State's holiday travel expected to dip a bit

Published: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013 - 8:08 am

About 4.7 million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more from home over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to an AAA forecast.

AAA said that represents a slight 0.7 percent decrease from 2012.

"This year, the overall consumer outlook has improved considerably, despite the slight decline from last year," said AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris. "This anticipated decline is predominantly due to a shorter holiday period than in 2012, when (July 4) fell on a Wednesday, making it a weeklong vacation period that saw the second-highest volume of travel in the past 10 years."

AAA said about 3.7 million Golden State travelers will drive, more than 550,000 will travel by air and more than 425,000 state residents plan to use other modes of transportation, including rail, bus and watercraft.

Nationally, AAA projected that more than 40 million people will be traveling during next week's four-day holiday period, down 0.8 percent from 2012.

Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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