ANNAPOLIS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Today is the day when millions of Americans will travel by plane, train or automobile for Memorial Day weekend. AAA says this year will be the second highest travel volume on record since they started tracking holiday travel data in 2000.
The views are spectacular but the stop-and-go traffic along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge make the trip more grueling as millions of Americans head towards the beach for Memorial Day.
AAA says 1.5 million more people will hit the roads, rails and runways this year than last -- a 3.6 percent increase. Experts say the worst time to leave on Friday is late afternoon when holiday travelers will mix with evening rush hour.
Most will choose to drive despite a rising national gas price average that's inching closer to three dollars a gallon.
The biggest trouble spots for drivers will be along the Beltway, Interstate 95 in Virginia and Maryland, as well as Interstate 270 and Route 50 in Maryland. Drivers are encouraged to leave early in the morning or later at night to avoid delays.
Meanwhile, some have already started the rest and relaxation as this weekend is the kickoff to another memorable summer.
Traffic may be bad today, but experts are projecting Monday will be even worse, especially in the evening.