BURNSVILLE, Mn. (May 17, 2017) – One million more travelers will take to the roads, skies, rails and water for Memorial Day this year; creating the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005. AAA projects 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Higher confidence and falling gas prices have bolstered consumer spending, leaving many Americans with more money to spend on travel this Memorial Day.”
The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

By the Numbers:

Travelers Still Hitting the Road Despite Higher Gas Prices

"Memorial Day gas prices should be slightly above last year's levels in most markets," said Gail Weinholzer, spokesperson, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "The outcome of an OPEC meeting on production cuts next week will have a direct impact on the direction of gas prices heading into the holiday weekend and summer driving season. However, gas prices should not fluctuate to levels that would cause travelers to alter plans."

Large Increases in Flying and Travel by Other Modes this Memorial Day

Airfares, Hotel and Car Rental Rates on the Rise

More Americans Plan to Rent Cars for their Holiday Road Trips this Year

Many Memorial Day Vacationers Traveling Abroad this Year

AAA to Rescue more than 330,000 Motorists this Memorial Day

AAA offers the following tools to assist travelers