AAA: Memorial Day Travel At Highest Level Since 2005
AAA projects the number of expected travelers for this Memorial Day weekend will be the highest it's been since 2005.
Spokesman Don Redman says they project 39.3 million Americans are taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, which is a million more than last year.
Redman credits an improving economy.
"It's far from robust, but there's more confidence," said Redman. "That really seems to be what's driving those numbers up."
88% of travelers are driving to their destinations this year, which is an increase of 2.4% from 2016.
Redman says it's been 12 years since this many people decided not to stay home for the unofficial kick-off to summer holiday. He says it's been steadily increasing since then.
"If you look at the lowest point in 2009, we're talking roughly 30 million people traveled for the holiday," said Redman.
He says this is the third year in a row of growth in Memorial Day travel.