According to the AAA, the well-known auto association, at least 44.2 million people are going on travels over the Independence Day weekend, a new record – and 37.5 million of them are going for car road trips.
No less than 1.25 million more persons will be enjoying a short vacation away from home above the level seen last year, for the most traveled Independence Day ever. The 44.2 million tally means the figure has surged 2.9 percent compared to last year, which is also applicable to the ratio of road travelers. No less than 3.44 million travelers will take to the skies this Independence Day, an increase of 4.6 percent over last year for air travel, with another 3.27 million going for alternative forms – cruises, buses, and trains. Main travel destinations remain Orlando, Florida, as the primary choice, followed by Vancouver, Canada, Cancun, Mexico, and Seattle, Washington closely behind.
The major spike in travel for this Fourth of July is – according to the AAA – due to lower gas prices, lower airfare, and strong employment rates. “Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” comments Bill Sutherland, AAA Senior Vice President. “A historic 44.2 million Americans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.” The best and worst states to go this summer include Oregon, Utah, and Washington at the top with Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Mississippi at the negative end.