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|May 25, 2018|
Forecast: Memorial holiday travel to rise for 7th year
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – In spite of the highest gasoline prices in nearly 3-years, Southern Californians are expected to take to the highways in droves over the Memorial Day holiday.
The Automobile Club of Southern California predicts the busiest on record with nearly 5.2 million Californians taking trips of 50 miles or more between May 24-28.
For Southern Californians on the highways, it’s a 5.2 percent increase over Memorial Day last year. Those traveling by plane should increase about 7.5 percent.
In the Inland Empire, Caltrans anticipates heaviest delays on northbound I-15 between Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia (Cajon Pass) on Sunday and Monday afternoons. It is also historical that delays are heaviest between Indio and Beaumont on eastbound I-10 on Friday and again on westbound I-10 on Sunday and Monday afternoons into the evening hours.
It’s the seventh consecutive year that travel for the Memorial Day weekend has grown.
Locally, the top five Memorial Day destinations for Southern California travelers, according to a survey of AAA Travel agents, are:
1. Las Vegas
2. San Diego
3. Central Coast (Santa Barbara to Monterey)
4. San Francisco
5. Yosemite National Park
Story Date: May 25, 2018