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‘BUCKET LIST’ AAA FEATURED VACATIONS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

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2 thrill-filled dream vacations pack ‘WOW! factor’ sights...and savings

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OUR HEART FLUTTERS. Your jaw drops. Your breath intake deepens. You’re experiencing a travel WOW — an extraordinary, life-affirming, awe-inducing moment of the kind we all revel in, strive to remember and can’t wait to share with the folks back home. Whether WOWs involve wildlife, amazing scenery (natural or manmade) or unique experiences or activities, they’re the hallmarks of unforgettable vacations. Such thrilling moments of goosebumps & giddiness abound on 2 very special AAA Featured Vacations — “Spectacular South Africa” and “Australia & New Zealand.” And, AAA members who book & make a deposit by May 31 will be wowed by savings of up to $1,200 per room (discount tied to your membership level; see savings chart on page 19 for details).

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“Oz-some” perfectly describes this very popuSafari! Swahili for “journey,” this one word lar and awesome AAA adventure April 24–May readily conjures up images of exotic animals, peo14, 2014! It’s a dream-fulfilling exploration of the ples & places. And, with the abundance of “wows” unique and diverse wonders Austraon AAA’s April 24–May 9, 2014, escorted lia & New Zealand offer. Travel down tour, you won’t be disappointed! Each tour under with an experienced AAA Tour Explore wild & wonderful areas comincludes Manager on a 21-day grand tour of citfortably and confidently as a group AAA-exclusive ies & countryside and see more and do with your fellow AAA travelers and an excursions at more than you can on most other tours experienced AAA Tour Manager from no extra cost! — from meeting Aboriginal Australians the moment you arrive in South Africa. to visiting a koala sanctuary to viewing This unique 14-night tour is jama sheep shearing. You’ll even experience unique packed with opportunities to view — and in some dining; among the 30 included meals are dinners cases, meet — wildlife “up close & personal.” Sideep “in the bush” with entertainment under dle up to penguins braying like donkeys, enjoy a star-studded sky, on a cruise around Sydney safaris (from an open-air vehicle and from atop Harbour and with a New Zealand family in their an elephant’s back!) and “capture” lions, leopards home. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! and rhinos with your camera! It all begins at Cairns, tropical gateway to the From Johannesburg to Soweto to Cape Town to Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site. First, Victoria Falls, you’ll meet local people (children glide over & into the rainforest canopy at a township school, adults in a Zimin a cabled gondola, then enjoy a AAAbabwean village) and gain a better unA AAA Tour exclusive inclusion — an evening of derstanding of southern Africa’s diverse Manager is indigenous cuisine, entertainment and cultures, social challenges and unique by your side storytelling. Zip on a high-speed cataways of life. while you’re maran to a pontoon on the reef, where The places you’ll visit! In the wealthithere! you can snorkel or scuba if you wish. est province, cosmopolitan Jo’burg Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Outbustles as a gold & diamond center and back. Tour the base of this huge monolith and, South Africa’s largest city. A visit to the informal as the sun sets, enjoy a Champagne toast watch settlements of the South West Townships (SoweUluru change colors! to) includes lunch with locals continued on page 19 continued on page 19

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The AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card is putting a lot of distance between itself and the competition. No other fee free credit card even comes close. In addition to earning rewards on regular purchases the AAA Member Rewards Visa features a lucrative assortment of redemption offers and benefits, including cash, travel perks, gift cards and merchandise. And because you’re a AAA member, the AAA Member Rewards Visa® has no annual fee! Unlike some cards that set complicated rules in order to make it harder to earn rewards, using the AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card could not be any easier. You earn genuine rewards for the things you have to buy everyday. Card members receive one point for every dollar they spend, double points on gas, grocery and drug store purchases and triple points on AAA and all travel purchases. There’s no maximum on the amount of cash back you can earn, and your rewards will be there for as long as your account remains open. And, you can combine points from multiple AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit cards! Members can redeem points for cash, travel or gift cards. Why wait? Apply for the AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card today at AAA.com/creditcard or your nearest AAA Branch. (For more information on the rates, fees and benefits of this card, visit AAA.com/creditcard.)

Prepare to be Wowed by AAA Club Rewards on AAA.com AAA Club Rewards is an exciting new online discount program that significantly expands discounts and savings available to AAA members! This innovative new shopping experience on AAA.com, features deep discounts, limited offers and everyday savings on electronics, home improvement, apparel, entertainment, pet care and more, from approximately 30,000 participating merchants nationwide — including national chains like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, Walmart and The Home Depot. In addition to discount offers, you’ll earn reward or WOWPoints on most purchases that you can “burn off” at your favorite participating merchants. Starting with just 200 points, AAA members can redeem their WOWPoints for merchandise on AAA Club Rewards. • WOWPoints are as flexible as cash; • 100 WOWPoints earned = $1.00; • No limit to the points you can earn; • No blackout dates, no restrictions. Registration is completely free — a valid AAA membership and email address are all you need. Why wait any longer? Register online at AAA.com/discounts. Then shop, save and earn on national and local brands, restaurants and retailers.

Set sail for Hawaii aboard NCL Cruises Scattered like pearls around the Pacific, Hawaii is the ideal cruise destination. And there is no better way to experience “the misty seas of the high heavens” than island hopping aboard NCL’s Pride of America, combined with a 2-night AAA land package at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. Pride of America embodies all the attributes of NCL’s innovative Freestyle Cruising, and the 7-night cruises visit all of Hawaii’s main islands, including overnights on Maui and Kauai. Passengers will have more time in port than any other cruise line. Plus, receive special Aloha Gifts from AAA Travel, valued up to $200, when you book and deposit by May 31, 2013. SEE PAGE 9


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hether your idea of a summer break is sipping a cocktail by the pool, mountain biking a double black diamond, or touring the capitals of Europe, travel insurance can provide valuable assistance and financial protection. “Emergencies are rare, but everyone should have a contingency plan,” says Jim Lehman, president AAA East Central. “Unforeseen illnesses and medical emergencies are the number one reason trips are canceled.” If you’re planning an international trip, there are three types of insurance you should consider: trip cancellation insurance, travel health insurance, and medical evacuation insurance.

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If you need medical treatment overseas, you will probably be asked to pay out-of-pocket, which could be very expensive. Even countries with nationalized health care may not cover people who are nonresidents. Before you go, consider your insurance options in case you need care while you’re abroad, especially if you have existing health conditions, will be away

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Trip cancellation insurance covers your financial investment in your trip, should you have to cancel a trip due to sickness, a death in the family, bad weather, delayed luggage or another disaster listed in the policy. In addition, if you or an immediate family member become seriously ill or are injured during the trip some travel insurance policies will reimburse you for the unused portion of the vacation. There may be exclusions for pre-existing conditions, so check your policy carefully. Depending on the policy, trip cancellation insurance might not cover any medical care overseas, so you may need a separate travel health insurance policy.

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from home for a long time, or will be engaging in adventure activities such as scuba diving or hang gliding. If you have health insurance in the United States, find out if it will cover emergencies that happen abroad. Ask if your policy has any exclusions, such as for preexisting conditions or adventure activities. If your health insurance coverage is not adequate, consider buying a short-term supplemental policy. Look for a policy that will make payments to hospitals directly.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are traveling to a destination where care is not up to U.S. standards, consider buying medical evacuation insurance. This can be purchased separately or as part of your travel health insurance policy. This insurance will pay for emergency transportation from a remote or poor area to a highquality hospital. Make sure that the policy provides a 24-hour physician support center. When deciding whether travel insurance is right for you, compare companies, policy coverage, benefits and prices. Find out what is included and what is excluded and check your current health and homeowners insurance policies to see what coverage you already have. Having the right insurance will help you prepare for the unexpected in the event your trip is canceled, interrupted or delayed.

BEFORE YOU GO

If long- or short-term foreign travel is in your plans speak with your AAA travel or insurance representative about travel insurance coverage that you can take with you wherever you go. Call 800.354.8761 or visit AAA.com/Insurance to purchase travel medical insurance online.

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Teaching your children about traffic safety Beaver/Lawrence Region Official publication of the Beaver/Lawrence Region of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 300 Adams St, Rochester PA 15074-2173 724-775-8000 USPS 0506-910 ISSN 0199-2325 Periodicals Postage Paid at Rochester PA Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist Beaver/Lawrence Region c/o AAA, 5900 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3854 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year.

Publisher.....................................James E. Lehman Managing Editor ............................Douglas O’Neil Editorial Office 5900 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854 412-365-7017 e-mail: motorist@aaaec.com

AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ................................................... James E. Lehman Treasurer & CFO: ........................................... Michael R. Pratt Secretary: ................................................Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS Glenn B. Bachman, James E. Broome, Jr., Steve D. Bullock**, Douglas W. Caldwell, Charles O. Casto, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, Jon E. Denney, Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Floyd R. Ganassi**, Richard S. Hamilton, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, William Duff McCrady, James M. McDonnell**, Thomas V. McKernan Jr., Martha Hartle Munsch, Gary K. Munsie, Terrence L. Walton** EAST CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Chairman, Neil D. Bassi, Vice Chairman, Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Jack A. Barkley, William E. Bierer**, Ellsworth T. Bowser**, Peter Burton, Marianne B. Campbell, Charles O. Casto, Michael A. Cochran, Daniel J. Collins Jr.**, Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, James J. Dodaro, Jack G. Ellis, J. Terrence Farrell, Floyd R. Ganassi**, Mona N. Generett, Charles W. Groce , Richard S. Hamilton, Mark Henschen, Luke Howe, Richard Kallenborn, Herbert G. Koenig, Mark S. Mansour, W. Duff McCrady, Martha Hartle Munsch, W. Lee Oswalt, III, Michael Parkes, John D. Petruso, Louis Pomerico, Leonard L. Scheinholtz**, James C. Stump, Jr., James F. Ward *ex officio **emeritus directors

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Good safety habits will last them a lifetime By Edward Scala President, Beaver/Lawrence Region riving always demands our full attention, but it is especially important at this time of year. After nine, long months of school, children will soon be celebrating the freedom of summer vacation. The warm sunshine beckons them to play ball, ride bikes, or cool off in the sprinkler. Children may be so distracted by the pastimes of summer, they become oblivious to the risks of traffic rolling by. Parents should never forget that children often have very little concept of the speed, weight, and power of a vehicle. They are particularly vulnerable because they are harder for motorists to see and their actions can be unpredictable. Children also tend to think that if they see a driver, the driver also sees them. Young children may not have the cognitive maturity to judge when it’s safe to cross a street and are less likely to understand the consequences of their misjudgments. They may not stop and think before darting between parked cars or chasing a ball into the street. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 300 children 15 and younger are hit and killed each year while walking in what should be their safe haven — their neighborhood. In 2010, the last year that statistics are available, almost one fifth of the children between the ages of age 5 of 9 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

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Ed Scala The majority of preschool and elementary-school-age pedestrian injuries and deaths usually occur near the child’s home. Darting out into the street without looking is one of the most common mistakes children make, and one of the most deadly. Parents should never expect too much, too soon. NHTSA research psychologists report that parents’ or caretakers’ unrealistic expectations are a contributing factor in many child pedestrian tragedies. Learn to recognize a child’s limitations. Their peripheral vision for example, is approximately one-third narrower than an adult’s. They may have difficulty judging a vehicle’s speed or believe that a car can stop instantly.

While children may not have the judgment to cope with traffic by themselves, they can learn safety rules. Teaching children how to cross the street properly is essential. Parents must work with their kids to get them in the habit of always stopping at the edge of the street, looking left, then right, then left again to make sure the road is clear. This is the golden rule of traffic safety and it is essential for children to learn it at an early age. Find places away from streets, driveways, and parking lots for children to play. Fenced yards, parks, and playgrounds are good choices. Children also should be taught to ask an adult to retrieve any toys that roll into the street. Establish where young children can use wheeled toys such as tricycles, bicycles, wagons, or scooters. AAA recommends that parents set age- appropriate limits on where their children can walk or bike safely. As in all parenting, the do-as-I-say method works best when parents set a good example. Children will recognize when you are obeying the speed limits and giving right of way to pedestrians. Chances are, if you obey traffic signals, cross the street properly, and wear a helmet when riding a bike, so will your children. These are good safety habits that will last them a lifetime. Our children need the best protection we can provide. As a motorist you can make a real difference just by staying alert and taking extra care in residential areas or while driving where children are present.

