3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

New estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage on public roads throughout the nation, and underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure.

The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report – a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel – show that more than 263.6 billion miles were driven in December 2016 alone, which is a .5 percent increase over the previous December.

The December 2016 report also includes seasonally-adjusted data, which is conducted by USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics as a way to even out seasonal variation in travel and enable vehicle miles travelled (VMT) comparisons with any other month in any year. The seasonally-adjusted VMT for December 2016 were 269.3 billion miles. Compared with seasonally adjusted November 2016 data, December 2016 VMT fell slightly by .6 percent but rose 0.6 percent from December 2015. The estimates include passenger vehicle, bus and truck travel.

At 2.9 percent, traffic in the West – a 13-state region stretching from California to Montana, and including Hawaii and Alaska – led the nation with the largest percentage increase in unadjusted VMT, and continued an uninterrupted series of monthly increases that began in October 2013. Mileage fell slightly in the Northeast and North Central states.

At 33.9 billion VMT, California accounted for more miles driven in December 2016 than the combined 33.8 billion miles of 22 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C.

At 5.8 percent, Louisiana led the nation with the largest unadjusted single-state traffic percent increase compared to the same month a year earlier, followed by Utah at 5.2 percent and Nevada at 5.1 percent. At 6.2 percent, for the tenth month in a row, North Dakota led the nation with the largest unadjusted traffic decrease for the month.

Unusually Warm Fall Delays Peak Foliage For Northern Regions of Vermont, New Hampshire and Northern New York

Unusually Warm Fall Delays Peak Foliage For Northern Regions of Vermont, New Hampshire and Northern New York

If you think you’ve missed peak fall foliage colors, don’t fret. An unusually warm fall in the northeast has delayed nature’s schedule a week or two. Peak conditions are now showing in the northern regions of Vermont, New Hampshire and Central and Northern New York. This week is the perfect time for a fall foliage drive!

If New York is your choice, “The Adirondack Northway”, Interstate 87 has some of the best views anywhere. Peak fall foliage can be seen on I-87 beginning in Saratoga Springs and northward thruGlens Falls, Lake George, Plattsburg, and on to the Canadian border.

Vermont’s I-89 is a beautiful drive anytime of year, but fall is especially breathtaking. You’ll find peak autumn colors along I-89 northward from Montpelier, thru Stowe, Burlington, St. Albans, and on to the Canadian border. Vermont’s I-91 also has great color from St. Johnsbury thru Newport to the Canadian border.

New Hampshire offers some of the best Interstate vistas in the Northeast and you’ll find foliage at it’s peak in the northern part of the state. Travelers along I-93 will find plenty of photo opportunities from Franconia Notch thru Littleton and on toSt. Johnsbury, Vermont

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-89, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

Check out this handy interactive fall foliage map to find peak colors in your area.

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Good Old New England Fun, The Big E Ready to Kick Off

Good Old New England Fun, The Big E Ready to Kick Off

The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast and fifth largest in North America, is ready to kick off its 99th year with big talent, phenomenal food, animals, rides, shopping and more! The 17-day event will feature a Mardi Gras Parade, The Big E Circus Spectacular, sponsored by Coca-Cola and top name talent like Jacob Whitesides, Alabama and DJ Paris Hilton! Concertgoers are in for a ton of great shows at the xfinity arena and Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity®.

And what is a Fair without food! Our vast selection of food will have your mouth watering. Eat your way around the grounds, find unique gifts and check out interesting exhibits! Bring the kids to the petting zoo or take them on fun-filled rides in Kiddieland. For those looking for more excitement, the Midway is full of exhilarating rides like the Yo-Yo and Blitzer! There is something for all ages to enjoy at the Fair, Sept. 18-Oct. 4, in West Springfield, Mass.

Big E hours are 8am – 10pm. Buildings and exhibits open at 10am, Storrowton Village, the Yankee Candle Shop and Avenue of States are open until 9pm. The Village Craft Area is open until 10pm. The North American Midway is open Sun. – Fri., 11am to 10pm, Sat., 10am to 11pm.

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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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Frommers Picks Their Top Summer 2015 Vacation Destinations

Frommers Picks Their Top Summer 2015 Vacation Destinations

Planning your next trip or summer vacation? Frommer’s has picked its it’s Top Summer 2015 Vacation Destinations in the USA… and several are within easy access of I-95. Make it a day trip or spend a week or two, there’s lots of things to see and do this summer.

So make your reservations, gas up the car and hit the road to one of the Top Summer 2015 Vacation Destinations in the USA.

Ithaca, New York

“What makes Ithaca unique? Is it the towering waterfalls, lush ice-age gorges, endless panoramic views? Is it the hiking, the biking, the boating? Is it the beauty of Cayuga Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes? Perhaps.”

