AAA: Memorial Day Weekend Super Busy--Especially Central Florida

Kristi Thomas

We're just a week out from the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. Got plans to take a road trip? You may want to build in some extra travel time because the roads are going to be jammed, especially if you're going to be traveling in Central Florida.

AAA predicts 39.3-million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home next weekend, which is one million, or 2.7%, more travelers than last year and which translates to the highest volume of travel since 2005. This is also the 3rd consecutive year the number of Memorial Day travelers has grown.

And with all those travelers there's bound to come traffic, with 34.6-million Americans, or 88.1% of travelers, driving to their destination, an increase of 2.4% from 2016. Another 2.9-million will be flying, which is a 5.5% increase over last year, while 1.75-million will take either a cruise, train or bus, which is a 2.9% increase.

And just where are all those travelers planning to visit? AAA bookings says the most popular destination for Memorial Day travel is Orlando, followed by Rome and London.

Top Ten Memorial Day Travel Destinations

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. London, England
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Las Vegas, Nevada
  8. New York, New York
  9. Paris, France
  10. Honolulu, Hawaii