Top 4th of July Travel Destinations

And best times to hit the road

July 1, 2019

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Traveling this week for the Fourth

AAA projects you won't be alone as they are expecting a record-breaking 48.9 million Americans (14.8 percent of the population) to hit the road this Fourth of July which would be the volume of traffic since the started tracking back in 2000 holiday.

FYI. The Fourth of July holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7.

Here in California 7.5 million people are expected to travel, up 4 percent compared to last year. 

Looks the vast majority of travelers will be getting there by car even though gas prices are on the rise with the new increased California gas tax. 

So where are the top destinations? Well you knew San Diego would make the list.

1) Seattle, Washington

2) Los Angeles/Anaheim, California

3) Las Vegas, Nevada

4) San Diego, California

5) Maui, Hawaii

6) Honolulu, Hawaii

7) Orlando, Florida

8) New York, New York

9) Anchorage, Alaska

10) Washington D.C.

AAA expects to help more than 367,000 motorists nationally with the three biggest issues being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.

AAA Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds says:

"With a record number of road trippers, you can count on lots of company. Pack your patience and give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination, also carry an emergency kit in your car, just in case!" Your emergency kit should include jumper cables, flashlight and extra batteries, mobile phone and charger, first aid kit, basic toolkit, and drinking water and non-perishable snacks for all passengers and pets.

So if you're hitting the road here are the best and worst times to drive.

The best times to leave are the early mornings. And it's usually quieter to  travel on the morning of the actual holiday on the 4th of July.

The busiest time will be this Wednesday afternoon, as commuters mix with holiday travelers. Peak congestion is expected between  2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. How much busier? How about four times busier than normal?