MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After canceling its annual Memorial Day travel forecast because of COVID-19, AAA has instead come out with a 2020 summer travel forecast, covering July 1 through September 30.
AAA expects Americans will take more than 700 million trips in the next three months. If that sounds like a lot, it’s still 120 million fewer than in 2019.READ MORE: Osakis Turns Out For Beloved Coach & Widower Who Leaves Behind 3 Boys
A new survey from Explore Minnesota asked about travel plans during the pandemic. The survey went out to subscribers of its monthly travel email, and found about 42% of respondents said they were planning leisure trips around Minnesota in August. About 40% planned to travel in July.READ MORE: New Car Market Delays Drive Used Car Prices To Spike By Thousands
The more than 14% decline in travel is primarily because of reduced air travel. Car trip travel is only down about 3%.
The AAA summer travel forecast also reported the top destination for trips this summer will be Denver, followed by Las Vegas and Los Angeles.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed, 2 Seriously Injured In Head-On Collision Near Hinckley
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced travel advisories requiring visitors from nine states where cases of COVID-19 are spiking to self-quarantine for fourteen days. In New York, those who don’t comply risk a fine of up to $10,000.