Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
AP: ap_929099b529be5613540f6a7067006ed9
In this May 24, 2013 file photo, traffic begins to thicken as motorists getting an early jump to Memorial Day destinations in Indiana and Michigan travel an interstate freeway through Chicago. Auto club AAA on Friday, May 16, 2014 said it expects a total of 36.1 million people to travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day Weekend. If that estimate holds true, it would be the largest amount of people traveling during the holiday weekend since 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

PHOENIX -- Almost three-quarters of a million Arizonans are expected to take to the roads and skies over Memorial Day weekend, Triple-A of Arizona said.

"The majority -- about 87 percent of Arizonans traveling -- will be driving to their destination," said spokeswoman Michelle Donati. "That's up by about a half-percent or a little more than a half-percent over last year."

The 718,000 Arizonans traveling is an increase of about 6,500 from last year, an increase of nearly 1 percent.

"Very healthy travel numbers and we're really attributing this to continued improvement in the economy, disposable income and consumer confidence," said Donati.

The slight bump comes despite increases in travel costs. Airfares are up 6 percent, mid-range hotels are up 2 percent and rental cars are up 1 percent. Gas will be about $3.50 per gallon in Arizona during the holiday.

Nationally, more than 36 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more. If that estimate holds true, it would be the largest amount of people traveling during the holiday weekend since 2005.

KTAR's Cooper Rummell contributed to this report.

KTAR Newsroom,

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.