Memorial Day Travel

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and Californians are expected to kickoff the unofficial start of summer in record-breaking numbers.  According to AAA’s first travel forecast of the summer, more than 5.4 million Californians are projected to travel over the upcoming three-day weekend.  This is an increase of 4.3 percent from last year and the highest number on record for Memorial Day travel in the Golden State. 2019 will be the eighth straight year of increased travel in California and fifth consecutive year of nationwide growth for Memorial Day.  AAA projects that 42.8 million Americans will travel nationwide, a 3.6 percent increase from last year and the highest forecast since 2005. Despite local gas prices rising above 4 dollars for the first time since 2014, Californians aren't slowing down travel plans this Memorial Day.  More than 4.5 million Californians will drive to their destinations, an increase of 4.1 percent over last year and about 550,000 Californians are taking to the skies, increasing air travel by 5.2 percent over last year.  With a solid economy in California, families continue to prioritize spending their disposable income on travel.  AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24, in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers, with Saturday, May 25 projected to be the busiest total travel day.                         

Written by KVGC Staff



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