Millions Hitting the Road this Weekend

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

With gas prices dropping and personal income rising, nearly 2.9 million Southern California residents are expected to travel over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the largest number in more than a decade, according to Automobile Club of Southern California estimates released Monday.

Statewide, the number of people traveling is expected to be about 4.67 million, according to the Auto Club. The figures are the largest since the record-setting year of 2005, when 3.2 million Southland residents and 5.18 million people statewide traveled for the holiday.

“The centennial of the National Park Service, new theme park attractions, cheaper gas prices and rising personal income are some of the reasons motivating an increase in travel this holiday,” said Filomena Andre, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel. “Also, some domestic airfares for the weekend are less expensive than in 2015, fueling an increase in air travel.”

Of the Southern California residents traveling, 2.45 million are expected to go by car, a 2.7 percent increase from last year. About 264,000 residents are expected to travel by plane, up 2.4 percent from 2015. About 176,000 will travel by recreational vehicle, cruise, bus or train.

Nationally, 38 million travelers are expected to travel, a 1.9 percent jump from last year’s 37.3 million. The bulk of travelers — nearly 34 million — will go by car, while 2.58 million will go by plane.

Auto Club officials noted that gas prices are expected to be about $1.10 lower than they were during last year’s holiday.

The top destinations for Southern California travelers are expected to be: Grand Canyon National Park; San Diego; San Francisco; Las Vegas; and Yosemite National Park.

But just because more people will be traveling, don’t expect L.A. streets to be empty. Los Angeles is ranked sixth on the list of destinations for travelers across the country.

Millions Expected to Hit the Road Over Holiday

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 2.98 million Southern California residents are expected to travel over the Fourth of July weekend, up slightly from last year and the most in eight years, the Automobile Club of Southern California predicted Monday.

This year’s number of Independence Day travelers is expected to be the highest since 2007, when 3 million Southern California residents — and 4.88 million people statewide — took trips for the holiday, according to the Auto Club.

“There is a continued overall increase in the amount being spent for travel this summer because consumers have confidence in their ability to afford vacations,” according to Filomena Andre, vice president of travel products and services for the Auto Club. “While the number of travelers is not increased greatly overall this Fourth of July, the summer vacation season is doing very well.”

The bulk of people traveling this weekend — 79 percent, or 2.4 million — are expected to drive to their destinations, up 0.4 percent from last year’s 2.2 million. Another 355,000 are expected to travel by air, up 1.4 percent from 338,000 in 2014.

Across California, 4.8 million people are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, up 0.5 percent from last year, with 3.69 million traveling by car and 573,000 taking to the air, according to the Auto Club. Nationwide, about 41.9 million people are expected to travel, up from 41.6 million last year.

The top destinations for Southern California residents are expected to be:

— Las Vegas;

— San Diego;

— San Francisco;

— the Central Coast, from Santa Barbara to Monterey;

— and a tie between the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

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