Thousands travel to Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day in Las Vegas is on track to be the busiest holiday weekend since before the pandemic — despite gasoline prices and other costs from inflation.

AAA estimates more than 39 million Americans across the U.S. will travel for the long weekend. Many of them will travel to Las Vegas, according to a Priceline analysis of hotel bookings, which found that Las Vegas is the No. 1 most popular destination for Memorial Day weekend this year.

ADVICE FOR DRIVERS: Las Vegas commuters advised to plan for heavy traffic over Memorial Day weekend

It was a busy Thursday morning at Harry Reid International Airport on Thursday as travelers prepared to head out for the holiday.

“This is my first time experiencing Memorial Day weekend at the airport. It’s a bit hectic, but it’s all good,” said one traveler.

“I came early because I was nervous about getting caught in the crowds for this four-day weekend, but I think I’ll make it,” said another traveler.

A Gasbuddy survey found that 58% of Americans plan to travel, while a survey from the American Hotel and Lodging Association found that 57% are planning a vacation.

Officials at Harry Reid International said parking will be in high demand.

“Those planning to park at the airport should give themselves additional time to find a spot and even consider other transportation options to/from the airport,” said an airport spokesperson.

Karen J. Simmons

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