Holiday travel up in D.C. for fifth straight year

WASHINGTON (AP) - AAA says millions of people from the mid-Atlantic region are preparing to travel for Christmas.

The auto club says more than four in 10 people in the Washington area will be traveling for the holiday, totaling more than 2.3 million people. AAA says that's a slight increase those who traveled last year. This would mark the fifth year of consecutive increases.

AAA says the vast majority will travel by car this holiday season, and air travel is expected to be down slightly.

In Maryland, AAA says Christmas travel is expected to be flat. The auto club is projecting about 1.9 million Maryland residents will travel at least 50 miles from home for the holiday.

Virginians are expected to spend more money and travel farther this holiday season, logging 26 percent more miles on average to celebrate with friends and family. The average trip length will be 965 miles compared with 765 miles last year. Virginians are expected to spend $842 this year versus $801 last year for travel.