AAA projects 36.1 million Americans, or 11% of the population, will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase compared to last year.
The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26.
In the Pacific Region (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA), Memorial Day travel is expected to increase by 1.8%, with 5.8 million or 11% of the population taking trips.
The big story here is that travel volume is expected to hit a new post-recession high.
This Memorial Day is shaping up to be the second busiest Memorial Day travel holiday since 2000.
The improving economy is a major factor in driving travel.