As Memorial Day weekend approaches, so does the summer travel season.
Many people kick off the holiday weekend today and head to the beach or out of town to visit family.
According to Triple A, 1.56 million people from Connecticut and New England will drive at least 50 miles from home this weekend, which is down from last year. Many people are not driving as far as usual, which may ease some of the congestion on the roads.
Triple A says more New Englanders will drive as opposed to flying this weekend. Air travel is expected to drop by eight percent, likely a result of high ticket prices. Driving, however, will cost you, and although gas prices are slightly down from last year, prices have been on the rise this spring. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has gone up for the last 17 days straight. Nationally, drivers are paying $3.65 for a gallon of regular gas and in Connecticut, the price is a little higher at $3.79 a gallon. This price, however, is still less than it was last year, with a gallon of gas costing $3.96. Experts blame the high prices on unplanned refinery maintenance.
Some of the most popular driving destinations this weekend include: Cape Cod, the Carolina’s, and Washington D.C.