Millions To Travel For Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted at 6:13 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 21:14:58-05

Millions of people are expected to travel Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. One million of those are projected to hit the roads in Tennessee.

Nearly 49 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving – that’s the most since 2007, shortly before the Great Recession.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving travel is up 7 percent this year. A survey showed nearly half – 39 percent – of all Americans plan to travel for the holiday.

Of those traveling, only a third plan to fly. The rest will be driving.

Gas prices in Nashville have averaged around $2 a gallon – which is exactly what consumers were paying a year ago. 

In Tennessee alone, 1 million people are expected to drive to their holiday destinations.

To help ease road congestion, the Tennessee Department of Transportation planned to stop all construction from noon Wednesday through Monday.

However, travelers can expected to see Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, who will be stationed every 20 miles on Interstate 40.

TripAdvisor said this week is the least expensive time to book hotels for the December holidays.