Google Says This Is The Best Time To Travel For Thanksgivin…


What’s the best time to travel this Thanksgiving?

If you want to skip the lines and avoid the traffic, here’s what you need to know.

Google Thanksgiving Travel Report

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) predicts that 25 million people will travel in the U.S. this Thanksgiving holiday.

Thankfully, Google has analyzed the best times to travel during Thanksgiving. Using data from GoogleMaps and other Google services, Google shared in a report released Thursday the optimal time to visit popular places, and the best time to stay on and off the road.

For example, based on Google search results, here is a sampling of the most popular places to visit during Thanksgiving weekend. Your best bet is to visit these locations before or after the week of Thanksgiving:

The most popular places to avoid during Thanksgiving weekend.Google

How do these search terms break down by state?

Here are the most popular places searched by state during Thanksgiving weekend:

Most searched term by state during Thanksgiving weekend.Google

Black Friday Advice

If you plan to shop during Black Friday, here is some helpful advice:

1. Traffic

Interestingly, Black Friday traffic is the same as a typical Friday morning commute.

2. Savings

Consider a cash back credit card to save money on every purchase.

3. Credit Card

If you’re worried about credit card debt, consider a 0% APR credit card.

4. Online

At many major retailers, you can take advantage of Black Friday sales before Black Friday both online and in the store.

Traffic: When Is The Best Time To Travel During Thanksgiving?

If you are driving during Thanksgiving, your primary goal is to avoid or minimize traffic.

Not surprising, the busiest travel days during Thanksgiving week are Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Here is a sampling of the best and worst times to travel in 10 major metropolitan areas:

1. New York

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.


2. Los Angeles

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 4 p.m.


3. Los Angeles

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 4 p.m.


4. San Francisco

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 4 p.m.


5. Chicago

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.


6. Boston

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.


7. Atlanta

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 4 p.m.


8. Miami

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.


9. Dallas

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.


10. Houston

Before Thanksgiving

Best Time: Wednesday, 3 a.m.

Worst Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Best Time: Friday, 4 a.m.

Worst Time: Sunday, 3 p.m.

Final Thoughts

Yes, you can optimize your travel plans over Thanksgiving. Plan in advance. Avoid the lines. And remember: a little less traffic and a little more turkey never hurt anyone, right?

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