December 3, 2023
Anticipate vacation visitors in San Diego County to be heavy as overwhelming majority of vacationers will probably be driving to locations. Picture courtesy CHP

For the second straight 12 months, a file variety of Southern California residents are anticipated to journey for subsequent week’s Thanksgiving vacation, with the overwhelming majority of them driving to their locations.

In line with the Auto Membership, an estimated 4.6 million Southern Californians are anticipated to journey for the vacation, a 3% improve from final 12 months’s record-setting journey quantity and a 3.5% improve from the pre-pandemic Thanksgiving vacation.

Nationally, the Auto Membership is predicting the Thanksgiving vacation to be the third busiest on file, with 55.4 million folks anticipated to journey. That’s under solely 58.6 million who traveled in 2005 and 56 million in 2019.

Of the 4.6 million Southern Californians predicted to journey for the vacation, 3.9 million of them are anticipated to journey by automotive, whereas 566,000 will fly and 120,000 will probably be taking a bus, prepare or cruise. The highest locations are anticipated to be San Diego, Las Vegas, Santa Barabara/Central Coast, the Grand Canyon and Mexico cruises or resorts, in line with the Auto Membership.

“Thanksgiving is likely one of the extra standard holidays for folks to journey to see household and mates to allow them to participate in annual traditions like turkey dinners and Black Friday buying,” Jenna Miller, the Auto Membership’s vice chairman for journey services, mentioned in an announcement. “Journey demand has been robust all 12 months, and AAA’s Thanksgiving journey forecast
displays folks’s ongoing want to get away and spend time with their family members.”

The Auto Membership defines the vacation journey interval because the 5 days from Wednesday, Nov. 22, by Sunday, Nov. 26.

Citing figures from the transportation analytics agency INRIX, the Auto Membership reported that the afternoon and night of Nov. 22 would be the busiest time on freeways.

“All outbound freeways are more likely to be congested on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons earlier than Thanksgiving, so drivers ought to anticipate longer journey occasions throughout these intervals and plan to go away early,” in line with the Auto Membership.

The closure of a fire-damaged stretch of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles may also probably contribute to congested roadways throughout the vacation getaway.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.