More than 55.4 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
This yearâs Thanksgiving forecast is an increase of 2.3% over last year and marks the third-highest Thanksgiving forecast since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000. The top two years were 2005 and 2019, respectively.
âFor many Americans, Thanksgiving and travel go hand in hand, and this holiday, we expect more people on the roads, skies, and seas compared to 2022,â said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel.
âTravel demand has been strong all year, and AAAâs Thanksgiving forecast reflects that continued desire to get away and spend time with loved ones.â
Most Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destinations. AAA projects 49.1 million Americans will get behind the wheel, an increase of 1.7% compared to 2022.
A further 4.7 million people are expected to fly over Thanksgiving, an increase of 6.6% compared to 2022 and the highest number of Thanksgiving air travelers since 2005.
The number of people traveling by cruise, bus, and train over Thanksgiving is up nearly 11% over last year. AAA expects 1.55 million travelers will head out of town using these other modes of transportation.