Alabama Vacations

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According to Triple-A Auto Club's annual vacation costs survey, Alabama is one of the least expensive places to take a vacation this summer.

The survey shows that a family of two adults and two children can expect to pay an average of $190 per day for food and lodging in the state. That ranks ninth lowest in the country and is lower than last year's average of $203.

The national average is $235 per day. Triple A spokesman Greg Womble says at a time when gasoline prices are at record highs, saving money on food and lodging is good news.

Hawaii, according to the survey, is the most expensive vacation place to vacation with an average of $498 daily.

The least expensive is Kansas, where food and lodging costs about $169 a day for a family of four.