Ready for summer? Family vacation season opens with Memorial Day
The summer travel season, whether its visiting Coney Island, Disneyland or Yellowstone, opens Memorial Day weekend. Time to schedule those flights and check the highways for this year's family vacation.
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Whether you’re headed to the nation’s No. 1-ranked beach – Coronado, near San Diego – or going to stand in line for rollercoasters like Disney World’s new family-style Barnstormer or Coney Island’s new Italian screamer, or just packing off to visit Grandma, Memorial Day weekend is America’s start of the family summer vacation season.
Pools will get filled, barbecues will be dusted off, and airline schedules will get Googled as a taste of summer heat blankets the US – high 80s and 90s are forecast for much of the US.
The summer vacation season stretching 101 days begins and ends with federal holidays – Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US armed forces, and Labor Day celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.
More than 34.8 million people will travel more than 50 miles during Memorial Day weekend, a 1.2 percent increase over last year, estimates the AAA. Of those on the move, 30.7 million (88 percent) will be driving. Gas is 20 cents cheaper than a year ago, with the current national average at $3.66 per gallon. South Carolina has the lowest price in the nation at $3.33 and California the highest with $4.32.
Looking to minimize holiday traffic fatalities, the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt and child-restraint awareness campaign will have extra law enforcement officers on the highways. Virginia and Kentucky are two states that are increasing enforcement for seat-belt and child-restraint use.