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Americans begin their Memorial Day weekend by hitting the road and enjoying a little downtime

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A pickup and travel trailer leaves a gas station after filling up for the long Memorial Day weekend in Valencia, Calif. on May 27, 2011. Gas prices are still topping $4-a-gallon in much of the country.

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Tubers are flipped around as they float the Comal River as Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer on Friday in New Braunfels, Texas.

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Travelers get an early start on the Memorial Day weekend traffic on I-5 in Los Angeles on Friday.

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