Traffic Over Labor Day Weekend May Cause Problems in Travel Plans

By KBJR News 1

August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 7:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Labor Day holiday travel has begun, and is expected to only get busier.
Over 33% of Americans will be traveling for the holiday weekend, and 63% of them will be driving to their destination.
Many families take trips over this weekend to visit campgrounds, take brewery tours, or go to the state fair.
This year, nationwide New York City has been the most popular traveling destination for Labor Day.
While many people must drive or fly a long distance to see their families for the holiday, others are lucky enough to stay put, and have others drive to them.
"It's really fun to have family visit Duluth, because it's so beautiful here. They live in a beautiful place, too. They live on the coast of Georgia so they have all of that water, too, but there's something special about Duluth and the trees, and the water. We're kind of proud of it, so it's fun to have people here," said Jody Anderson, a Duluth resident.
Gas prices have slowly been going up since last week, and will continue to rise throughout the busy weekend.

The average price per gallon in Minnesota is sitting at $3.64 right now.
However, that won't stop Brad Erickson, owner of Vitta Pizza, from making an annual visit to Michigan to see his family.
"It's a 4 ½ hour trip. Should be fun... burn some gas, hang out with the family, that type of thing," said Erickson.
Some local campgrounds have been preparing for the busy weekend.
"For this weekend we do have a good amount of people coming. We're almost booked and I think that by tomorrow we will be fully booked," said Kevin McGuire, an Indian Point Campground worker.

Even with the busy traffic and spiked gas prices, most people just enjoy spending quality time with their families.
"I like hanging out with my kids in the pool. I like to throw the kids around. They love to play in the pool," said Erickson.
Campgrounds have also been filling up quickly.
The Jay Cooke State Park's reserved camp sites are all full.
They currently still have a few first come first served spots available, but they expect to be fully booked by Friday.
Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com