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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - According to AAA, some 98.6 million Americans are traveling over the river and through the woods this holiday season.

The numbers are up four percent over last year, with most traveling 50 miles or more to get to grandma's house.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, most long distance holiday travel, some 91 percent, is by car.

The national average gas price is 2.53 a gallon, 70 cents less than last year. Most folks have a little more disposable income this holiday season and are taking advantage of gasoline prices. We found gas in St. Louis for around 1.63 a gallon at midday, and we found most taking to rail, bus, automobile and airplane to get there.

Some 5.7 million are traveling through airports this year. That number is up also because we have an extra day for travel with Christmas falling on a Friday. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported no problems for the frequent fliers coming in and out of St. Louis on Thursday.