Busiest Memorial Day Travel We’ve Seen in a Decade


Thanks to fair weather and low gas prices, the number of Memorial Day travelers should reach a 10-year high, according to AAA travel.

This Memorial Day holiday weekend, 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, a 4.7 percent increase from last year when 35.5 million people traveled over the holiday. According to AAA research, this year’s number will be the highest since 2005 when 44 million people traveled on Memorial Day weekend.

Apparently, an improving economy, good weather and low gas prices have encouraged people to kick off the summer season with a road trip. “Following a harsh winter, many Americans are trading in their snow boots for flip flops and making plans to start the season with a vacation getaway,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA president. “A strong employment market and low gas prices have driven consumer optimism to new highs and boosted Americans’ disposable income.”

The national average price of gas is $2.66, which is $1 less than the average price for Memorial Day last year, and the lowest U.S. travelers will have faced in at least five years, according to AAA.

Here are a few other Memorial Day numbers to chew on…

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