Posted Monday June 30, 2014 1:15 pm (CNS) – Angelenos looking to head out of town this weekend should prepare for more traffic as 2.88 million Southern Californians are expected to travel for the Fourth of July, according to a forecast released today by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The number of Southlanders traveling — mostly on road trips — is up 1.5 percent over the same period last year, according to the forecast.
“We’re anticipating for L.A. and Orange County that’s going to mean some busy roads, especially about Thursday evening, July 3 and then over the weekend as well,” according to Marie Montgomery of AAA.
The Independence Day holiday comes as gas prices are expected to reach levels not seen since 2008.
Seventy-nine percent of Southern California travelers are expected to drive to their destination, which is up 2 percent over last year, Montgomery said.
Across California, 4.64 million people are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, which is also a 1.5 percent increase last year. Nationally, 41 million are expected to travel, which is up 1.9 percent over last year, according to AAA’s forecast.
According to a survey of AAA Travel agents, the top five destinations for Southern Californians this holiday are: