Over 2.1 Million New Englanders Expected to Travel This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
GoLocalWorcester Lifestyle Team

AAA is projecting that over 2.1 million New Englanders will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, a 2.4 percent increase over 2015. 

Overall, AAA is projecting that 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the holiday, a 1.9 percent increase over 2015. The number represents the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. 

“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with family and friends this Thanksgiving. Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding steady throughout the Fall months,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs.

According to AAA, over 89 percent of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving, up 1.9 percent, while travel by air will be up 1.6 percent. Nearly 1.9 million from New England are expected to drive to their destinations, up 2.5 percent over 2015. 

AAA estimates that U.S. drivers have saved over $28 million at the pumps this year compared to the same period last year. 

Travel Destinations 

This year's top vacation destinations for Thanksgiving are as follows: 

1.    Las Vegas                    6. New Orleans
2.    San Francisco              7. Anaheim
3.    San Diego                    8. Fort Lauderdale
4.    Orlando                        9. Philadelphia
5.    New York City            10. Seattle

  • Massage at Revival Massage & Bodyworks

    Providence, RI

    Need to relax and refresh after a busy summer? 

    Spoil yourself with one of Revival's luxuriously therapeutic services and reinvigorate yourself.

  • Mystic Aquarium

    Mystic, CT

    For something completely different, Mystic Aquarium is a fun destination for a day trip that includes playing with starfish, a Sea Lion Show, seeing penguins and so much more. 

  • White Mountain Hotel & Resort 

    North Conway, New Hampshire 

    For the leaf peepers, the best time to visit the White Mountains is right at the beginning of October, as that is when the fall foliage is at its peak. 

    The hotel provides great rooms with amazing mountain and cliff views. 

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    The tour departs every 45 minutes and lasts about an hour.

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    To make it easier to get around, rent a bike 

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