Southern California resident Billy Ernst and his wife Stefani spent the Fourth of July weekend in the San Francisco area.
After a weekend of wine tasting and playing tourist with family members, they said they were sad to see the weekend end while waiting for their bags Monday afternoon.
"I wish it was a little longer," Billy Ernst said.
The Ernsts were two of nearly 35 million travelers expected to trek at least 50 miles from home for the holiday weekend, which included Monday's observed holiday, according to a travel forecast issued last week by AAA.
The figures were a 17% jump from the same time last year, when about 30 million Americans took a trip for the Fourth of July.
AAA officials said the forecast was good news for the travel industry, which has seen dramatic drops in travel during the protracted recession.