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Light traffic this Labor Day

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Nearly 70 percent of Labor Day travelers are driving home on Monday from their last trip of the summer, according to a TripAdvisor survey.

While some tourists are crawling on highways across New England, the Mass Pike was relatively calm Monday afternoon.

"So far the traffic has been great and we're hoping to get home in a good amount of time so the kids can go to bed," said Stacy Litchfield of eastern Massachusetts.

More than 25 percent of travelers flew to their Labor Day getaway, but a majority drove, including Jamie Belfield.

"A lot of different reasons: Scenery, a route that we haven't enjoyed before in the past," said Belfield of Toronto, Canada.

This weekend was the last opportunity for many families to soak up the summer sun before school starts.

According to TripAdvisor, vacationers spent time in cities, along beaches and lakes, and shopping Labor Day sales.

But, the fun isn't over yet. Fall travel is actually up 16 percent, according to the survey, and one of the top five cities to visit as summer comes to an end is Boston.

"We'll hopefully do some apple picking and the usual fall things, pumpkin picking," Litchfield said.

If you're traveling late into the night on Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is offering free coffee at rest stops until 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

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