AAA 2016 Memorial Day Travel Forecast: 34 million Americans to hit the road this weekend

AAA 2016 Memorial Day Travel Forecast: 34 million Americans to hit the road this weekend

AAA released its 2016 Memorial Day Travel Forecast, estimating 38 million Americans will travel to (hopefully) sunnier, warmer destinations this holiday weekend. Of those 38 million, AAA estimates that 89 percent (or roughly 34 million) will be traveling via car more than 50 miles from home. That amounts to nearly 10 percent of the entire U.S. population being on the road between Thursday and Monday.

The group attributes the increase in travel to record low gas prices, which across the nation currently average just $2.26 per gallon. Top travel destinations include New York City; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Los Angeles; San Francisco; South Padre Island; Myrtle Beach; Orlando; Miami; and Honolulu.

Are you traveling this Memorial Day Weekend? If so, tweet us where you’re going to @BeCarChic on Twitter using the #MemorialDayWeekend hash tag!

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.