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AAA: A third of Mountain West plans holiday travel

AAA: A third of Mountain West plans holiday travel

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DENVER (AP) -- AAA is predicting that about one-third of the population in the eight-state mountain West will go at least 50 miles from home over the Christmas-New Year's holiday.

The AAA said Wednesday that 7.3 million people from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming will be traveling.

The group says 87.7 million people nationwide will be away from home, or about 25 percent of the total population.

The projections are based on a survey of 1,350 households in mid-November, along with past trends and other factors. The research was done by IHS Global Insight.

AAA says 90 percent of the mountain West travelers will go by car, and 75 percent of the total will go at least 400 miles round-trip.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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