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CHICAGO — As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, millions of Americans are heading to airports and onto highways Sunday in the year’s busiest day of travel.

The number of people traveling this week was expected to approach or possibly exceed pre-pandemic levels, so travel experts advise leaving early on today to get a head start.

AAA said the best time to hit the airways or road is before noon on Sunday, with the worst travel times occurring between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Despite higher gas prices from this time last year, experts predicted that more than 48 million Americans planned to get at least 50 miles away from home, with 4.2 million expected to travel by air.

About 1.5 million people flew out of both Chicago airports this holiday — just slightly below 2019 numbers but about 2.5 times more than last year.   

The CDC advises travelers to get tested upon their return if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, with testing available at O’Hare International Airport.