Southern Californians will travel over this holiday weekend in bigger numbers than during any other Labor Day holiday since 2008, according to projections from the Automobile Club of Southern California.
AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.
Slightly higher numbers of local travelers are expected to hit the road during this Independence Day holiday compared to last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's holiday forecast.
The Automobile Club of Southern California is projecting a 1.8 percent increase in the number of Memorial Day weekend travelers compared to last year, with 2.66 million Southern Californians expected to drive, fly, cruise and ride during holiday trips. It's the largest number of local Memorial Day travelers since the all-time record of 3.2 million, which was set in 2005.
While it's expected to be the third-highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since the recession, the total number of Southern Californians taking holiday trips is projected to decline by 4 percent compared to last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.
With this year's Fourth of July holiday falling on a Thursday instead of Wednesday as it did last year, slightly fewer numbers Southern Californians are expected to take holiday trips, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's holiday forecast.