Most Americans like turkey dinner, football games and finding deals on Black Friday. Unfortunately, not every Thanksgiving tradition is all smiles. With almost 47 million people expected to hit the road this weekend, we analyzed our data to predict the most congested cities, traffic delays around the busiest malls and travel times to major airports.

Top 10 Busiest Cities for Thanksgiving Traffic

Families planning road trips on Wednesday can expect getting out of town to be at least 21% longer than normal. If you’re one of those hitting the road, leave early – the pre-Thanksgiving rush hour is expected to start four hours earlier than a typical work day. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego top this year’s list of worst traffic cities with trips expected to take from 36-44% longer than a normal commute afternoon.

Rank Metropolitan Area Rank Last Year
 2014 Peak Time 2015 Peak Time Additional Trip Time Change YoY
1 San Francisco 4 3PM-4PM 2:30PM-4:30 PM 44% +1.4%
2 Los Angeles 1 3PM-5PM 2:30PM-5PM 42% +1.2%
3 Seattle 5 3PM-4PM 3PM-5PM 37.5% +1.6%
4 San Diego 11 3PM-5PM 2:30PM-4:30 PM 36.5% +1.7%
5 Boston 8 2:30PM- 4:30PM 3:30PM-5:30PM 36% +1.7%
6 Portland OR 2 3PM-4PM 4PM-6PM 33.5% +0.9%
7 New York 3 3PM-5PM 2:30PM-5PM 32% +1.6%
8 Hartford CT 13 3PM-4PM 1PM-2:30PM 31.5% +0.3%
9 Miami 9 3:30PM- 5:30PM 4PM-5:30PM 28% +0.4%
10 Chicago 14 3PM-4PM 4:30PM-6PM 25% +1.6%
11 Houston 10 3PM-4PM 4PM-5:30PM 24.5% +1.2%
12 Washington, D.C. 6 2PM-4PM 2PM-4PM 23.5% +0.9%
13 Philadelphia 7 3PM-4PM 12PM-1:30PM 21% +1.4%


Top 10 Busiest Airport Routes

Key routes to major airports are expected to be significant bottlenecks. Drivers planning to fly can expect about a 19-minute delay getting to the airport. Travelers around Chicago O’Hare could see delays up to an additional 50 minutes. Although drivers heading to airports such as Denver and Houston should experience shorter delays than last year, their overall trip time is still expected to be longer than usual.

Metro Area Airport Route Distance Peak Hours Travel Time Expected Delay Change YoY
Chicago O’Hare Downtown to O Hare via Kennedy Exwy 16.8 miles 12-6PM 73 min 50 min +87.2%
New York JFK Hunters Point to JFK via Long Island Exwy 15.2 miles 3-7PM 60 min 36 min +33.3%
Las Vegas Las Vegas to McCarran Int Airport via I-15 8.2 miles 7-10AM & 3-5PM 40 min 30 min +90.4%
Miami Downtown to Miami via Dolphin Exwy 6.2 miles 3-7PM 39 min 31 min +34.4%
LAX Downtown to LAX via I-110 17.3 miles 7-9AM 37.5 min 15 min +1.3%
Charlotte Downtown To Charlotte Douglas International Airport 10.4 miles 9-10AM & 4-7PM 37 min 20 min +85.0%
Dallas-Ft Worth Downtown to DFW Airport via TX-183 18.2 miles 4-6PM 36 min 17 min +9.1%
Denver Downtown to DIA via I-70 E and Pena Blvd 19.7 miles 3-7PM 35 min 10 min -7.9%
Houston Bush Downtown to Intercontinental via US-59 17.2 miles 1-4PM 29 min 11 min -44.2%
Phoenix Phoenix to Sky Harbor Airport via I-10 6.5 miles 7-9AM & 3-5PM 23 min 12 min +21.1%


Black Friday Shopping Center Forecast

During peak hours, the country’s busiest malls will average a 63% increase in traffic on Black Friday. INRIX estimates that traffic levels around shopping centers will peak during the early afternoon, specifically between 12:00-3:00p.m. If you’re headed to Palisades Center in West Nyack (NY), get ready to spend up to 250% longer than usual in mall traffic.

Top 10 Busiest US Shopping Centers Increase of Travel Time Worst Time for Traffic Extra Time at Worst Hour
Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY 46% 12PM-4PM 250%
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ 26% 2PM-6PM 53%
The Galleria, Houston, TX 25% 3PM-6PM 110%
Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY 14% 12PM-3PM 67%
Sawgrass Mills, Sunrise, FL 12% 1PM-3PM 31%
Tyson’s Corner Center, McLean, VA 11% 4PM-5PM 50%
Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 10% 12PM-3PM 12%
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA 7% 12PM-1PM 17%
Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN 6% 2PM-3PM 15%
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 4% 7AM-8AM 12%


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