More Americans traveling for Labor Day in 2016, up 10 percent from last year

Posted at 2:03 PM, Aug 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 17:03:35-04

With millions of Americans traveling for Labor Day this year, TripAdvisor announces the results of its Labor Day travel survey of more than 2,000 respondents.

Based on the results, 37% plan to travel for Labor Day weekend this year, up 10% from last year.  In fact, more people plan to fly this year.  33% will take a flight to their destination up 6% from last year, while 60% plan to drive.

The busiest travel day will be Friday, September 2, as 33% will be traveling to their Labor Day destination with more than one-third of travelers (36%) returning home on Monday, September 5.  This year, many people will prolong their holiday as 14% plan to return on Tuesday, September 6.

Of those driving, 18% will drive between 101 and 200 miles to reach their Labor Day destination, and 11% will travel between 201 and 300 miles which is roughly the amount of miles in a tank of gasoline.


The survey also asked respondents details about their holiday getaway and Labor Day activities.  According to the results:

The top Labor Day trips include:

1.         Enjoying the beach or ocean

2.         City getaway

3.         Lake escape

4.         Visiting a national park

5.         Resort retreat


The top Labor Day activities include:

1.         Go shopping

2.         Visit a park or national park

3.         Attend a cookout or barbeque

4.         Go hiking

5.         Take a sightseeing tour


The survey also revealed that more people will be traveling this fall as 80% are planning to take a fall leisure trip, up 16% from last year.