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Heads up: Thanksgiving travel will be busy.

According to AAA, this year’s Thanksgiving travel will be the third busiest tracked by the automotive and travel club.

Close to 55 million Americans are expected to travel for the holiday, bringing the number close to those pre-pandemic days.

“It seems counterintuitive given inflation and higher gas prices. But given how separated and isolated we were during the first 2 years of the pandemic — and with travel restrictions now lifted — travel demand is high,” AAA spokesperson Aixa Diaz told CNN via email.

49 million Americans are expected to do the bulk of their Thanksgiving travel by driving. That’s 2.5% below 2019 levels, but up by 0.4% from last year.

Will you be traveling for Thanksgiving? What mode of transportation will you be using?