“But perhaps it’s something more. Maybe it’s the buzz from Cornell University and Ithaca College. You feel it everywhere—in the museums, the galleries, and in the restaurants. You hear it in the theaters, the nightclubs, and the Finger Lakes festivals. You see it downtown on our pedestrian mall, the Ithaca Commons, where PhDs cross paths with street musicians and families stroll the solar system on an interactive “planet walk.” You experience it in the area hotels, B&B’s and waterfront cabins. You can’t put your finger on it, but there’s something special going on there. The bumper stickers say “Ithaca is Gorges,” but it’s more than that. Ithaca is beautiful and smart and always unexpected. It’s intense and laid-back and disdainful of convention. Ithaca is Ithaca. There’s a vibe here unlike anywhere else in America. And experiencing it is the only way to discover it.”  from VisitIthaca.com

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Northern Vermont

“Northern Vermont offers big city amenities, world class outdoor activities, rural landscapes, miles of open water on lakes and rivers, great shopping and dining, and numerous opportunities for enjoying the arts and history. It’s a four season destination and has something for every taste and interest.”

“Arts and culture is thriving. Enjoy outdoor concerts, theater performances, gallery openings and local variety shows in cities and towns across the region.”

“Equally rich are the opportunities for shopping and dining. The nation’s first state craft Center, Frog Hollow, specializes in high-quality, hand-crafted collectibles, jewelry and home furnishings.”

“If you adore the outdoors, and are thinking about a side trip into Canada, Newport makes for a perfect destination. The city is a gateway to Canada and lies on the southern shore of Lake Memphremagog (meaning “beautiful waters” in the Abenaki language). The state’s highest mountain, Mt. Mansfield, and perhaps the state’s most iconic mountain, Camel’s Hump, are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts year round, while the region’s many rivers and lakes attract paddlers, boaters and skaters.” from VermontVacation.com

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts

“To the outside world Wellfleet’s best known as an unspoiled summer resort with miles of pristine Cape Cod beaches — but Wellfleet offers many things, in many seasons:”

“Wellfleet still retains the look and feel of a classic Cape Cod village, with its quaint town center, whitewashed New England houses, and unspoiled landscape. Renowned worldwide for its oysters, Wellfleet also is home to numerous other attractions: galleries showing well-known artists, Zagat-rated restaurants, a professional contemporary theater, a wonderful drive-in that seems a throwback from days gone by. And a dynamic community that makes Wellfleet a thriving place to visit or live.”

“Wellfleet is also home to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, and other protected land, maintaining a pristine natural environment full of beautiful marshes, pitch pines, scrub oak and bayberry interplaying with coastal dunes and seashore. Wellfleet’s ever-changing landscape changes through the seasons, and almost every view is worthy of a painting, every day of the year.” from Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

“There are two sides to every story. And the story you bring home from Lancaster County will be no different. On one side, you’ll share memories of the expected — farmlands, family-style feasts and the Amish. On the other, the unexpected — city life, exquisite cuisine and contemporary art. Both sides are equally fascinating and filled with priceless memories.”

“When you visit Lancaster, PA, you’ll experience a countryside steeped in history, art, creativity, fun and most importantly, Pennsylvania Dutch Country hospitality. There’s no shortage of unique and exciting Lancaster things to do, no matter why you like to travel. Whether you’re thinking of visiting Lancaster for an authentic PA Amish experience, to shop until you drop, for exploring the vibrant downtown, to enjoy great outdoor activities, or for sharing memories with the whole family… Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has something for you.” from DiscoverLancaster.com

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

“Located on the Delaware Shores, the Rehoboth Beach and the Dewey Beach Resort Area is known for its award-winning boardwalk, awesome hotels, specialty stores, amusements, beautiful homes, tax-free shopping and some of the finest restaurants anywhere.”

“Visitors enjoy exploring 30 miles of unspoiled Delaware coastline, and many passive park areas. Nature based activities include State Parks, kayaking, nature cruises, ferry rides, walking trails, surfing, skimboarding, paddleboarding, sailing or exploring the water’s edge. Adding historical venues and live performing arts will make your stay in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” a perfect one.” from Rehoboth-Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce

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Tybee Island, Georgia

“Tybee is the kind of place where visitors can kick off their shoes, let their hair down and exhale. It’s also the kind of place where kids can ride their bikes to a local ice cream parlor and where families can spend quality time together.”

“There are miles of beach; forts and museums and a great old lighthouse; endangered birds and other animal species; kayaks and bikes to rent (along with all kinds of hotels, motels, cottage and condo rentals too). Days on Tybee Island are as active, or lazy, as mood demands. Local galleries, shops and restaurants offer changes of pace and taste. And, of course, historic Savannah’s nearby.” from Visit Tybee Island

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The Maine Highlands/Baxter State Park, Maine

“From Maine’s highest peak, Mt. Katahdin to its largest lake, Moosehead, The Maine Highlands offers great outdoor adventures, historic and cultural experiences, many culinary delights and unexpected entertainment opportunities. Located in the center of Maine, there are more than 200 waterfalls, miles and miles of trails for hiking, ATVing, and some of the best snowmobiling trails anywhere. The last or first portion (depends on your perspective) of the Applachian Trail is in The Maine Highlands. Known as the “Hundred-Mile Wilderness”, it is said there are more moose seen there than on any other part of the trail. If you are looking for less moose and more music, head to one of our many festivals, the Waterfront Concerts series in Bangor, enjoy shopping boutique or mall style, or try some of our culinary delights and craft beers. Whatever your adventure, The Maine Highlands is a must visit while exploring Maine.” from The Maine Highlands

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