Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house we go…And the going is getting increasingly more crowded and more expensive. Thanksgiving is almost here and most of us will hit the road to somewhere, whether it’s within Massachusetts, New England or beyond.

According to AAA, travel for this holiday could reach prepandemic levels. Roughly 55 million Americans will hit the road for  Thanksgiving, set to travel 50 miles or more. That’s a 1.5% increase over 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volume. So, brace yourself, practice patience and be smart. Time to share the worst roads and times for Thanksgiving travel in Massachusetts.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  • The Best and Worst Times To Travel

    It was the worst of times. It was the best of times. Here are the numbers, according to AAA

    Worst Times To Travel By Car:

    • Wednesday 11/23- 11:00am -8:00pm
    • Thursday 11/24- 11:00am-3:00pm
    • Friday 11/25-4:00pm-8:00pm
    • Saturday 11/26-4:00pm-8:00pm
    • Sunday 11/27- 4:00pm-8:00pm


    Best Times To Travel by Car: 
    Best & Worst Times to Travel (by car)

    • Wednesday 11/23/22- Before 8:00 AM, After 8:00 PM
    • Thursday 11/24/22 1 Before 11:00 AM, After 6:00 PM
    • Friday 11/25/22  Before 11:00 AM, After 8:00 PM
    • Saturday 11/26/22 – Before 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
    • Sunday 11/27/22 -Before 11:00 AM, After 8:00 PM
  • In Massachusetts This is the Worst route to travel

    Try to stay off of I-93 South from Boston to Route 24. There is 53% more traffic there on Wednesday 11/23 from 2:15-4:15pm

  • The Hot Spots

    Here are the trouble spots from AAA

    •  I-93 south,  expected traffic to be 76% higher than a normal non-holiday weekday between exit 20 (I-90 junction) and exit 4 (Route 24 junction).
    •  I-93 north, the traffic volume is expected to be 53% higher between exit 17 (Government Center) and exit 25 (Route 28 junction).
    • I-95 south, expected  traffic up 30% higher between exit 36 (Route 9) and exit 21 (Coney Street).
    • I-90 west, traffic volume is expected to be 26% higher between exit 131 (Brighton, Cambridge) to exit 95 (Route 122 Junction).
    • Route 3 north, expect traffic  to be 19% higher between exit 36 (Derby St.) and exit 20 (I-93).
    • Holiday Travelers Hit The Road And Take To The Skies For The Thanksgiving Holiday

      (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • Moral of the Story

    As your grandma likely told you, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Advoid headaches, accidents and family fights by chosing a time to travel that will be less problematic. Keep Country 1025 on, sing, play games and breathe.

    You’ll find some entertaining car game ideas for all ages, HERE. 

    Harsh Winter Conditions For Those Living In The Migrant Camp In Dunkirk

    (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)


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