Thanksgiving 2017 travel to be busiest in 12 years, AAA says

"Across the country, and in Maryland, this Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the busiest for the holiday in more than 10 years", said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Cooper Averella in a statement.

That's an increase of 80,230 people, representing a 3.2% rise over past year, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

AAA projects more than 1.6 million Michiganders will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday.

This would despite the fact that gas prices are the highest since Thanksgiving 2014.

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The increase comes at a time when gas prices are up more then 40 cent from past year.

High gas prices are not expected to deter Americans from hitting the road this Thanksgiving. The Auto Club is expecting 5.37 million statewide to go by vehicle, which is up 3.5 percent from last year, and another 693,000 to fly - a 5.4 percent increase from last year.

"AAA expects drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in three years, thanks to strong demand and higher oil prices", said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman in Tampa. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from previous year. The most serious charge against Menendez, honest services fraud, is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. This also marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI as more people take to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26, according to AAA.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season".

Nearly 90 percent of expected travelers this Thanksgiving - or 45.5 million - are planning on taking a road trip. "However, this year flying for the holiday is not as expensive as other years with average airfares the lowest in five years".

  • Eleanor Harrison