Here Comes the Sun: Memorial Day Weekend Travel Expected to Increase

With the sun finally emerging to promise a gloriously warm Memorial Day weekend, Marylanders are expected to flock to the beach and other destinations for the unofficial kickoff of summer, taking advantage of low gasoline prices.

An estimated 814,300 state residents will travel over the long weekend, a slight increase from last year and the most since 2005, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“We didn’t have a brutal winter, but we had winter, and it was a chilly and wet spring,” said AAA spokeswoman Ragina Cooper-Averella. “People are eager to have summer come.”

Ninety percent of those travelers, or 733,100, are expected to drive to their destinations, the motorists group said. It is a choice partly fueled by the gas price of $2.26 per gallon for regular unleaded, which, while higher than in the past few months, is 41 cents lower than on last Memorial Day.