The Automobile Club of Southern California is forecasting a 1 percent increase in Labor Day travel, with 2 million Southern Californians driving and San Diego the top destination.
Air travel is also expected to increase by 1 percent, with 347,000 Southern Californians boarding planes, while over 150,000 people are estimated to be traveling by bus, train, cruise or other means.
Nationally, according to AAA Travel, more than 35.5 million Americans are projected to travel at least 50 miles away from home during the holiday period between Thursday and Monday.
“With Labor Day occurring on its latest possible date of Sept. 7, we were unlikely to see a huge increase in travel compared to last year because most schools will have been in session for at least a week,” said Filomena Andre, the auto club’s vice president for travel products and services.
“But dropping gas prices will give those who do travel some more flexibility in their getaway budgets,” she added.
The top destinations for Labor Day travelers from Southern California are:
- San Diego
- Las Vegas
- San Francisco
- Central Coast
- Grand Canyon
Gas prices have been continuing to fall throughout Southern California, with more stations posting prices below $3 a gallon. Average local prices are 25 to 30 cents per gallon lower than this time last year.
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