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ummer vacation season is nearly here, and travelers will soon be shopping for rental cars for their travel destinations. One of the benefits of AAA membership is the special package of savings available when you rent from Hertz. Members receive up to a 20 percent discount on car rentals, free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus an array of money-saving opportunities, including special upgrades, dollars-off coupons, and more. Their Member Satisfaction Guarantee is your assurance that the rate and car class, or a higher car class, will be available as reserved. The key to these exclusive Hertz savings and benefits is the CDP#. Your Hertz CDP number is the same as your club code, which appears on the front of your membership card. It’s your gateway to savings and value. The Hertz system will automatically assign the best rate available within the chosen channel of distribution at the time of reservation.

Exclusive AAA member benefits include free unlimited mileage on most rentals. Families receive free use of one child, infant or booster seat with every rental, and there’s no charge for an additional driver if that driver is a AAA member with a credit card in their own name. Hertz frequently offers AAA members special single and double upgrade coupons in addition to dollars off coupons. These coupon or couponless offers are available from AAA travel offices, in your club publication and on AAA.com. While most leisure and/or promotional weekly rates require that a car be rented over Saturday night, AAA members won’t have to worry. They qualify for low weekly rates without having to keep the vehicle over a Saturday night. And when you return, a Hertz agent will be waiting to give you an Instant Return receipt before you even leave the vehicle. Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership is free to AAA members. But

that’s not all. Basic and Plus members receive 600 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus Points. That’s enough for one free rental day after the first Gold rental. Join at AAA.com/HertzGold. AAA Premier members receive 1,000 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus Points enough for two free weekend rental days! Join at AAA.com/HertzPremier. Plus, your Hertz Discount Code (CDP#) is automatically included in your reservations. Hertz’ premier frequent renter program entitles you to membership privileges at more than 40 major airports and 1,000 locations around the world. Just get in, show your driver’s license at the exit gate and drive away. There’s no waiting in line, nothing to sign. Your car will be waiting in a weather-protected #1 Club Gold area. AAA demands the best for its members. That’s why Hertz is the only car-rental company endorsed by AAA. The next time you need a rental car let Hertz put you in the driver’s seat.


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Answering the questions you never thought to ask Why you need a professional insurance agent

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veryone needs insurance and consumers are barraged by a myriad of insurance company offers all claiming they can provide what you need. Many suggest going on line; picking your own coverages and buying insurance. Easy! Quick! Cheap! With an almost unlimited number of choices, why are more people turning to professional agents to do their planning? Time-challenged consumers may be one reason for the shift. If you’re not familiar with the terrain finding the right information can be time consuming and challenging. Why struggle with websites that are convoluted, confusing and filled with vague and unfamiliar terminology? Whether you are a teenager just starting to drive or a multi-millionaire with multiple homes and vehicles it’s very important to purchase insurance to adequately protect your interests. The types of insurance, the coverages, what you need and how much you need are difficult questions to answer without some help. What are your needs for the future? What happens if you’re in an accident? How much insurance do you need to adequately protect yourself? A professional insurance agent can help you answer those questions. Insurance is a highly regulated industry. All professional agents are

you decide on the adequate coverages to protect yourself and your family. During a comprehensive insurance review an agent will take into account your income, your assets, your responsibilities, as well as your plans for the future, to determine what your insurance needs may be. The agent will then review your current coverages to help you evaluate whether it is appropriate for your current situation. An agent will know the questions to ask; be able to answer any of yours and help you decipher insurance jargon. By the time the conversation ends, you’ll be able to make an informed choice about your insurance coverage options. You’ll also know, that every time you have a significant life change, that you can confidently reach out to that agent you trust, to make important decisions regarding your insurance coverage.

TALK TO A PRO — Many people find it easier to deal with an insurance professional rather than do all the work themselves. licensed by the state they work in to sell insurance after taking a comprehensive class and passing a state-issued exam. Insurance professionals also are required to keep up-to-date with the many changes in the industry by taking continuing education classes prior to license renewals. In addition, when an agent is hired by AAA East Central to sell auto and home insurance (or Property and Casualty in insurance

jargon), they are required to take a month-long, in-house training class to become experts on the products they sell. They are taught how to interpret the policy language and how it applies to the person purchasing that coverage. Contrary to what some insurance companies try to tell you in their advertising, purchasing insurance should not be a quick transaction. It takes some time for a good insurance agent to help

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Trust AAA to steer you right on all your current and future Auto, Home and Life insurance needs. Combining your coverage with one insurance company could make a significant difference in your premium. Call 800.207.7947, or visit AAA. com/insurance for more information or to schedule a comprehensive Insurance review. AAA – your trusted insurance advisor.


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Set sail on a repositioning cruise this fall Changes in latitude bring changes in attitude

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ooling fall temperatures can signal some hot cruise deals. Cruise ships, like migratory birds, tend to follow the sun, and in the fall many ships return to the Caribbean from Europe, Alaska, and New England. Since no cruise line wants to sail without passengers, they offer a variety of special off-season and promotional rates, all of which make these repositioning cruises a particularly fine bargain. Many cruise lines also use additional sea days to enhance onboard activities with special themes and out-ofthe-ordinary entertainment. This rare combination of exotic, off the beaten path locales, leisurely days at sea, and incredible value means they often sell out early. If there’s a downside it’s that these cruises begin and end in different ports and that can mean buying two, one-way plane tickets. Celebrity Cruises’ 14-night Spanish Serenade repositioning cruise departs Barcelona onboard Celebrity Equinox October 27. Ports include of Palma De Mallorca; Valencia; and Malaga, Spain; Lanzarote, and Tenerife, Canary Islands; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Often referred to as the Hawaii of the Atlantic the Canary Islands’ seven major islands are all remnants of extinct volcanoes. The French poet André Breton called them “a surreal paradise” where

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admire the breathtaking scenery along Madeira’s southern coast. The Madeira Islands are famous for their strategic location along the old trade routes between Africa and the Americas, and the wonderful Madeira wine produced here. From the time of Vasco Da Gama, to the age of the steamship, the Madeira Islands served as a supply and fuel stop for countless sea voyagers. George Washington is said to have loved Madeira wine and drank a pint of it daily. Today’s Madeira wine comes in a range of varieties — from young, light and dry, to the rich, honeyed vintages over one hundred years old. Visitors also come to the islands for their remarkable natural beauty, the beaches, golf, hiking, deep-sea fishing, and old world charm.

WISH YOU WERE HERE — Repositioning cruises offer one-of-a-kind ports like Funchal, Madeira. snowcapped mountains loom over lush tropical lagoons. Lanzarote, the northernmost of the Canary Islands, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. Arrecife, the island’s capital presides over a smiling crescent of beach with a broad, palm-lined promenade. Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the tallest mountain in Spain, dominates Tenerife, the largest of the islands. Princess Cruises is sailing 15-night Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Transatlantic Cruise onboard Ruby

Princess November 29. Ports include featuring Barcelona; Toulon, France; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), and Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; and Madeira (Funchal), Portugal. Located 750 miles southwest of Lisbon, about 300 miles from the west coast of Africa, the “Islands of Eternal Spring” are nature’s very own botanical garden overflowing with frangipani, bougainvillea, hibiscus, orchids and azalea. Home to some of the world’s highest volcanic cliffs, from Cabo Girão you can

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AAA offers breakdown advice for stranded motorists Responded to 28 million roadside assistance calls in 2012

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ar problems are always an inconvenience, and can sometimes put you in harm’s way. Your first consideration should always be for the safety of yourself and your passengers and knowing how to react is something you should prepare for in advance. In 2012, AAA received more than 28 million roadside assistance calls and while 58 percent of those breakdowns were resolved at the roadside by AAA technicians, nearly 12 million vehicles needed a tow. AAA offers the following guidelines and general suggestions for motorists experiencing a breakdown. While driving, be aware of and know how to respond to warning signs such as brake or steering problems, or steam or smoke billowing from under the hood. If your car is clearly experiencing a problem but can still be driven a short distance, drive to a safe location such as a parking lot. If it’s a flat tire, the first rule is not to panic. Signal, slow down gradually and carefully pull onto the shoulder of the road, avoiding any sudden maneuvers. If you run out of gas or your engine stops, switch on the emergency flashers, carefully steer your vehicle out of traffic. Use the car’s momentum to get you off the road and to a safe place. Avoid applying the brakes until necessary.

• Your location — exact address or nearest intersection or exit number; • A description of your vehicle — color, make, model and year; • License plate number. Android and iPhone users can also download the AAA Mobile app at AAA. com/mobile, which provides easy access to roadside assistance, vehicle battery quotes, and Approved Auto Repair (AAR) locations. AAA roadside technicians can provide fuel, change tires, boost a battery and employ basic roadside problemsolving techniques to get the vehicle going. If the AAA technician is unable to remedy the problem at the roadside, the car will need to be towed to a repair facility.

RIDING TO THE RESCUE — AAA was able to resolve 58% of all breakdowns at the roadside in 2012. If your vehicle cannot get completely off the roadway, switch on the emergency flashers. Occupants should not remain in the vehicle if there is a possibility it may be struck by other traffic. For the same reason, it is generally not a good idea to attempt to push a disabled car off the road. Make sure your vehicle is visible to other motorists especially in inclement weather. In addition to turning on the emergency flashers, drivers can signal

they have a problem by raising the car hood, tying a brightly colored scarf to the antenna or door handle, or setting out flares, warning triangles or emergency beacons to help direct traffic away from your vehicle. Once everyone is in a safe location, request assistance from AAA and have the following information ready: • Your AAA membership number; • The phone number where you can be reached;

APPROVED AUTO REPAIR

Garages that participate in AAA’s Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program offer qualified technicians, a wide range of professional repair services and guaranteed quality. Repairs, parts, labor, and components are guaranteed for 12 months or 12,000 miles under normal operating conditions. Visit www.AAA.com to locate the AAA Approved Auto Repair facility nearest you. Approved Auto Repair facilities also can be quickly found using the AAA Mobile app, a free download for iPhone and Android at the AAA Mobile solutions page at AAA.com/mobile.

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AAA + NCL = The very best way to see the most of Hawaii...and get Aloha Gifts!

It all adds up to a 7-night, 4-island cruise plus 2 nights on Waikiki and a Pearl Harbor excursion!

The formula for a fantastic, fun and free-of-hassles Hawaiian vacation is the simple addition of a 2-night AAA land package and a 7-night NCL cruise! What you get is the convenient, comfortable and unforgettable experience of visiting 4 islands of America’s own slice of paradise over 9 nights, minus the annoyance of repeatedly packing & unpacking, flying from island to island, transferring from hotel to hotel. In fact, it couldn’t be easier. Start with 2 nights on Oahu in Waikiki, Honolulu’s beachfront district known for placid waters, spectacular views of Diamond Head and unlimited opportunities for entertainment, dining, nightlife and shopping. Lounge in luxury at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa right in the middle of it all! An included 5-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor includes a moving visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. NCL’s Pride of America is a vibrant US-flagged, Americana-themed “floating resort hotel” full of choices to maximize the enjoyment of your cruise. Its friendly American crew is ready to assist you and make sure your cruise is just that — yours. Freestyle Cruising® starts with a wide DAY

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range of dining options included in your cruise price and available on your schedule. Freestyle Dining means sitting down to a 4-course meal and a fine wine...or grabbing a burger hot off the grill. Dressing up. Dressing down. Sitting with friends or making new ones. You’ll find more dining options than days of your cruise, and you’re free to enjoy them all on your own schedule. For even more memorable experiences, cover-charge specialty restaurants provide refined choices; experience a Brazilian churrascaria or a Chicago steakhouse (both new in 2013) or dine on expertly prepared sushi, traditional French bistro or Italian trattoria fare — it’s all onboard. And it’s all delicious. The freedom continues with entertainment for all. From Broadway shows to adults-only clubs where you can dance ’til dawn to supervised activities for kids & teens. Pools with slides, WiiTM on 2-story screens, modern fitness centers, expansive spas, fun kids & teens programs, wine tastings, an always exciting casino and more are all waiting for you onboard. When it’s time to recover from the excitement, retreat to accommodations de-

1 .... Arrive Honolulu Airport, transfer to your room at Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa 2 .... Enjoy all of the fun & sun of Waikiki at your leisure; do as much or as little as you like! 3 .... Pearl Harbor excursion, then afternoon transfer to ship at Pier 2, Port of Honolulu

DAY

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ARRIVE

DEPART or OVERNIGHT

3 ....Honolulu, Oahu.................7pm 4 ....Kahalui, Maui ........8am ...overnight in port 5 ....Kahalui, Maui ...................6pm 6 ....Hilo, Hawaii ...........8am ...6pm 7 ....Kona, Hawaii .........7am ...5:30pm 8 ....Nawiliwili, Kauai ...8am....overnight in port 9 ....Nawiliwili, Kauai ..............2pm 10 ...Honolulu, Oahu......7am....transfer to airport

signed for the way you cruise. Bring your sweet dreams to a balcony stateroom, a 2-bedroom family suite or a stylish studio for solo travelers (new in 2013!). There’s a large selection of oceanview & inside staterooms; NCL has a higher percentage of balcony rooms than any other line. After settling into your at-sea digs, get set to visit 3 other Hawaiian isles — Maui, Hawaii (the Big Island) and Kauai. A surplus of natural splendor and the genuine hospitality of its people help to make Maui Hawaii’s second most popular island. Explore the fascinating history of Lahaina. Picnic at a plantation, plant yourself on a pristine beach or play one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Hilo is like one giant greenhouse with spectacular tropical flowers at every turn. Visit well-preserved historic buildings, dating to the turn of the 20th century and showcasing Hawaii’s unique architecture. Nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home of the active volcano, Kilauea. Kona offers the quintessential Hawaii experience. Sunny, warm weather and crystal-blue waters entice visitors to partake in a variety of surfside fun. Snorkel

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among a kaleidoscope of tropical marine life, take a surfing lesson, enjoy a kayaking trip or head out for deep-sea fishing. Named after wiliwili trees which once lined its picturesque harbor, Nawiliwili is your gateway to what many believe to be Hawaii’s most beautiful island, Kauai. On the “Garden Island,” nature is truly the star, from the dramatic mountains of Kokee to the cool rain forests of Haena. Looking for the best Hawaiian vacation experience? Just calculate this simple equation: AAA Travel plus NCL equals great times, great value and great gifts!

