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AAA Forecasts 1.1 Million Michiganders Will Travel for Memorial Day Weekend


The Auto Club Group forecasted that over a million Michiganders will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

The forecast this year reaches almost pre-pandemic levels as the second highest single-year increase in travelers since 2010. This brings travel volumes almost in line with those from 2015 with a 7.9% increase over 2021.

“People are more comfortable traveling now than any other time in the past two years, and travel bookings are a reflection of that,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group.

AAA also forecasted air travel volumes to rise 21% from last year - the second-largest yearly increase in more than a decade. The three million Americans forecast to fly this Memorial Day weekend is just shy of 2019 levels.

Adrienne Woodland is a spokesperson for the Auto Club Group and said this Memorial Day gas prices are the highest it’s ever been.

“Coming out of a two year pandemic Michigan residents are eager to travel again and it doesn't seem like the record high gas prices or other inflationary pressures are going to stop them from traveling this Memorial Day weekend,” said Woodland.

The old record average for the highest gas price from Memorial Day was $4.11 per gallon in 2008, and currently averaging $4.39 per gallon.

Thursday and Friday are anticipated to be peak traffic days. AAA suggests hitting the road when there’s less traffic and allowing extra time when traveling to your destination to avoid stress.

Alexis Seeley is a journalism major from Macomb, MI. Alexis is going into her fourth year at Central Michigan University.