Leave early or late to skirt Independence Day travel throngs

Holiday weekend travelers can expect mostly sunshine into Independence Day — and plenty of company.

AAA, the travel and insurance organization, projects a record-breaking 50.7 million people going at least 50 miles from home this year nationwide.

As with most holiday weekends, driving is the top transportation choice for an estimated 43.2 million, 2% more than last year and 4% higher than 2019. Lower gas prices from last summer is probably a factor, according to AAA.

That could create busy highways and interstates in Washington, including the I-90 and U.S. 2 mountain passes going east Friday and Saturday, then westbound Monday and Tuesday.

The state Department of Transportation

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