Getaways For Labor Day

The holiday weekend is here!  Today marks the busiest travel day when it comes to this Labor Day Weekend.  Millions are expected to leave home across the country to head to their holiday destinations.   But how they're getting there is changing!  According to AAA, more people compared to last year are choosing to fly.  As for where people are heading, Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey teamed up with some travel gurus from AAA North Penn to find out.  He also got some ideas for "Day Trips" as we head into the Fall season.

The follow stats and facts, including day trips ideas, are courtesy of AAA North Penn: 

37% plan to travel for Labor Day weekend this year, up 10% from last year.  In fact, more people plan to fly this year.  33% will take a flight to their destination up 6% from last year, while 60% plan to drive.


The busiest travel day will be Friday, September 2, as 33% will be traveling to their Labor Day destination with more than one-third of travelers (36%) returning home on Monday, September 5.  This year, many people will prolong their holiday as 14% plan to return on Tuesday, September 6.

Of those driving, 18% will drive between 101 and 200 miles to reach their Labor Day destination, and 11% will travel between 201 and 300 miles which is roughly the amount of miles in a tank of gasoline.

The top Labor Day trips include:

  1. Enjoying the beach or ocean
  2. City getaway
  3. Lake escape
  4. Visiting a national park
  5. Resort retreat


The top Labor Day activities include:

  1. Go shopping
  2. Visit a park or national park
  3. Attend a cookout or barbeque
  4. Go hiking
  5. Take a sightseeing tour


More people will be traveling this fall as 80% are planning to take a fall leisure trip, up 16% from last year.


While still largely cheaper than one month ago, gas prices in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast have moved higher over the past week due to rising crude oil prices. This has been most evident in the Mid-Atlantic, where three states feature prominently in the top-ten weekly increases in the nation: Delaware (+9 cents), Maryland (+7 cents), and Pennsylvania (+7 cents).


Day Trip Ideas: 

  • Jim Thorpe October Fall Foliage Celebration
    • Inn at Jim Thorpe
    • Old Jail Museum built in 1871, infamous cell 17 ghostly handprint
    • Asa Packer Mansion Museum
    • Historic Stone Row
  • New Hope NJ or PA shops, restaurants, art galleries, antiques
    • Covered Bridge – said to have spooky wailing sounds inspiring the name Crybaby Bridge
    • Logan Inn – one of the nation’s oldest inns (1727), noted as one of Americas most haunted buildings. 4 different spirits
    • Ghost Tours lantern-led “walk” bring walking shoes and a flashlight
  • Upstate New York
    • Keuka Lake, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake wine trails, over 200 wineries
    • Labor Day at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum September 5th, 2016

Mention “Rosie the Riveter” and receive a free postcard with admission. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5/Adult; $2.50/Students (K-12); FREE for Preschool Children & SBHS Members. For more information, call (315) 483-4936 or visit

  • Falling Waters Southwest Mill Run PA
    • Most unique home in the world
    • Frank Lloyd Wright built over waterfall for Kaufman family in 1936-39
    • Guided house tours, in depth tours, sunset tour, brunch tours, etc Get tickets in advance
  • Ricketts Glenn Benton PA or Bushkill Falls