May 25– The American Automobile Association projects that more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.
Joe Richardson, president and CEO of AAA, said, “Millions of Americans are eager to kick-off the unofficial start of the summer travel season by taking a Memorial Day getaway. We are forecasting an increase in holiday travelers for the second consecutive year, and the most in 11 years, largely due to low gas prices, a growing labor market and rising personal incomes. If these factors continue, the travel industry should enjoy a booming summer season.”
According to AAA, the most popular destinations for travel this year are the following:
2. Myrtle Beach
3. Washington, D.C.
4. New York
However, Hardin County has a popular destination of its own: Pickwick Lake. Mike Dobis, manager at Pickwick Landing State Park, said about 20,000 lake-goers are expected, an increase from last year’s 18,339, and the park staff plans all year for this influx of people.