BOSTON (AP) — The thought of one more road trip before winter is inspiring more New England residents to travel during the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.
AAA said on Friday that about 1.6 million New England residents, or about 11.3 percent of the population, will travel 50 miles or more from home during the weekend. That represents a 3 percent increase over last year, slightly ahead of the national forecast.
AAA Southern New England says the increase appears to reflect the nation's continued slow and steady economic recovery.
A fantastic weather forecast for the weekend with plenty of sunshine likely will encourage more people to visit many great destinations and attractions close at hand, including Rhode Island's marine and historic attractions, New Hampshire's scenic beauty, Vermont's natural charm, Maine's costal and wilderness sites, Connecticut's historic, artistic and seaside lures and Massachusetts' historic and natural attractions, said Mary Maguire, a director for AAA Southern New England.
"All of this can be accomplished with a tank of gas and much less," Maguire said. "Even though gas prices are historically high for labor day weekend, a car trip is still affordable given the proximity of popular destination here in New England."
Recent economic data show the region has seen modest labor market improvements, encouraging slightly more travel this Labor Day weekend, she said.