About 3.1 million Mountain West residents plan to hit the road during the week of July Fourth a 4.8 percent increase over last year, and the highest number of travelers for the Fourth in the past five years.
That's according to a survey by the AAA travel services company. It says numbers are up in part because the July Fourth holiday is in the middle of the week, and more than half of the people surveyed said they intend to begin their trips on Friday. The longer-than-normal holiday of six days allows for more trips and travelers.
"As summer begins, so does the appetite for travel," AAA Utah spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough said. "The determination to travel while economizing has been the common trend over the past several years. Lower gas prices are also spurring more people to travel."