Gas prices are at record highs as heavy Memorial Day travel expected

Despite the highest gas prices ever in Wisconsin and the US, millions of travelers will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, travel forecasters say.

Travel organization AAA is predicting that 741,000 Wisconsin residents will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. That’s a 7.4% increase over 2021.

Nationally, more than 39.2 million Americans will travel for the holiday weekend. That’s an 8.3% increase from 2021.

Among travelers this weekend, 90% of them will be driving to their destination, AAA said.

The travel forecast comes as the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline stood at $4.60 on Monday. A year ago, the national average was $3.04 a gallon.

The Wisconsin average was $4.31, a penny below the highest price ever, which was recorded May 19. A year ago, the price in Wisconsin was $2.86.

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