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4th of July Travel: When is the Best Time to Travel Michigan

MICHIGAN. Nearly a record 1.7 million Michigan residents are expected to travel on the Fourth of July despite record gas prices across the state, the AAA said Tuesday.

Average gas prices in Michigan on Thursday morning were $5.11, according to AAA, one of the highest average prices in the country. The median price in Metro Detroit was $5.21, one of the highest in the state.

Traffic on Interstate 696 westbound from Michigan 10 to Interstate 275 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Thursday, June 30, is expected to be 67 percent above normal, according to the AAA.

Of the 47.9 million Americans who plan to drive 50 miles or more over the June 30-July 4 holiday weekend, a record 42 million will travel by car, the auto club said.

In general, the AAA is advising people to avoid travel on Thursday and Friday afternoons, June 30 to July 1, as commuters leave work early and mingle with vacation travelers. In some urban areas, a trip around the city may take twice as long as usual.

“Even with record gas prices, travelers are still eager to hit the road this summer. We expect domestic travel times to increase by about 50 percent compared to normal,” Bob Pishu, transportation analyst at INRIX, AAA’s data processing partner, said in the news. release. “Drivers in major metro areas need to be prepared for significantly more delays.”

Overall, here are the worst and best times to travel within a five-day period.

  • Worst Time: Noon to 9pm.
  • Best time: before 10:00 / after 21:00.

Saturday 2 July

  • Worst time: 14-16 hours.
  • Best time: before noon; after 19:00

Sunday 3 July

  • Light traffic expected throughout the day

Monday 4 July

  • Light traffic expected throughout the day

The most popular US destinations this year: Orlando, Florida; Seattle, Washington; New York; Anaheim, California; Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Honolulu, Hawaii; Denver, Colorado; and Chicago, Illinois.
At the same time, on July 4, the number of car trips increases and the number of air travel decreases – partly due to continued disruptions in flight schedules, the AAA said.

This year, about 3.55 million people are planning to travel by air. This is 1.5% more than last year, but 9.3% less than in 2019, when 3.91 million Americans flew somewhere to celebrate July 4th.

An estimated 2.42 million Americans plan to celebrate July 4th with a cruise or travel to their destination by train or bus. That’s a big jump of 168 percent from 2021, but nowhere near the 2019 pre-pandemic level of 3.54 million people in this travel category.

Overall, travel during the 4th of July holiday will increase by 3.7 percent compared to 2021, bringing volumes just below 2019 records, according to AAA.

AAA said the expected increase in holiday travel is part of a broader trend.

“Earlier this year, we started to see an increase in demand for travel, and it is not declining,” Paula Tweedale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a press release. “People are ready for a break, and even though things cost more, they find…

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