Traveling for Thanksgiving? Get Caught Up on the Best Travel Times
Save yourself the headache.
To avoid a Thanksgiving travel hangover try your best to avoid the Friday or Sunday rush by leaving in the morning instead. Ideally, get up early and leave by 6 a.m According to Google, the best time to visit a shopping center is at 7 a . m . The worst time to go is at 1 p.m. Make the Journey Part of the Trip.
When should you leave for your Thanksgiving drive in order to avoid getting stuck in traffic with the Based on last year’s travel patterns from Google Maps users, the best day to leave is the Sunday before Below are the best and worst departure times and return times for 10 popular U.S. cities
According to Google Maps, the busiest time to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel is the Wednesday before T-Day (ooops!). The busiest time is around 3 to 4 p.m. (double ooops!),says. Google suggests either leaving earlier in the day, or waiting until around 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning to depart. Coming home is another story. Here's how to do it.
Where to stop along the way
GoogleMaps found that during Thanksgiving, people are searching for ham stores, outlet malls, tree farms, and electronic stores. If you want to avoid the crowds at each, here's how to do it: First, go to the outlet mall, which reaches peak popularity on Black Friday at noon. Then, head to the tree farm, which gets busy also on Black Friday. The electronics store starts getting customers throughout the Thanksgiving holiday but hits a lull the night before T-Day (or also that morning). Finally, go to the ham store on the morning of Thanksgiving if you can pull this one off (make sure it's open first). Wherever you're headed, make sure to follow these.
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Thankfully, Google has analyzed the best times to travel during Thanksgiving . Using data from GoogleMaps and other Google services Not surprising, the busiest travel days during Thanksgiving week are Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Here is a sampling of the best and worst times
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Rush hour during the holiday
We all know not to leave the house at 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. during the weekdays because of traffic. But during this holiday? The worst time to be on the road is Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The best time is Wednesday at 4 a.m. and Friday at 4 a.m., according to.
How many people?
Sit down for this one—or at least get outta the car. More than 55 million people plan to hit the road for Thanksgiving, driving at least 50 miles, according to. That makes this the second-busiest Thanksgiving for road travel since AAA began tracking in 2000. "With record levels of travelers and persistent population growth in the country's major metropolitan areas, drivers must prepare for major delays," says Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX. "Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the week." Yes, it'll be crowded, so you'll really want to avoid these most in America.
The best and worst times to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday
Millions of Americans travel around Thanksgiving every year. That means that whether you’re driving to grandmother’s house or taking an international flight this Thanksgiving, you should expect to deal with crowds. The vast majority of travelers are expected to be driving to their Thanksgiving destinations. Major cities see the worst congestion during evening commute hours on the weekdays leading up to Thanksgiving as folks try to hit the road after work so they don’t have to use an extra vacation day to travel.
This year the company also took things a step further to look at when people are typically headed to spots like the liquor store or movie theater during the week, in case your parents’ house isn’t your Generally speaking, the worst time to be on the road is between 3-4pm the day before Thanksgiving .
Worst Day For Travel : Wednesday Worst Time For Travel : 2:30-4:30 p.m. Worst Hotspot: I-5 S, exit 79 to 54B Delay: up to twice as long as usual. Although flying gives you the luxury of not having to sit still on the ground through most of your travel , traffic isn't impossible when you're driving to the airport.
The busiest cities
There will be record levels of travelers the day before Thanksgiving, and delays on the road will be up to nearly four times their usual volume in some spots,says. More specifically, avoid driving in Atlanta between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, stay away from Los Angeles between 5 and 7 p.m., and New York will be a traffic jam between 5:15 and 7:15 p.m.
Fill up with cheap gas
You may be sitting in traffic, but at least you won't be shelling out a fortune for gas this time. Gas prices are currently less expensive than the average price last year, though they're fluctuating quite a bit.expects them to be around the same price during the Thanksgiving holiday as they were during the last Thanksgiving holiday. So you can expect to pay around $2.57 per gallon, depending on where you're based. Phew!
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