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Sonoma County preps for holiday weekend travel

  • 1/8/2013: C6:

    PC: Horizon Air customer service agent Caleb Jones unloads baggage from an Alaskan Airlines flight arriving from Portland at the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California on Monday, January 7, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

The Li family of Santa Rosa is packing up the Subaru Outback for a road trip to two national treasures this holiday week: Yosemite National Park and Disneyland.

With spread-out relatives, it can be a difficult choice for families on where to go for Thanksgiving, the holiday most associated with togetherness – in addition to the pumpkin pie.

Do you drive? Do you fly? Do you just stay home and host dinner for friends who don't have family in town?

AAA, North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, projects 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this year.

The Lis are among the 90 percent of travelers, or 38.9 million, who will travel by automobile.

Both figures are slightly down, less than 2 percent, from last year.

Mike Li and his wife, Ginelle Nikkel Li, decided this year to pack up their two boys, ages 5 and 3, and the two family dogs – including a puppy – and drive to Gold Country and Yosemite for a few days.

His parents are in Southern California, but a single-shot drive seemed insane, given the crew.

"The kids would die if we went nine hours in a car," he said. "So we're just going to hang out in Yosemite for a few days."

Then — and this is a surprise for the kids — they will drop the dogs off at Mike's parents' house in Newport and spend Thanksgiving Day in The Magic Kingdom.


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