3 HOT WINTER DEPARTURES IN 2014! JAN 9-18 from $1,705 • JAN 30–FEB 8 from $1,809 FEB 27–MARCH 8 from $1,809

AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include airport/hotel transfers (for flights purchased through NCL), 2 nights at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial excursion, hotel/pier transfers, 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, government taxes/fees, port charges and pier/airport transfers (for flights purchased through NCL). Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.


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Princess Cruises & AAA Vacations offer some of the best values at sea & great benefits unavailable elsewhere! ®

Preferred Check-in does not grant priority boarding

Up to $75 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Wine Tasting DATE

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7/7

7

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Alaska Inside Passage: Roundtrip from Seattle

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Island

Alaska Northbound: Vancouver to Whittier

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Golden

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8/18 10

Grand

Alaska: Roundtrip from San Francisco

8/19 7

Island

Alaska Northbound: Vancouver to Whittier

9/7

Diamond

Alaska Southbound: Whittier to Vancouver

9/15 7

Golden

Alaska Inside Passage: Roundtrip from Seattle

10/24 11

Coral

Panama Canal: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

11/10 15

Grand

Hawaii: Roundtrip from San Francisco

11/14 15

Island

Panama Canal: Los Angeles to Ft Lauderdale

11/19 10

Emerald

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

7

12/5 15

Star

Hawaii: Roundtrip from Los Angeles

12/9 10

Emerald

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/15 7

Royal

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/15 7

Sapphire

Mexico: Roundtrip from Los Angeles

New bookings only. Offers listed available only on AAA Vacations departures. Combinable with exclusive AAA Member Benefits; ask your AAA Travel Agent or visit AAA.com/travel for details & restrictions. ®

Enjoy 2 valuable benefits EXCLUSIVELY for members BEST-PRICE GUARANTEE

If you find a better rate for the exact same cruise itinerary & experience within 24 hours of booking, AAA Vacations ® will match the lower rate...and you’ll receive a $50.00 future-travel credit certificate.

24 / 7 MEMBER CARE

Get peace of mind whenever you need emergency assistance while traveling — a toll-free domestic number and collect-call instructions for international travelers.

A special kind of cruise stands apart from all others — a AAA Vacations ® cruise available only from AAA Travel. It delivers unique features designed to ensure you have the best vacation experience. Compare a AAA Vacations ® cruise against the same cruise offered elsewhere; see how much more your vacation dollar gets you at AAA. Even if you find the same cruise (without AAA Vacations ® benefits, of course!) at a lower price some-where else within 24 hours of booking your AAA Vacations ® cruise, AAA will match that rate and give you a $50.00 future-travel voucher... guaranteed!

CONVENIENT MOTORCOACH CRUISING FROM PITTSBURGH Avoid potential airport hassles. Motorcoach to your cruise! Park for freet, then relax & ride AAA’s convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to Baltimore to board Grandeur of the Seas! 2013 BAHAMAS Aug 2-9 • from $1,088

2013 CARIBBEAN Dec 14-24 • from $1,024

Port Canaveral, Florida Coco Cay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea

Basseterre, St Kitts Tortola, British Virgin Islands San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee, Haiti 5 full days at sea

2013 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Sept 19-27 • from $1,115

2014 CARIBBEAN Jan 21-31 • from $1,029

2014 CARIBBEAN March 18-28* • from $1,132

2014 BAHAMAS Aug 8-15 • from $1,144

Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI Philipsburg, St Maarten 5 full days at sea

Port Canaveral, Florida CocoCay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea

2014 BERMUDA May 23-30 • from $1,225

2014 BERMUDA Oct 10-16 • from $885

King’s Wharf, Bermuda 3 full days at sea

King’s Wharf, Bermuda 2 full days at sea

Portland & Bar Harbor, Maine Saint John, New Brunswick Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 full days at sea

San Juan, Puerto Rico Tortola, British Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI Philipsburg, St Maarten 5 full days at sea

2013 CARIBBEAN Nov 26–Dec 6 • from $1,082

2014 CARIBBEAN Feb 18-28 • from $1,132

2014 BAHAMAS June 27–July 4 • from $1,244

2014 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Oct 16-24 • from $1,076

Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI Philipsburg, St Maarten 5 full days at sea

Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI Philipsburg, St Maarten 5 full days at sea

Port Canaveral, Florida CocoCay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea

Portland & Bar Harbor, Maine Saint John, New Brunswick Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 full days at sea

AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & Western Pennsylvania pick-up points.

*WEST VIRGINIA MOTORCOACH from Morgantown & Bridgeport available for the March 18, 2014, departure.

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THE AMERICAN WEST

Where the sun sets and the fun rises! AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing & admissions as indicated, services of a AAA Tour Manager and more. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK THESE 2! Southwestern Canyonlands

Best of Northern California

Eroded for eons by wind & water, the colorful canyons of Arizona, Utah & Nevada captivate all who visit. See the stunning Red Rocks of Sedona, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, the backcountry of Monument Valley, the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and the sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park. Enjoy Grand Canyon National Park lodging, guided tour and IMAX Theater. Take an “adventure cruise” through Antelope/ Navajo Canyon. Visit Lake Powell and spend 2 fun nights in Las Vegas. 11 meals.

Explore San Francisco, the redwoods at Muir Woods, Mediterranean-style Sausalito and the wine country of the Sonoma and Napa valleys (and dine on the Napa Valley Wine Train). Ride Amtrak’s California Zephyr to the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe and cruise its crystal-blue waters aboard a paddlewheeler. Venture to Yosemite National Park, then take the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 17-Mile Drive, Big Sur, San Simeon (Hearst Castle), Salinas Valley and Silicon Valley. 14 meals.

June 12-20 • $2,725

July 25–Aug 2 • $2,859

American Majesty

Grand Canyon Adventure

Napa Valley & San Francisco

New Mexico Balloon Fiesta

From Salt Lake City to Denver, take in some of America’s favorite landmarks. Visit Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone NP (Old Faithful & Mammoth Hot Springs), Devil’s Tower National Monument, Mt Rushmore National Memorial (evening light ceremony), Ft Laramie National Historic Site and Buffalo Bill Historic Center. Float down the Snake River and ride a Jeep safari in the Black Hills. Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting). See Crazy Horse Monument. 15 meals, including a chuck wagon dinner.

Luxuriate in Red Rock Country at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Take a Pink Jeep backcountry tour. Ride first class on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to your national park lodging just a quarter-mile from the South Rim. Visit Glen Canyon Recreational Area and a night at Lake Powell Resort. A tour highlight is your guided half-day float trip on the Colorado River! Motorcoach to the Luxor Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. Flirt with Lady Luck, relax by the pool or take in a top-notch show on your free full day in Vegas. 9 meals.

So many delights in one tour — from San Francisco’s endless charms to the natural splendor of the Muir Woods redwoods. Cross Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy 5 vineyards (participate in a “Blend Your Own Merlot” event) and 3 nights at Tuscan-style Vino Bella Resort in Napa. Savor an exquisite 4-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. With your hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf as your base, tour San Francisco’s famous landmarks, cruise by ferry across the bay and enjoy free time for shopping and exploring. 2 meals.

Explore Albuquerque, the Land of Enchantment’s largest city. At the International Balloon Fiesta, witness the mass ascension of hundreds of balloons. Explore landmarks along Route 66, visit Old Town & its Plaza and tour the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Ride Sandia Peak’s Aerial Tramway and visit an artisanal winery. See the Balloon Fiesta’s evening “Glowdeo” & fireworks. Explore historic Chimayo village, artistic Taos and charming Santa Fe. Take a guided desert wilderness hike with llamas! 14 meals.

Aug 31–Sept 8 • $2,735

Oct 4-10 • $2,195

Oct 7-12 • $1,949

Oct 9-15 • $2,309


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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers AAA, The Preferred Travel Agency of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Bring the kids for more than just a game! • Pirates baseball cap • Autographed baseball • Game ticket — outfield box seating • Pre-game behind-the-scenes tour of PNC Park • Pre-game food & drink in the PNC Pirates Deck • Opportunity to watch batting practice if it takes place that day due ALL OF THIS FOR JUST $69 PER PERSON PER GAME! atFulltimepayment of booking. Saturday June 1 @ 7:15pm vs Cincinnati Reds

FanJam featuring Kool & the Gang in concert • Scratch’n Win

Saturday June 29 @ 7:15pm vs Milwaukee Brewers Zambelli Fireworks Night • Scratch’n Win

Thursday July 4 @ 1:35pm vs Philadelphia Phillies Saturday July 13 @ 7:15pm vs New York Mets

Zambelli Fireworks Night presented by PPG Industries • Scratch’n Win

Saturday Aug 31 @ 7:05pm vs St Louis Cardinals

Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and Third Eye Blind in concert presented by Iron City Beer • Scratch’n Win

Saturday Sept 21 @ 7:05pm vs Cincinnati Reds

Skyblast featuring Zambelli Fireworks and Neon Trees in concert presented by Iron City Beer • Scratch’n Win • 2014 Magnetic Schedule

Celebrity Cruises & AAA Vacations offer some of the best values at sea & great benefits unavailable elsewhere! ®

Priority Check-in does not grant priority boarding

Up to $100 Onboard Credit per stateroom

DATE

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11/7 15

NTS

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Panama Canal: Miami to San Juan

11/9 7

Summit

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from San Juan

11/16 7

Reflection

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Miami

11/23 7

Reflection

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Miami

11/30 7

Summit

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from San Juan

11/30 14

Eclipse

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/7 7

Summit

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from San Juan

12/9 11

Equinox

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/14 7

Summit

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from San Juan

12/15 7

Silhouette

Western Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/20 10

Equinox

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/21 7

Reflection

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Miami

12/22 7

Silhouette

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale

12/28 7

Reflection

Eastern Caribbean: Roundtrip from Miami

12/28 7

Summit

Southern Caribbean: Roundtrip from San Juan

New bookings only. Offers listed available only on AAA Vacations departures. Combinable with exclusive AAA Member Benefits; ask your AAA Travel Agent or visit AAA.com/travel for details & restrictions. ®

ART!

FOOD!

WINE!

includes 4 nights in a Tuscan villa!

Enjoy 2 valuable benefits EXCLUSIVELY for members BEST-PRICE GUARANTEE

If you find a better rate for the exact same cruise itinerary & experience within 24 hours of booking, AAA Vacations ® will match the lower rate...and you’ll receive a $50.00 future-travel credit certificate.

24 / 7 MEMBER CARE

Get peace of mind whenever you need emergency assistance while traveling — a toll-free domestic number and collect-call instructions for international travelers.

A special kind of cruise stands apart from all others — a AAA Vacations ® cruise available only from AAA Travel. It delivers unique features designed to ensure you have the best vacation experience. Compare a AAA Vacations ® cruise against the same cruise offered elsewhere; see how much more your vacation dollar gets you at AAA. Even if you find the same cruise (without AAA Vacations ® benefits, of course!) at a lower price some-where else within 24 hours of booking your AAA Vacations ® cruise, AAA will match that rate and give you a $50.00 future-travel voucher... guaranteed!

