If you are looking to avoid travel headaches on the road, INRIX and AAA suggest avoiding travel on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 in the late afternoon in places like Los Angeles. Travelers in San Francisco could see congestion on Saturday and Sunday, while Monday may be the worst time to travel for people in Seattle.
Though travelers may be paying more at the pump, some of that cost could be made up in other ways, like car rental prices and hotels. According to AAA, car rental prices have declined 7 percent over last year, with an average daily rate of $55. Mid-range hotels are between 2 and 3 percent cheaper this year, with an average nightly rate of $146 and $183, respectively, as well.
Out of the many domestic destinations around the U.S., travelers are looking to spend their holiday weekend in cities like Las Vegas, Honolulu, and Anaheim. Other popular destinations include Seattle, Phoenix, Anchorage, and San Francisco, according to AAA. Considering there are lots of free, exciting Memorial Day events like L.A. Zine Fest and Carnaval San Francisco, it’s no wonder people are flocking to these cities.