AAA predicts 51 million travelers this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

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"Across the country, and in Maryland, this Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the busiest for the holiday in more than 10 years", said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Cooper Averella in a statement.

Road trip ready: 89 percent of all travelers - 45.5 million - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over a year ago.

AAA expects almost 51 million Americans to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel next week, the highest volume for Turkey Day travel in a dozen years.

Most travellers - about 90 per cent, or 45.5 million people - will be on the road; a 3.2 per cent increase in automobile traffic over last year's holiday, according to the pre-holiday analysis.That's despite a higher national average for petrol prices over last year.

For those traveling the roads, a gallon of regular gas in MA averages $2.59 a gallon. Today, the average is $2.58, but AAA expects the price will still be lower than what drivers were paying earlier this month. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season".

Holiday travel is expected to rise 3.3 percent from 2016 numbers, an increase of 1.6 million travelers, AAA said. The U.S. average price is $2.56, compared to $2.15 a year ago.

Over one million people in Wisconsin are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home next week.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles. In fact if you consider the two most popular destinations identified by AAA, Orlando and Anaheim, you would think that the fourth Thursday in November had been set aside to celebrate Walt Disney.

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