Taking a road trip this Memorial Day weekend? Expect a lot of company out there on the highway. AAA Travel has released their annual forecast for Memorial Day weekend traffic, and they are predicting a “significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel” for the long weekend.
An estimated 37 million people are planning to travel 50 miles or more from home from May 27 through May 31—a 60 percent increase from Memorial Day 2020.
However, this is still about 6 million fewer people planning to hit the road than had previously traveled for Memorial Day weekend 2019.
According to AAA, the top five most popular road trip destinations for Memorial Day weekend 2021 are:
1. Las Vegas, NV
2. Orlando, FL
3. Myrtle Beach, SC
4. Denver, CO
5. Nashville, TN
The Worst Times to Travel on Memorial Day Weekend
Planning to leave early to beat the Memorial Day traffic? You’ll probably need to leave earlier than you think. AAA forecasts that travelers will encounter the longest travel delays if they leave between 1pm and 7:45pm on Thursday, May 27th or between 2pm and 6:30pm on Friday, May 28th.
The Best Times to Travel on Memorial Day Weekend
If you can, leaving in the morning or very early afternoon on Thursday or Friday will be your best bet for avoiding traffic. Delaying your trip slightly, and heading out early Saturday morning might also make your trip faster (and save you the cost of a night’s lodging as well).
No matter when you choose to travel, be sure to follow all CDC travel guidelines as well as any regulations at your destination.
You Might Also Like:• 9 Affordable Travel Gift Ideas for Under $25
• 7 Terrible Travel Presents, and What to Give Instead
• The 5 Creepiest Holiday Traditions in Europe
• The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals
• 10 Holiday Travel Tips You Need to Know
We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.
Top Fares From
Today's Top Travel Deals
Brought to you by ShermansTravel
Colombia: Choose Your Length of Stay...
Indus Travelsvacation $505+
Wisconsin Dells Water Park Resort w/Meals,...
Rome to Istanbul: Luxe, 11-Night Mediterranean...
Oceania Cruisescruise $3999+