Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

More Wisconsinites will be traveling this year for their turkey, football, and pumpkin pie according to AAA. 

About a million are expected to take a car, plane, bus, or train trip at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 3.3 percent.

Across the country, more than 50 million are expected to go somewhere, marking the holiday’s busiest travel weekend since 2005, according to the nation’s largest automobile club.

Here in Wisconsin, drivers are coughing up more for gas this year. Last year at this time, prices at the pump averaged $2.03.

"Gas prices fluctuate but nothing can replace the memories. Your spending little more for gas but your getting the memories," said Sasha Parsons. She's traveling to Detroit next week to see family.   

According to AAA, nearly 80,000 travelers in Wisconsin are taking to the skies for the turkey holiday.  That's a six percent increase over last year and the highest number on record for the state. Mary Carthell lives near Glendale, but she's heading to Los Angeles for the holiday. 

"I can't wait for the warmer weather and my aunt is cooking so I'm looking forward to the food," she said. 

According to several travel sites, Thanksgiving day or Saturday is the best day to travel to your destination.

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