If you’re planning a road trip for Memorial Day weekend, plan on having plenty of company. The American Automobile Association is predicting millions will be traveling over the holiday weekend.

According to AAA, nearly 43 million Americans will be taking a vacation over Memorial Day weekend this year. This is a big bump over last year with an increase of 3.6 percent, or about 1.5 million people. Of those going on a getaway, AAA estimates 3.25 million people will be traveling by airplane, 1.9 million passengers will be traveling by bus, train or cruise ship and 37.6 million will be traveling by car. So what does that mean for you?

photo: Courtesy of AAA

The AAA report states that INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be more than three times longer than normal during evening commutes. INRIX and AAA suggest avoiding travel on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon in major U.S. metros like Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. For travelers in San Francisco and Houston, the most congestion is expected on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday will likely be the worst time to travel for people in Boston, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

The top Memorial Day destinations, according to the reports, include:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • New York, New York
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Anaheim, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Tampa, Florida
  • San Francisco, California

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Pixabay 

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