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SPEAK OUT: Are You Hitting the Road for Memorial Day Weekend?

AAA projects more than 34 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles away from home this weekend.

As families gear up for the official welcome of summer, AAA is projecting that more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home Memorial Day Weekend.

The travel club says the number of travelers increased by more than 500,000 from last year. More people will be on the roads instead of the air this year, according to AAA. More than 30 million people plan to drive to their destination, up 1.2 percent from the 30.3 million whodrove last year.

According to The Washington Post, retail gas prices dropped by a penny to anational average of $3.71 per gallon on Friday after a spike in April and the weaker demand is also helping to push down prices.

“The overall domestic economic picture continues to improve slightly, however, American consumers faced a new challenge this year as steadily increasing gas prices throughout thespring significantly squeezed many household budgets,” AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet said in a statement. “Americans will still travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend but, many will compensate for reduced travel budgets by staying closer to homeand cutting entertainment dollars.”

AAA also reported 2.5 million travelers will take to the skies this weekend, down 5.5 percent from last Memorial Day Weekend.

Are you planning to travel during Memorial Day Weekend and if you are, what mode of transportation will you utilize and where are you going? Let us know in the comments section.

ED May 22, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I'll be "hitting" the road - motorcycle ride to Rockville Harley and then police escorted "Ride to the Wall" for Rolling Thunder.
Katie Griffith May 22, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Sounds like a pretty good time, Jeff! I'll be one of the (un)lucky millions hitting the roads. Heading home for my little sister's high school graduation!
Jeff Hawkins May 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
@Katie: Have a safe trip & congrats on your sister's graduation!
Greg Cohen May 22, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I'll be making the dastardly trip down to Bethany Beach Friday evening. For anyone else making the trip, do you prefer to cross the Bay Bridge or go up and around through Delaware?
Jeff Hawkins May 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
@Greg Sometimes we go the Delaware / Casino route 1. Delaware Park Race Track / Casino @ Christiana 2. Dover Race Track / Casino 3. Midway Casino at the Fairgrounds 4. Ocean Downs Casino By the time I get to the beach I have to sell my "hair to a wig shop" :))) Good luck!


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