10 Most-Congested Highways & Cities In The U.S.

May 22, 2014

Earlier today, we told you about AAA's travel projections for Memorial Day weekend. (Spoiler alert: traffic's going to be heavy.)

Of course, things will be busier in some places than others. Opting for back roads instead of beach roads is probably a good idea, as is avoiding the ten most-congested highways in the U.S., which are hellish on the best of days.

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That list of highways comes from Google Maps, via Mashable. The good news is that none of major vacation routes on the East and Gulf Coasts are included. The bad news is that travelers in California and Hawaii are going to be facing even more gridlock than usual. Google's list includes:

1. Interstate H-1 E, Kalihi-Palama in Honolulu, Hawaii

2. Interstate 5 N, in San Diego, California

3. California 2 E, in Los Angeles, California

4. Lunalilo Freeway, Kalihi-Palama in Honolulu, Hawaii

5. U.S. Highway 101, in Hollywood, California

6. Interstate 278 W, in Sunnyside, New York

7. Interstate 678 N, in Briarwood, New York

8. Lunalilo Freeway, from Liliha to Kapalama in Honolulu, Hawaii

9. US Highway 101 N, in downtown Los Angeles, California

10. California 2 E, in Santa Monica and Glendale, California

That said, folks in other parts of the U.S. aren't completely in the clear. Google Maps also revealed a list of America's ten most congested cities, and several metro areas in the East and Midwest made the cut:

1. Honolulu, Hawaii

2. Chicago, Illinois

3. New York City, New York

4. Los Angeles, California

5. Boston, Massachusetts

6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

8. Washington, D.C.

9. San Francisco, California

10. Duluth, Minnesota

 There's a good bit of overlap between those stats and others that we've seen, so maybe Google's onto something. 

Wherever you're heading this weekend -- whether it's to the beach, the mountains, or the mall -- be prepared for more folks on the road than usual. And of course, drive safely.

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