Travelers are getting a little respite over the Thanksgiving holiday, as gasoline prices fell 16 cents last week, bringing the average price of a gallon in the United States to $3.61.
That’s well below the summer peak of more than $5 for a gallon of regular gas, although prices on Wednesday were still 21 cents higher than a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA ).
It’s also the highest national average during Thanksgiving since 2000, when AAA began tracking average US gasoline prices.
“Thanksgiving [gas prices] will be about a dollar more per gallon than in 2019 before the pandemic. However, we can be thankful that gasoline prices are moving in the right direction for now,” said AAA spokesman Andrew Gross.
Here’s a look at the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in each US state.
Gas prices are highest in the western states, where they sit well above $4 a gallon. At $5.16 a gallon, California has the second-highest average in the nation, after Hawaii, where a gallon costs $5.20.
Prices are cheapest in the South, where a gallon of gas is closer to $3. In Texas, a gallon costs $2.95, making it the cheapest state to pump gas. It’s also the only state where gas is under $3.
Gas prices tend to vary from region to region due to differences in state and local taxes, distance to supply and retail competition.