The romance of Italy comes to life on this tour. Explore the lakes region your way when you choose between a scenic boat ride on Lake Maggiore or a visit to a local farm for a cheese & wine tasting. Explore the rugged coast and remote fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Spend 4 relaxing nights in a Tuscan villa. Discover the hilltop town of San Gimignano. Experience medieval life at the Palazzo Davanzati. Visit a winery in the countryside and learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Wander a Florentine food market. Spend 2 wonderful nights in Venice. Explore Lake Orta, one of Italy’s hidden treasures. Travel by boat to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori. Explore Lucca’s piazzas and medieval streets. These are Italy’s treasures! Special inclusion: A serenaded gondola cruise — with Prosecco! — on Venice’s canals! Experience the benefits of Whisper headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides. Enjoy regional wines included with every dinner.

Aug 31–Sept 11 AAA Member Rate: $5,610 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Milan, Venice-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 17 meals, inItaly tour director, air & hotel taxes (subject to change) and vendor travel protection. Visit AAA.com/GoItaly for itinerary and more information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

AAA MEMBER BENEFIT SAVE $50.00 PER PERSON


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AAA Featured Vacations are specific cruise, motorcoach or air tour vacations created or selected by AAA Travel for their value, amenities and/or inclusions. Look for the AAA Featured Vacations logo to identify out-of-the-ordinary offerings.

This year, the people of Ireland are hosting an unprecedented year-long celebration of everything that is unique & great about Ireland. It’s called The Gathering. Communities, villages and towns are organizing gatherings, festivals and events to welcome visitors. With the focus on Ireland’s vibrant living culture, heritage and people, it’s a chance to experience Ireland like never before. • Bunratty Folk Park • Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle • Cliffs of Moher

Altoona PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bridgeport WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brookville PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Butler PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbiana OH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cranberry Township PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Liverpool OH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erie PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greensburg PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harborcreek PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indiana PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kittanning PA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lower Burrell/New Kensington Area PA . . Martinsburg WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meadville PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgantown WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Castle PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Pittsburgh PA area Century III (Pleasant Hills) . . . . . . . . . Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Liberty/Shadyside . . . . . . . . . . . . Monroeville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North Hills Area (Ross Twp) . . . . . . . . Robinson Township . . . . . . . . . . . . . . South Hills (Bethel Park) . . . . . . . . . . White Oak/McKeesport . . . . . . . . . . . Rochester PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Marys PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uniontown PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Washington PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waynesburg PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wheeling WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weirton WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

• Flying Boat Museum 412-655-6105 412-338-4305 412-365-7272 412-858-4640 412-367-7625 412-809-2803 412-833-5060 412-675-3404 724-728-6230 814-781-3003 724-438-8575 814-723-6660 724-225-3600 724-627-3434 304-233-1810 304-748-1616

GENERAL TRAVEL DISCLAIMER: AAA Travel Agency makes every effort to provide accurate, up-to-date prices as of press time and cannot assume responsibility for typographic errors. Rates/offers are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated, and are subject to availability and airline/operator changes. International rates/ offers are subject to currency fluctuations and additional tax & security charges. Rates that include airfare include all taxes, government fees and surcharges. Additional restrictions may apply. Rates/offers are available at all AAA East Central travel agency locations. For tour details, contact AAA or visit AAA.com/travel. AAA FEATURED VACATIONS are specially priced, unique departures; therefore, tour operators, cruise lines and other travel providers often exclude them from additional discounts or specials they offer. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for more details or visit the air carrier’s website for baggage allowance and fee information.

• Killarney National Park, including Muckross House • Ring of Kerry drive, including the Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap • Waterford Crystal tour • Russborough House mansion • Dinner & song at a real pub • Dublin: city tour & free time ...AND MUCH MORE!

Oct 13-20 • AAA Member Rate: $1,399 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.

HUDSON VALLEY

BOSTON COMMON

PORTLAND

POCONOS

Avoid potential airport hassles and leave the driving to AAA! Park for free, relax and ride our convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to NY’s Hudson Valley, Boston MA and the Poconos of eastern PA. And, in the middle of it all, enjoy a relaxing 7-night Canada/ New England cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas! 9/20 .........Travel to Lower Hudson Valley for overnight & dinner on grounds of a historic estate. 9/21 .........Tour a Hudson River Valley landmark. Head to Boston for a special dinner. 9/22 .........Tour Boston and enjoy some time on your own. Board Brilliance of the Seas. 9/22-29 ...Cruise to Halifax NS, St John NB and Bar Harbor & Portland ME. 9/29 .........Motorcoach from Boston to a Poconos resort for lunch, dinner & overnight. 9/30 .........Breakfast. Motorcoach to Pittsburgh.

Sept 20-30 • AAA Member Rate: from $1,948 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, 3-night hotel accommodations, 7 on-land meals, cruise accommodations/ entertainment, most onboard meals, government fees and services of a AAA Tour Manager. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & pick-up points.

Edinburgh: welcome drink & dinner • Spean Bridge Woolen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Scottish Highland evening • Culloden Battlefield • Whisky tasting/tour at Blair Athol Distillery • Edinburgh Castle & city tour • Ferry to Northern Ireland • Belfast: city tour, Titanic Center • Dublin: city tour, Book of Kells, canal dinner cruise with live music • Rock of Cashel • Blarney: Castle & Woolen Mills • Killarney: national park “jaunting car” ride • Ring of Kerry • The Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap • River Shannon ferry • Cliffs of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty Castle medieval banquet • AND MUCH MORE!

Nov 2-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,698 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 16 meals (including medieval banquet, canal dinner cruise), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and more information.

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cheerio, STEELERS FANS! cross “the pond” and BE A PART OF HISTORY! SEE THE Steelers BATTLE THE Minnesota Vikings IN wembley stadium in London, England! travel with YOUR HOST Larry Richert, kdka radio personality, sept 26–oct 1. Enjoy 4 nights at the perfectly located 4-star deluxe Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, just steps from the original Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Aquarium, London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and restaurants, shops and nightspots. Also included are... Roundtrip Pittsburgh-London flights • Accommodations Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers & hotel/stadium transfers English breakfast daily • 2-day London sightseeing pass Cocktail reception & dinner with Larry Richert Pre-game party (open bar & hors d’ouerves) with Larry Game ticket (Sept 29) • Hospitality staff on-site Taxes & gratuities AAA Member Rate: $3,399 per person (double occupancy) Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

BIG BEN X 2!

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ATLANTIC ADVENTURE

Since the inaugural race in 1994, this annual 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup points race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has become one of NASCAR’s most-attended events and its second highest paying race in dollars (behind the Daytona 500). Don’t miss it!

Reserved paddock seating with views of turns 1 & 4, the pit road & the winner’s circle 2-night accommodations, daily breakfast & tax at Embassy Suites Indianapolis–North A $50.00 gas card

Hug the rugged shores of — and never venture far from — the Atlantic Ocean on this exciting exploration of coastal Canada & New England. Witness the influence the sea has on life & land in Massachusetts, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. From big cities to tiny villages, experience cultural differences, visit fascinating attractions and taste unique regional cuisines. The combination of spectacular natural beauty, insightful guides and inevitable camaraderie that AAA motorcoach sightseeing tours are known for make this a journey you’ll not soon forget.

July 12-20: Roundtrip from Pittsburgh • AAA Member Rate: $2,439 Boston MA • Portland ME • NB: St John, Reversing Falls Rapids, Fundy National Park PEI: Green Gables, PEI National Park • NS: Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Alexander Graham Bell site, Anne Murray Centre • NB: St Andrews by the Seas, Kingsbrae Gardens • AND MORE! Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (PittsburghBoston), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, super-deluxe motorcoach (wi-fi, leather seats, video screens, seatback trays, seatbelts), sightseeing/admissions, 17 meals, taxes/gratuities on included items, baggage handling (1 per person), services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/travel for complete itinerary details. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

AAA Member Rate: $375 per person, double occupancy LIMITED AVAILABILITY! LIMITED AVAILABILITY! LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

with Pittsburgh personality Bob Logue Nov 15-23 Independence of the Seas

Roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale ST MAARTEN (pictured): The Dutch and French left their marks on this heavenly slice of tropical delight. Its beaches are some of the most breathtaking in the Caribbean region. ST KITTS: What’s a town square fashioned after London’s Piccadilly Circus doing in the middle of the Caribbean? It’s just one of many surprises St Kitts has in store. SAN JUAN: Step back in time when you stroll Old San Juan’s narrow cobblestone streets lined with brightly hued shops, houses, restaurants and nightspots. LABADEE: Surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage, Royal Caribbean’s private paradise offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and fun water activities...even an Aqua Park for kids. PLUS 3 FULL DAYS OF CRUISING AT SEA!

AAA Member Rates from $769

ALSO INCLUDES ONBOARD COCKTAIL PARTY $25 SHIPBOARD CREDIT PER STATEROOM Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes cruise accommodations/ entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas.

Ask about available add-on airfare.

COLORS, COASTS & COVES Experience Canada aboard the elegant, sophisticated ships of Oceania. Its midsize vessels can journey off the beaten path to boutique ports and yet provide all the amenities of larger ships. Overnight stays and late-evening departures FREE FLIGHTS allow you to fully explore each fascinating AND $50.00 IN destination, while exemplary service, gourmet ONBOARD CREDIT cuisine and opulent accommodations ensure your onboard experience is defined by luxury and comfort. Canada & New England ignite in a blaze of color each autumn. A foliage tapestry of fiery reds, brilliant oranges, delicate yellows and exotic purples blankets the land, attracting “leaf peepers.” And the best seat for viewing the drama is on Regatta. Best of all, the backdrop changes daily for the maximum effect of nature’s glory. Opportunities for adventure ashore are as spectacular as the scenery. Tour the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Ride the funicular to Dufferin Terrace for the best view of Québec City. Marvel at seafaring artifacts in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax and amazing seascapes in Rockland’s Farmsworth Museum. Indoors & out, the show goes on forever.

Sept 12-24: Montréal to New York

Québec City QC • St Lawrence River (cruising) • Corner Brook NF • Charlottetown PE Sydney NS • Halifax NS • St John (Bay of Fundy) NB • Bar Harbor ME Rockland/Camden ME • Gulf of Maine (cruising) • Newport RI

Oct 6-18: New York City to Montréal (reverse itinerary of departure above) AAA Member Rate: from $4,797 (including FREE FLIGHTS!) Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (SEPT: PittsburghMontréal, New York–Pittsburgh) (OCT: Pittsburgh–New York, Montréal-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/pier transfers, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals, government fees/taxes and $50 onboard credit per stateroom. Ship’s registry: Marshall Islands. Visit AAA.com/travel for complete itinerary details. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.


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Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Pittsburgh area, accommodations (for multiday tours, based on double occupancy), sightseeing/admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (for multiday tours), meals as indicated and the services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.

DC & Marine Corps Parade: Aug 9-10

AAA Member Rate: $345

Girls’ Spa Getaway: Aug 16-18

AAA Member Rate: $475

“Noah!” in Lancaster: Aug 27-28

AAA Member Rate: $315

Chautauqua Wine & Dine: Aug 29-30

AAA Member Rate: $335

BEST OF MONTRÉAL & QUÉBEC Aug 4-10

The USMC Evening Parade is a moving tradition. Watch precision drills and listen to patriotic tunes. Tour DC and visit the Smithsonian. 3 meals.

AAA Member Rate from $1,885

Head to Wilkes-Barre’s Woodlands Inn & Resort for this girls’ weekend. Onsite spa treatments (manicure, pedicure, 45-minute massage included), dining venues, hip cocktail lounges, exciting entertainment venues and more! 3 meals. Travel to PA Dutch country for a live performance of the biblical story of Noah; visit Kitchen Kettle Village, Central Market, an Amish farm & more. 2 meals. Discover the elegance & culture of NY’s Vintage Trail and Chautauqua Institution. Winery visits, mansion tour, lake cruise and more. 4 meals.

Deep Creek Wine & Art Festival: Sept 6-8

Member Rate: $555

Stay lakeside in a condo-hotel with private beach; enjoy a gourmet wine-paired dinner and the festival’s tastings, artisans, entertainment & more. 2 meals.

Michigan Lighthouses: Sept 9-13

AAA Member Rate: $1,095

Cape Cod Adventure: Sept 15-21

AAA Member Rate: $1,195

Explore the best of Michigan’s coastline — picturesque small towns, Thunder Bay Resort, an elk preserve, boat cruises, 5 lighthouses and more. 9 meals.

