COLORADO – AAA Colorado projects nearly 960,000 Coloradans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 2.9 percent increase over last year. That represents Colorado’s highest Thanksgiving travel volume ever recorded, and the highest per-capita figure since 2005. All told, 27,000 more Coloradans will be taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared to 2018. Nationwide, more than 55 million travelers will kick off the holiday season with a trip for Thanksgiving – leading to four times the normal congestion in America’s major metros, including Denver.
“There’s a whole lot of gratitude driving Colorado’s year-to-year travel increases,” said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley. “Nobody likes getting stuck in traffic, especially around the holidays, but the reason that traffic is on the rise is simple: We’re where people want to be, and the folks already here have the wages, disposable income, and sunny economic outlook to encourage them to travel.”
By the Numbers: 2019 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast
Automobiles: The vast majority of Colorado travelers – 834,000 – will hit the road this Thanksgiving, 2.8 percent more than last year.
Planes: Nearly 62,000 Coloradans will travel by air for Thanksgiving, with 4.45 million Americans taking to the skies in total. Nationwide, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the holiday, at 4.6 percent.
Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: 62,000 Coloradans will travel by other means this Thanksgiving, joining the ranks of nearly 1.49 million Americans in total – a 1.4 percent increase from last year. year, remains elevated.