Thanksgiving Travel Statistics

(Gillette, Wyo.) If you’re planning on hitting the road this Thanksgiving, you’re not alone.  AAA predicts 2017 will see the highest travel volume nationwide since 2005.  It looks like our fickle Wyoming weather will cooperate across most of the state.  The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of snow in western Wyoming.  Here in northeastern Wyoming highs are forecast in the mid-sixties for Thanksgiving Day.  Temperatures are expected to cool down Friday, with just a slight chance of precipitation.

According to AAA, 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend.  89 percent of those will travel by car.  In addition to getting your vehicle ready for the drive, expect to pay higher prices at the pump.  November’s national average price per gallon is $2.54, 37 cents higher than last year.

Make sure you’re not late for dinner. Primary reasons to call for a rescue include being locked out of your vehicle, flat tires and battery-related issues.

It’s hard to believe the Cowboy State did not make AAA’s list of Top 10 Thanksgiving Destinations.

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  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Anaheim, California
  3. New York City, New York
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  7. Cancun, Mexico
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
  10. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

AAA defines the holiday travel period from Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.