If you plan on hitting the road this Labor Day weekend you may want to get a jump start on your vacation. AAA projects almost 35 million people will be traveling this holiday weekend, a 1.3 percent increase from last year. So if you thought last year’s travel was bad, this year is only going to be worse.

Tony Spada, president and CEO of Western and Central New York AAA believes this increase will come as a result of lower gas prices and an increase in consumer confidence. Tony says, “Labor Day represents the unofficial end of summer, and millions of Americans are choosing to celebrate with an all-American road trip. With consumer confidence rising, it’s no surprise that many Americans are planning to sneak in one last family getaway.”

AAA projects that gas prices will average $3.43 a gallon, the lowest it’s been in August since 2010. So with extra money in the pocket and an extra day in the weekend, where should East coast residents be heading this weekend? webuyanycar.com did the heavy lifting and put together five towns with great activities and attractions for you and your family to visit.

1.    Chicago – The 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will be held from August 28th to the 31st at Millennium Park. The event will feature many upcoming and prominent artists and the best part is, it’s free!  

2.    Virginia Beach – The American Music Festival takes place from the 29th through the 31st and features a wide array of genres sure to please every member of your family. From rock to jazz, blues country and hip hop, all will be featured in this three day outdoor event.

3.    The Jersey Shore – There is nothing better than the Jersey shore for bringing out the kid in you. Beaches all up and down the Jersey shore will feature rides, games and waterparks for your enjoyment. Tackle some fast-paced waterslides or spend a long afternoon on the lazy river, relaxing with your favorite drink in hand.

4.    Daytona Beach – Beyond the gorgeous beaches and fun in the sun, there will be numerous events taking place in this area during the Labor Day weekend. For sports fans the Daytona International Speedway will be giving behind the scenes tours, while the Daytona Cubs will all be playing games on the 29th, 30th, and 31st. Not a sports fan? Hop on over to the Daytona Beach Bandshell for live music and fireworks.

5.    Washington D.C. – The 26th annual DC Blues Festival will take place on August 30th at the Carter Barron Amphitheater. If adventure is your passion, consider renting a kayak or canoe and rowing down the Potomac for a wonderful view of the city. Last but not least, don’t forget all the historical landmarks and monuments that will be open for tourists this holiday weekend.  

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