Forecasters say the long July 4th holiday will be a record-setting one

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On June 25, 2024, travelers will pass through Los Angeles International Airport ahead of the official July 4 holiday period. The TSA said it screened a record 2.99 million passengers on June 23 and it expected to surpass the 3 million mark on Friday, June 28. However, the record was not broken as the TSA said it screened 2.93 million that day.

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This week in travel news: CNN reveals 10 great U.S. cities that aren't thronged with tourists (yet) as the country prepares for a record-setting July 4th holiday. Plus, the latest transportation quirks and woes and a hurricane you'll really love.

The two biggest acronyms in travel — TSA and AAA — are warning: It's going to be busy all day. very long 4th of July holiday week. Record breaking busy.

The Transportation Security Administration said it expects to screen more than 32 million people at U.S. airports from June 27 to July 8. That would be a 5.4% increase compared to the 2023 Independence Day holiday. “We expect this summer to be our busiest ever, and summer travel typically peaks during the Independence Day holiday,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a news release this week. He vowed the agency is ready for the onslaught of security lines.

Automotive agency AAA expects 70.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more from home. More than 85% will travel by auto. At least the COVID-19 pandemic is just a dusty speck in the rearview mirror. “We anticipate this July 4th week will be the busiest ever with 5.7 million additional people compared to 2019,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. See here for peak congestion times in Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and other major cities.

Other news from often-crowded places: Disney announced this week that its Genie+ ride reservation service, which used to help savvy planners avoid long lines, is being bottled up again. Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida will replace Lightning Lanes. One of the main differences is that visitors will be able to book three attractions seven days in advance if staying at a park hotel. (And it'll be three days in advance if staying off-site). Get the details here.

If all those shoulder-to-shoulder crowds in record-breaking heat are bothersome to you, head to the least-visited U.S. national parks for an escape.

The heat will have many people heading to the beach this coming week. And you'll need something to store all your stuff. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a product review and recommendation guide owned by CNN, bring you the best in beach bags and totes.

If you love the urban experience but feel you've had enough of the Big Apple and other crowded, expensive cities, this one's for you. At CNN Travel, we tapped our network of contributors for nominations to compile our first-ever list of the 10 coolest cities in America.

They stretch from New England and the South to the Heartland and the West. They're places where you'll often find small-town atmosphere and personality as well as plenty to see and do. And they're easy on the budget, too.

The list shows that the United States, recently voted the world’s best country for tourism, is filled with communities committed to improving their cities – for themselves and for the people who visit.

Transport accidents and wrongful acts

We've seen another tough period of this recently, with people trying to get from point A to point B.

Power cuts caused delays and disruption at one of the United Kingdom's busiest airports. Across the Atlantic in Naples, Florida, a former customs officer pleaded guilty to stealing cash from arriving passengers. In South Korea, flights at Incheon International were disrupted by balloons released by North Korea filled with trash.

The world's largest cruise ship caught fire in Mexico due to water problems. And while it's a bit of a stretch to call a roller coaster “transportation,” we thought you might want to check out this video of people getting off the classic ride after a beach emergency in California.

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