Two holiday weekends during the period will likely push Christmas-New Year's holiday travel to its highest level ever, according to AAA. AAA estimates 62. 7 million Americans will...

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ORLANDO — Two holiday weekends during the period will likely push Christmas-New Year’s holiday travel to its highest level ever, according to AAA.

AAA estimates 62.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holidays, a 3 percent increase from last year’s 60.8 million travelers.

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Approximately 50.9 million travelers (81 percent of all holiday travelers) expect to go by motor vehicle, a 2.9 percent increase from a year ago.

About 8.6 million (14 percent of holiday travelers) plan to travel by airplane, up 3.5 percent from the 8.3 million that flew last Christmas-New Year’s. And 3.2 million travelers (5 percent) are expected to go by train, bus or another mode of transportation, up from 3.1 million a year ago.

Holiday auto travelers will find gas prices nationwide averaging $1.84 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, down 13 cents during the past month, but about 37 cents higher than a year ago.