The unofficial kickoff to summer is just days away, and millions of Americans are celebrating memorial day with a long weekend getaway.
With the holiday weekend right around the corner, Western Mass News found many folks are fine-tuning their travel plans.
"My birthday is tomorrow and I’m probably going to to Atlantic City because I’m from New Jersey. And then go to New York for the Yankees game on Sunday," said Springfield resident Ronald Dunton.
AAA estimates that nearly 42 million Americans will travel this memorial day weekend. That is nearly five percent more than last year, and the most in more than a decade.
About 88 percent of travelers will be driving to their destination. The busiest days will be Thursday and Friday as travelers and commuters alike hit the road.
Rush hour will be the trickiest time for folks behind the wheel.
"Like a lot of people I’m just going to be working this whole weekend. I do take the Mass Pike so I do 90 all the way down to Auburn," said Chicopee resident Christopher Carlson.
If a Cape getaway piques your interest, Peter Pan bus lines is offering fares as low as $17 to the Massachusetts destination.
There may be more opportunities to save from airfare to car rentals, and many mid-range hotels are dropping their rates.
So the better bang for your buck may take the sting out of a few traffic jams.
"With the influx of traffic between Boston and Massachusetts, and the current construction, there might be a little bit of an influx on it," Carlson noted.
To check your local traffic conditions before you head out the door, be sure to check out our LIVE traffic map here, or in the Western Mass News app.
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