AAA: Nearly 42 Million People Plan Memorial Day Getaway

posted by Alan McBride - 

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. 

That's the forecast from AAA, which predicts more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most since 2005.

Analysts say that, even as gas prices rise like outside temperatures, they still expect droves of people will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation. 

The busiest days are forecast to be Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

Analysts say higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend.

And analysts say those prices are continuing to climb, due to reductions in domestic supply and the oil market's response to the president's decision to leave the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Analysts with AAA say gas prices haven't been this expensive since November 2014.

The average price in Florida now sits at $2.82 per gallon, with gas prices being nearly 50 cents higher per gallon than this time last year. 

The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Tallahassee, and Fort Lauderdale.

The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in The Villages, Punta Gorda, and Orlando.

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