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Memorial Day Travel Will Increase 60% from Last Year

Memorial Day Weekend is usually the start of the summer travel season, and while that certainly wasn’t the case last year, it looks like a lot of people are ready for its return this year.

A new AAA poll finds:

  • Memorial Day weekend travel is expected to rebound this year.
  • 37 million people say they’ll be traveling 50 or more miles from home between May 27thand May 31st.
  • That’s an increase of 60% over last year, when, due to the pandemic, only 23 million people traveled.
  • The number is still about 13%, or close to 16 million travelers, fewer than Memorial Day weekend 2019.
  • As for how folks are getting to their vacation destination:
  • 34 million people will be hitting the road, with road trips increasing 52% from last year, but is still 9% less than 219.
  • Close to 2.5 million plan to fly to their destination, almost six times more than last year, but still 750,000 fewer than 2019.
  • Only about 237,000 will take a bus or train, the second lowest amount on record, with last year being the absolute lowest, at 185,000. 
  • As for where everyone is going, AAA says Las Vegas and Orlando are the top destinations based on AAA Travel bookings and TripTik road trip searches. 

Top Five Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips

  1. Las Vegas, NV
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Myrtle Beach, SC
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Nashville, TN

Top Five Memorial Day AAA Travel Bookings

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. Honolulu, HI
  4. Anchorage, AK
  5. Colorado Springs, CO


photo: Getty Images

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