AAA Colorado projects record breaking travel to continue over July 4th holiday
Denver, June 27 – AAA Colorado projects over 720,000 Coloradans will travel this Independence Day weekend. This represents the highest July 4th travel volume on record and 50,000 more Colorado travelers compared to Memorial Day weekend, which also had a record breaking volume. Traditionally, Independence Day has the highest travel numbers of the three summer holiday weekends with Memorial Day second and Labor Day third. Nationally, AAA projects 43 million travelers over the Independence Day holiday. The holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.
Eighty percent of Colorado holiday travelers, more than 576,000 people, will drive to their Independence Day destinations motivated by low gas prices. Despite recent seasonal increases, gasoline prices remain well below recent years. The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Colorado is $2.28, which is 38 cents less than one year ago. AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005.
Air travel will be the preferred transportation mode for ten percent of Colorado travelers and ten percent will travel by other methods including cruises, trains and buses. AAA’s holiday cruise booking are 35 percent higher than last Independence Day.
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be nine percent less this Independence Day, with an average roundtrip ticket costing $207. Hotel costs have fallen slightly compared to last Independence Day. Three Diamond Rated hotels will average $185. Daily car rental rates will average $75, six percent more than last year.
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