PORTLAND, Ore. – Millions of people are expected to hit the road Thursday to travel for Memorial Day weekend – and high gas prices aren’t holding them back.
Gas prices are higher than they were for Memorial Day weekend in 2017. Oregon’s average is $3.31, which is $0.38 higher than the national average at $2.93.
But even with the higher gas prices, more people are expected to travel this year.
AAA projects 41.5 million Americans will travel in all. That’s up 5 percent over 2017 and the most travelers since 2005.
Air travel is up as well by nearly 7 percent and flights are slightly cheaper compared to 2017.
Experts say the busiest time to travel will be Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Avoid traveling in that time window if you can.