EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – More than 55 million travelers are planning to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, according to AAA.
This is expected to be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel season since AAA began tracking in 2000.
It only trails the record set in 2005.
An additional 1.6 million people will travel compared to last year’s Thanksgiving travel season.
Most travelers will be driving, and gas prices are trending about 10 cents cheaper than the national average this time last year.
Wednesday afternoon is expected to be the worst travel period, with trips taking up to four times longer than normal in major metro areas, AAA said.
“The strong economy is giving many Americans the confidence to head out and visit their families and friends this Thanksgiving,” says Jim Lehman, president of AAA East Central. “Millions in our region will be hitting the roads and skies to create long lasting memories.”
AAA said that the Monday before the Thanksgiving travel rush is the best option for travelers, with the lowest average ticket price and a lighter travel day.
Here’s a look at the top 10 destinations this Thanksgiving, according to AAA:
- Orlando, Florida
- Anaheim, California
- New York, New York
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Tampa, Florida
- Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Miami, Florida
(This story was originally published on November 14, 2019)