WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Summer's last major travel holiday is expected to be a busy one.

A new forecast fromAAA says 33 million Americans will take a Labor Day weekend getaway at least 50 miles from home.

It's an increase of 2.9 percent over last year.

They'll also spend a little more money on their long weekend, $749 on average, up from $702 in 2011.

The average trip will be about 626 miles. But, about half of travelers will stay closer to home, between 100 and 400 miles round trip.

While 2.3 million will travel by rail, bus and cruise ship. 2.5 million will take to the skies.

The overwhelming majority will go by car, 85 percent, or about 28.2 million.

And, despite the recent uptick in gas prices, gasoline is still lower than an April peak of $3.94 a gallon. But, higher than AAA's Labor Day forecast last August.

For people looking to trim travel costs most will skip the hotel and stay with family or friends.

Others will cut their trip a little shorter or take a less expensive mode of transportation.

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