AAA: More than 1.2M from Michigan to travel for Memorial Day
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 5:52
This is the third consecutive year of growth for Memorial Day travel, with one million more travelers taking the road in 2017 compared to 2016.
Nationally, the auto club is expecting 39.3 million Americans to travel for the holiday, a 2.7 percent increase over last year's estimate.
Kicking off the summer driving season, over 1 million travelers will be driving to their destinations while more than 60,000 people will travel by air.
Although most Memorial Day vacations are road trips, many Americans will take advantage of the long weekend to travel overseas. This year will have the largest number of Memorial Day travelers since the all-time record of 5.18 million statewide, which was set in 2005. The figure signals a 5.5 percent increase over 2016.
Overall economic growth has helped boost this year's Memorial Day holiday travel. Just over 88% will travel by vehicle, up 2.4% from past year. Memorial Day weekend is May 25 through 29 this year.
This year, AAA says that motorists can expect to pay an average of $2.34 at the pump, which is up 11 cents from this time last year.
Millions of Americans will pause to observe the true meaning of Memorial Day in "moments of remembrance" in a different county, state or country.
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Both airfares and hotel costs have increased this year, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index.
Americans will travel all over this Memorial Day, with many headed to Europe. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of IL and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.