WASHINGTON - Millions of people will travel this year during the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says 34 million Americans are planning road trips – up over 50 percent from last year. Another nearly 2.5 million Americans will board airplanes this Memorial Day.
Travel experts say that because many missed a year of vacation due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions they are looking to make up for it this summer.
Nearly 935,000 people in the Washington, D.C. metro area are predicted to kick-off the summer holiday travel season with a trip on Memorial Day -- an increase of almost 60 percent over last year.
HISTORICALLY, THE WORST TIMES TO TRAVEL OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY SEASON ARE:
Thursday, May 27 – Between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 28 – Between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 29 – Midday
Sunday, May 30 – Midday
Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 – Between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
EXPECT 10 PERCENT INCREASE IN DELAYS:
Thursday, May 27
Along Interstate-95 South
Along Interstate-395 to VA-123
Between 3:30–5:30 PM
The best off-peak times to travel the Bay Bridge over the holiday weekend will be:
Thursday, May 27 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Friday, May 28 – before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 29 – before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 30 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 – before 8 a.m. and after 11 p.m.