Memorial Day: Travel down, gas prices up

Chicago's Sears Tower dominates the skyline as traffic passes on the nearby Dan Ryan Expressway in this March 30, 2006, file photo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

May 22, 2013 9:52:06 AM PDT
This Memorial Day, fewer people in the Chicago area are expected to travel over the holiday weekend.

According to AAA Chicago, 1.8 million people in Illinois will take to the skies and roads, which is down .9-percent from last year. Of those travelers: 1.6 million will drive, which is about the same as last year, and 88,000 will fly, which is a 7.3 percent decrease from 2012.

Gas prices may be playing a role in the decrease. According to AAA, the average gallon in Illinois is $4.06, up from $3.87 in 2012.

In Indiana, 753,000 people are expected to travel. That's down 1-percent from 2012. Out of that number, 689,000 people will drive and 36,000 will fly. That's a .1-percent decrease and 7.4-percent decrease, respectively.

Gas in Indiana is $3.86 on average, up from $3.74 last year.

The national gas price average is $3.65 per gallon.

Across the nation, 34.8 million are expected to travel for Memorial Day. Around 31.2 million of those travelers will drive; only 8-percent, or 2.3 million, will fly to their destinations.

The average distance traveled in 690 miles.