More than 3 million Southern California residents — a near record — will be traveling during this Memorial Day weekend, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The auto club predicts 3.03 million Southern California residents will travel at least 50 miles in the period from Thursday, May 25, through Monday, May 29.
- Check the Caltrans road conditions map before you drive
It’s the sixth consecutive year that the number of Memorial Day travelers has grown compared to the previous year, the auto club said, adding that this year will see the largest number since the all-time record of 3.2 million set in 2005.
The auto club noted that local gas prices are holding steady near $3 a gallon on average — the second cheapest price averages for this time of year since 2009.
Among Southern California travelers, 2.52 million are expected to travel by car — a 2.9 percent increase from last year. Another 300,000 residents are expected to go by plane.
The top five Memorial Day destinations for Southern California travelers this year are Las Vegas, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, and Yosemite, according to the auto club.
“One significant trend we are seeing this year is solid growth in the number of air travelers, which also tends to signify longer vacations that are a greater distance away from home,” said Filomena Andre, the club’s vice president for travel.
— From Staff and Wire Reports
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