Alternative Holiday Routes

As the holidays approach, will the weakening economy circumvent lower gas prices and keep people from making long-distance road trips? Don't count on it. The Travel Industry Association says Americans think differently about holiday travel and will endure costs in time and money for the sake of joining friends and family. Although seasoned travelers say no undiscovered shortcuts around traffic backups exist, Dr. Gridlock and his helpers have a couple of options that might be worth trying.

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