This seaside escape features waterfront lodging in Cape Cod and visits to Newport RI; Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard & Plymouth MA; and more. 9 meals.

Niagara & Beyond: Sept 22-25

AAA Member Rate: $459

Stay in the heart of Niagara Falls, Canada, with guided touring of the falls area, Welland Canal, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Toronto and more! 6 meals.

Gettysburg & the Civil War Trail: Sept 24-27

Member Rate: $775

Visit Civil War sites with guided tours of Harper’s Ferry, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Manassas, Antietam and our most well-known battlefield, Gettysburg. 6 meals.

1-DAY FUN-DAY TOURS!

The Wright Kind of Summer: July 16

AAA Member Rate: $119

Enjoy a summer day exploring 4 Frank Lloyd Wright architectural gems (including Fallingwater) in PA’s scenic Laurel Highlands. 1 meal.

Easy Float on the Yough: Aug 24

AAA Member Rate: $105

Float safely on the Yough River as a Colonial-garbed guide points out sights on this “soft adventure.” Lunch & free time in Ohiopyle. 1 meal.

Lights & Sights along the Lake: Sept 30

Member Rate: $139

Explore Lake Erie’s picturesque shoreline, charming Dunkirk, 2 lighthouses, a waterfront luncheon, the Boardwalk Market and more. 1 meal.

Western Maryland Rail & More: Oct 17 AAA Member Rate: $159 Ride the Western MD Scenic Railroad from Cumberland to Frostburg. Visit the site of Fort Cumberland & an Underground Railroad “stop.” 2 meals.

A Haunting We Will Go: Oct 26

AAA Member Rate: $129

This “spooky” eastern Ohio excursion features a guided Lisbon Cemetery & Funeral Walk as well as a riding tour of Spruceville Ghost Town. 1 meal.

© Prod. Numérik - Fotolia.com Travel to Canada and some of its fascinating cities — Ottawa, Québec City, Montréal, Toronto and Niagara Falls. French-Canadian cities are featured extensively, allowing you to experience one of North America’s truly unique cultures! Journey to Alexandria Bay and cruise through the enchanting Thousand Islands. Overnight in the heart of the islands on the shores of the St Lawrence River. Cross the USA-Canada border to Ottawa, Canada’s national capital; a tour here includes Confederation Boulevard, Parliament Hill, Supreme Court, Library & Archives, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Prime Minister’s Residence, Governor General’s Residence, National Art Gallery, Notre Dame Basilica and Rideau Canal. Bustling Byward Market offers bargains and local culture. Travel to Québec City, then take a guided walk to Paillard Café-Boulangerie, a provincial institution; its homemade products of the highest quality make it a must-see. Experience the European charm of North America’s first French settlement with a tour of the Latin Quarter, Plains of Abraham, Ramparts, National Assembly, Basilica, City Hall, Place-Royale, Citadelle and a bit of the modern city. After a tour and lunch at the world-famous Château Frontenac overlooking the St Lawrence, enjoy time to explore Old Québec. Experience a unique dinner at a traditional sugar shack; visit the Maple Museum, showcasing the syrup industry through the years. Enjoy a full-day tour of Baie St-Paul; travel back in time to rural Québec as you pass through many traditional villages. In Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, take time to visit this world-famous shrine. Stop at impressive Montmorency Falls, 1.5 times higher than Niagara. Follow the route of Canada’s first carriageway, the Chemin du Roy, through typical French-Canadian villages & towns. Tour Montreal, the world's second-largest French-speaking city; it encapsulates Canada’s 2 founding cultures and boasts a blend of history, museums, fine galleries and shopping. Savor dinner at one of Old Montréal’s famed steakhouses. Say au revoir to Québec and hello to multicultural Toronto on Lake Ontario. Always a favorite for visitors, it boasts clean streets, top-notch cultural sights/events, sports venues and a diverse population. Enjoy a farewell dinner at 360 Restaurant atop CN Tower, more than 1,150 feet tall. Tour downtown with a guide; see Eaton Centre, old & new City Halls, Casa Loma, Yorkville and the University of Toronto. Pass by Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), CN Tower and drive along the harbor. Lunch at Table Rock in Niagara Falls, Canada, with time to enjoy the falls.

Discover the Hamptons: Sept 30–Oct 4

AAA Member Rate: $915

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon: Oct 3-4

AAA Member Rate: $375

New England Rails & Trails: Oct 6-13

AAA Member Rate: $1,805

Rail to Rail in West Virginia: Oct 9-11

AAA Member Rate: $509

Discover the beauty of Long Island NY; visit Southampton, Montauk Point, East Hampton & Sag Harbor and end in Pennsylvania’s Poconos. 9 meals.

Enjoy northwest PA’s fall foliage and natural landmarks from a motorcoach, the Tioga Central Railroad and even a horse-drawn covered wagon. 3 meals. Take in autumn splendor in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut from several trains, a schooner & your coach. 17 meals. Two scenic rail excursions are the highlight of this fall adventure that also features resort lodging, Blackwater Falls, Branson-style show & more. 6 meals.

Myrtle Beach: Oct 21-27

AAA Member Rate: $1,055

Enjoy the area’s nice weather and beaches without summer’s crowds! Plus oceanfront lodging, 4 live shows, Brookgreen Gardens and more. 9 meals.

Virginia Beach USO Show: Oct 22-25

AAA Member Rate: $769

The 1940s USO shows of Bob Hope and the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band come to life! Enjoy other entertainment & Virginia Beach attractions. 7 meals.

TN Music Express: Oct 27–Nov 3

AAA Member Rate: $1,505

From the Grand Ole Opry to Graceland, this tour celebrates country music and Tennessee’s past & present as well as its natural beauty. 15 meals.


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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers Independent travel with AAA Vacations®

On your own but never alone

Even more than a cruise hugging its spectacular shoreline, a comprehensive land journey into the heart of Alaska’s awe-inspiring interior can deepen your understanding and enrich your overall experience of our 49th state. AAA’s July 8-17 Alaska by Land 9-night adventure starts in Fairbanks. An Italian immigrant’s 1902 gold strike coincided with the building of a trading post on the banks of the Chena River — and the Gold Rush to Fairbanks was on! This “Golden Heart City” pulsed once again as a boomtown in the early 1970s during construction of the 800-milelong Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Learn how the Gold Rush affected Alaska’s interior on a tour that includes a visit to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum. Enjoy shopping, walking or dining on your own downtown. Cruise on a sternwheeler to experience the thrill of river travel. Enjoy a salmon bake dinner at Pioneer Park; savor salmon, prime rib and Bering Sea cod and all the fixings. Then fly above it all on an Arctic Circle air adventure! This thrilling 4-hour tour soars over the Brooks Range and crosses the Arctic Circle; the narrated adventure includes a visit to Wiseman and views of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Yukon River. Motorcoach to Denali National Park to explore at your leisure or participate in a park service activity. Then enjoy the Denali Education Center’s “Welcome to the Subarctic” talk at Sheldon Center; learn about Denali from the ground up before overnighting in the park and touring it some more the next day. Travel deep into Denali on a full-day Tundra Wilderness Tour, looking for grizzly, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and more; get insights into this vast park’s flora & fauna. Travel to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city; tour its historic downtown and visit the kennel & home of a 4-time Iditarod Sled Dog Race winner, and learn about the art of mushing dogs. Visit the Native Heritage Center, a gathering place celebrating, perpetuating and sharing Native cultures. Dine in the center’s Athabascan House. Motorcoach to coastal Seward, keeping an eye out along scenic Turnagain Arm for Dall sheep, moose, bear and eagle. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage Valley to see critters up close. Tour along scenic Seward Highway to Begich Boggs Visitor Center; enjoy an award-winning movie, “Voices from the Ice.” Explore Seward on your own; the coastal town is known for scenic views and as gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Transfer to Cooper Landing for a 2-hour scenic float on the Kenai River. Drift through Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. At Girdwood, ride the Alyeska Tram from sea level to 2,300 feet. An observation deck provides breathtaking views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers and often an array of wildlife. Descend and explore Girdwood on your own. Enjoy a farewell seafood buffet dinner.

July 8-17 • AAA Member Rate: $4,979 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, 9-night accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing, 16 meals, in-Alaska local guide, services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met), Arctic Circle air adventure (small aircraft; group will be staggered; departure is weather-dependent) & more. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/Alaska for itinerary details.

You want to travel to Europe, but you don’t care to be with an organized tour group. And yet you’d like the convenience & value of pre-arranged elements (like hotels, sightseeing, intercity rail/ferry transporation and airport transfers) at lower-than-market rates only a travel industry power-buyer can offer. AAA Vacations® answers the call! If you prefer a flexible vacation with limited structure, pre-packaged Independent Vacations from AAA Vacations® are the perfect solution for you. Choose from more than 20 exciting vacation combinations, all offering a choice of trip and hotel standard. In addition, you’ll have 24/7 access to a local host in each city. These hosts know the “lay of the land” and can provide advice and answer any qestions for you throughout your trip. With guaranteed daily departures, you can travel any day you wish. Your package will include private roundtrip airport/hotel transfers and a choice of 4- or 5-star centrally located hotels in each city, including hotel taxes and service charges. You even get breakfast daily! Also included is rail transportation with reserved seats between each city

(standard class on 4-star-hotel option or first class on 5-star-hotel option). If you travel between islands in the Mediterranean, your ferry transportation is also included. Of course, a city sightseeing tour in your featured city(ies) is included. AAA members enjoy a wide range of helpful services & money-saving benefits, including 24/7 Member Care, a Best Price Guarantee and a $40 per person dining credit redeemable at select restaurants popular with locals. And don’t forget the AAA Member Benefit of $40 per person off packages totaling $2,000 or more per person. Here’s a sample of some 5-day vacations (other day-lengths available): Dublin & Killarney — from $1,109 London & Paris — from $1,275 Rome & Venice — from $944 Barcelona & Madrid — from $1,007 Prague & Budapest — from $835 Self-drive Ireland vacations featuring bed & breakfasts, hotels, castles & manor stays are also available; contact a AAA Travel Agent! Rates are per person double occupancy, land only. Restrictions apply to the AAA Vacations® 24/7 Member Care and Best Price Guarantee.

AAA’s Travel Partner Spotlight: DISNEY Each year, AAA uses its purchasing power as one of the country’s leading travel agencies to negotiate for discounted rates & exclusive member benefits.

AAA MEMBER-ONLY BENEFITS

• Disney Magic Moments® Savings — AAA members can save up to 10%, 15%, 20% or 25% off the nondiscounted rate of the room portion on selected packages on selected dates (subject to availability; savings based on the nondiscounted price for the same room at a participating hotel paid by non-AAA members, and is applicable to the room-only portion of the package; limited number of packages available with these savings; guests must be AAA members with a valid AAA membership number when booking; valid membership card must be presented at check-in).

• 200 Disney Dollars — These are included on packages of 7 nights or more at the Walt Disney World® Swan and Walt Disney World® Dolphin Hotel (can be combined with AAA Disney Magic Moments® Savings; voucher required at check-in to receive Disney Dollars).

AAA VACATIONS® BENEFITS

• EXCLUSIVE AAA Vacations® Diamond Savings Card — This special card offers savings of 10%, 15% or 20%, and other values, at participating locations throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort (one card per package; nonstransferable and void if sold). • EXCLUSIVE AAA Diamond Parking — Conveninet preferred parking spaces at all 4 Walt Disney World® Theme Parks (subject to availability; voucher with Guest name required; block-out dates apply; nontransferable and void if sold). • Preferred Fireworks Viewing Location at Magic Kingdom® Park — When you purchase select AAA Vacations® packages that include a Disney Dining Plan, enjoy a special viewing location for WishesTM nighttime Spectacular, the biggest, brightest fireworks extravaganza in Magic Kingdom® Park history (advance reservations, reservation voucher and valid Theme Park admission required; one viewing per person; space is limited and subject to availability; fireworks schedules vary by season and certain block-out dates apply for this benefit during holiday periods; inclement weather conditions may affect outdoor entertainment).

• EXCLUSIVE Disney’s Story Time Experience — When you purchase select AAA Vacations® packages that include a Disney Dining Plan, enjoy a special storytelling experience that features a character from a classic Disney animated feature film and takes place in Epcot® (advance reservations, reservation voucher and valid Theme Park admission required; one viewing per person; seating is limited and subject to availability; operates on select days of the week and certain block-out dates apply; one voucher per room).

