The hottest ticket in town this weekend is a state park campsite reservation

If you're thinking of pitching a tent at your nearby state or national park this Memorial Day weekend, you may be too late. State park officials across the country are saying that reservations are booking fast at their campsites this summer, as families opt for cheaper, closer-to-home vacations. Also, campers will be staying at their sites longer.

In past Memorial Day vacations, people reserved just two nights, now more people are staying three nights. The California Department of Parks and Recreation looked at the past three years of Memorial Day weekend campsite reservations and saw a big jump in total nights reserved -- it jumped from 20,705 nights in 2008 to 25, 036 nights so far this year.