Memorial Day Traffic to Be Worst Since Before the Recession

A bitter winter and low gas prices have Americans hitting the road for a sunny weekend getaway.
2:13 | 05/23/14

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Keeping in mind that severe weather is going to have an impact on the millions of Americans hitting the roads today for the long holiday weekend getaway. Most of us will be making our great escape by car, which is what ABC's Linzie Janis is doing. She's on the road this morning near Newark, New Jersey. Good morning, Linzie. Reporter: Good morning, robin. We're moving along nicely here. If you're planning to hit the record, you should make it as soon as you can. This weekend is going to see the biggest amount of travelers since before that recession. Many of us ready to soak up sop rays. Ready to put this and this behind you? You're not alone. This morning, 36.1 million Americans, the second-highest number in 14 years, are packing up their suitcases, ready to put a record cold winter in their view. And according to aaa, almost nine out of ten are hitting the road this weekend, driving to a destination at least 50 miles away. It was such a cold winter for some people, that people are just ready to travel. Reporter: Gas prices are helping fuel this year's getaway. Mostly holding where they were a year ago. And in many states, slightly lower than last year's average of $3.63 a gallon. Airplanes will be more crowded this holiday weekend. 200,000 more fliers than last year. And the 2.6 million Americans taking to the skies are paying an average of 6% more than last year for their tickets. A lot of people put travel on the back burner. As they feel better about the economy, they more willing to spend money on luxuries like traveling. Reporter: This year's most popular destinations according to price line. Las Vegas, San Diego, and Orlando. No coincidence they're all sunny spots. A lot of people not taking any chances with those destinations. They want guaranteed sunshine. One thing to note, if you are hitting the road this weekend, memorial day is the second-deadliest after the fourth of July weekend on the roads. So, police officers will be out in force, making sure we're all putting safety first.

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