MEDFORD, Ore. -- Research by AAA projects 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home this 4th of July. That the highest travel volume for this holiday since the company began keeping track 18 years ago. Researchers attribute this increase to a strong economy and low unemployment rate.
555,000 of those millions of travelers are expected to be Oregonians. The biggest destinations this year include Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Maui.
Drivers will be faced with rising gas prices. Right now, the national average for regular unleaded gas is $2.85 while Oregon's average is $3.30, a 60 cent raise from what Oregonians saw last year.
AAA suggests the peak of travel times will be between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on July 3.
For a full breakdown of anticipated 4th of July travel, read AAA: TRAVEL BOOM FOR 4TH OF JULY.