AAA: 800,000 to travel this weekend
More than 800,000 Washington area residents plan to travel over Memorial Day weekend, a six percent increase over last year, according to the annual AAA survey.
Though gas prices are up 42 cents a gallon since last Memorial Day, the AAA credited a rebounding economy and travel discounts with encouraging people to travel.
Nationally, the AAA's survey found that 32.1 million Americans say they will travel from home over the weekend, a 5.4 percent increase over 2009.
AAA's Lon Anderson attributed the increase to pent up desire to travel among people who stayed home during the past two years of recession. The rebounding economy and discounts being offered by resort destination have lured people back into travel mode, he said.
Though gas prices are higher than last year, they have dropped by several cents per gallon since peaking on May 6, Anderson said.
-- Ashley Halsey III
What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Flying, driving or staying home? Post a comment below. And on Thursday join AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Lon Anderson for a chat on the best ways to get of town for the Memorial Day weekend at washingtonpost.com/liveonline.
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