucanan.

At San Jose's Guadalupe River Park, many opted to come to the America Festival on light-rail rather than behind the wheel.

"VTA all-day pass. It works. Use it! " says resident Gary Keitly.

A Napa Valley resort used $300 in gas to lure people to come see the time share.

"It's the same $300 dollars, just fewer gallons," says Greg Fox of Napa Ridge.

Shannon Freitag says she and daughter Savanna stayed in San Jose, rather than drive to see family in South Dakota

"I drive an Expedition, and I'm paying $100 dollars every time I fill up so a couple hundred dollars a week some weeks."

Savanna is having a happy 4th, nonetheless.


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