Des Moines, Iowa – Near-record travel numbers are predicted in Iowa and nationwide for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, kicking off the summer vacation season. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says the motor club is forecasting more than 41-million Americans will be taking trips during the holiday, a five-percent increase from last year and the largest number in a dozen years.
Crude oil prices are up and gasoline prices are following suit, though White says higher pump prices won’t deter most motorists from hitting the holiday road.
For example, the E-85 blend is selling for about 50-cents a gallon below regular unleaded. If you’re driving long-distance during the weekend, it might be helpful to look over a few things on your vehicle before leaving. Triple-A expects to rescue more than 340-thousand motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend.
The top five travel destinations over Memorial Day are: Orlando, Seattle, Honolulu, Las Vegas and Anchorage, Alaska.