Triple A says 48 million folks nationwide will hit the road in their cars to travel over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house.

And they'll have more money when it's over thanks to the low gas prices, especially in Grand Rapids.

Surveys of local gas prices by Triple A and GasBuddy.com reveal the lowest prices for the Thanksgiving weekend in two years. Gas prices have dropped 21 cents a gallon in less than a month.

As of this writing, the cheapest places to fuel up in the Greater Grand Rapids metro include the Marathon on Plainfield in the Cheshire neighborhood at $2.25 a gallon, and the Shell at Fuller and Knapp at $2.39.

West Michigan is currently the lowest average prices of anywhere in the state with GR, Holland and Muskegon showing the cheapest prices, and Marquette, Ann Arbor and Traverse City averaging the highest.

Triple A says most of the drop here has been in the last week:

Gas prices in eight Great Lakes and Central states land on the top 10 list of states with the biggest changes, a handful with double-digit drops: Ohio (-12 cents), Michigan (-11 cents), Nebraska (-10 cents), Iowa (-10 cents), Indiana (-9 cents), Kansas (-9 cents), Missouri (-9 cents) and Kentucky (-9 cents). Gas prices are, at a minimum, a nickel cheaper in every state in the region on the week.

 

Only six states in the country have cheaper gas prices today as compared to a year ago. Five are Great Lakes and Central states: Illinois ($2.68), Michigan ($2.60), Indiana ($2.52), Iowa ($2.53) and Ohio ($2.40). With gas prices just pennies more than last year, these three states also might see the same trend soon: Missouri ($2.37), Nebraska ($2.58) and Wisconsin ($2.61).