July 25, 2014

Hitting the road for the holidays

Plenty of Wisconsin residents will be joining the millions of Americans taking a trip for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

According to a survey by AAA, more than 43 million people in the US will be traveling this weekend. In Wisconsin, about 847,000 people are projected to visit family and friends.

Pam Moen with AAA-Wisconsin says the overwhelming majority of travelers will head to their destination by car this year. She says traffic is expected to peak later today, with most people trying to reach their destination before Thanksgiving Day.

While people will be heading home on different days, Sunday will see the heaviest traffic for the return trip. Moen says it’s not just because of people returning from family visits though. Sunday also marks the end of the state’s gun deer hunt; so many hunters will be heading back home on that day as well.

Overall travel for the holiday is expected to be up by just under one percent compared to last year. Moen says it marks the fourth straight year travel has seen an increase, after it fell by almost 25 percent in 2008 during the recession.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:08)