SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Travelers seem to be putting recession worries in the rear view mirror.

AAA projects a spike of drivers traveling 50 miles or more between July 2 and July 6.

Despite higher gas prices travelers are putting more on credit cards.

Chris Olvera, the auto club's branch manager in Santa Barbara, said the Central Coast is among the top destinations for both Northern and Southern California.

About 4.5 million Californians are expected to hit the road, that's about 2 percent more than last year.