Tips For Stress-Free Memorial Day Weekend Travel

It’s Memorial Day weekend and whether you’re hitting the road or heading to the airport, it’s going to be crowded. AAA predicts a record number of people will be getting out of town, with 43.8-million people expected to travel at least 50 miles from home from now to Monday.

INRIX transportation analyst Bob Pishue warns that travel times over the holiday weekend could be up to 90% longer than usual. To avoid waiting longer than you have to, INRIX advises travelers have their traffic apps up to date and take note of these best and worst times to be on the road.

Today (Friday, May 24th)

  • Worst time 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Best time: Before 11 a.m., after 8 p.m.

Saturday (May 25th)

  • Worst time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Best time: Before 1 p.m., after 6 p.m.

Sunday (May 26th)

  • Worst time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Best time: Before 1 p.m.

Monday (May 27th)

  • Worst time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Best time: After 7 p.m.

There’s plenty to do this Memorial Day weekend, but if you want to go lowkey, there are some fun ways to do that. Not everything has to involve big crowds.

  • A hike near you.
  • Barbecue. Some communities host barbecues for the whole neighborhood. If that’s not your style, have your own barbecue with a small group of friends and family.
  • Picnic in the park. This weekend will be a great time to pack a basket of food and enjoy the weather outdoors.
  • Camping. Find a campground or just use your backyard!
  • Go to the movies
  • Go for a walk in the neighborhood and interact with neighbors

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