Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That number represents a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.

AAA also predicts that 33 million Americans will travel by car to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21, to Monday, May 25.

More AAA information from their report:

  • Most drivers will probably pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. The current national average price of gas is $2.66, which is about $1 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.
  • More than 33 million travelers will go by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

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Interstate Highway System Turns 59!

Interstate Highway System Turns 59!

2015 marks the 59th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System. On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. With that stroke of the pen began the single greatest public works program in the nation’s history, the Interstate Highway System. Here’s a little information we’ve compiled that we thought you might find interesting…

Some Interesting Facts…

  • The Federal Interstate System is a 45,500 mile network of highways yet it represents only 1% of the nation’s public road mileage.
  • Although the Interstates represent only 1% of the nations public road mileage they carry 25% of the nation’s highway traffic.
  • The average motorist travels approximately 3,000 miles each year on the Interstate system.
  • The first Interstate construction contract was awarded by the Missouri State Highway Department on August 2, 1956.
  • Originally the entire Interstate network was planned to be completed in 13 years.

The Interstate Numbering System

Just a little knowledge on the Interstate numbering system can be a great aid in navigating throughout the country. The numbering system can offer valuable clues to your location and direction. Keep in mind the following rules when traveling:

One or two digit even-numbered Interstates are always east-west routes. The numbers increase from the south (I-4) to the north (I-96).

One or two digit odd-numbered Interstates are always north-south routes. The numbers increase from the West Coast (I-5) to the East Coast (I-95).

Three digit Interstates with the first digit an even number are usually circular loops or “beltways” around cities (eg. I-295 around Richmond/Petersburg Virginia or I-695 around Baltimore)

Three digit Interstates with the first digit an odd number are usually “spurs” that leave or go into a city center. (eg. I-395 in Washington D.C. or I-195 in Providence RI)

Mile Markers Are The Keys To Your Trip Planning.

Those small green and white signs along the Interstate aren’t just for decoration. They offer valuable information in locating exactly where you are along the route.

Mile marker numbers begin counting at the state’s southern border (for north-south routes) and at the state’s western border (for east-west routes). For example, if you are driving from Florida to Maine on I-95, when you enter Georgia the mile markers begin counting as you travel north until you enter South Carolina where the count begins again. Knowing exactly where you are with reference to a mile marker can be a big help when planning your next stop or asking for roadside assistance in an emergency.

The Interchange Numbering System

Some states number their Interchanges with reference to a mile marker, so that the number on the mile marker is the same as the number of the Interstate exit or interchange. Other states use a consecutive numbering system without any link to mile markers. There is no rule to determine which system is used , so be aware of each state’s system when you enter. In both instances exit numbering begins from the south (on north-south routes) or the west (on east-west routes).

Knowing how the Interstate Highway system works can be a valuable tool in your travels. We hope your next Interstate highway journey is a little more enjoyable because of the information we’ve presented here.


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Priceline.com Reveals the Top 50 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations According to College Students

Priceline.com Reveals the Top 50 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations According to College Students

Every year spring break offers college students a much-needed respite from their late-night study sessions and an excuse to take a spontaneous getaway with friends. In fact, 73 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they are likely to take a last-minute getaway in 2015, according to a recent survey commissioned by the brand. In March, students are reserving more hotel rooms in Las Vegas, the most popular 2015 spring break destination, than anywhere else. Runner-up destinations include OrlandoNew York CityPhoenix, and Orange County, according to actual hotel reservations made by college students on priceline.com.

Those juggling college debt can still get the full spring break experience on a budget with Priceline’s best bargain destinations for 2015, including both Myrtle and Virginia Beach that have average daily hotel rates below $90. The hottest spring break destination, Las Vegas, also made the top deals list with an average daily rate of $106.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 regretted not taking a last-minute trip in 2014, according to a recent survey from priceline.com, so those on the fence about traveling should not let the opportunity of an unforgettable vacation pass them by. For students with some flexibility in their budget, hotels in tropical destinations can be scored for less than $300 per night in the Florida Keys and Oahu, HI, with average daily rates of $275 and $199, respectively.

“After a particularly brutal winter and knowing how easy it is to find a deal on our app, students will be on the lookout for an adventure through last-minute travel deals – we call this seizing the Travel App-ortunity,” said John Caine, Priceline’s Chief Product Officer. “We’ve got options for the student who saved for 12 months and for the student who has just decided to go. Express Deals offer exclusive deals with savings of up to 55 percent off published room rates.”

Priceline.com’s Top 50 Most Popular Destinations for Spring Break 2015
Based on advance hotel reservations for March made by students on priceline.com.

1. Las Vegas, NV

2. Orlando, FL

3. New York City, NY

4. Phoenix, AZ

5. Orange County, CA

6. Miami, FL

7. Chicago, IL

8. New Orleans, LA

9. San Diego, CA

10. San Francisco, CA

11. Los Angeles, CA

12. San Antonio, TX

13. Dallas, TX

14. Washington D.C.

15. Fort Lauderdale, FL

16. Nashville, TN

17. Atlanta, GA

18. Houston, TX

19. Seattle, WA

20. Denver, CO

21. Austin, TX

22. Minneapolis, MN

23. St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, FL

24. Boston, MA

25. Fort Myers/Naples, FL

26. St. Louis, MO

27. Tampa, FL

28. Savannah, GA

29. The Florida Keys

30. Palm Springs, CA

31. Portland, OR

32. San Jose, CA

33. Columbus, OH

34. Puerto Rico

35. Toronto, Canada

36. Daytona Beach, FL

37. Atlantic City/Cape May, NJ

38. Kansas City, MO

39. Indianapolis, IN

40. Philadelphia, PA

41. Panama City, FL

42. Oahu, HI

43. LA/San Fernando Valley, CA

44. Charleston, SC

45. Inland Empire (CA)

46. Central Coast (CA)

47. Sarasota, FL

48. Monterey/Salinas, CA

49. Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

50. Charlotte, NC

For students who have not purchased their Spring Break trips yet, hotel and airfare deals are available from Priceline on 511Lodging.com

2015 NASCAR Schedule, Track Links and Area Lodging

nascarWith the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series only a few weeks away, The I-95 Exit Guide has just published it’s annual NASCAR schedule feature.

The new section lists the 2015 NASCAR schedule with links to the individual track websites. The feature also includes information on lodging near each track as well as in the immediate area.

You can find the 2015 NASCAR Schedule feature at www.i95exitguide.com/nascar.


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More Than 46 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving, Most Since 2007

Holiday Traffic | I-5 Exit GuideThe American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That number represents the highest volume since 2007 and is a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

Nearly 90 percent of thanksgiving travelers will be taking to the road. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.

The price of gasoline is something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday season. Gas prices have fallen to well below $3.00 a gallon and AAA predicts most U.S. travelers likely will pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.


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