AAA says, Over 600,000 Coloradans plan Memorial Day Getaway

Denver, May 16 – AAA Colorado projects 602,000 Coloradans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a less than one percent increase over last year but the highest post-recession volume of Memorial Day travel since 2007. Nationally, 36.1 million Americans will be traveling, a 1.5 percent increase over last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26.

Kicking off the summer driving season, more than eight in ten travelers will be driving to their destinations. AAA Colorado expects that most drivers will pay lower gas prices nationwide by Memorial Day weekend due to rising supplies. In Colorado, holiday gas prices are projected to be more than 30 cents lower than last year’s Memorial Day average of $3.82 per gallon.

Holiday air travel by leisure travelers in Colorado is expected to remain flat with nationally averaged airfares that are six percent higher than Memorial Day last year. AAA Colorado travel professionals have been booking a large number of vacations to beach locations. Florida, San Diego and short, three-to-four day cruises have been popular destinations for early summer travel.

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase just two percent from one year ago with travelers spending an average of $169 per night compared to $166 last year. Weekend daily car rental rates will average $44, only one percent higher than last year.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. AAA Colorado has more than 580,000 members and is an advocate for safety and security for all travelers.

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