MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — AAA in Alabama expects a 40% increase in travel this year compared to 2020.

AAA says despite the highest gas prices in seven years, more than 91% of holiday travel will be by car.

“Travel is in full swing this summer, as Americans eagerly pursue travel opportunities they’ve deferred for the last year-and-a-half, We saw strong demand for travel around Memorial Day and the kick-off of summer, and all indications now point to a busy Independence Day to follow.”

Clay Ingram, Public Relations Manager for AAA Alabama

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AAA Travel booking data also indicate a strong travel recovery for summer. Theme parks in Orlando and southern California, as well destinations including Denver, Las Vegas and Seattle are topping the list of Independence Day destinations this year.

Top Independence Day Travel Destinations:

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Anaheim, CA
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Las Vegas, NV
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. New York, NY
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Kahului, Maui, HI

*Based on AAA Travel advance air and tour bookings, July 1–5, 2021

Daily Worst and Best Times to Travel

DateWorst TimeBest Time
Thursday3:00 – 5:00PMAfter 7:00PM
Friday4:00 – 5:00PMBefore 12:00PM
Saturday11:00AM – 1:00PMAfter 2:00PM
SundayFree flow expected
Monday4:00 – 5:00PMBefore 1:00PM
Source: INRIX