Is the car packed? The vast majority of us –especially when kids are part of the equation—head off on vacation  in the car, says the American Automobile Association.

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It’s easy to see why.  Not only is it cheaper, but given the hassles of air travel, it’s  easier,  according to a new survey from YP, which did a survey about summer travel and the cost of fuel based on its Local Search & Gas Prices App. Those surveyed said driving gives us more flexibility, we can take more stuff—and our pets. And with iPads and auto entertainment systems, it’s a lot easier to keep kids amused along the way.

Among our favorite routes:  Touring  the states of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee on The Blue Ridge Parkway.