If you plan on traveling for the upcoming holiday weekend, you may want lto leave early. The July 4th weekend is just a week away and according to AAA, 44.2 million Americans plan to travel this weekend, which will make it the most traveled Independence Day ever, with 1.25 million more travelers than last year.
One of the reasons for record setting travelers is lower gas prices. 37.5 million people are planning a road trip for the holiday, up 2.9% from last year. The airports will be equally as crowded with 3.44 million Americans flying to their Independence Day destination, up 4.6% from last year, while 3.27 million travelers will choose other ways of escaping, including cruises, trains and buses.
AAA also reports that airfare prices are also down, with the average airfare for the Top 40 domestic flight routes down 10% from last year. Car rental costs are also lower, showing a decrease of 14% over last year.
The top July 4th destination is Orlando, Florida, followed by Vancouver, Canada.
Top Ten Independence Day Destinations
- Orlando, Florida
- Vancouver, Canada
- Cancun, Mexico
- Seattle, Washington
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Anaheim, California
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Montego Bay, Jamaica