AAA says higher gas prices aren't stopping Memorial Day travelers from hitting the road

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FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, nozzles pump gas into vehicles at a BP gas station in Hoboken, N.J.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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.