(WTVG) - Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the unofficially beginning of summer -- and of summer vacation -- and with nearly 43 million Americans set to travel this weekend, it's looking like 2019 will be no different. In fact, it's expected to be the second biggest travel day since AAA started tracking travel volumes nearly two decades ago.
The company estimates that 1.5 million more people will take to the roads, rails and runways than last year, despite a rising national gas price average that has been inching closer to $3 in recent months and travel delays that could make the trip more than three times longer than usual.
AAA says the majority of travelers will be heading out in their cars, as they expect 37.6 million of those near 43 million to take to the nation's roadways. Another 3.25 million will travel by plane, while 1.9 will use other modes of transport, like trains and boats.
For those traveling through the Detroit area, however, Friday afternoon is set to be the worst time to be on the roads. Travel times through the Detroit Metro Area are set to be nearly twice as long as usual between the hours of 2:30 and 4:30 PM.