Table 1-36: Long-Distance Travel in the United States by Selected Trip Characteristics: 1995

Table 1-36: Long-Distance Travel in the United States by Selected Trip Characteristics: 1995

(Roundtrips of 100 miles or more, one way, U.S. destinations only)

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  Household trips (thousands) Person trips (thousands) Person-miles (millions) Personal-use vehicle trips (thousands) Personal-use vehicle-miles (millions)
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
TOTAL 656,462 100.0 1,001,319 100.0 826,804 100.0 505,154 100.0 280,127 100.0
Principal means of transportation                    
Personal-use vehicle 505,154 77.0 813,858 81.3 451,590 54.6 505,154 100.0 280,127 100.0
Airplane 129,164 19.7 161,165 16.1 355,286 43.0 NA NA NA NA
Commercial airplane 124,884 19.0 155,936 15.6 347,933 42.1 NA NA NA NA
Bus 17,340 2.6 20,445 2.0 13,309 1.6 NA NA NA NA
Intercity 2,755 0.4 3,244 0.3 2,723 0.3 NA NA NA NA
Charter or tour 11,890 1.8 14,247 1.4 9,363 1.1 NA NA NA NA
Train 4,200 0.6 4,994 0.5 4,356 0.5 NA NA NA NA
Ship, boat, or ferry 391 0.1 614 0.1 1,834 0.2 NA NA NA NA
Other 213 RZ 243 RZ 429 0.1 NA NA NA NA
Roundtrip distance                    
Less than 300 miles 194,098 29.6 306,433 30.6 74,658 9.0 185,418 36.7 45,159 16.1
300-499 miles 174,389 26.6 274,045 27.4 106,007 12.8 159,743 31.6 61,779 22.1
500-999 miles 140,046 21.3 214,006 21.4 146,631 17.7 106,846 21.2 72,114 25.7
1,000-1,999 miles 76,110 11.6 108,331 10.8 153,316 18.5 36,722 7.3 49,952 17.8
2,000 miles or more 71,819 10.9 98,503 9.8 346,192 41.9 16,425 3.3 51,123 18.3
Mean (miles) 872 NA 826 NA NA NA 555 NA NA NA
Median (miles) 438 NA 425 NA NA NA 368 NA NA NA
Calendar quarter                    
1st quarter 130,963 19.9 200,331 20.0 155,603 18.8 99,549 19.7 50,801 18.1
2nd quarter 168,669 25.7 258,400 25.8 208,256 25.2 130,135 25.8 72,421 25.9
3rd quarter 193,913 29.5 304,542 30.4 261,463 31.6 152,862 30.3 90,558 32.3
4th quarter 162,917 24.8 238,047 23.8 201,471 24.4 122,607 24.3 66,346 23.7
Main purpose of trip                    
Business 192,537 29.3 224,835 22.5 212,189 25.7 125,036 24.8 61,929 22.1
Pleasure 372,586 56.8 630,110 62.9 506,971 61.3 305,571 60.5 177,698 63.4
Visit relatives or friends 195,468 29.8 330,755 33.0 264,769 32.0 159,981 31.7 92,190 32.9
Leisurea 177,119 27.0 299,355 29.9 242,201 29.3 145,590 28.8 85,508 30.5
Rest or relaxation 65,017 9.9 115,154 11.5 100,838 12.2 53,780 10.6 33,598 12.0
Sightseeing 24,272 3.7 42,649 4.3 50,781 6.1 18,069 3.6 14,654 5.2
Outdoor recreation 39,899 6.1 65,418 6.5 41,620 5.0 35,987 7.1 19,407 6.9
Entertainment 37,456 5.7 58,757 5.9 42,929 5.2 27,920 5.5 14,531 5.2
Personal business 91,319 13.9 146,338 14.6 107,621 13.0 74,532 14.8 40,490 14.5
Other 19 RZ 36 RZ 23 RZ 16 RZ 9 RZ
Vacation or weekend trips                    
Vacation trip 301,197 45.9 515,383 51.5 484,144 58.6 236,055 46.7 154,167 55.0
Weekend trip 400,755 61.0 621,948 62.1 475,269 57.5 310,379 61.4 169,309 60.4
1 or 2 nights away from home 240,808 36.7 377,893 37.7 222,418 26.9 199,831 39.6 94,865 33.9
3-5 nights away from home 159,946 24.4 244,055 24.4 252,851 30.6 110,548 21.9 74,444 26.6
Travel party type                    
One adult, no children under 18 386,479 58.9 386,510 38.6 352,350 42.6 275,034 54.4 144,795 51.7
Two or more adults, no children under 18 155,147 23.6 299,485 29.9 248,762 30.1 133,163 26.4 79,273 28.3
One adult, children under 18 29,436 4.5 67,959 6.8 48,083 5.8 24,879 4.9 13,827 4.9
Two or more adults, children under 18 66,086 10.1 225,875 22.6 158,334 19.2 60,497 12.0 34,759 12.4
No adult, one or more children under 18 19,313 2.9 21,489 2.1 19,275 2.3 11,581 2.3 7,473 2.7
Mean travel party size 1.6 NA 2.2 NA NA NA 1.7 NA NA NA
Nights away from home                    
None 164,032 25.0 239,727 23.9 104,444 12.6 140,914 27.9 49,619 17.7
1-3 nights 321,227 48.9 502,465 50.2 331,504 40.1 259,354 51.3 131,559 47.0
4-7 nights 121,279 18.5 184,766 18.5 243,546 29.5 76,380 15.1 61,318 21.9
8 or more nights 49,924 7.6 74,361 7.4 147,309 17.8 28,506 5.6 37,631 13.4
Mean, excluding none (nights) 4.4 NA 4.3 NA NA NA 4.0 NA NA NA
Type of lodging at destination                    
Friend's or relative's home 211,832 43.6 345,506 45.9 290,428 41.0 170,271 47.3 103,180 45.7
Hotel, motel, or resort 201,264 41.4 282,929 37.6 318,323 44.9 126,160 35.1 82,447 36.5
Rented cabin, condo, or vacation home 20,205 4.2 38,572 5.1 26,269 3.7 18,103 5.0 9,819 4.3
Owned cabin, condo, or vacation home 17,607 3.6 30,648 4.1 31,161 4.4 14,631 4.1 10,809 4.8
Camper, trailer, recreational vehicle, tent 11,944 2.5 22,208 3.0 15,836 2.2 11,663 3.2 8,204 3.6
Other type of lodging 23,452 4.8 32,095 4.3 27,080 3.8 18,917 5.3 11,542 5.1
Nights at destination                    
Mean nights at destination 4.20 NA 4.0 NA NA NA 3.8 NA NA NA
Friend's or relative's home 4.33 NA 4.0 NA NA NA 3.6 NA NA NA
Hotel, motel, or resort 3.05 NA 3.0 NA NA NA 2.8 NA NA NA

KEY: NA = not applicable; RZ = rounds to or represents zero.

a Includes other leisure purposes not shown separately.

NOTES

Numbers may not add to totals due to roundings.

See glossary for definitions of categories.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 1995 American Travel Survey Profile, BTS/ATS95-US (Washington, DC: October 1997).