With Independence Day coming up next week, travel experts are analyzing what tourism interests might expect in the days ahead. AAA Auto Club is projecting nationwide; 40.8 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday – down slightly from last year. Specifically, the western states will see a ½% decline according to the forecast, but the region will still outpace the rest of the nation. Once again, the value of a national park trip over other attractions like theme parks is seen as a draw for the region here. Moreover, AAA points out that the tourism industry in the Mountain region, as measured by leisure and hospitality industry output – that is the value of goods and services produced by the leisure and hospitality industry – has been growing since the second quarter of 2012. Thus, the Mountain region’s tourism industry has been mostly outperforming the national tourism industry over that same time span.