More than 93 million people will go over the river and through the woods for Christmas and the New Year holiday, according to AAA—an increase of 1.6 percent over last year.
“The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick off the New Year with a vacation,” said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet in a press release.
The 2012 year-end holiday travel season officially starts Saturday and continues through Tuesday, Jan. 1. AAA counts those who travel at least 50 miles as “holiday travelers,” and more than 1 in 4 U.S. residents will hit travel by car in this period.
Gas Prices Continue to Drop
The price of a gallon of gas in DC is a few cents cheaper than it was at this time last year, according to data from AAA. The national average for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas is $3.24. In the DC metro area, the average is higher at $3.40.
The current prices for one gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline for popular driving destinations from DC are:
- Baltimore: $3.26
- Philadelphia area: $3.49
- Norfolk: $3.05
- Delaware: $3.31
Some areas of New Jersey are seeing gas at less than $3 per gallon right now.
Over Thanksgiving, Patch published a list of mobile apps to help you find cheap gas.
Here in the Georgetown area, check the Patch transportation page. It features the lowest gas prices in our neighborhood as well as current traffic congestion on major roadways in the area.
Air travel is also up, six percent of travelers or 5.6 million taking to the skies this holiday season, according to AAA.
Here are a few tips on surviving the airport, from parking to security and beyond.
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