More Americans to travel Memorial Day weekend

Photo: Jonathan Richards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – More Americans are planning to kick-off the Summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.

AAA projects 36.1 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home between Thursday, May 22 and Monday, May 26. That’s a 1.5 percent increase from last year.

“As we enter into the summer travel season with warmer temperatures, thoughts of historic cold are still fresh in the minds of Americans in many parts of the country,” said Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Southern New England Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “The winter blues appear to have given Americans the travel bug as travel for the holiday is expected to hit a new post-recession high.”

Most drivers will pay lower gas prices by Memorial Day weekend due to rising supplies, according to AAA. Gas prices are expected to be similar or slightly less than last year’s average of $3.63 per gallon.

More people are also expected to fly, ride the train or take the bus this year.

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