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AAA: Nearly 51 Million Traveling for Thanksgiving

Americans take to the roads, air and train tracks for Thanksgiving in numbers not seen in more than a decade.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 10:23 AM

(CNN) If you're heading out of town for Thanksgiving, you're in good company.


AAA says nearly 51 million Americans will travel fifty miles or more for the holiday.

That's a more than three percent increase over last year, making it the busiest Thanksgiving since 2005.

Cheaper air-fares are drawing people to the skies but car trips are also on the rise despite higher gas prices.

You're not out of the woods if you plan to stay local, either.

Transportation analytics company INRIX predicts travel times around some U.S. cities could triple during the holiday week.

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