37 million people expected to travel for Memorial Day Weekend, AAA predicts

Most people are expected to drive to their destination despite being fully vaccinated


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By: Alyssa Wilson

As states reopen and get rid of their COVID-19 restrictions, AAA predicts 37 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home. This is a 60% increase from 2020, when only 23 million people traveled.  

“As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are demonstrating a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day,” AAA Travel Senior Vice President Paula Twidale said. “This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator for summer, though we must all remember to continue taking important safety precautions.” 

AAA reported seeing significant interest in bookings of hotels and car rentals, showing that domestic travel and road trips are the biggest drivers of the travel recovery. Orlando and Las Vegas are the top road trip destinations for Memorial Day Weekend, followed by Myrtle Beach, Denver, and Nashville.  

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Auto travel is expected to increase by 52% in 2021 compared to last year when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its third month in the United States. Despite increased accessibility to COVID-19 vaccines and increases in the number of people fully vaccinated against the virus, more than 90% of the 37 million people expected to travel for the holiday will be driving. In addition, 237,000 people are expected to use other methods of transportation, including buses and trains. 

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You can read the full AAA report here