Traveling on Memorial Day: Congested highways and higher gas prices make Memorial Day travel in SoCal an expensive trip

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — If you’re traveling home from the holiday weekend, expect to pay even more at the pump.

Gas prices hit new record highs in Los Angeles County and Orange County this weekend. The average gas price reached $6.13 per gallon.

“It’s a real shame,” said Gary Colberg, traveling from Vallejo. “I mean, I retired not too long ago, so this is going to make life harder for me and my wife.”

Despite the high prices, people are eager to get away after sprucing up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than two million SoCal residents took to the road over Memorial Day weekend, according to the Auto Club of Southern California.

The top travel destinations for those behind the wheel are Mexico, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.

“Total travel volume is up 11% from last year, car travel is up 5% from last year,” said Doug Shupe, spokesperson for SoCal’s Auto Club.

For those who travel by plane, Hawaii was ranked as the best travel destination. But dozens of hapless travelers saw cancellations at LAX this weekend. Thousands of flights were canceled nationwide.

And travelers also pay more at the airport, domestic flights cost about $400 return on average.

Flight prices for the Memorial Day weekend are up 28% from 2019, according to Hopper.

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