Over the next six months, during the "Tour of America" I'll be writing a lot about trip planning and budgeting. But for today, I just want to make mention of something particularly relevant to the recent rise in fuel cost.
AAA maintains a database of actual prices paid each day by their members at gas stations across the country. They do this by capturing the price paid per gallon from card swipes. The data is available to you at a couple of sites, so you can see the local gas prices.
The site is http://www.aaamidatlantic.com/fuel_finder.asp
But the cool feature of this site is that it will estimate your fuel cost for a trip based on this data. Click the "Fuel Cost for a Trip" button at the top of the page and try it out. I'll be using this for trip segments as we start roaming across the country.