Travelers are getting a little break during the Thanksgiving holiday, as gas prices fell 16 cents in the past week, bringing the average price of a gallon in the U.S. to $3.61.
That’s well below the summer peak of more than $5 for a gallon of regular gas, although prices as of Wednesday are 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 first began tracking average gas prices in the U.S.
“Thanksgiving [gas prices] will be about a dollar more per gallon than in pre-pandemic 201[ads1]9. However, we can be thankful that gas prices are moving in the right direction for now, says AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross.
Here’s a look at the average price of a regular gallon of gasoline in every US state.
Gas prices are highest in western states, where they are mostly above $4 a gallon. At $5.16 per gallon, California has the second highest average in the nation, behind 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 from supply and retail competition.