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Labor Day travelers should expect delays driving home

Here's what you should know before heading home this holiday weekend
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WASHINGTON, USA — Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is advising those traveling from Labor Day weekend to be patient on the roads as delays are expected.

According to data from AAA Travel Hub bookings, Seattle and Spokane were the most visited cities for Washingtonians from Sept. 2 to 6 during the Labor Day weekend. WSDOT warned travelers to be patient on the roads today due to increased holiday traffic and to "expect significant delays." Monday afternoon WSDOT already warned drivers heading westbound on I-90 between Ellensburg and Snoqualmie Pass should expect at least a one hour delay.

Travelers can get live traffic information using this interactive map.

Popular Destinations and Bookings 

Some of the most visited Washington towns this holiday weekend included Walla Walla, Leavenworth and Ocean Shores. Most Washingtonians who left the state opted to travel to Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

The data shows 20% of these Labor Day travelers booked hotel rooms and rental cars two weeks to one month before the holiday weekend, while only 10% made plans far ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

In addition, booking rates will remain higher after Labor Day, as Washington State is one of the most booked destinations by AAA’s online customers. 

According to the report, rental car prices will remain high from now through the end of the year. For example, renting a midsize vehicle for eight days in Hawaii costs an average of $1,500, compared to $600 during the same period of 2019.