AAA warns that Thanksgiving travelers will number most in 9 years

About 950,000 Massachusetts residents will drive, up 5.1 percent from last year.

Traffic was heavy on 93 southbound approaching Boston, Thursday, July 3 2014.
Eighty-nine percent of Thanksgiving travelers nationwide will drive, says AAA. –Wendy Maeda / The Boston Globe

If you are driving to visit family this Thanksgiving, be prepared to share the road with more cars than last year.

Nationwide, 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Turkey Day, which is 1 million more than last year and the highest amount since 2007, says AAA. Eighty-nine percent of all travelers will drive, up 1.9 percent from last year.

Bay Staters are expected to beat national travel projections due to stable gas prices in the state, says AAA. Nearly 1.1 million Massachusetts residents are expected to travel this year, a 4.7 increase from 2015. Of those travelers, about 950,000 will drive, up 5.1 percent from last year.


Air travel nationwide will also increase, up 1.6 percent from last year.

This year’s top Thanksgiving vacation spots, based on AAA bookings, are Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Orlando, New York City, New Orleans, Anaheim, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and Seattle.


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