AAA expects large number of travelers over holiday weekend

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - AAA expects 36 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend -- and if that holds true, it could be the busiest Memorial Day weekend since 2005.

Eight out of 10 plan to travel by car. Right now, in the Utica-Rome area, we are paying on average $3.86 per gallon. But Ed Welsh of AAA says we should see $3.60 as the summer goes on.

"The average American is going to spend about $169 for the holiday weekend per person," Welsh said. "That's up from $166 last'll see prices increase on mid-level hotels, because demand is up a little bit."

As for the campgrounds, Welsh said the forecast is not out yet, but state parks are expected to fill to capacity like they did last year, so plan early.

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