With gas prices dropping and economic conditions slowly improving, the number of Marylanders traveling over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to increase slightly this year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
More than 721,000 Marylanders are projected to travel this weekend, a 1.4 percent increase over 2011, AAA said in a news release.
One of those is Hagerstown resident Richard Brill, 67, who was leaving Thursday on his Memorial Day weekend trip.
“I’m going to the NASCAR race down in Charlotte,” N.C., he said. “It’s the start of the summer and good weather.”
Dona Nikirk, 68, of Hagerstown, said she and her family were heading to the Eastern Shore.
“We’re going down to a waterfront home to just have fun and relax,” she said. “For years, we’ve been water people.”