Sergio Avila

Memorial Day Holiday Travel to Rebound to More Than 37 Million

AAA predicts 60% more travelers than last year, Orlando and Las Vegas are top destinations this year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (May 11, 2021)  – Americans are showing a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day as more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows.

AAA Northern California expects more than 37 million people to travel 50 miles or more from home for the Memorial Day holiday (May 27 - May 31), an increase of 60% from 2020 when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began tracking travel data in 2000.

“If you choose to travel this Memorial Day, know what to expect at your destination and take measures to protect yourself and others as the pandemic continues,” said Sergio Avila, spokesperson, AAA Northern California.

Know Before You Go

  • Updated guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says fully vaccinated people can travel domestically at low risk to themselves with precautions. For travelers who are not vaccinated, the CDC recommends practicing physical distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing, and getting tested before and after travel.
  • Plan ahead. Local and state travel restrictions may remain in place. Check the CDC’s Covid-19 data tracker, municipal and state health departments, and local news for updates on coronavirus cases and continue to do so while on the road. Masks are required on all public transportation, including airports, in and out of the United States.
  • Be prepared. Drivers should ensure their vehicles are road-ready before embarking on a road trip. Visit a AAA owned or Approved Auto Repair Center for a pre-trip inspection.
  • Avoid traffic. The busiest times on the road will be the afternoon of May 27 and May 28. Major metro areas could experience double the travel times compared to a routine trip.
  • Available resources. Visit AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map for local travel information. Use to plan your road trip and help determine which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels are open along your route.

AAA advises travelers to seek the advice of a knowledgeable travel agent to help plan their trips this summer. To get started and to learn more, visit

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit, a London-based business information provider. For the purposes of this forecast, the Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 27 through Monday, May 31. The five-day holiday period is consistent with previous Memorial Day holiday periods. This forecast was finalized during the week of April 12.