New AAA Survey Reveals that 35 percent of Americans will Travel as a Family this Year

Feb. 7, 2017 – According to a recent AAA survey, Americans planning to pack up their cars for a road trip this year will be in good company. Compared to last year, 10 percent more families are expected to take road trips this year, despite average gas prices that are 50 to 65 cents higher than they were this time last year. Seventy-nine percent of families say they plan on taking to the highways this year.

The AAA survey shows that more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home with family members this year.



While most families (70 percent) are planning to take one or two vacations, there is a significant increase this year in the number of Americans who say they are planning to take three or more vacations. The 28 percent of Americans who will take three or more family vacations this year is 13 percent higher than in 2016.

“Families continue to see the value of traveling as a way to bond and reconnect in today’s busy world,” said Rob Angerhofer, Vice President of AAA South Dakota. “The best way to wrap up a family vacation is to start planning the next one, as more and more Americans are starting to do.”

The good old-fashioned family road trip (79 percent) and visits to national parks (51 percent) and theme parks (40 percent) remain the most popular types of vacations for families planning to travel this year. Trips to international destinations (33 percent), going on guided or escorted tours (22 percent) and ocean cruises (20 percent) are also popular with family travelers.

The number of American families planning to take a guided or escorted tour is expected to increase 7 percent over last year. “While many Americans enjoy the flexibility of a road trip, there are some families who prefer the structure and convenience of a group tour,” said Angerhofer. “Many tours are specially designed for multi-generational groups, plus there’s no better way to learn about a destination than from a knowledgeable, local guide.”

And before setting out on a family vacation, travelers can contact their local AAA office for advice and destination recommendations. Travelers are also encouraged to download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android to map a route, find low gas prices, access AAA member discounts, find nearly 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants and request roadside assistance. For more information and to begin planning a trip, visit


AAA is North America’s largest motoring, leisure travel and safety advocacy organization with more than 56 million members. A not-for-profit, fully tax-paying organization, AAA South Dakota provides its nearly 96,900 South Dakota members with emergency roadside assistance and auto travel services. Plus, the auto club offers members and the general public a wide range of personal insurance, worldwide travel and financial services at branch offices across South Dakota and online at


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