Millions expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend
MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -
of thousands of people in Wisconsin will hit the road for the
Memorial Day weekend. Experts say those numbers are down from last
year, but some who are traveling say they're just happy to get out of
of those travelers is Brian Gumm from Sheboygan.
are heading to Fargo, North Dakota for a nephew's wedding," Gumm
told Newsline 9.
experts say almost 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more
this weekend. Gumm and his wife made the nine hour, 500 plus mile
journey to North Dakota on Friday.
usually try to go somewhere if we can, for the Wisconsin dells for
the weekend. This year it just happened that we have to go
a little farther," said Gumm.
than 600,000 people will hit the road this holiday weekend in
Wisconsin, but experts say that number is down from last year because
of high gas prices.
higher than what I think they should be, but when it comes to family
you kind of go with it and go," said Gumm.
say while the number of travelers is down, the distance they're going
is up. On average, people are expected to travel close to 700 miles
are traveling on average 46 miles (farther) for their trip than what
they were last year. So although there are a few less travelers out
there, their average trips are going up," said AAA Agent Brent
trip that Gumm and his family are sure to remember, but for him,
Memorial Day is just the beginning of the summer.
wait all winter to get to this point, where you can be outside and do
different things. We're not really big for outdoors in winter. It's
too cold. This time of year you can get outside and golf and get the
motorcycle out and camp and do things like that," said Gumm, as
he continued his journey to North Dakota.