SEATTLE -- Expect more crowds on the road and at airports. AAA predicts holiday travel will be up almost 2 percent compared to last year. The Fourth of July holiday travel week starts Wednesday, according to AAA.
Even though gas prices are up nine cents in a month, AAA expects five million more Americans to travel over Fourth of July weekend, compared to Memorial Day weekend, as consumer confidence and spending rises.
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In Washington, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is up to $4, up a quarter from a year ago. However, compared to last year, airfares are slightly down.
"Gas prices are up. If you’d like to spend a little less money on gas make sure your car is maintained -- clean fuel and air filters, and tires that are inflated. That’s going to help with your fuel efficiency. And pick a destination that once you get there you don’t have to do a lot of traveling," said AAA spokesperson Jennifer Cook.
Here in Washington, the Department of Transportation warns travelers to plan for heavy traffic on ferries, mountain passes and at border crossings.
Transportation officials say to expect stop-and-go traffic on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, Highway 2 over Stevens Pass, Interstate 5 between Olympia and Tacoma, and I-5 near the Canadian/U.S. border.