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San Diego Third Most Traveled to Spot in the Nation this Thanksgiving Season

November 22, 2016 Blog

Record Number of Americans to Hit the Road This Week

The American Auto Association (AAA) estimates that 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving – the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007 and an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. Read More.

A significant number of those travelers will head to San Diego, which is expected to be the third most visited destinatio this holiday period, trailing only Las Vegas and San Francisco, based on reservations made on AAA’s online booking site. Read More. 

The surge in holiday travel is attributed to a more robust economy – fueled by rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence. Read More.

According to AAA data, driving remains the most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving, with more than 89 percent holiday travelers driving this Thanksgiving.  “One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip, thanks to gas prices that are holding at close to $2 per gallon. Others will fly, take the bus or set off on a cruise to celebrate with their loved ones.”

AAA Newsroom – Travel

Based on bookings, this year’s top destinations for Thanksgiving include many popular west coast cities, as well as family-friendly favorites:

1.    Las Vegas, Nevada

2.    San Francisco, California

3.    San Diego, California

4.    Orlando, Florida

5.    New York City, New York

6.    New Orleans, Louisiana

7.    Anaheim, California

8.    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

9.    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10. Seattle, Washington


For more information on Thanksgiving travel, visit