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

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport

Eight-nine percent of all travelers - 45.5 million - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip by vehicle, an increase of 3.2 percent more than a year ago, AAA said.

About one in six Marylanders is expected to travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, the most since 2005, according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic projection. The price of gas statewide is up from the $2.19 a gallon recorded a year ago.

Higher gas prices won't stop Floridians from hitting the road this Thanksgiving. Today, the average is $2.58, but AAA expects the price will still be lower than what drivers were paying earlier this month.

"So many more people are doing pre-holiday trips to take in all the experiences created to get people into the spirit of the season", said travel expert Jeanenne Tornatore. "Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices".

The 1.46 million Michiganders planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents a 3.3 percent increase over previous year. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump". The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel.

Past year heading into Thanksgiving weekend, Wisconsin averaged $2.03 for a gallon of gas. "These factors are fueling a confident consumer, who is expected to maintain a high level of spending that should drive an increase in holiday travel".

Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

Orlando is the No. 1 Thanksgiving destination, followed by Anaheim, California, New York City, Honolulu and Las Vegas.

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