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Record Travel Numbers Expected For US Labor Day Weekend - 2003-08-30

Large numbers of Americans are expected to travel to enjoy the last official holiday weekend of the summer, despite nearly record-high gasoline prices.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts Labor Day crowds on the roads will be the highest in at least nine years. After surveying 1,300 people nationwide, the association predicts some 33 million Americans will travel 80 kilometers or farther by car.

Meanwhile, fewer people than usual are expected to travel by air, less than four million. That's down almost three-percent from last year.

AAA says 28 percent of travelers are expected to head to cities to enjoy the weekend, while 18 percent will go to beaches, and only four percent will visit national or state parks.

One destination for motorcycle enthusiasts is the midwestern city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where hundreds of thousands of people are celebrating the Harley Davidson Motorcycle company's 100th anniversary.