AAA: More than 55 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – More than 55 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving. That’s according to AAA.

This will be the second highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing the record set in 2005.

Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9% increase.

The vast majority of travelers are expected to driving to their destinations and Wednesday afternoon is going to be the worst travel period nationally, according to AAA.

Trips could take as much as four times longer than normal.

More than 368,000 drivers are expected to call AAA nationwide for roadside help this Thanksgiving holiday, with dead batteries, flat tires, and lockouts.

The top 10 destinations this holiday season, include the theme parks in Orlando and southern California, plus other warm-weather destinations, based on advance AAA national travel bookings:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Anaheim, California
  3. New York, New York
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Honolulu, Hawaii
  6. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  7. Tampa, Florida
  8. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Miami, Florida

For those planning an international trip this Thanksgiving holiday, sandy beaches are their destinations of choice. Nassau, Bahamas; Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica are AAA’s top international destinations this Thanksgiving, with Munich, Germany rounding out the top five.

The Thanksgiving holiday is defined as Wed., Nov. 27th to Sun., Dec. 1st.

More information can be found here.

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(This story was originally published on November 25, 2019)

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