These benefits only apply to AAA Vacations® packages purchased at a AAA Travel Office. Ask your AAA Travel professional for more details. Offer subject to change. Valid 1/1/13 through 12/31/13.


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Skip long admission lines at some of Europe’s must-see sites on “SKIP THE LINE” tours with Pleasant Holidays AAA Travel partner Pleasant Holidays now offers unique “SKIP THE LINE” tours in 3 of Europe’s most popular cities — Rome, Paris and Florence. Choosing these optional tours lets you enjoy priority admission to famous — and often crowded — attractions like the Colosseum in Rome, the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Forget about waiting for hours — sometimes in hot summer temperatures — and wasting precious vacation time. These really “cool” “SKIP THE LINE” tours let you feel like a VIP at places like Versailles in Paris or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, among others. “SKIP THE LINE” tours are just some of the many optional tours that the Europe activity experts at Pleasant Holidays offer. In London, for instance, you can opt for the intriguing Jack the Ripper Evening Tour or how about Champagne Tea at Harrod’s? And kids will love the private tours of Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. When it comes to vacationing in Europe with Pleasant Holidays, the possibilities are endless. Pleasant Holidays can easily arrange all of your transatlantic and inter-Europe flights, hotel accommodations, transfers, car rentals and an extensive array of in-city tours & activities. And during 2013 you can take advantage of a AAA Member Benefit of $50.00 off each booking! Contact AAA for Pleasant Holidays flights, hotels, car rentals, tours & more.

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SAMPLE 5-NIGHT EUROPE CITY VACATION PACKAGES ROME • $1,204 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Frascati Wine Tasting: The only tour of its kind in Rome. Visit one of the oldest, most beautiful vineyards in the Frascati region. An expert illustrates local wine-producing methods from antiquity to today. Tour the property and talk about the fascinating history of wine in ancient Rome, followed by a tasting of 3 wines and freshly pressed olive oil. Rome in 1 Day “SKIP THE LINE”: Visit the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum with “Skip the Line” access. Take a lunch break (not included) in the historical center of the city before wandering its picturesque streets & piazzas, seeing Piazza Navona and its Bernini fountain. The guide brings sites to life with stories and myths that make Rome unlike any other city.

PARIS • $1,762 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Famous Graves of Paris: A must-see cemetery? Père Lachaise is well worth it; it’s home to 70,000 dead, including some of the world’s most famous artists, writers and musicians. Most know this place for Jim Morrison, but Chopin, Wilde, Piaf and many, many others rest across this magnificent hilltop setting. Meander through the labyrinth of elaborate crypts and overhanging trees. Louvre Museum “SKIP THE LINE”: This all-inclusive small group explores the world-famous collection of paintings, sculpture and architecture with an English-speaking guide. Gaze on some of the world’s most recognizable masterpieces. Seeing all the Louvre has to offer is impossible; this tour makes the most of your time, leading you through the best!

FLORENCE • $2,293 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below Best of Florence “SKIP THE LINE”: This walking tour visits “Porcellino,” Ponte Vecchio, Leather Market and the Duomo. Enjoy artisan gelato. “Skip the Line” at Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s 17-foot “David” and at Uffizi Gallery to see works by Italian Masters; hear stories about artists, architects and patrons. View the city center from a rooftop terrace.

Best of Tuscany in a Day: A guided tour of Siena visits its medieval center, a World Heritage Site, and the Duomo, one of Italy’s most impressive Gothic cathedrals. Visit the estate of Niccolò Machiavelli and the Chianti wine region (lunching in a vineyard). Also tour well-preserved Lucca and take a mini-train in Pisa to the cathedral and the Leaning Tower.

VENICE • $2,037 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Best of Venice: On this tour of 10 people maximum, see the best of Venice from water, land and the St Mark’s Basilica terraces. Start on Grand Canal; the city’s main waterway snakes past 50 palaces, 6 churches, 4 bridges and 2 markets. Visit Bovolo staircase, stop by Marco Polo’s house (outside), see lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni & Paolo. View mosaics at St Mark’s. Secret Venice by Night: Start at Rialto Bridge. As you stroll, your guide tells stories, myths & legends, giving you a local’s perspective. Pass Peggy Guggenheim’s museum and hear about the patroness who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most notable art collections. End with an unforgettable 40-minute gondola ride as the sun sets.

LONDON • $2,212 per couple includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfast & 2 tours below

Total London: Begin at the Tower of London before it opens to the public. View the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace & take a panoramic drive featuring the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Downing Street and a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Cruise on the River Thames. Tour St Paul’s Cathedral, including the Whispering Gallery, and take a “flight“ on the London Eye. Stonehenge, Lacock & Bath: Enjoy a sunset viewing of 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, the world’s most popular prehistoric monument. Bath, a World Heritage Site, is a Georgian city with delightful crescents, terraces & architecture; tour its Roman Baths. Visit Lacock, a Saxon village where many dramas (Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice“) were filmed. Dine at George Inn, a pub built in 1361. Rates shown are for July 15-20, 2013, and are subject to availability at time of booking. Other dates/rates available. Ask about available add-on airfare.

CALIFORNIA New Yearʼs Getaway including reserved seats for the worldfamous Tournament of Roses Parade!

Dec 29–Jan 3 AAA Member Rate: $3,255 Start in LA, touring historic Farmers Market, glitzy Rodeo Drive and star-studded Hollywood. At the Chinese Theatre (née Grauman’s, then Mann’s), see celebrity signatures immortalized in cement. Follow the bronze medallions studding Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. At Hollywood & Highland, a shopping & entertainment complex housing the new home of Academy Awards extravaganzas, enjoy a great view of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign from the upper level. Continue to downtown LA if time permits, then relax and get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at at a bayfront restaurant in Long Beach. Day 2 takes you to Pasadena to see floats in the final stage of parade preparation; watch volunteers & professionals hand-apply flowers. Tour Burbank’s Warner Brothers Studios for a behind-the-scenes look into making films and TV shows; be alert for star sightings! Return to your hotel to relax poolside or enjoy beachside paths for walking, jogging and biking. Dining on your own allows you to explore Long Beach. On Day 3, drive to Simi Valley’s Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, the nation’s largest and most elaborate; see a full-scale Oval Office replica, Air Force One, a re-created White House state dinner and numerous videos & displays. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway through exclusive Malibu to fun & funky Santa Monica; explore its

variety of sights in your free time. Attend an exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Long Beach on the magnificent Queen Mary — a luxurious setting for sophisticated dining, dancing and bidding farewell to 2013 in grand style. Usher in 2014 with a toast from the best seat in Long Beach for a gigantic fireworks display off the ship’s stern! Day 4 finds you in Pasadena, at your reserved seat for the Roses Parade — 60 flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians. Stop at Victory Park to view the floats up close. Enjoy lunch in see-&-be-seen West Hollywood, then drive to your all-suite hotel on San Diego’s waterfront. Explore this unique city on Day 5; see Cabrillo Monument atop Point Loma, with commanding views of the Pacific, the harbor and the city skyline. Drive through Mission Bay, continue to Old Town (California’s birthplace) and La Jolla, a chic beachside hideaway where you’ll have time to explore. Established in 1868, Balboa Park is the country’s oldest and one of its largest city parks. Take a guided tour on a doubledecker bus at San Diego Zoo, then board the luxurious Lord Hornblower, designed to resemble the grand steamships that once plied the harbor; enjoy entertainment, dancing and a sit-down dinner while cruising past glittering harbor lights under radiant stars in the sky before debarking at the Embarcadero. All too soon, fly home on Day 6.

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh– Los Angeles, San Diego–Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 per person), 10 meals (including 2 dinner cruises), 2 cocktail parties, reserved parade seat, taxes/gratuities on included items, local tour manager and services of a AAA Tour Manager (if participation goal is met).


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at a shebeen (house tavern). At the Apartheid Museum, take an in-depth look at the nation’s divisive past. Travel through the Drakensburg Mountains to South Africa’s largest game reserve, Kruger National Park. A local expert leads you in search of the Big 5 — elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino. Watch carefully from your open-air safari vehicle; you may also see impala, zebra and giraffe. Save enough film or memory to capture the stunning beauty of the Garden Route, a scenic stretch of coastline between mountains and the Indian Ocean on the way to Tsitsikamma Forest, home to hundreds of species of birdlife. At Featherbed Nature Reserve, cruise a lagoon to the Heads, sandstone cliffs near Knysna, culinary capital of oysters and other delectable seafood. Then visit the national ostrich capital; tour a working farm and, if you choose, ride these flightless and largest of living birds. Afterward, a goblet of great wine may be in order. Fortunately, the Cape Winelands region is your next stop! South Africa has produced wine since 1659; visit a wine farm and sample a blend at a winery restaurant among the vines. One of the world’s most multicultural cities, Cape Town hugs a visually stunning harbor with a mountain forming a dramatic backdrop to the City Bowl. With its plateau more than 3,300 feet high, Table Mountain is surrounded

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April 24–May 9, 2014 • AAA Member Rate: $8,699 Rate per person (double occupancy) is before savings, is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Johannesburg), in-Africa flights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, sightseeing per itinerary, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 bag per person), taxes/gratuities/government fees for included features, 28 meals, in-Africa guide, cancel-for-any-reason protection and the services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). AAA Member Choice Vacations® door-to-door transfer service is unavailable on this departure. Visit AAA.com/ GoAfrica for complete itinerary and important pre-travel information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Kruger National Park: Safari drive Port Elizabeth: Garden Rte gateway Garden Route: coastal scenery Tsitsikamma Forest: birdlife Knysna: resort town, school visit

Lands Down Under

by near-vertical cliffs, Devil’s Peak and In Alice Springs, meet an Aboriginal Lion’s Head. Ride a thrilling cable car to musical group and dine in the bush its top for breathtaking views. (When a with entertainment under the stars. On thin strip of cloud forms over the mouna special Dreamtime tour, you’ll learn tain, locals call it their “tablecloth.”) about Aboriginal culture, meet individOn Cape Peninsula, visit with penuals and even visit a school. guins at Boulder Beach; explore KirstenOften characterized as Victorian, Melbosch Botanical Gardens. Take an afterbourne is lively and cosmopolitan; tour hours tour of the African Gold Museum its lovely Fitzroy Gardens and then travbefore enjoying a traditional African el to Phillip Island Nature Park, home of dining experience. the world’s largest Not yet wowed colony of Little (or, enough? Fly to as they’re known Book & make a deposit Zimbabwe’s Victorto Aussies, Fairy) by May 31, 2013, to save! ia Falls (its indigpenguins, just 13" enous name means tall, the smallest SOUTH AFRICA AUSTRALIA & NZ “smoke that thunpenguin species. $700 ...... Premier .... $1,200 ders”), where the Watch hundreds of $600 ..... AAA Plus ... $1,100 Zambezi River falls these lovable birds in a single vertical waddle from sea $550 .........Basic ....... $1,050 drop into a chasm to beach burrow, a Savings per room, based on double occupancy. To qualify, you must purchase air through AAA. 5,604 feet wide; the fascinating parade depth of the chasm sure to make you varies from 260 to 354 feet. Stay at the smile and one you’ll never forget! 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, the “grand Next, you’ll air-hop to the “most Engold lady” built in 1904. Take a leisurely lish city outside of England” — Christcruise on the Zambezi at sunset. Then church, New Zealand’s “Garden City.” enjoy a full day — including a safari on Then ride on the Tranz-Alpine Express the back of an elephant! — at Botswathrough the scenic Southern Alps. Exna’s Chobe National Park, home to an perience Franz Josef Glacier Region’s dyabundance of wildlife and game. namic and spectacular glacial landscape. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime travFor even more wows, you can opt for a el opportunity no lover of wildlife and thrilling flightseeing tour of the region. natural scenic beauty should miss. Visit Later, at the West Coast Wildlife Centre, AAA.com/GoAfrica and contact a AAA learn about the endangered kiwi bird. Travel Agent today! “The Lord of the Rings” fans will

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Featherbed Nature Reserve Oudtshoorn: ostrich “capital” Stellenbosch/Winelands Cape Town: Table Mtn Gondola Victoria Falls/Zambezi River

AAA-EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIONS AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! At Knysna lagoon, enjoy oysters & sparkling wine dockside, a paddle boat ride, an onboard local-specialties cooking demonstration and a delicious 3-course dinner! Enjoy a full-day adventure in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, featuring a river cruise and a memorable wildlife-viewing safari from atop the back of an elephant!

