AAA Colorado predicts busy holiday weekend

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travelAccording to a report by the Denver Business Journal, 665,000 Coloradans will travel 50 miles or more over the long Independence Day weekend. The forecast was prepared by AAA Colorado and IHS Inc.’s Douglas County branch. That number is up nearly 1 percent from the same weekend last year.

According to AAA Travel, 41 million Americans are projected to journey 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Colorado Fourth of July travel is expected to increase 10.5 percent from Memorial Day weekend, the report said, adding Independence Day weekend tends to be the busiest travel weekend of the summer.

Just fewer than 70,000 Coloradans are expected to fly over the long weekend, about the same as last year, the report said.

Nationally, most travelers will be traveling by ground, with more than eight in 10 (34.8 million) choosing to go by automobile, the highest level since 2007.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6. 

According to AAA:

  • Nearly 5 million more Americans are expected to travel for Independence Day than for Memorial Day;
  • Travel volume for Independence Day has grown four out of the past five years and is expected to be more than 6 percent higher than the average of the past 10 years;
  • Holiday air travel is expected to increase 1 percent to 3.1 million travelers from 3.07 million last year;
  • Travelers will encounter airfares 5 percent lower than last year and car rental costs that remain consistent with last year at $58; and
  • Hotel rates at AAA Two Diamond hotels are 15 percent higher than last year and Three Diamond hotels are 9 percent more.

According to the website www.coloradospringsgasprices.com, the cheapest fuel cost in the city on June 26 was $3.48 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas while the most expensive was $3.84 a gallon. The cheapest diesel was $3.66 a gallon and $3.99 at its most expensive.