Southern Californians to hit the road Memorial Day

May 21, 2010

Get ready. The Central Coast should expect its share of Southern California visitors over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. A new survey by AAA shows that people from the Southland are ready to hit the road again for a mini-vacation. [Los Angeles Times]

In fact, Southern Californians are prepping for the weekend getaway at a greater rate than the rest of the nation. An estimated 2.5 million Southern Californians are expected to travel at least 50 miles and stay overnight, an increase of almost 8 percent over last year.

Nationwide, 32.1 million vacationers will travel over Memorial Day, an increase of 5.4 percent. In the Western states alone, travelers will spend, on average, $1,052, compared with $1,010 last year.

Traditionally, tourism in San Luis Obispo County has drawn mostly from the central Valley and Southern California.