36.1M to travel Memorial Day weekend; gas prices steady

A lot of people will be traveling throughout the U.S. this Memorial Day weekend.

In fact, May 22-26 is expected to be the second-highest volume for a Memorial Day holiday travel period since 2000, according to AAA and the IHS global information company.

They estimate 36.1 million will travel, an increase of 1.5 percent from 2013.

Debating between car or air? AAA and IHS forecast estimates 31.8 million will hit the roadways, while 2.6 million will choose to fly at least 50 miles or more from home.

AAA predicts average round-trip airfare for the top 40 U.S. routes will be around $227, up $12 from last year.

“As we enter into the summer travel season with warmer temperatures and tulips in bloom, thoughts of historic cold are still fresh in the minds of Americans in many parts of the country,” Marshall L. Doney, AAA chief operating officer, said in a statement. “The winter blues appear to have given Americans the travel bug and a case of cruise cabin fever as travel for the holiday is expected to hit a new post-recession high.”

Doney is referring to the 1.7 million travelers who are expected to travel by other modes of transportation, including trains, buses and cruise.

AAA predicts that travelers can expect to pay an average of $3.63 per gallon for gas — similar to that of last year’s national holiday average.

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