AAA Travel expects 60 percent more Americans to travel this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year.
From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to go on trips 50 miles or more from home, compared to 23 million during the early phase of the pandemic in 2020 – the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.
“As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are demonstrating a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President, AAA Travel.
More than nine in 10 Memorial Day travelers will drive to their destinations, as many Americans continue to substitute road trips for travel via planes, trains and other modes of transportation.
Nearly 2.5 million Americans are expected to board airplanes and 237,000 Americans are expected to travel by other modes, including bus and train.
Orlando and Las Vegas are top Memorial Day destinations this year, both for AAA Travel bookings and TripTik road trip searches.
The increase in travelers this year compared to last still represents 13 percent—or nearly six million—fewer travelers than in 2019.