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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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AAA Lists Worst Times to Hit the Road This Memorial Day Weekend

For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

“Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”

Worst Days/Times to Travel for Select Cities…


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Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

The vast majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than last year.

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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

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Major Detours and Closures for I-4 Construction in Orlando

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following major detours and closures associated with I-4 construction in the Orlando Metro area through Thursday, May 25, 2017.

  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Universal Boulevard; May 8–27 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Northbound Kirkman Road bridge over I-4 closed; May 21–22 from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. and May 22–24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; May 21–22 from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. and May 22–24 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to northbound Kirkman Road; May 24–June 7 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from westbound Conroy Road; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from eastbound Conroy Road; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Orange Blossom Trail; May 16–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from South Street; May 21–28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to South Street; May 21–28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Northbound Orange Blossom Trail closed under SR-408; May 14–28 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Anderson Street; May 17–31 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Anderson Street; May 22–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Colonial Drive closed under I-4; May 15–June 5 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Ivanhoe Boulevard closed under I-4; May 21–26 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Ivanhoe Boulevard; May 21–June 4 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; May 12–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Princeton Street; May 14–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Westbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Princeton Street; May 14–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Par Street closed under I-4; May 21–23 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Par Street; May 21–20 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Fairbanks Avenue; May 9–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to Lee Road; May 21–23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 entrance ramp closed from Lee Road; May 21–23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Eastbound I-4 exit ramp closed to westbound Maitland Boulevard; May 21–26 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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5 Essential Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Road Warriors

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means the unofficial start to summer! As Americans prepare for long-weekend getaways, trips to the beach and family picnics, they’ll also be faced with what’s predicted to be one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends on record. Relatively low gas prices means the roads will be extra crowded.

Here’s our top 5 essential tips to consider if you’re planning a Memorial Day weekend road trip…

Florida Department of Transportation Urges Motorists to Buckle Up for Click It or Ticket Campaign

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reminds drivers to buckle up for Click It or Ticket.

Click It or Ticket is a national safety belt enforcement campaign, which begins May 18 and runs through May 31. During this time, law enforcement agencies will be stepping up efforts to deter motorists who are not wearing safety belts.

“Safety belts save thousands of lives each year, making them the most effective safety feature ever invented,” said FDOT Chief Safety Officer Lora Hollingsworth. “We want to shed light on the importance of wearing a safety belt for the safety and lives of motorists.”

The message is being heard. Florida’s statewide safety belt use rate measured 88.8 percent during 2014, the highest level to date. Florida’s statewide safety belt use rate has been above the national average every year since implementing a primary safety belt law in 2009 which allows law enforcement to ticket drivers who are not buckled up. The use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 662 lives in Florida during 2013.


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Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That number represents a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.

AAA also predicts that 33 million Americans will travel by car to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21, to Monday, May 25.

More AAA information from their report:

  • Most drivers will probably pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. The current national average price of gas is $2.66, which is about $1 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.
  • More than 33 million travelers will go by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

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