Enjoy an entertaining 30-minute ONLINE PRESENTATION on your computer — the first step of your AAA adventure! Ask real-time questions, learn from travel experts and marvel at incredible images. Register at 1-800-354-8761. South Africa — May 29 @ 7pm Australia & NZ — May 15 @ 7pm

EARN TRIPLE POINTS on your next AAA trip! Book your vacation using the AAA Member Rewards Visa® and earn triple points for each dollar spent on qualifying AAA Travel purchases. That means you could earn enough points to enhance your vacation with an unforgettable beachside horseback ride, amazing snorkeling tour or any of the hundreds of great adventures available. You’ll also get 2,500 bonus points after your first qualifying purchase. Apply at any AAA branch. For more information on the costs and benefits of this card, visit a AAA branch.

absolutely love the voyage to “Middle Earth.” See primeval, mystical landscapes where Tolkien’s powerful trilogy was filmed; vast panoramas of unspoiled wilderness on South Island made it an ideal setting. Trek by 4x4 Range Rovers into the aptly named Remarkable Mountains and across the Arrow River. Visit an 1800s gold rush boomtown, then enjoy a tasting at one of NZ’s famous wineries. Spend ample time exploring the splendor of Mt Cook National Park. Stop at a working farm for a riveting demonstration by a sheep herding dog followed by a sheep shearing. Afterward, sit down to dinner in the home of a friendly local family, getting to know them and their culture. Fly to Sydney for a unique Epicurean tour, savoring each course in a different restaurant. Extensively tour this fun-loving city; see the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, the Botanic Gardens and fashionable Paddington. After a guided tour of the instantly recognizable Sydney Opera House, enjoy time to explore the city’s many other sites. On your final day, wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes and the namesake “stars” of Koala Park will enchant you, as will the gems of the National Opal Collection. End this Oz-some tour with a farewell dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour! An optional 3-night post-tour stay in Fiji is available — a perfect ending to a perfect journey. Contact AAA Travel!

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND April 24–May 14, 2014 • AAA Member Rate: $9,849 Rate per person (double occupancy) is before savings, is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Sydney, Sydney-Christchurch, ChristchurchPittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, hotel luggage handling (1 bag per person), taxes/gratuities/government fees for included features, 30 meals, professional guide in Australia & New Zealand, cancel-for-any-reason protection and the services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). AAA Member Choice Vacations® door-to-door transfer service is unavailable on this departure. Visit AAA.com/GoAustralia for complete itinerary and important pre-travel information. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Cairns Rainforest Cableway Great Barrier Reef Uluru/Ayers Rock Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime tour Melbourne

Little Penguin colony Christchurch Tranz-Alpine Express ride Franz Joseph Glacier Queenstown Milford Sound cruise “Middle Earth” 4x4 trek

Winery tour & tasting Mt Cook National Park Herding/shearing demo Dine with a NZ Family Sydney & Opera House Koala Park & Opal Collection Sydney Harbour dinner cruise

AAA-EXCLUSIVE INCLUSION AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! In Cairns, at the beginning of your adventure, embrace Australia’s ancient indigenous culture with an evening of entertainment, discovery, delicious cuisine and storytelling that brings Dreamtime legends to life.


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PennDOT adds two programs aimed at saving lives Yellow Dot, Emergency Contact Information programs are free, voluntary

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ennDOT recently launched two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations — the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs. “Both of these programs speak for people when they can’t speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible,” said Governor Tom Corbett. “When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it’s critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim.” The Yellow Dot program began with a few communities in Connecticut. In 2011, the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office took the concept and turned it into a nationally recognized program and to date, the office has provided guidance to help develop “Yellow Dot” programs in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Utah, Louisiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Tennessee. They received the 2012 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association for their efforts. The program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check

ON THE DOT — Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders. your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need. Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. Then they place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle’s rear window.

The decal, which should be placed no higher than 3 inches from the bottom of the windshield, alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle’s glove compartment for the folder, helping emergency responders provide specific care to participants after a crash. The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement. The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Customers can update the information as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view their information in the system. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use the participant’s ID to find their emergency contact information. While the Yellow Dot program is utilized only in vehicle crashes, the Emergency Contact Information program is usable in other emergencies as well as crashes. “I sincerely hope that people never have to use these programs once they’re signed up, but I’m pleased that Pennsylvania now has these tools available to help people when they’re in dire need,” Corbett said. FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about the Yellow Dot program, or to sign up for a free program folder or to find locations where program materials can be picked up, visit www. YellowDot.pa.gov. To sign up for the Emergency Contact Information program, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us and click on the program icon.


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2013 AAA Approved Auto Repair Centers ALLEGHENY EAST

ARMSTRONG COUNTY

BLOOMFIELD B&M AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES..............412-682-7511

ALLEGHENY TWP AMSLER AUTOMOTIVE.........................724-845-3146

CHURCHILL TYKES SHELL AUTO SERVICE ..............412-243-2432

EAST BRADY SEYBERT’S AUTO SERVICE ..................724-526-5647

EAST LIBERTY MIKE’S AUTO BODY .............................412-362-0100 AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE .........................412-661-1000 RUDY MOLNAR SERVICE CENTER .......412-682-5700

RURAL VALLEY GOLDSTROHM AUTO LLC ....................724-783-2449

BUTLER COUNTY BUTLER DIEHL AUTOMOTIVE CHRYS/DODGE/JEEP ...........................724-282-8898 KERVEN SUBARU ................................724-287-0734 MIKE KELLY CHEV/CADI/HYUN ............800-255-3559

LAWRENCEVILLE PITTSBURGH COLLISION .....................412-784-1292 MCKEESPORT MCKEESPORT AUTO BODY ..................412-672-0696 TOM CLARK CHEVROLET .....................412-751-2900

CRANBERRY GILLECE TRANSMISSIONS...................724-776-2200 CRANBERRY TWP DENNY’S JORDEN SERVICE CTR.......................................724-776-3433

MONROEVILLE # 1 COCHRAN COLLISION CENTER ......412-372-8601 DAY CHEVROLET .................................412-327-0900 DAY FORD ...........................................412-856-0600 FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE ....412-856-0500 GOODYEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTER ....412-373-3005 IMPORTS BY DAY VW/AUDI .................724-327-4900

MARS FLEMING TIRE & AUTO SERVICE..........724-625-1577 RENFREW JUDSON AUTO BODY ...........................724-789-1111

NORTH VERSAILLES DARYL FOX AUTO SERVICE..................412-829-8282

SAVER EKAS AUTOMOTIVE..............................412-353-2430

OAKLAND BAUM BLVD AUTOMOTIVE ...................412-682-1866 BELLISARIO’S AUTOMOTIVE ................412-687-9258

FAYETTE COUNTY FAYETTE CITY ROBERTS AUTO BODY .........................724-326-5653

PENN HILLS TWP NICKS COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR & TIRE.....................................412-793-1131 PITTSBURGH ARS AUTOMOTIVE ................................ 412-7954059 BASTONE AUTO SERVICE ....................412-361-3554 BONURA & SATTLER AUTO BODY SHOP ..................... 412-361-8829 DAVE SMITH AUTO ..............................412-244-1030 GOODYEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTER ....412-281-9318 STUCKERT’S AUTO SERVICE................412-621-4115 WHITE OAK POZZUTO’S AUTO & TRUCK SERVICE...412-751-0800

ALLEGHENY NORTH ALLISON PARK FOREIGN TRAFFIC, INC. .......................724-449-9999 BELLEVUE GOODYEAR TIRE CENTER ....................412-766-0800 RUSS’S AUTO CARE ............................412-734-4558 CHESWICK OAK’S AUTO & TRUCK SERVICE...........724-274-9011 GLENSHAW KREBS AUTO TEAM .............................412-486-2500 HAMPTON TWP GILLECE TRANSMISSION .....................412-492-1580 MCCANDLESS TWP AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE .........................412-367-1670 MASCARI AUTO CENTER, INC. .............412-367-4810 NATRONA HEIGHTS EXPERT TIRE ........................................412-224-2664 LIEBERTH & SONS ...............................412-828-0520 PITTSBURGH ELITE COLLISION .................................412-459-0202 GRACELAND AUTO BODY.....................412-322-3566

WARRENDALE COMPLETE COLLISION INC..................724-935-1044 WEXFORD BILLCO MOTORS MAZDA/VW ..............724-940-1000 HERB SCOTT SERVICE.........................724-935-3220 KOLLINGER AUTO BODY ......................724-934-4941

ALLEGHENY SOUTH BALDWIN EARNELL MILLER’S CITGO ..................412-885-3030 BETHEL PARK BETHEL PARK AUTOMOTIVE ................412-831-0300 GILLECE TRANSMISSIONS...................412-835-6199 THE GARAGE .......................................412-831-1363 BRIDGEVILLE HAMLIN’S AUTO ..................................412-221-2100 BROOKLINE MJ AUTO SERVICE...............................412-531-9909 DORMONT DON RUFFING SERVICE, INC................412-561-9911 ELIZABETH ELIZABETH AUTOCARE ........................412-384-7700 JEFFERSON HILLS PRECISION BODY & SERVICE ..............412-655-7876 MUNHALL BAKOTA’S AUTO SERVICE ....................412-461-3599 OVERBROOK GILLECE TRANSMISSIONS...................412-885-1233

ROSS TWP CRITCHLOW AUTO BODY .....................412-821-1864 TROUBLE SHOOTERS ..........................412-931-0669

PITTSBURGH A-AUTOMOTIVE ...................................412-885-4010 BECKMAN MOTORS.............................412-431-5000 CENTERLINE COLLISION......................412-531-7751 ROHRICH TOYOTA ................................412-344-6012

SHARPSBURG FERRA AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE .............412-781-7519 RYAN’S AUTO GLASS ...........................412-781-0067

PLEASANT HILLS AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE .........................412-881-8588

BOWSER BUICK/GMC ..........................412-469-2100 BOWSER HYUNDIA SUBARU................412-469-2100 KNOLL AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES...........412-655-3398 SCOTT TWP. MJ AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER .....412-275-3289

SMITHFIELD AUTO TECH AUTO SERVICE..................724-569-9300 UNIONTOWN EQ MUFFLER & AUTO CENTER ............724-439-3669 EXPERT TIRE .......................................724-438-7302

INDIANA COUNTY

SOUTH HILLS ATLAS TRANSMISSION ........................412-531-2852 WEST HOMESTEAD ARMY’S TRANSMISSION .....................412-462-5100

INDIANA HAMMILL’S AUTOMOTIVE ....................724-349-6996 IMPORT AUTO WORKS .........................724-349-9211 MCGILL’S CAR WORLD ........................724-349-1108

WEST MIFFLIN LESCHAK AUTOMOTIVE .......................412-469-3575

MERCER COUNTY

ALLEGHENY WEST CARNEGIE CARNEGIE MOTORS.............................412-276-3800 MILEY AUTO & RV SERVICE .................412-279-6200 CRAFTON THE BODY SHOP @ 60 ........................412-921-2121 WOLBERT AUTO BODY & REPAIR.........412-922-8898

HERMITAGE MEL GRATA CHEVROLET/TOYOTA ........724-347-7702 MONTROSE BUICK/CADILLAC/GMC .....724-962-0900 MERCER KRESS AUTO CENTER..........................724-662-2631

SNYDER COUNTY SELINSGROVE

PAUL STINE CHEVROLET….570-374-1151

MCKEES ROCKS JIM CRIVELLI CHEVROLET ...................412-331-0120 PINE HOLLOW SERVICES.....................412-771-3600

UNION COUNTY

MOON TOWNSHIP THE BODY SHOP @ MOON TOWNSHIP AUTO BODY ............412-269-2867 NORTH STAR CHEVY ...........................412-264-4607 WEST HILLS NISSAN INC. ...................412-262-9020

WASHINGTON COUNTY

PITTSBURGH ARLINGTON AUTO CENTER ..................412-563-6000 SCHULER’S SERVICE CTR. ..................412-331-0277 ROBINSON TWP # 1 COCHRAN COLLISION CENTER ......412-788-4444 AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE .........................412-922-2250 DICK KERNICK SERVICE CENTER ........412-922-6181 FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE ....412-788-9570 FOREIGN FIX .......................................412-787-5181 SNYDER BROTHERS AUTO INC ............412-787-9988 THORNBURG AUTOMOTIVE ..................412-922-3700

LEWISBURG

E.L. SMELTZ AUTOMOTIVE….570-524-0310

BROWNSVILLE PARTS PLUS ........................................724-785-7505 CANNONSBURG RUSSO’S AUTO SVC. ...........................724-745-0279 EIGHTY FOUR KILKEARY’S AUTO BODY INC ...............724-941-4940 MONONGAHELA BIG G TIRE CO .....................................724-258-6616 PETERS TWP SUN CHEVROLET .................................412-344-8000 WASHINGTON AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE .....................724-222-2229 BUDD BAER ALL GM MODELS/SUBARU/MAZDA...................724-222-0700


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Go riding the rails around Colorado Taking the high road in the Centennial State

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ed is the color that gives Colorado its stately splendor. Even the name Colorado comes from the Spanish term for the ruddy tones of the native sandstone. Located just outside Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is home to some of the most uniquely beautiful sandstone rock formations in the country. Set against the backdrop of Pike’s Peak these solemn red giants include the Tower of Babel and the Kissing Camels. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway — the world’s highest cog train — has transported visitors to the rocky pinnacle since 1891. Katherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics to “America the Beautiful” in 1893, after being inspired by the scenery, which includes otherworldly rock formations, dense stands of aspen and the peaks of the Continental Divide. Colorado is filled with Rocky Mountain highs. The Royal Gorge Bridge — the world’s highest suspension bridge — hovers 955-feet above the Arkansas River. Just below the bridge America’s steepest incline railway slides 1,500 feet down to the canyon floor. Riding inside tiny cages, big enough for just two people, the incline descends at a seemingly impossible 45-degree angle for the 6-minute trip down to the roaring Arkansas River. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains

Traveling through the breathtaking canyons of San Juan National Forest the steam train takes 3.5 hours to complete the 45-mile route to the former mining town of Silverton. The National Historic Landmark features a Victorian-era downtown, filled with fine, Italianatestyle storefronts, or visitors can go underground at the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Towering multi-hued monoliths erupt from rock layers that are nearly two billion years old. The canyons are etched deep into sandstone, while pinion pines and junipers crown the high desert plateau and enormous rock towers.

