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Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Is Back, And Freeways Are Packed

Image of cars stuck in traffic on the 210 Freeway.
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A year ago, in the midst of COVID-19 shutdowns and travel restrictions, most people stayed home for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

But this year, the situation is completely different, with restrictions starting to lift.

Expect our local freeways to be packed, said Marie Montgomery Nordhues of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

“We're anticipating 2.89 million Southern Californias taking trips,” she said. “That's a 64% increase over last year. Obviously last year was quite devastating in terms of the travel industry.”
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Nordhues said the top destination this year is Zion National Park in Utah, followed by Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Diego and Yosemite.

"A lot of people want to be out in the great outdoors. They feel a little safer that way — they can control their environment, they can socially distance and so forth,” she said.

One thing to keep in mind: Regular gas is averaging around $4.20 a gallon in the L.A. area; that's the highest Memorial Day price since 2014.