Studies "show that the majority of consumers expect to continue to see high gas prices this summer, but they seem to be taking this much more in stride than they have in the past," said Suzanne Cook, senior vice president of research for the Travel Industry Association of America.

But families are making adjustments. They are planning to stay fewer days at less-pricey hotels that are closer to home and they'll dine at cheaper restaurants, said Sandra Hughes, vice president of travel for the Automobile Association of America (AAA).

The action will start in earnest Friday, the AAA said, as the number of travelers trekking 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend is expected to rise about 2% from last year. It was up about 1% in 2006.

Summer travel won't be much different, so expect crowded airports and packed airplanes, said Chris McGinnis, editor of Expedia Travel Trendwatch. Fares aren't going up as they did last year, when they rose about 10%.

"It's getting crowded out there, but prices are holding firm," McGinnis said.

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