THE SCENIC ROUTE — The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation for nearly 125 years. the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is almost unchanged since the day the first whistle blew back in 1880. An authentic artifact of the Old West the railway remains a spectacular example of mountain railroading. Clinging to the sheer rock faces, the 7-hour, 64-mile journey ascends 10,015-foot-high Cumbres Pass. The train snakes carefully along a narrow ledge and from here the view is straight down. Later the hills begin to soften and

the grassy hills flatten into a broad plain as the steam locomotive chugs into Antonito, Colorado. Durango’s mountain location may only be matched by its colorful past. Visitors can ride historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which has been in continuous operation for nearly 125-years. Once used to haul gold and silver the open gondola cars now offer vertigo-inducing views along a dizzying series of switchbacks.

RIDING THE RAILS

AAA’s Railing Around Colorado Rail Tour features some of the world’s great rail journeys and the spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountain State. The September 14-21, 2013 escorted tour includes chartered motorcoach transportation, 7-night accommodations and services of a AAA Tour Manager. Please ask about add-on airfare from your departure city. FOR MORE INFORMATION

See this issue’s Departures Guide or log on to AAA.com/USA for special values on great adventures in the American West.


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Shining a light along the Great Lakes coast Michigan lighthouses are a beacon for travelers

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ature still rules in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula. Here, deep forests surround timeless resort communities that dot the shores of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. When the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age, they left behind the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world and the region stretches from the Upper Peninsula’s south coast with the spectacular Straits of Mackinac, to Grand Traverse Bay and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state making it the perfect place for a summer lighthouse tour. More than 115 lighthouses form a stellar constellation along the Michigan coastline, guiding sailors and spurring imaginations. Some still shine for ships, others shed their light as museums, or bed and breakfasts. The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, in Port Huron was the first lighthouse on Lake Huron and is Michigan’s oldest surviving lighthouse. Originally constructed in 1825, visitors can climb to the top of the tower for an awesome view of Lake Huron and the Blue Water Bridge. The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse was constructed in 1840, and operated until 1871 when a new, coastal lighthouse was completed. Visitors can climb the hand-hewn stone steps for a panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline and Presque Isle Harbor. Old Presque Isle Lighthouse Park

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves a national treasure, nearly 200 historic shipwrecks submerged intact in Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water. Visitors can explore the history and archaeology of these wrecks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the Sanctuary’s 20,000 square foot, river-front headquarters in Alpena. Exhibits on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks include the new “Exploring the Shipwreck Century” exhibit, a 9,000 square ft. permanent exhibit featuring a life-sized recreation of a Great Lakes schooner and a shipwreck site.

IF YOU GO

SEEING THE LIGHT — The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse was the first lighthouse on Lake Huron. also houses a side-gabled brick keeper’s dwelling, which serves as a hands-on museum. Here, visitors can blow foghorns and ring the bell from the Lansing City Hall clock tower. Tipping the scales at an impressive 3,425 pounds, this bronze behemoth is nearly twice the size of the Liberty Bell. The New Presque Isle Light, a mile to the north, presides over its namesake peninsula. The tallest tower accessible to public on the Great Lakes, an elegant spiral cast iron stairway takes visitors 138 steps to the top gallery.

A 1905 keeper’s dwelling has been painstakingly restored and provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about local history, as well as how keepers and their families lived. The Alpena Light is not your typical light station. Located at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River, the 80-foot skeletal tower is called “Sputnik” by the locals because it resembles the Russian satellite. Often dismissed as being “long on duty, short on beauty,” it’s believed to be the only lighthouse of this type in the U.S.

See the best of the Great Lakes state aboard AAA Travel’s Michigan, Lighthouses tour, September 9-13, 2013. Highlights include the Fort Gratiot, Forty Mile Point, Old/New Presque Isle, Sturgeon Point lighthouses, dinner cruise on Lake Huron, Lumberman’s Monument - Huron National Forest, carriage ride through elk preserve and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and Charity Island cruise. Tour includes round trip chartered motorcoach transportation; 4-nights accommodations; baggage handling; 9 meals including dinner cruise; all admissions and touring per itinerary; taxes and gratuities on included items, and services of a AAA Tour Manager.


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AAA Auto Buying Experts pick top vehicles for commuters Find the right price with AAA’s Auto Buying program

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otorists in the market for a new car typically want a vehicle that can go the distance with comfort, performance and style. Eighty-six of percent Americans rely on their vehicle to get them to work every day and with an average commute of 25 minutes and gas prices hovering about $3.70 per gallon, choosing the right vehicle can make the commute more enjoyable while lowering transportation expenses. Here are some of their top vehicles for commuters as picked by AAA Auto Buying experts who test-drive and evaluate hundreds of vehicles each year. Toyota Prius & Prius V — These gasoline-electric hybrids can seat five in reasonable comfort and are real penny pinchers. Estimated combined mileage is 50 mpg for the four-door hatchback and 42 mpg for the roomier Prius V. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price of the 2013 Toyota Prius is $24,066, 3.7 percent less than the MSRP, and the Prius V five door wagon is $26,350, four percent less than MSRP. Nissan Altima — The redesigned 2013 Altima has a sleek new exterior and some unique safety features including a backup camera that doubles as lane departure and blind spot warnings in some models. Altima’s new “zerogravity” seats were designed with help from NASA and are said to simulate

V IS FOR VERSATILE — The Prius V five-door wagon is a roomier version of America’s favorite hybrid. the feeling of weightlessness. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price of the 2013 Nissan Altima four door 2.5 liter is $21,706, 3.7 percent less than the MSRP. Ford Fusion — Completely redesigned for 2013, the Blue Oval’s entry in the affordable family sedan category could easily have passed for a luxury car not that many years ago. Fusion features a Euro-styled exterior, an upgraded interior and new drivetrains. An optional 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 240 horse-

power, matching the output of many V-6s. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price of the 2013 Ford Fusion four door S is $20,038, 10.9 percent less than the MSRP. Buick LaCrosse — A plush ride, responsive handling and an excellent V-6-based drivetrain make this the Camelot of carpooling. Buyers seeking the comfort of a LaCrosse but with better fuel efficiency should check out the four-cylinder eAssist drivetrain. Consider it a mild hybrid. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price

Performing Arts Center. Famous the world over the University of Notre Dame Band is the oldest college band (in continuous existence) in the United States. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall; the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theater. Tickets: $60 includes dinner with a band member and show (relevant for first ticket purchase only - $40 for each additional ticket), $40 includes dinner and show, $20 includes show only. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, One Lincoln Park, Midland. Call 724-643-9004 or visit www.lppac.org. HOPE IN ONE CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC — (May 13) Animal Friends and the Homeless Children’s Education Fund are partnering together on behalf of pets and children to present the inaugural Hope in One Golf Outing! With your help, HCEF is able to serve as a voice and advocate for the homeless children of Allegheny County. Your contribution will also support the animals and the no-kill mission of Animal Friends. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Diamond Run Golf Club, 132 Laurel Oak Drive, Sewickley. Call 412-847-7052 or email kcorrado@ ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org for more info.

AMBRIDGE NATIONALITY DAYS — (May 17-19) A traditional festival celebrating the ethnic pride of our melting pot community. Numerous ethnic performances of song and dance. The streets are filled with great ethnic food, crafts of all kinds and games for children of all ages. Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact: 724-266-3040. VENTURE OUTDOORS FESTIVAL — (May 18) The annual Venture Outdoors Festival returns to Point State Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with activities for all ages. Try out kayaking with great views of the city. Take a bike ride or stroll around the Point. Try your hand at fishing. Relax and stretch in a free yoga class, or try to reach the top of the climbing wall. Stop by the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about outdoor activities of the 18th Century. Location: Point State Park, 601 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh. For information, visit www.ventureoutdoors.org/vofest. aspx, or call 412-255-0564. GARDEN MART — (May 18) Plants from the OEV’s greenhouse and gardens will be available to purchase. Vendors and local garden clubs will offer new and unusual plants for sale. The time is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Old Economy Village, 270 Sixteenth Street, Ambridge. 724/266-4500.

of the 2013 Buick LaCrosse four-door sedan base is $30,727, 5.6 percent less than the MSRP. Honda Odyssey — The gold standard of family haulers features a cavernous interior and comes loaded with the latest infotainment and safety features like Intelligent Multi-Information Display, and Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. It’s surprisingly nimble to drive, handling tight urban streets and winding country roads with equal aplomb. The third row Magic Seat folds easily to from a flat load floor with ample space for a wide range of items. The 3.5-liter, 248 horsepower V-6 has plenty of kick, while delivering a thrifty 19/28 mpg. TrueCar reports that the Average Paid price of the 2013 Honda Odyssey LX is $27,801, 5.8 percent less than the MSRP.

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aroundtown BUTLER COUNTY CHAINSAW CARVING INVITATIONAL — (May 10-12) More than 20 of the world’s top chainsaw carving artists will converge on the Butler Farm Show Grounds to show off their talents. Artists will be transforming ordinary blocks of wood into spectacular works of art right before your eyes using just a chainsaw! Along with food and fun an auction featuring these one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be held at the event’s close. Hours are: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Daily admission: $5, children 12 and under are free. Location: Butler Farm Show Grounds, 625 Evans City Road, Butler. For more information, call 866-856-8444 or visit www.VisitButlerCounty.com. MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK — (May 12) Visit Raccoon Creek State Park on Mother’s Day for a relaxing look at wildflowers along the trails of the Wildflower Reserve. The walk will cover identification, uses and folklore associated with various plants. This free event runs from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Raccoon Creek State Park’s Wildflower Reserve, 3000 State Rte. 18, Hookstown. Call 724-899-3611 for details. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE — (May 13) The Fighting Irish band will perform at Lincoln Park

THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS — (May 23) Perhaps the most famous movie music composer of all time John Williams’ iconic melodies have been heard in Star Wars, E.T., and more. Hear why this five-time Academy Award winner is a celebrity in his own right. Lawrence Loh will be conducting as Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs some of Williams’ greatest works. 8 p.m. at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Ave. New Castle. For tickets, call 1-800-743-8560 or visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/src. CASCADE PARK ANNUAL ART FEST — (May 25-26) Spend Memorial Day weekend at Cascade Park in New Castle, where you’ll enjoy “Art, Eats & Beats”! This annual festival includes fine arts and crafts, continuous entertainment, refreshments, a children’s area, dancers, magicians, bands and more. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cascade Park, 1928 East Washington Street, New Castle. Visit www.ncartfest.com. NEW BRIGHTON DODRANBICENTENNIAL — (May 26-June 1) Celebrate New Brighton’s 175th anniversary with festivities and events throughout the town. Parade June 1, at 10 a.m. Call 724-8461870 or visit www.newbrightonborough.org for a schedule of upcoming events.


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