Idaho AAA: "Expect large crowds" of Thanksgiving holiday travelers


AAA expects Thanksgiving gas prices will be higher than recent years, with the current average price for gas in the state at $2.32 gallon, compared to $1.98 a gallon last year. "We have, in our region, which includes a couple other states, there are going to be 4.1 million people taking a Thanksgiving weekend trip, which is 50 miles or more from home".

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 past year, AAA said.

In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million people expect to travel over Thanksgiving, and more than 975,000 of them will go by auto, AAA said.

A year ago heading into Thanksgiving weekend, Wisconsin averaged $2.03 for a gallon of gas. Many Green Bay Packers fans may also be traveling to Pittsburgh, to see the team take on the Steelers.

"AAA expects drivers will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in three years, thanks to strong demand and higher oil prices", said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman in Tampa.

Some 45.5 million USA road-trippers will set off to grandma's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005. The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel.

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"Gas prices still aren't bad", said Haugh.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26, according to AAA.

In Florida, 190,720 are expected to take a flight, a 4.5 percent over previous year, AAA said.

Air travel is expected to see the biggest year-over-year increase, at 5 per cent, with about 4 million travellers expected to pass through U.S. airports over the holiday period.

Two Florida cities - Orlando and Fort Lauderdale - are expected to rank among the county's top 10 Thanksgiving destinations, AAA said. "These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year".