AAA: 1.3 million Virginians to travel for Thanksgiving

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, passengers board a bus ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday at a Greyhound station in Atlanta. The auto club AAA said Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, that it expects 1 million more Americans to venture at least 50 miles from home, a 1.9 percent increase over last year. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — AAA is projecting that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, the most travelers in Virginia since 2007.

AAA said in a statement Tuesday that its projected number is an increase of nearly 50,000 since last year.

AAA defines the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. AAA says about 90 percent of Virginians are expected to travel by automobile, 7 percent by air and 2 percent by other means.

The group says that nationwide, 48.6 million people are projected to travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving.

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