Although it seems too good to be true, gas prices are falling as the summer vacation season is shifting into high gear. From a national average of $4/gallon in April, prices are continuing to steadily decrease. Although states on the west coast still have gas prices well over $4/gallon, on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, residents and vacationers are enjoying prices that are at least 50 cents/gallon below the national average. In fact, the entire state of South Carolina currently has the distinction of having the lowest average gas prices in the United States.
The Grand Strand
The Grand Strand , along South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, encompasses a 60-mile stretch of beach communities, beginning at Little River in the north, to Murrell’s Inlet in the south. What better way to be welcomed to the Grand Strand than to be greeted by gas prices under $3.30/gallon. Even in the center of the Grand Strand, in the immensely popular city of Myrtle Beach, gas prices at some stations are below $3.20/gallon.
Since getting to Myrtle Beach, or one of the other communities on the Grand Strand, may require a road trip, you will want to plan your gas stops in the neighboring states that have the best gas prices. If you are traveling from the north, more than likely you can expect relatively high gas prices until you reach the borders of Virginia, which ranks 13 in the states with the lowest gas prices. Traveling from the west, you will find attractive gas prices in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, with each of these states having gas prices only slightly higher than South Carolina.
Finding the Lowest Gas Price
The cost of gas is a major concern for travelers, particularly given today’s economy. Because the price of gas can make the difference between taking a vacation or not, finding the lowest gas prices have become a hot topic of conversation. Now, by using popular websites like Gas Buddy, up-to-date gas prices can be readily monitored by city, state, and gas station. All you need is access to the internet, and you and like-minded consumers will have this user-supplied data at your fingertips. Although these gas-monitoring websites don’t have a direct impact on gas prices, the ability to easily compare competitors’ data may have some influence. Without a doubt, access to this data will help you make more informed decisions when purchasing gas.
Vacationing at the Beach
If you have been delaying your vacation because of high gas prices, now may be the time to plan your beach trip to South Carolina. Although the prices could go lower, all it will take is the rumor of a disruption in the oil supply to start seeing gas prices on the rise. Don’t wait until the prices start increasing again. With the current low prices, you can’t afford to stay home.