Memorial Day travel: The worst time to be on the road, top destinations in Southern California

Despite the rising gas prices, and the unrelenting inflation, there are still many opportunities to make more. Southern Californians can expect to travel this Memorial Day weekend Comparable to last.

An estimated 3.1 million people in the Southland are expected to take trips this holiday — a According to the Automobile Club of Southern California (ACC), there has been a strong increase over the previous year.

This is attributed to “pent-up demand”The pandemic.

“With pandemic restrictions lifting and modes of travel such as air and cruises continuing to rebound, Auto Club travel advisors are working hard to rebook trips that were delayed over the last two years and plan new adventures for friends and families,” said Heather Felix, the Auto Club’s vice president of travel products and services.

Top travel destinations

According to an Auto Club survey the top five destinations in Southern California for tourists on this holiday are:

  1. Mexico

2. Las Vegas

3. Grand Canyon National Park

4. San Diego

5. Santa Barbara, Central Coast

Hawaii is the top choice for vacation. Southern California travelers who fly.

AAA predicts Anaheim will be the fifth most visited destination nationally.

Memorial Day gas prices

Travelers will pay the highest prices for Memorial Day holidays this year.

AAA reports that gas prices have increased both in the U.S. and across the country over recent weeks. They average around $6 per gallon statewide.

AAA stated that Southern California’s gas prices are approximately $1.70 more than they were last year. That means drivers will have to pay about $24 more for a standard 14-gallon tank.

Memorial Day traffic, worst time to be on the road

INRIX predicts that drivers may experience the longest travel delays during the holiday weekend. This is especially true for Friday and Thursday afternoons.

INRIX estimates that drivers will see twice the travel time in major U.S. metropolitan areas than for a normal trip.

The Los Angeles Metro area’s southbound 5 Freeway will be the busiest, running between Colorado Street and Florence Avenue. It will be worst between 4:45 pm and 6:45 pm. Friday, May 27.

“Even with a significant increase in gas prices, we expect a large jump in holiday driving compared to the last few years”Bob Pishue, INRIX Transportation Analyst, stated that. “Drivers should expect congestion on major roadways around big cities and popular destinations. Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

Day Worst time Best time
Thursday 1 p.m.- 8 p.m. Prior to 6 a.m. 9 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. -7 p.m. Prior to 7 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. -6 p.m. Before 10 a.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. -4 p.m. Before 10 a.m.
Monday 1 p.m. -4 p.m. Prior to 11 a.m.


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