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San Diego among top SoCal Memorial Day destinations

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Posted at 10:26 AM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 13:26:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Despite paying nearly $4 for a gallon of gas, a new record number of Memorial Day travelers are expected to hit the road, and San Diego is among top destinations, according to AAA.

Throughout California, 5.42 million people are expected to take a trip and, in Southern California alone, 3.35 million people are projected to travel.

Among Southern Californians, 2.78 million people are expected to travel by car and another 340,000 people plan to travel by plane.

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“Southern California gas prices are at their highest levels in three years, but consumer confidence and economic growth leading into this holiday are still positive, prompting more people to plan trips,” said Jeffrey Spring, Auto Club spokesperson.

“And the good news for holiday travelers is that gas prices are dropping, and most drivers should be able to find prices of $3.75 a gallon or lower for regular unleaded by using virtual shopping tools such as the free AAA Mobile app.”

Locally, Las Vegas tops the list of Memorial Day destinations followed by San Diego, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco and Anaheim.

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Anaheim will also be the fifth most popular travel destination for Americans ahead of the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”

National, top destinations include Orlando, New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu.