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Rocky Mountaineer Train Summit Helicopter Tour

CANADIAN ROCKIES: Seattle to Calgary


ertain travel experiences stimulate the senses, stir the soul and embed themselves forever in our psyche. Timeless and awe-inducing natural scenery — combined with unique and exhilarating adventures — forge lifelong joy-filled memories that may be called upon later to soothe & uplift us when we need to be soothed & uplifted. Such is the potential and priceless benefit you’re likely to reap if you join AAA’s Sept 1222 “Canadian Rockies: Seattle to Calgary” tour. And, for AAA members who book & make a deposit by 4/30/14, some other more-material benefits (savings up to $500.00!) are waiting as well; see box at right. Witness stunningly jagged mountainscapes soaring above and around you...icy-cold alpine lakes of uncommon hues more often associated with jewels...brilliant star-bright nights, silent but for sounds of the wild…dense forests redolent of evergreen and what can only be described as the smell of “clean.” Being temporarily dumbstruck by nature calls for an equally “moving” manmade experience that’s sure to get your heart racing — riding on the world’s foremost luxury touring train. This extraordinary 9-day tour includes daytime rides on Rocky Mountaineer — Seattle

Don’t just imagine it or read about it; discover all of the pleasures of a Rocky Mountaineer journey in “rail” time; enjoy the highestlevel GoldLeaf Service on 3 daytime train rides, just one feature of AAA’s Sept 12 “Canadian Rockies: Seattle to Calgary” tour.

ONLY AAA MEMBERS SAVE UP TO $500.00 Premium ............ $500.00 Plus.................... $450.00 Basic .................. $400.00 and get a pair of compact 8X BINOCULARS!

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Now you never have to miss a single issue of your AAA Club publication. The AAA Motorist is online with anytime access to informative articles on getting the most from your AAA membership, helpful consumer advice and thoughtful commentary on issues relevant to all motorists. Planning your next vacation? AAA Motorist highlights some of the premier destinations and attractions from across the country and around the globe. Plus, there are indepth reviews of the latest automotive technology, and practical information on buying and looking after your vehicle. Just go to AAA. com, click on the link that says Community and enter your zip code for the regional edition created specifically for your geographic area.

Save on Stars on Ice Tickets America’s top Olympic medal contenders from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi headline this season’s all-new Stars on Ice Tour, and you can see them perform April 25 at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh! Get your tickets now to experience the passion and relive the spirit of the U.S. Figure Skating Team as they celebrate their performances from the 2014 Winter Games! As part of the AAA Discounts & Rewards program, members receive 25% off tickets priced at $90 and under when using the password ICE. Tickets are currently available at


Exclusive AAA MEMBER BENEFIT: Each adult receives a $100.00 onboard Rocky Mountaineer souvenir credit! to Vancouver, Vancouver to Kamloops, Kamloops to Jasper. Even more extraordinary? The 3 rides are just 1 highlight of this tour! Great rail journeys transcend mere travel, and those on Rocky Mountaineer rate as one of the “World’s Greatest Trips” by National Geographic...“Best Train Experience in the World” by the Society of American Travel Writers...and “Best Rail Vacation” by Travel Weekly. Rocky Mountaineer’s highest-level GoldLeaf Service features reclining seats in a bi-level glass-domed coach with full-length windows and a lower-level dining room, where you’ll savor hot gourmet meals from an à la carte menu prepared by chefs trained at Michelinstarred restaurants. Enjoy complimentary snacks & beverages (soft & “hard”) at your seat as friendly hosts offer stories and alert you of photo opps, from your seat or the lower level’s outdoor vestibule. Relax to the train’s hypnotic clickety-clack and soothing sway. Marvel at the sights appearing and unfolding beyond the panoramic windows, with the promise of something even more spectacular just ahead or around each corner. In addition to the train experiences, you’ll also visit other wonders in 3 national parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you’ll enjoy hotel stays in Seattle, Vancouver (2 nights), Kamloops, Jasper (2 nights), Banff and Calgary. It all begins Seattle; after some self-guided continued on page 23

Free Battery Wellness Clinics from AAA AAA East Central is hosting Free Battery Wellness Clinics to help members get their cars ready for spring. AAA Battery Service offers fast, accurate and convenient mobile battery testing and replacement. State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment will confirm whether your battery will hold a charge, or if the problem lies deeper in the electrical system. If a replacement is needed, it can be purchased and installed on the spot. AAA will even recycle your old battery for free. Battery checks will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day), at the AAA branch office located at 1634 Valley View Blvd., Altoona, (814) 946-1277.

Veteran Designation Now Available on PA IDs Your local AAA office can help qualified applicants add the new Veteran’s Designation to a Pennsylvania Driver’s License or Photo ID Card. If your license or photo ID expires within 6 months, you can apply for the renewal and add the designation. This can be done even if the renewal form has not been sent from PennDOT. Are you more than 6 months from expiration? You can still add the designation by applying, and paying for a duplicate license. PennDOT and AAA service fees apply for all procedures.

Hot Destinations & Cool Discounts Ready for an all-inclusive vacation to the sunny Caribbean or Mexico? Making destinations more memorable for over 50 years, Pleasant Holidays has a variety of exciting tours, activities and excursions to take your vacation experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Book before April 30, 2014 and get $50 off per room, based on double occupancy, from AAA Travel. Plus, you’ll also receive a $50 certificate from Pleasant Holidays good toward optional sightseeing or activities. New bookings only. SEE PAGE 7



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Best Western International has three for the road



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AAA’s Hotel Partner of the Year offers three ways to stay est Western hotels are located everywhere — from seaside resorts and national parks — to major cities and small towns across North America. They offer a welcoming experience among clean and comfortable surroundings, with all the amenities to ensure a restful and productive stay at an exceptional value. Best Western hotels all meet AAA’s high-standards for a minimum 2-Diamond or 3-Diamond rating. In 2013, Best Western earned their fifth consecutive AAA Hotel Partner of the Year award. The world’s largest hotel family now has three for the road with Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier properties offering progressively enhanced amenities dining and recreation. Best Western, the company’s classic hotel brand offers a value priced combination of comfort, convenience, with such state-of-the-art amenities as complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room coffee & tea maker, and available breakfast to help you get a good start on your day. Best Western Plus always delivers that little something extra. From wellappointed rooms to modern amenities, it’s thoughtfully designed to suit the needs of any business or leisure traveler. Amenities include upgraded bath products, in-room mini-fridge, a fitness room to help you stay in shape and a business center. All Best Western Plus hotels meet the high-standard requirements of AAA


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A LITTLE EXTRA — The Best Western Plus Las Brisas Hotel in Palm Springs. with a minimum 3-Diamond rating. Launched in 2011 the distinct style and personalized service of the Best Western Premier brand always leaves a lasting impression. Usually located in very desirable destinations, these hotels are aimed at travelers who appreciate unique experiences, and genuine hospitality.

Whether it’s a relaxing vacation or an important business meeting, plush amenities like fashionable furnishings, premium linens and towels, and HD TVs, provide a refined level of comfort for all travelers at these upscale properties. Best Western Premier hotels meet the high-standard requirements of AAA with a minimum 3-Diamond rating. The last thing you want when you’ve booked a single room is to find out you’re sharing it with millions of germs and bits of microscopic debris Best Western International has adopted a high-tech approach to ensure their rooms are as clean and sanitary as possible. Their innovative I Care Clean program brings advanced cleaning technologies used in hospitals to the hospitality industry. Housekeepers in all of Best Western’s 2,200 locations are now using black lights and ultraviolet light wands to seek out and destroy germs and harmful bacteria. The key to memorable travels with pets is careful planning. Best Western is a leader in pet friendly travel with more than 1,600 locations that accommodate your four-legged friends. Special efforts to accommodate pets include special amenities like doggie treats at check-in, water bowls, pet beds with blankets, and pet-friendly “Mini Bar” including pets snacks, toys and special clean-up bags.


AAA members save 10% or more on room rates at Best Western hotels in the U.S., Canada and Best Western hotels worldwide. AAA members also receive special benefits through Best Western’s exclusive rewards program, AAA Preferred Best Western Rewards. Membership is free and your Best Western Rewards points never expire.

Altoona 1634 Valley View Blvd. ............................. 814-946-1277 Butler 138 Clearview Circle .................................... 724-287-2713 Cranberry The Village Shoppes, 20510 Rt. 19 .......... 724-772-1122 Erie 6660 Peach St. Unit #2 .............................. 814-866-0246 Franklin 102 Sugar Creek Town Center Rd. ........... 814-432-3960 Greensburg Eastgate Shopping Center 5142 Route 30, Suite 135 ......................... 724-834-8300 Grove City 24 Pine Grove Village Dr. .......................... 724-458-8930 Harborcreek 4430 Buffalo Rd. ........................................ 814-897-9508 Hermitage 1749 E. State St.......................................... 724-981-9141 Indiana 1169 Wayne Ave........................................ 724-349-4193 Jamestown (New York) 111 W. Fifth St., Jamestown, N.Y.. ........... 716-488-1981 Kittanning Franklin Village Mall. ............................... 724-543-1924 Lewisburg 530 1/2 North Derr Drive . ....................... 570-524-7455 Lower Burrell/New Kensington Area Crossroads Plaza 2503 Leechburg Rd.................................... 724-339-4440 McKean County (Bradford) 587 South Ave. .......................................... 814-368-3113 Meadville 18939 Park Avenue Plaza Unit #7 ............ 814-724-2247 New Castle 40 East St.................................................... 724-658-8551 Niagara-Orleans 7135 Rochester Rd, Lockport, NY. ............ 716-434-2865 Pittsburgh–Century III Area (Pleasant Hills) 9 Clairton Blvd. (RT 51). ........................... 412-655-6100 Pittsburgh–Downtown 538 Smithfield St. ...................................... 412-338-4300 Pittsburgh–East Liberty/Shadyside 5900 Baum Blvd. ........................................ 412-365-7196 Pittsburgh–Monroeville 2725 Mosside Blvd. .................................... 412-858-4640 Pittsburgh–North Hills Area (Ross Township) 4790 McKnight Rd. .................................... 412-367-7600 Pittsburgh–Robinson Township Robinson Town Centre 1760 Park Manor Blvd. ............................. 412-809-2800 Pittsburgh–South Hills Area (Bethel Park) 160 Ft. Couch Rd. ...................................... 412-833-5203 Rochester 300 Adams St. ............................................ 724-775-8000 St. Marys 1375 Bucktail Rd. ...................................... 814-834-7838 Somerset 110 N. Center Ave. .................................... 814-443-6526 Sunbury 1001 Market Street. .................................. 570-286-4507 Uniontown 111 W. Main St. ......................................... 724-438-8575 Warren 2285 Market St. ......................................... 814-723-6660 Washington 196 Murtland Ave. .................................... 724-222-3800 Waynesburg 184 Greene Plaza, US 21 & I-79 ................ 724-627-3434 White Oak/McKeesport Area Oak Park Mall, 2001 Lincoln Way ............ 412-675-3400

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AAA’s state advocacy agenda for 2014 Blair Region Official publication of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 1634 Valley View Blvd, Altoona PA 16602-6041 USPS 535-650 ISSN 0000-0000 Periodicals Postage Paid at Altoona, PA Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist Blair Region c/o AAA, 1634 Valley View Blvd Altoona PA 16602-6041 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year. Publisher ............................ James E. Lehman Managing Editor ....................... Doug O’Neil Editorial Office 5900 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854 e-mail:

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 Assistant Treasurer: ........................................ Edith W. Martel Secretary: ................................................ Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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, Pamela C. Fritz, Richard S. Hamilton, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, Richard D. Linderman**, William Duff McCrady, James M. McDonnell, Thomas V. McKernan Jr., Martha Hartle Munsch, Gary K. Munsie** EAST CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Neil D. Bassi, Chairman, Robert S. Collins, Vice Chairman, Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Jack A. Barkley, William E. Bierer**, Ellsworth T. Bowser**, Peter Burton, Marianne B. Campbell, Michael A. Cochran, Daniel J. Collins Jr.**, Robert H. Compton, Debra A. Dinnocenzo, James J. Dodaro, Jack G. Ellis, 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 Blair Regional Board of Directors David E. Burchfied Sr., Ronald J. Glunt, Asbury Lee, W. Lee Oswalt III, Dennis Roland, James G. Williamson, Leon R. Zook

Blair Office: 1634 Valley View Blvd Altoona PA 16602-6041 (814) 946-1277

Priorities include distracted driving and teen driver safety By Richard Hamilton Chairman, AAA East Central wo thousand and fourteen may prove to be a watershed year for our transportation infrastructure. Many states lack the funding to build and properly maintain the roads we use every day. The failure of the federal government to adequately address this issue means state legislatures must look for new ways to pay for improvements and reduce congestion. AAA will do everything it can to support states in achieving these goals. AAA has prioritized a number important state advocacy issues this year, including transportation funding, distracted driving, teen driver safety, impaired driving and connected cars. Our goal is to make driving safer, improve mobility and protect the rights of all motorists. Transportation funding — Congress has not updated the 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax that funds the Highway Trust Fund in more than 20 years. Inflation and lower tax revenues due to improved fuel efficiency have significantly eroded federal transportation funding per mile. Last year, six states including Pennsylvania, passed legislation to adjust their statewide gas taxes to help fund roads and bridges and as many as 28 additional states will take up the issue this year. AAA will provide expertise as state policymakers examine ways to pay for critical transportation projects and safety improvements.


Distracted driving — AAA will continue working with state legislatures to reduce distracted driving. In 2009, AAA launched a national legislative campaign to ban texting while driving in all 50 states and today, only eight states remain without a law. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration distracted driving is responsible for about 3,000 fatalities and 420,000 injuries per year. Taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds can double your risk of being in a crash. Teen driver safety — Car crashes take more teen lives than cancer, homicide and suicide combined. AAA is urging all states to adopt and enforce a

membersonly Request roadside assistance from your PC or mobile device More ways AAA is putting technology to work for you


ere’s a situation with a familiar ring to it — it’s a busy morning and you’re running late for work. You barely have time to grab your keys before hurrying out the door. Then you realize your car won’t start. Vehicle breakdowns are an unfortunate fact-of-life and the timing is never good. You could call by dialing our toll-free number, but AAA has several additional ways to request road service — AAA Mobile, AAA Find Me, and AAA Road Service Online. Use them when you’re on the road, or from your home or office.

AAA Mobile

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comprehensive three-stage graduated driver licensing (GDL) system for teen drivers. While every state has some form of a GDL law, there is much room for improvement. Only seven states including New York and West Virginia currently have GDL systems that meet AAA’s guidelines for nighttime limits, passenger limits and practice requirements. Safety experts credit GDL laws for much of the 57 percent decline in traffic fatalities for 16- and 17-year-old drivers between 1995 and 2010. Impaired driving — More than 10,000 people die in alcohol-impaired driving crashes per year, accounting for approximately one-third of the all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Ignition interlocks have been proven to be effective at reducing repeat offenses, but only 18 states mandate or highly incentivize ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. AAA is urging all remaining states to save lives and prevent needless tragedies by requiring ignition interlocks for all offenders. Connected cars — Wireless connectivity promises to transform the driving experience by improving safety and more new cars are being equipped with this technology. It also has the potential to collect and transmit vast amounts of user data outside the vehicle, without the knowledge or informed consent of the owner. AAA is working to educate state policymakers on the ramifications of this technology by promoting consumer rights for car data that ensure transparency, choice and security.

AAA members can request roadside assistance electronically directly from their smartphones using the free AAA Mobile app. It also transmits the location of your vehicle using the GPS location on your phone. A new, next generation user interface, incorporating a series of interactive “cards” is beautifully responsive and optimized to look and work great on your device. Available for iPhone and Androidcompatible devices, AAA Mobile makes

the perfect travel companion for people on the go. In addition to roadside assistance key features include: • TripTik® — Trip planning with interactive maps and directions; • Exclusive member discounts at over 114,000 locations; • Mobile battery replacement quotes and AAA Approved Repair locations; • Research and book AAA Diamond Rated hotels with reviews, inspector notes and AAA member offers. (where available) AAA Mobile delivers a complete mobile member experience. For more information or to download the AAA Mobile app, visit the AAA Mobile Solutions page at

AAA Road Service Online

Members can easily access AAA Road Service Online, from their PC or tablet device by clicking on the Road Service Online link at If you are not a registered user, you’ll then be asked to enter your member number and zip code to confirm your membership. You’ll quickly be guided through the online request

process, providing the same information you would if you called, including vehicle information, location, and type of service requested. Shortly after the request is sent, members receive an e-mail confirmation that includes an estimated time of arrival for the roadservice provider. Why request road service online? Service requests made online go directly to the dispatcher, so the time it takes to request service online can be considerably shorter than by phone. This is particularly true during severe weather when call volume can be heavier. Visit the next time you need roadside assistance.

AAA Find Me

If you need roadside assistance and call from your AT&T or Sprint GPSenabled mobile phone, AAA will rescue you — even if you aren’t sure where you are. AAA Find Me uses GPS technology to determine the location of authorized mobile handsets. There are no additional fees and only requirement is that participants are current AAA members and an AT&T or Sprint subscriber.



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Hindsight is 20/20:

Consider these common regrets when buying auto insurance By Robin Jones magine you’re stopped at a red light when you catch a glimpse of the car behind you in your rearview mirror. It’s coming way too fast, and you know it’s not going to stop in time. Sure enough, the car slams into your rear bumper, going about 25 mph. Shaken, you climb out of your car to exchange insurance information. That’s when the other driver confesses: She doesn’t have auto insurance. This is the moment when you might think to yourself, “Do I have collision coverage to repair my car?” Collision coverage can help pay to fix your vehicle regardless of who is at fault and even if the other party is uninsured. The next morning, you drop off your vehicle at a collision repair facility and are informed the repairs add up to several thousand dollars and could take up to 15 days. You contact your auto insurance company and breathe a sigh of relief when you learn you had indeed requested collision coverage when you purchased your policy several years ago. In order to save money, some drivers might decide to purchase only the required liability coverages and waive physical damage coverages such as collision and comprehensive. Or they might forgo physical damage coverages because they think they’re a safe driver,


chasing insurance and to be clear on the types of coverage you’re buying (liability, collision, comprehensive). In addition, carefully consider the limits for each category. If you’re confused or just need help making your decision on what to purchase, don’t hesitate to ask your agent questions. 2. Buying only the minimal coverage required. People typically cite a couple of reasons for buying the least amount of coverage allowed under state laws: NO REGRETS — Carefully weigh your options They want to save money, when shopping for insurance. or they think they don’t need much coverage. and if they’re involved in an accident Both reasons fail to take one significaused by another driver, that person’s cant thing into consideration: If you insurance company would cover the are legally liable for damages in excess repairs. However, as the above scenario of your policy limits, your personal shows, they might lament those deciassets—for example, your house, your sions. Bypassing collision coverage is future earnings, and any other valujust one of the common regrets people ables you have—could be at risk to have after an accident. Here are a few compensate for the injuries and damothers. ages you cause to another person and 1. Buying an auto policy before their vehicle. you understand your coverages. One type of affordable coverage The variety of coverage options in your that’s commonly overlooked is rental contract can be intimidating. That’s car coverage. You may need it if your why it’s important to take the time vehicle isn’t drivable after an accident to study each item when you’re pur-

and you don’t have other transportation options. Rental coverage covers the cost of a replacement vehicle while your car is being repaired. 3. Shopping solely on price. It’s not always a good idea to choose an insurance company on the basis of price alone. Why? Because not all insurance companies offer the same protection or quality customer service. If you have to file a claim, you want to feel confident it will be settled quickly and fairly. So before you choose an insurer, research its reputation. Ask friends and neighbors, read consumer publications, look at the A.M. Best or J.D. Power websites, and check the company’s consumer complaint record with your state insurance department. Be sure that you’re getting the best value for your money, even if that means you spend a little more. 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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Member Benefits • Exclusive Offers



Calculating how to fulfill your beach getaway dreams? is AAA’s foolproof formula! And, until 4/30/14, you can get (see details on the next page). Flush with deluxe amenities, overflowing with fun activities, stuffed with specialty dining options and pampering you with attentive service, the allinclusive oceanfront oases below are just a few among hundreds in the Caribbean and Mexico available from AAA travel partner Pleasant Holidays. Singles, couples, families and groups of friends alike can find a resort that suits their interests, budget and travel styles. Pay just one price for everything — accommodations, meals, drinks, snacks, pools, water sports, fitness centers, spas and much, much more — and enjoy the vacation of your dreams! rants. Enjoy unlimited scuba diving, land & water sports and premium-brand drinks. Just over an hour southeast of Miami lies a jewel-like strand of islands called Turks BEACHES RESORT & GOLF CLUB: Ocho Rios, Jamaica & Caicos. Strung across indescribably turquoise waters, it's one of the world's Set where verdant mountains meet azure seas, this 223-room beachbest scuba destinations and it’s perfect for those looking for a true tropifront resort is the utimate vacation spot for those who love both surf cal hideaway. Named 2013’s #1 hotel for families in the Caribbean & turf and was voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by by Travel & Leisure magazine and set on Grace Bay’s whiteALL-INCLUSIVE Parents magazine. With complimentary golf for the entire sand beach, this 758-room resort offers 4 uniquely themed ADVANTAGES family, a Pirates’ Island Waterpark with waterslides and villages (featuring the architecture & ambiance of Italy, Avoid awkward tip moments, such as motorized water sports, this resort caters to families of France, the Caribbean and Key West). Families love worrying about whether or how much to tip. all ages. Take full advantage of kids’ programs and Pirates’ Island, the Caribban’s largest theme waterNo worrying about where to go, how to get from one place to another, where to stay, what to see. family suites. The natural beauty of luxuriant greenpark, and there's something for all kids, from tots to One value-packed price for hotel, food, drinks and most ery, mountains that loom over white-sand beaches tweens to teens — Sesame Street® characters, the extras eliminates guesswork...and the need to carry cash. and the world-renowned Dunn’s River Falls are Xbox 360® Game Garage and an under-21 disco No surprises: A placid predictability can be a wonderful panacea. what make the Ocho Rios area such an extraordi— all on one of the world’s best beaches. A few activities (massage or motorized water sports, in some cases) nary destination.

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may involve a fee, but the beauty is the spa & beach are only steps away. Many resorts cater to couples (as well as child-averse or child-indifferent GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA: Mexico adults) and offer the promise of serenity, romance and flirty fun. A grand estate 40 minutes by plane from South Just 5 minutes from downtown Playa del CarMany resorts cater to parents with children. Daycare, kid-specific Florida, this 245-room enclave sits on an exquimen, this 491-room beachfront oasis of luxury, pools, activity zones, monitors, performers and more make it site white-sand beach. Enjoy all-concierge service known for its “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All fun and stress-free for everyone. and magnificently appointed villa and suite accomCompare” amenities, offers impeccable service Relative privacy & seclusion: All-inclusives can also be havens of solitude and stillness, where the mind quiets modations with abundant amenities. Deep within the and hospitality. The resort features spacious, welland settles into a delicious anti-routine. idyllic waters of the Exumas, it brings unprecedented appointed suites, upscale furnishings, native artwork Unless you pile on the side trips and menu luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out and a AAA Five Diamond restaurant. It’s the only famiextras, all- inclusives make it easy Islands. You’ll feel like you’re the only ones there, where ly-friendly all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to to stick to a financial plan.


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NOW AMBER: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This all-new resort is a welcoming haven. Perfectly situated on a golden-sand beach on Banderas Bay, it features luxurious amenities and lavish accommodations. Reservationfree dining options, activities and nightly performances will keep you entertained. Now Amber Puerto Vallarta earned the highly coveted AAA Four Diamond Award in 2013. Every amenity you’d expect from a world-class resort is included as part of UnlimitedLuxury.® Every gourmet meal, fine wine & cocktail and much more. A private terrace or balcony and Jacuzzi are among the many amenities you’ll enjoy. Now Amber Puerto Vallarta features 327 spacious suites, each with modern décor, marble floors and stunning views as well as 4 à la carte restaurants, a buffet, a barefoot grill and a café. Or you can enjoy a delicious meal in the privacy of your suite. Your Unlimited-Luxury® amenities include all snacks and meals.

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This intimate 100-room beachfront resort offers 24-hour room service, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 2 pools, a swim-up bar and Wi-Fi. It’s blessed by one of the most enchanting and romantic locations in Baja California. Granite cliffs hide the property from the outside world, yet the sights and sounds of Cabo San Lucas are but a 10-minute stroll away. Spread your towel on the white sands of Solmar Beach and soak up the sun in private comfort, grab a snorkel or a fishing pole or choose from a long list of other activities the Pacific Ocean has to offer — or shop, dine, then dance the night away at one of the many hotspots in Cabo San Lucas. Solmar All-inclusive offers the best of both of worlds — unmatched privacy in an extraordinary natural setting. Solmar All-inclusive is exclusively all suites with kitchen facilities, private balconies, marble floors, granite countertops and fine linens.

AAA MEMBERS ONLY — NOW ’S THE TIME! Book & make a deposit by April 30 on a 2014 7-night-or-longer air-inclusive Pleasant Holidays vacation to the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe and enjoy:

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$50.00 SAVINGS off package price, per booking


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Best of the West!


San Francisco. Muir Woods. Hearst Castle. Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito. Napa Valley. Lunch on the Napa Wine Train. Amtrak train to Lake Tahoe. Ghost town of Virginia City NV. Yosemite National Park. Carmel. Big Sur. Monterey. 14 meals.


JULY 24–AUG 1 • $3,699


Our first national park’s first explorers were called liars when they described its otherworldly geysers & bubbling mudpots and its free-ranging bison, elk, moose, bears & wolves. Begin at Salt Lake City and travel through scenic AUG 11-17 • $2,695 Idaho to Yellowstone. Enjoy Old Faithful & many other natural landmarks, as well as the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. A Wildlife Safari includes a picnic dinner. Also enjoy Grand Teton National Park, the cowboy town of Jackson, a Jenny Lake cruise, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (schedule permitting) and more! 12 meals.


This Centennial State tour features rides on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, the Royal Gorge Route RR, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR. Tour the US Air Force Academy and SEPT 13-20 • $2,789 marvel at the rock formations of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Ride the country’s steepest incline and walk on the world’s highest suspension bridge at Royal Gorge. Visit Great Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde national parks. See the monoliths of Colorado National Monument. Visit the CO Railroad Museum. 15 meals. AAA Member Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip flights from Pittsburgh, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, sightseeing admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person) and meals as indicated. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for itinerary details.

Sail on ALLURE OF THE SEAS for 7 nights to the Eastern Caribbean and enjoy the fun and entertainment of the DreamWorks Experience! Cruise roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI; and Philipsburg, St Maarten. 3 days at sea. Member-exclusive AAA Featured Vacation benefits


Total for 2 persons in a stateroom, when you book a balcony stateroom by 4/30/14.

COMPLIMENTARY DINNER for 2 • $75 ONBOARD CREDIT Complimentary dining is available only for the first 15 staterooms booked. Credit per stateroom.

Oct 26–Nov 2 •

AAA Member Rate: from $1,068

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals & government taxes/fees. Ask about available add-on airfare. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement on all guests if the price of West Texas intermediate fuel exceeds $65 per barrel. The fuel supplement for 1st and 2nd guests would be no more than $10 per guest per day, to a maximum of $140 per cruise; and for additional guests would be no more than $5 per person per day, to a maximum of $70 per cruise.



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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers Walk on the GREAT WALL!







Escort & driver s gratuitie ! included

Enjoy the comfort & security of an escorted experience — a comprehensive, informative & personal look at this rapidly growing city and an in-depth introduction to its fascinating culture. See landmarks & learn customs for nearly a week; then enjoy an entire day independently exploring & indulging your interests — art, history, cuisine, shopping, photography, parks & zoos — it’s all up to you, with suggestions, advice, directions, etc, from your expert guide! Marvel at ancient & modern, urban & rural, rich & poor, simple & sophisticated, serene & chaotic. Beijing’s unique combination of seemingly contradictory elements may well change your understanding of this city & nation...and provide moving memories that last a lifetime.

Sept 11-18 • AAA Member Rate: $3,249 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (PittsburghBeijing), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, 12 meals, in-China guide, sightseeing/admissions, baggage handling (1 per person), driver/escort gratuities, AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met) & government taxes/fees. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for the complete itinerary! 4 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES — THE GREAT WALL AT BADALING, THE IMPERIAL PALACE (FORBIDDEN CITY), THE SUMMER PALACE AND THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN • TIANANMEN SQUARE • 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS SITE • LAMA BUDDHIST TEMPLE • HUTONG MARKET VISIT, HOME VISIT & HOME-COOKED MEAL • BELL & DRUM TOWERS TEA CEREMONY JADE FACTORY • PEDICAB RIDE • KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION & STUDENT INTERACTION • TRADITIONAL PEKING DUCK & HOTPOT DINNERS • & MORE!

Glacier NP Discovery CHICAGO to SEATTLE

Jazz, Blues & Rock ’n’ Roll



Ride Amtrak’s Empire Builder from the Windy City to the Emerald City and explore the Crown of the Continent in between! Begin with a reception at Palmer House, a worldclass hotel steps from Chicago’s best attractions. Enjoy a city tour and a cruise on the Chicago River. Start your rail journey with Mississippi River views and glimpses of the Twin Cities skyline. Awaken in your private sleeping accommodations to cross North Dakota’s plains and traverse Gassman Coulee Trestle. Cross into Montana’s Big Sky Country to Glacier National Park; this vast ice-carved terrain of ridges, peaks, waterfalls, hanging valleys, glaciers, forests and more than 200 lakes is one of the world’s most pristine natural environments. Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife, but elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves and bears are seen. Tour in a 1930s red “jammer”; rebuilt in 2001, they ply the park’s primary route — Going-to-the-Sun Road. Cross into Canada to visit Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Enjoy 2 nights at Glacier Park Lodge; its massive fireplace invites fireside chats, and there’s an outdoor pool, a golf course, a pitch-n-putt and a day spa on site. Your other in-park home for 2 nights is the Swiss-themed Many Glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake. Reboard the Empire Builder for Seattle. See the city’s many gems, including lively Pike Place Market. Then ascend the iconic Space Needle for breathtaking views and then, all too soon, it’s time to fly home!

The metronomic rhythm of your Amtrak® train will set you in the right frame of mind on this north-to-south music-inspired sojourn. Visit 3 fascinating cities where 3 authentically American music genres were born and continue to flourish. Train by night and day; be soothingly rocked to sleep on the overnight Chicago-to-Memphis leg (after enjoying an evening meal in the Dining car) and observe landscapes passing by your window on the Memphis–to–New Orleans portion. In the Windy City, settle into the luxurious Palmer House in the heart of the Loop. Tour the city’s landmarks, browse the Magnificent Mile and enjoy a Chicago River cruise to observe the city’s renowned architecture. Overnight on the train on the way to Beale Street, official “Home of the Blues.” Clubs and restaurants are just steps away. Tour Graceland, the home of Elvis; then, with musicians aboard (audience participation welcomed!), tour other sites of this city on the Mississippi named after the ancient Egyptian capital on the Nile. See Sun Studios, the Staxx Museum and the Rock ’n’ Soul Museum. Enjoy the relaxing journey to the Big Easy. Be welcomed into New Orleans by a jazz brunch in the French Quarter. Take a tour of the Crescent City, including the Garden District. Top it all off aboard a paddlewheel steamboat for a grand finale dinner cruise!

Glacier National Park Discovery: Chicago-Seattle

Jazz, Blues & Rock ’n’ Roll: Chicago–Memphis–New Orleans


Aug 16-25 •

AAA Member Rate: $5,079

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Chicago, Seattle-Pittsburgh), train (Chicago-Seattle), roundtrip airport/hotel, 7-night hotel accommodations, 2-night train roomette accommodations, 17 meals, meal gratuities (except on train), welcome reception, 4 tours & 1 cruise in Glacier National Park, sightseeing per itinerary, hotel baggage handling (1 per person), air & hotel taxes and services of an Amtrak Vacations® escort (Chicago-Seattle). Visit for complete itinerary. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

Sept 26–Oct 4 •

AAA Member Rate: $4,489

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Chicago, New Orleans–Pittsburgh), train (Chicago–New Orleans), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, 7-night hotel accommodations, 1-night train roomette accommodations, 14 meals, meal gratuities (except on train), welcome reception, Chicago river cruise & evening activity, motorcoach tours (Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans), hotel baggage handling (1 per person), air & hotel taxes and services of an Amtrak Vacations® tour escort (Chicago–New Orleans). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.

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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers

An “outside the box” experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

One-of-a-kind Polar Bear Adventure! Tour also features Winnipeg, dog sledding, Eskimo Museum

Come with AAA to Canada’s “Polar Bear Capital of the World” — Churchill, Manitoba. Spend 2 full days tracking, sighting and capturing (by camera) polar bears on the tundra! Each October and early November, the massive bears (adult males weigh around 770 to 1,540 pounds and females about half that) wait near Churchill for Hudson Bay to freeze so they can hunt their primary food, ringed seals. Ride aboard the Tundra Buggy® Adventure’s specially designed all-terrain vehicles into and throughout the Churchill Wildlife Management Area on established trails that minimize impact on the tundra. Safely get right to the best locations with a high probability of wildlife sightings; viewing and photographing wildlife in its natural environment are thrills you’ll never forget! The interpretive drivers are experienced tour leaders and passionate adventurers knowledgeable about the tundra ecosystem and skilled at positioning the vehicle for optimal photography opportunities and wildlife viewing. The Tundra Buggy® Adventure’s long-standing relationship with Polar Bears International (PBI), the world’s leading polar bear conservation group, affords you an opportunity to spend time on the tundra with PBI Field Ambassadors and to learn about these incredible carnivores and their icy environment. Polar bears are surely the focus, but this getaway’s also packed with other great elements. Enjoy an excursion hosted by a local dog-sledding expert; learn about sledding’s historical significance and then enjoy an exhilarating

ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled. You’ll also visit Port Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Parks Canada Interpretive Center and Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting). In Winnipeg, Canada’s seventh largest city, enjoy a stay at the centrally located and stylish Inn at the Forks. After a half-day tour that includes downtown, the historic Exchange District, St Boniface and the French Quarter, you’ll visit Assiniboine Park Zoo’s “Journey to Churchill” exhibit, which addresses issues related to climate change, polar bears and other northern species. Its Gateway to the Arctic zone is a viewing point for polar bears and ringed seals; from inside a 10-foot-wide acrylic tunnel, you can watch these creatures below the water surface of a swimming area where they often frolic between ice chunks. With only a clear wall bisecting the 2 habitats, the bears and seals see and smell each other, creating a dynamic and enriching environment.

Oct 20-26 • AAA Member Rate: $6,395 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Winnipeg, Winnipeg-Churchill), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations, luggage handling (1 piece per person), 17 meals, taxes/ gratuities on included items and services of a AAA tour manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit travel for details. Passport required.



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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers 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 mostattended 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, pit road & Winner’s Circle 2 nights, 2 breakfasts & tax at Embassy Suites Indianapolis–North $50.00 gas card per room July 26-28 •

AAA Member Rate: $375 per person, double occupancy


Bunratty Folk Park • Medieval banquet in a castle • Cliffs of Moher • Flying Boat Museum • Killarney National Park • Ring of Kerry • Skellig Experience • Moll’s Gap • Waterford Crystal • Dinner & song at a pub • Dublin: tour & free time ...AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Oct 5-12 • Restrictions apply. Consult your AAA professional for details.

AAA Member Rate: $1,459

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 for itinerary and information.

Irish Pubs



Sláinte! Cheers!

Feel like a local at friendly pubs full of the craic — Ireland’s unique mix of news, gossip, fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversation! Tour Dublin: St Stephen’s Green, Georgian squares, O’Connell Street, Famine Memorial & more. Quaff a pint at the Guinness Storehouse • Meet the owners of a working beef/ sheep/horse farm. • Tour medieval Kilkenny, then explore it on your own. • Visit the House of Waterford; watch craftsmen transform molten glass into elegant tableware. • Kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle. • Browse at Blarney Woolen Mills...or visit a pub instead! • Circumnavigate scenic Dingle Peninsula and sample a local brew at Dingle Brewing Company. • Sit down to dinner & traditional entertainment (including step-dancing) in Killarney. • Ferry across the Shannon to view the Cliffs of Moher. • Stop in Galway on the way to Connemara. • Overnight in attractive Westport. • Cross over to Achill Island and see the Deserted Village (stone cottages abandoned around the time of the Famine). • Tour Kilbeggan Distillery and enjoy an Irish coffee. • Enjoy storytelling at Dublin’s oldest pub. • Spend a day on your own in Dublin, using included vouchers for an open-top bus tour and a visit to Old Jameson Distillery.

May 12-21, 2015 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,899

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, motorcoach sightseeing, itinerary attraction admissions, local taxes, hotel service charges & baggage handling (1 bag per person), walking-tour audio headsets, 15 meals (including Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish Night, “Food, Folk & Fairies” dinner show at Brazen Head Pub and 3 table d’hote dinners) and in-Ireland professional guide & driver. Ask about available add-on airfare.

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Italian Vista s

Member Benefits Exclusive Offers This 13-day escorted adventure features visits to 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Verona! Enjoy included extra-special “moments” you’d have to research & add on at your own expense & effort: Guided visits to St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City’s museums, including the Sistine Chapel • A 4-course dinner with wine in Rome, with live performances of arias from the best operas • After-hours visit to a 14th-century monastery, followed by a family-style feast of Tuscan dishes, with wine! • A serenaded gondola cruise on the canals of Venice — one of the world’s most famous travel experiences Enjoy relaxing multiple-night stays in Rome (3), Sorrento–Amalfi Coast (2), Florence (2), Venice (2) and Stresa–Lakes District (2).

Oct 18-30 •

Avoid potential airport hassles. Motorcoach to your cruise! Park for free, then relax & ride AAA’s convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to Baltimore to board Grandeur of the Seas! BAHAMAS Aug 8-15 • from $1,144

AAA Member Rate: $5,329

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Rome, Milan-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 20 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges, in-Italy tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for details.

BERMUDA Oct 10-16 • from $885 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Oct 16-24 • from $1,076

Portugal & its Islands

EASTERN CARIBBEAN Nov 11-21 • from $1,094

It’s hot — and fast becoming Western Europe’s last “undiscovered” destination!

WESTERN CARIBBEAN Jan 24–Feb 3 • from $1,122

Lisbon: Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries, Tower of Belem • Sintra, summer residence of kings • “Riviera” • Silver Coast villages, vineyards & castles • Fatima Basilica • Batalha Monastery • Azores Islands • Madeira Island

EASTERN CARIBBEAN Feb 3-13 • from $1,053

Sept 12-24 •


AAA Member Rate: $4,619

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Lisbon), in-Portugal flights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/ service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 19 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges and an in-Portugal tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for details.

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 motorcruise for itinerary details & Western Pennsylvania pick-up points.

EASTERN CARIBBEAN March 3-13 • from $1,153 WESTERN CARIBBEAN April 18-28 • from $1,122 EASTERN CARIBBEAN April 28–May 8 • from $1,102

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

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Enjoy 2 valuable benefits EXCLUSIVELY for members

Up to $100.00 Onboard Credit


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Celebrity Summit Oct 5-19 AAA Member Rate from $2,700 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach (Pittsburgh–Cape Liberty NJ), cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals & government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: Malta. Visit for detailed itinerary and pick-up/drop-off points. Shipboard credit is per stateroom.




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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers

See the Bucs in DC — Twice!

2 games in 1 weekend! Guided DC sightseeing tour Newseum admission Free time on the National Mall Central hotel with rooftop pool & on-site dining & lounge

AAA’s special 9-night Hawaiian vacation features a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Honolulu, a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial and a 7-night Pride of America cruise featuring 4 islands (Oahu, Maui, Hawaii & Kauai).

Oct 2-11: from $1,965 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes hotel/pier transfers, 2 nights at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor tour, 7-night cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government taxes/fees. Ship’s registry: USA. Ask about available add-on airfare.

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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 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.

Aug 15-17 AAA Member Rate: $609

Friday, Aug 15 Pre-game Meal Saturday, Aug 16 Pre-game Picnic Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach (PittsburghWashington DC), accommodations, baggage handling (1 per person), 2 meals, 2 games (1 ticket each: baseline reserved), sightseeing and services of a AAA tour manager.

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Car-free, carefree adventures 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 for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.






New Hampshire’s Mountain View Grand Resort

Colors of Agawa Canyon & Mackinac Island

Capture the essence of New England on a journey to the heart of the White Mountains. Overnight in Middletown CT on the way. In NH, stay at Mountain View Grand Resort — a renowned historic hotel and a AAA 4 Diamond property with impeccable service, luxurious accommodations and countless amenities. Indulge in its on-site spa (fee), fitness center, indoor pool, 9-hole golf course (fee), tennis courts, croquet and more. Also enjoy excursions on the North Conway Railroad (a rolling 4-course dinner), the Franconia Notch Parkway and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. Stop in Rutland VT and Saratoga Springs NY on the way home. 8 meals.

Attention leaf-peepers! Celebrate fall foliage, see the Lumberman’s Monument in Michigan’s Huron National Forest and overnight at rustic & secluded Thunder Bay Resort. Enter an elk preserve by horse-drawn carriage. Cross Mighty Mac Bridge to Tahquamenon Falls, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Kewadin Casino Resort Hotel. Ride Ontario’s Algoma Central Railway down into 575-foot-deep Agawa Canyon and then ferry over to Mackinac Island for a carriage tour of this Victorian no-cars resort. Follow scenic highways to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Rapids. Tour Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 11 meals.

Sept 7-12 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,225

Chesapeake Retreat: VA

June 22-25 •

AAA Member Rate: $899

Retreat in luxury to a tranquil and historic Chesapeake Bay peninsula. Tucked-away & private, Tides Inn Resort is your elegant blufftop home with on-site dining, golf, a spa and a marina. Enjoy use of the fitness center, pool, bikes, tennis courts, par-3 golf course, kayaks, canoes and paddleboats. Enjoy a welcome dinner, a beachside BBQ and a relaxing cove cruise. Tour Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and Christ Church, a National Historic Landmark and the best preserved of colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. 5 meals.

DC Fireworks Spectacular July 3-5 •

AAA Member Rate: $599

Experience July 4th in our nation’s capital! Stay at the fabulous Gaylord Resort at National Harbor, a complex of restaurants, shops and attractions on the Potomac River. Take a nighttime illuminated monuments tour. Dine & watch fireworks during an elegant cruise on the Potomac. Enjoy 4th festivities & Smithsonian museums on the National Mall and a day in Old Town Alexandria VA. 1 meal.

Chautauqua NY House Tour July 15 •

AAA Member Rate: $149

10+ charming Victorian homes. Lunch at stately Athenaeum Hotel.

Boston & Cape Ann MA

Aug 3-8 •

AAA Member Rate: $999

From the oceanfront Nantasket Beach Resort, explore Scituate Lighthouse, Boston & its landmarks (Freedom Trail, Harvard Square, Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall and a harbor cruise) and the villages of Salem, Gloucester, Rockport & Pymouth. Enjoy a sunset sail from Cape Ann on a 65-foot schooner, then a lobster dinner. 7 meals.

Just Wright in Buffalo NY Aug 9 •

AAA Member Rate: $165

Fontana Boathouse with boxed lunch. Martin “Prairie House.”

Sept 28–Oct 3 •

4-house driving tour. Forest Lawn Cemetery mausoleum. 1 meal.

Farm to Fork in Lancaster PA Aug 16-17 •

AAA Member Rate: $335

Here’s a culinary exploration ideal for “foodies” or those seeking a fun day tasting wonderful cuisine! At Lancaster’s Central Market, delight in the vast expanse of fresh foods on a tour by a local chef (plus free time). At your charming boutique hotel, the resident chef presents a kitchen demo featuring PA Dutch cuisine (including dessert!). Visit local farms and enjoy lunch at an area winery. Take home tasty purchases found only in Lancaster. 3 meals.

Deep Creek MD Art & Wine Festival Sept 6 •

AAA Member Rate: $149

Attend this annual festival featuring wine tasting from more than 200 wineries, hand-crafted works by local & regional artisans, live music and more. Enjoy a lakeside dinner. 1 meal.

Chautauqua NY Wine & Dine Sept 8-9 •

AAA Member Rate: $359

Sample wine and fine food at 3 wineries on western NY’s Vintage Trail. Enjoy a cooking class & dinner at a charming inn. Visit Chautauqua, a Victorian lakeside community, and dine at its Athanaeum Hotel followed by a dessert & Champagne cruise. 4 meals.

Star-spangled Spectacular Sept 14-16 •

AAA Member Rate: $525

Celebrate the bicentennial of our national anthem in Baltimore, where it originated. Enjoy a patriotic picnic at the Museum of Industry and a possible pass-over by the Blue Angels. At the Tall Ships Festival at the Inner Harbor, tour vessels from around the world. Enjoy a harbor cruise and dine on the waterfront. At Ft McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen the Star-Spangled Banner, watch the Parade of Sails depart Baltimore Harbor. 5 meals.

AAA Member Rate: $1,359

Seaside in Ocean City MD

Sept 21-25 •

AAA Member Rate: $715

Experience this popular Atlantic Seaboard vacation destination minus the crowds & congestion! Enjoy oceanfront accommodations, winery visits, dinner at Phillips Seafood Restaurant, a variety show at the Ocean City Jamboree Theater, a tour of Assateague Island (home of the wild ponies), charming Berlin MD and more. 7 meals.

PA’s “Grand Canyon”

Oct 2-3 •

AAA Member Rate: $385

Travel to charming Wellsboro PA. Board a covered wagon and follow the scenic Upper Gorge of Pine Creek in Pennsylvania’s own “Grand Canyon.” Enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal afterward. Overnight in Mansfield. Take a guided driving tour of the area and visit the canyon’s overlook and visitor center. Ride on the Tioga Central Railroad to Hammond Lake and back. 3 meals.

Lions, Tigers & Jack Hanna Sept 19-20 •

AAA Member Rate: $305

Tour The Wilds, a conservation facility featuring rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and other animals in open-range habitats. Meet nationally recognized animal ambassador Jack Hanna & a few of his animal friends at a private breakfast at the Columbus Zoo. Visit the Africa exhibit, designed by Jack. 2 meals.

Louisville Centennial of Riverboats Oct 17-20 •

AAA Member Rate: $975

Join this riverfront city’s commemmoration of the 100th anniversary of the Belle of Louisville (world’s oldest operating Mississippi-style riverboat) with art, food and music. See riverboats from around the country. Enjoy a dinner cruise on Spirit of Peoria, a race cruise on Belle of Cincinnati and a dinner cruise on Belle of Louisville. Vist the Howard Steamboat Museum. Enjoy dinner in and watch fireworks from the Riverfront Viewing Suite of Galt House, your historic hotel residence. 6 meals.



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California Wine Country & More with Jon Burnett Pittsburgh TV personality Jon Burnett joins you on this tasty tour of Northern California — from scenic Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Peninsula to San Francisco and Napa Valley. See landmarks of the City by the Bay — Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Cliff House, the Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf. Cross Golden Gate Bridge to visit Mediterranean-flavored Sausalito and the towering redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument; ferry back across San Francisco Bay. Tour & sip samples at 4 wineries (and enjoy a chef-prepared picnic lunch at one!), blend your own Merlot and savor an elegant dinner aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.

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Cruise roundtrip on Celebrity Solstice from Seattle to Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Inside Passage and Victoria. Includes 2 relaxing full days at sea. Aug 1-8 OR Aug 8-15 •

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The magical calm of the midnight sun Unforgettable views in the land of fjords


ailing up Norway’s winding blue pathways can be a little bit intimidating. Against this opposition of mountain, sea and sky, manmade objects seem to dwindle into dots, subordinated into insignificance by nature’s generosity. The tangled mass of inlets and fjords on Norway’s rugged west coast extend the 1,600-mile coastline by nearly 10 times, creating one the world’s most remarkable cruise destinations. You almost have to be there to believe it. Waterfalls tumble over slick mountainsides. Tiny farmsteads cling precariously to remote patches of land. Medieval towns line the quays, with wooden buildings painted in colors seemingly chosen to complement nature’s palette of greens and blues. Flanked by the steepest mountains on the west coast Geirangerfjord is famous for the Seven Sisters and the Suitor waterfalls. Narrow Naerofjord (an arm of Sognefjord) bisects the sheer cliffs rising 5,600 feet straight up from the water. Lysefjord is home to breathtaking Pulpit Rock, a natural rock formation jutting 2,000 feet over the water. Thrill seekers can stand on Kjeragbolten, a 20 foot boulder wedged between a crevasse and suspended over an abyss. Just two villages occupy the 23-mile-long fjord, each accessible only by water.

NATURE’S MASTERPIECE — Geirangerfjord is flanked by the steepest mountains on Norway’s west coast. Hardanger, the Queen of the Fjords, is where Edvard Grieg was inspired to compose In the Hall of the Mountain King. Nearly one million fruit trees thrive under the temperate influence of the Gulfstream, and in the spring the fjord is painted pink and white with their reflections. Hikers can make their way to Trolltunga (troll’s tongue) one of Norway’s most spectacular scenic cliffs.

Sognefjord — Norway’s longest and deepest — is 120 miles long and over 4,000 feet deep. The fjord and its namesake town have a rich history. More than a thousand years ago, the Vikings launched their longboats from here to wreak havoc across much of Europe. The picturesque stave churches in this region all date back to the twelfth century.

Set among the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps, the picturesque town of Ålesund is known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Brilliantly colored houses incorporate Old Norse symbols like dragons and gargoyles. Take a drive or scale the 418 steps to the top of the Aksla overlook. In Aurlandsfjord visitors can board the Flåm Scenic Railway — one of the world’s steepest — for a spectacular, vertigo-inducing 12-mile journey past waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms. Bergen is known as “the city between seven mountains.” A trading town since the Middle Ages, Norway’s second largest city is the gateway to the fjords. Visitors can ride the Fløibanen Funicular to the top of Fløyen mountain, or take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen Wharf, with its distinctive redbrick Hanseatic style buildings.


A number of cruise lines sail to this magical land each summer and fall, including Celebrity, Cunard, Crystal, Princess, Azamara, Holland America and Royal Caribbean. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Members save up to $10 at household collection events Spring clean & go green with PA Resources Council and AAA Household Chemical Collection – May 3

AAA East Central is offering members a $10 discount on disposal of household chemicals. Starting May 3, Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) – in partnership with AAA East Central – will hold six events to enable Pennsylvania residents to dispose of household chemical products both safely and affordably. The first household chemical collection of 2014 will take place on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot in Pittsburgh. The cost to safely dispose of materials will be $2/ gallon, cash only. At the time of payment, AAA members displaying their membership cards will receive the first five gallons of disposed products at no charge (a $10 value). Additional drive-thru collections will take place on the following dates: • May 17 – Concurrent Technologies Corporation ETF Facility, Johnstown • July 12 – CAL U - Adamson Stadium, California • August 2 – Boyce Park Four Seasons Activity Center, Pittsburgh • September 13 – Settlers Cabin Park, Pittsburgh • October 11 – Bradys Run Recycling Center, Beaver

Drug Take-Back Day – April 26

On Saturday, April 26, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its eighth national “Drug TakeBack Day” to enable patients, caregivers and pet owners to properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and overthe-counter medications at no cost. The AAA East Central office at 400 East Street in New Castle, Pa., will join more than 5,000 venues nationwide as a collection site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since launching the nationwide Drug Take-Back Day effort in 2010, the DEA has collected more than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of prescription medications. For a complete database of “Drug Take-Back Day” collection sites nationwide, visit

SAFE DISPOSAL — AAA members will save up to $10 on household chemical disposal at upcoming drive-thru collection events like this one. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of cleaners, car batteries, motor oil, paints, stains and varnishes, pesticides and other products containing hazardous components. While hazardous products are safe to use if you take the proper precautions, problems generally arise when

you use or dispose of them improperly. When such chemicals are poured down the drain or even into your yard, they may become a permanent part of the ecosystem. For more information – including a comprehensive list of items accepted and a full 2014 collection schedule – visit or call PRC at 412-488-7452.


Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., AAA East Central New Castle Office, 400 East Street, New Castle Household Chemical Collection: Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Park Swimming Pool Parking Lot, Pittsburgh. For more information, visit



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AAA Four & Five Diamond Award winners for 2014 Area repeat winners earn awards for dining and lodging


our and Five Diamond Awards are the most coveted symbols of excellence for restaurants and lodging properties and AAA East Central’s Western Pennsylvania region is blessed with an abundance of precious gems. “Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings, said Jim Lehman, President, AAA East Central. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector. We are proud to have them in our region.”

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Farmington, PA

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa is the only Pennsylvania resort to garner four AAA Diamond Awards in 2014: AAA Five Diamond Awards for Falling Rock and Lautrec, and AAA Four Diamond Awards for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Aqueous.

The AAA Five Diamond Award is the most coveted designation in the hospitality industry and they are a very select group. In 2014, just 0.3 percent of the 31,000 lodgings and 28,000 restaurants received this prestigious designation. A 42-room luxury, boutique hotel, Falling Rock sits on the 18th green of Mystic Rock, a PGA-tour-tested golf course designed by Pete Dye. Designed on the architectural principles and style of Frank Lloyd Wright, amenities include an infinity pool with private cabanas, a10-option pillow menu and 24-hour butler service. This is its 9th consecutive Five Diamond honor. Aqueous imparts the aspects that set Wright apart from his peers into a special dining experience. It moves the upscale steakhouse concept to an entirely new dimension thanks to its unusual in-house dry aging and on-site cutting program. The menu features American cuisine with a strong focus on local ingredients and there are table to ceiling views of the magnificent Laurel Highlands. The word “experience” is used frequently to describe Lautrec. The menu is a prix-fixe format where guests can create their own four-course menu, or dine from the nine course Chef’s Tasting menu. The Tasting Menu format, rich atmosphere and exceptional customer service lend itself to an evening of gas-

tronomical entertainment rather than an evening meal. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort now boasts 12 consecutive Four Diamond Awards. The 124-room Chateau Lafayette was inspired by the Ritz in Paris and remains a tribute to the grand hotels of Europe. The property also features the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, two championship golf courses — the Pete Dye designed Mystic Rock and the traditional Links Course. The Adventure Center located in the newly built Sundial Lodge, is the hub of outdoor activity, adventure and recreation. The Wildlife Academy houses an animal nursery, petting zoo, and educational programs. Lions, leopards, zebra, and alligator are just some of over 100 species that call Nemacolin home.

Fairmont Pittsburgh

The Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel joins this select group with its fifth Four Diamond Award. Located at the heart of Pittsburgh’s business and cultural district, Fairmont Pittsburgh is close to all of Pittsburgh’s top attractions and the ideal “home base.” With breathtaking views of PNC Park and the Pittsburgh skyline, seamless, cutting-edge technology is complemented by lavish amenities in every spacious guest room ensures that travelers can be fully connected and indul-

gently pampered. Work from local artists is displayed throughout the property. Fairmont Pittsburgh has also received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification at the Gold Level from the United States Green Building. Edie, the hotel’s Canine Ambassador will offer you a warm welcome and make you feel right at home.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

This iconic hotel is where stunning architectural meets modern amenities in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It is one of only three, AAA Four Diamond Award lodging properties in the city, adding a 13th AAA Four Diamond Award to its growing collection.

Located at 107 Sixth Street, the opulent hotel is housed in the classic 1906 Fulton Building, conveniently posi-

tioned among five acclaimed theaters and centrally located near Heinz Field, PNC Park, Consol Energy Arena and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The building’s signature — a sevenstory arched opening or “light well” — provides guest rooms with the remarkable view of Pittsburgh’s bustling North Shore and its celebrated bridges. Light spills in through the stunning glass dome ceiling into the lobby rotunda, meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Guestrooms feature a spacious work area, television with premium cable, and high-speed Internet.

added its 19th AAA Four Diamond Award. Located on a secluded 1,280acre estate in Bradford, PA, guests can relax in the spacious Dorn Suite in the all redwood Big House, constructed in 1929, or enjoy the privacy of one of the rustic cabins. Each one offers turndown service, complimentary bottled mineral water, tea, coffee and Glendorn’s signature cookie jars refilled daily. Glendorn features 41 wood burning fireplaces and each suite or cabin has at least one. Fly fishing is crucial to the experience and there are nearly three miles of privately managed trout stream. The Restaurant at Glendorn’s eclectic bill of fare is best described as neoglobal, mixing flavors from around the world. Daily menus are often as thought provoking as they are delicious.

Eleven — Pittsburgh

Eleven is where downtown meets the Strip. Located at 1150 Smallman

Omni William Penn

Pittsburgh’s premier historic luxury hotel has received the 2014 AAA Four Diamond Lodging rating for the second time in its distinguished history. Long considered the “Grande Dame” of Pittsburgh hotel properties, the Omni William Penn Hotel has played host to presidents, heads of state, movie stars and captains of industry since 1916. The opulence, striking beauty and charming presence of this historic landmark have only been enhanced by

a recent multi-million dollar renovation. Today, the Omni William Penn retains that heritage, while providing the latest in modern amenities and conveniences. The 596-guestrooms and suites feature lavish cherry wood furnishings, plush robes, flat screen TV, coffee maker, mini fridge and high-speed Internet access. A complimentary executive fitness center is open 24-hours a day. In true 1920s tradition, Pittsburgh’s only Speakeasy is tucked beneath the hotel lobby and has been restored to its former glory.

Glendorn — Bradford, PA

Nestled in a serene valley in the Allegheny foothills, Glendorn has

Street, Pittsburgh, Eleven has collected the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation for the 10th consecutive year. The kitchen is the center of Eleven’s high-energy urban atmosphere, where indigenous and seasonal ingredients are combined to create a fresh and truly original menu that includes entrees like Elysian Fields Farm lamb or Grilled Swordfish. The Tavern Menu includes such culinary mashups as Pastrami & Saurkraut Pierogies and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. Eleven’s private dining rooms extend the restaurant’s inventive style and menu into an exclusive setting for meetings, special occasions, and private parties. Amenities include large plasma televisions with cable and DVD players and conference phone. Just 3.9 percent of the 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated lodging facilities and restaurants were awarded AAA Four Diamond designation for the past twelve months.


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Cutting edge cruise ship activities you have to try Cruise lines up the ante for onboard attractions


short training course you’ll get suited up and before you can say “Geronimo” you’ll be floating on a column of air inside a 23-foot tall transparent glass flight chamber on the top deck.

here was a time when shuffleboard was not just the most popular cruise ship activity; it was pretty much the only activity. Today, cruise ships have morphed into floating theme parks and resorts, all trying to outdo one another with the latest high-tech innovations. The roster of onboard attractions and activities ranges from mild to wild, with zip lines, cooking lessons from celebrity chefs, elaborately landscaped green spaces, circus schools, and onboard water parks just part of the mix.

Walking on air

Regal Princess, the second of Princess Cruise’s 141,000 ton Royal-class vessels, launches next month with a host of new features. The spectacular SeaWalk, a glass bottom walkway, extends 28 feet over the side of the top deck and hovers 128 feet above the ocean. At night, the top deck transforms into the Water and Light Show with dancing fountains synchronized to music and lights.

Go with the flow

Along with cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112-feet above the ocean a number of Royal Caribbean ships feature shipboard surf parks with FlowRider surf simulators. The 32-foot-wide by 40-foot-long FlowRider generates a thin sheet of water that flows over a cushioned-fabric surface similar to a trampoline, creating a wave-like shape. Riders can carve turns or body board against the waterflow of 30,000 gallons per minute. Instructors walk seagoing surfers through a required safety session with tips for a successful ride.

Dancing with the stars

Whether you like to Tango, Quickstep, Paso Doble, or just enjoy watching the sizzling performances, Holland America’s Dancing with the

Slip sliding away

SURF’S UP — Royal Caribbean’s FlowRider is just part of their unique top-deck aqua environment. Stars is an entirely new experience on the high seas. Every sailing features an exclusive Dancing with the Stars program, including lessons and an opportunity for some lucky guests to dance center stage in an exciting dance-off competition. Select cruises will also feature dance pros and celebrities from ABC’s hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”


Ever wonder what it feels like to freefall from 10,000 feet without jumping out of an airplane? RipCord by iFly will be the first skydiving experience at sea when it debuts on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas this November. Everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers can enjoy the adrenalin rush of skydiving risk-free. After a

Top-deck amenities on the newly re-imagined Carnival Sunshine include WaterWorks, a new racing-themed water park featuring five different slides and 40 different interactive water features. The enclosed 334-foot-long Twister — Carnival’s longest — features a crystal clear turn that extends out over the edge of the ship, offering dramatic views with each twist and turn.


Please see your AAA Departures Guide or for special values on cruise vacations from AAA Travel.

The secret life of your automobile battery Keeping up with your vehicle’s current affairs


f you could go undercover, under your hood, you might come away with a new respect for your battery. But do it soon. Growing energy requirements mean the average life expectancy of a battery is getting shorter. Depending upon usage, a battery’s life span can range from 24 to 60 months — with only about 30 percent actually lasting the full five years. Automotive batteries last longer when maintained at or near a full state of charge. However, when it comes to charging batteries, you can have too much — or too little — of a good thing. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can lead to overcharging and a slow death for your battery. Too many accessories are another big turn-off. When batteries mysteriously drain, add on accessories like your mobile device should be the prime suspects. Unplug your phone and charger when you don’t need them, and any other electrical device before you shut down the engine. Under-use can also result in a premature death. You battery will drain faster if you regularly drive for 20 minutes or less, because it won’t allow the battery to fully charge. Even the tiny amount of power required to maintain computer memories, will gradually discharge a battery over time. If

prying these caps open may destroy or permanently damage your battery. You still need to check the terminals for corrosion and battery cables to ensure they are securely attached to the terminals. Corroded terminals can be cleaned with a brush (such as a discarded toothbrush) and a light paste of household baking soda and water. Keeping the terminals bright and tight will help ensure that your battery performs through its entire service life.


POWER TO SPARE — AAA’s Mobile Battery Service replaced a total of 164,098 batteries last December. your vehicle sits idle for more than a few weeks, investing in a AAA Battery Tender® charger will keep the battery fully charged. Winter may be over but few people realize that hot weather can be even harder on your car battery. Heat can weaken internal components, evaporate critical fluids, and accelerate the corrosion on your battery terminals. This can lead to insufficient electrical power being available, and leave you stranded without warning.

Another item that stands out as a battery’s worst enemy is vibration. Unnecessary vibration damages the delicate plates inside, so your battery needs to be firmly anchored. They will also do better if they are covered by a protective casing. The inside story on battery longevity comes down to care and cleaning. Most modern batteries are “maintenance free” which means motorists no longer needed to check or top off the electrolyte levels. In fact, forcing or

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AAA Battery Service is available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 7 days a week. To verify AAA Battery Service availability in your area, call our toll-free number: 1.800.222.4357.



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Celebrity kicks off 10th Anniversary Galápagos sailings Xpedition offers modern luxury for the modern explorer


ou’ve heard of Xtreme sports. Now get ready for Xtreme cruising. Celebrity Cruises is taking guests to the world’s furthest extremes and treating them famously along the way. Celebrity Xpedition cruises are a series of exotic excursions designed to bring the “spoiled” closer to the “unspoiled.” Savvy travelers now have a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to test the almost uncharted waters of the Galápagos. Celebrity Xpedition’s official 10th anniversary sailing will take place June 2014, and the celebration will continue on every sailing through December 2015. This fantastic voyage is equal parts adventure, scientific expedition and personal quest. ”The sentiment expressed by nearly every guest who experiences Celebrity Cruises’ Galápagos Islands vacations comes down to a few simple adjectives: unforgettable, transformative, magnificent,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. One of the world’s most compelling and biodiverse regions this volcanic archipelago straddles both sides of the Equator about 600 miles west of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean. Just four of the 19 islands are inhabited, with most residents living on Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal. Often called a “melting pot” of marine species, the islands are worldrenowned for their unique wildlife

LONESOME NO MORE — Lonesome George at the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. — much of which was the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. “The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable, the 22year-old Darwin wrote in his journal in 1835. “It seems to be a little world within itself.” Hundreds of giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, and marine iguanas

bask on the beaches with little or no fear of people. They seem almost as curious about humans as we are about them. The state-of-the-art, 98-guest Celebrity Xpedition has evolved to meet the needs of the modern explorer. Guests enjoy an all-inclusive experience with hassle-free travel, creature

comforts such as gourmet cuisine, room service, in-suite dining, complimentary cocktails, and plush bathrobes. Darwin’s Restaurant features openseating and locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish caught by Galápagos’ artisanal fishermen. Expertly guided tours and excursions cover all there is to see and do in the most diversely unique chain of islands in the world. It’s all included, even the gear like snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, binoculars, and more. Galápagos is the Spanish word for tortoise and those found on the islands are the largest in the world. The Galápagos giant tortoise can grow to 6 feet in length and weigh nearly 900 pounds. One of the longest-lived vertebrates, one captive individual lived at least 170 years. Best known was Lonesome George, a Pinta Island subspecies who died in 2012 at around age 100. Believed to be the last of his kind, George became a potent symbol for conservation efforts after being featured in the PBS Nature film “The Loneliest Animals”.


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Making the world greener one driver at a time Seven simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint on the road


pril 22 is Earth Day — a time for each of us to renew our commitment to earth-friendly practices. Automobiles can co-exist in harmony with the environment, but motorists need to do their part. It may not be practical to replace your vehicle with a hybrid, or a more fuel-efficient model, but driving technique and proper maintenance can go a long way toward protecting the environment and conserving fuel. Here are seven simple ways to drive

green and keep more ‘green’ in your wallet through better fuel economy and avoiding costly repairs down the road. Drive gently — Jackrabbit starts and sudden stops can take a heavy toll on your vehicle and decrease its fuel efficiency. Use your accelerator pedal as if there were an egg between your foot and the pedal. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that practicing fuel efficient driving techniques can improve mileage by more than 10 percent. Idle thoughts — Unnecessary idling

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wastes fuel. If you have to stop for more than one minute at a non-intersection shut off the engine. It will save money and reduce harmful emissions. Check tire pressure — About two billion gallons of gas could be saved each year if every American kept their tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires increase rolling resistance, causing excessive wear and rob fuel efficiency, adding three to five cents per gallon to your fuel bill. Get a tune-up — Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual should avoid any fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, clogged filters, malfunctioning fuel systems and emission controls that can result in up to a 15 percent increase in fuel consumption. Lighten the load — Get the junk out of the trunk and the stuff out of your car, with the exception of emergency items such as a spare tire, flares and a first-aid kit. For every extra 100-pounds you tote around, you’ll reduce fuel efficiency by 1-2 percent. A roof carrier can reduce efficiency by 5 percent. Gas caps and fill-ups — Check your gas cap. Loose, damaged or missing gas caps cause millions of gallons of gas to evaporate into thin air every year.

Topping off your gas tank when filling up your car can also release harmful vapors into the environment. Plan your outings — Before hopping in the car, take a few moments to plan your trip and the stops you need to make. Combine your errands into one outing to avoid short separate trips. Vehicle owners who do their own maintenance should remember to always recycle or properly dispose of fluids and other vehicle components, including used motor oil, tires and batteries. One gallon of improperly disposed of waste oil has the potential to contaminate up to 1 million gallons of drinking water. 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. These shops meet AAA’s strict quality standards and display AAA’s logo. AAA members also are guaranteed a written estimate, and repairs, parts, labor, and components are guaranteed for 12 months or 12,000 miles under normal operating conditions. Visit to locate the AAA Approved Auto Repair facility nearest you.

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MX5-Miata is still letting the sunshine in The quintessential roadster is turning twenty-five this year


veteran mechanic once noted that “British cars are like puppies; they’re cute and leave puddles everywhere.” In 1989 Mazda turned the automotive world upside down with the introduction of an affordable sports car that looked and handled like a classic British roadster with none of the latter’s eccentricities. In fact, the MX-5 Miata was a little too familiar for some British car buffs, since the original Miata was more or less a total knockoff of the 1960s Lotus Elan. Unlike your garden variety Triumph or MG, people could actually use a Miata as their daily driver without needing to keep a stiff upper lip at the local garage. Nearly a million have been sold making Miata the Guinness Book of World Records holder for “BestSelling Two-Seater Sports Car.” More impressive is the fact that an estimated 85 percent of them are still on the road — a testament to their durability. Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s concept of the perfect car was one that self-destructed immediately after crossing the finishing line. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Mazda’s venerable little roadster. Launched in May 1989, the first-generation MX-5 Miata featured a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a modest 116 horsepower. Borrowing another page from the Lotus playbook Mazda trimmed all unnecessary weight and

ZOOM-ZOOM — The 2014 MX-5 retains the essence of Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom spirit. at just 2,116 pounds the MX-5 could reach 60 mph in less than nine seconds. Released as a 1999 model, the second-generation Miata dropped the signature pop-up headlamps and added more heft. A new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine added 24 horsepower, giving the base model a top speed of 122 mph. The soft-top’s plastic rear window was replaced with a much improved heated glass version.

The third generation Miata introduced in 2005, was expanded in just about every direction. The familiar Coke-bottle silhouette was toughenedup with bulbous front fenders and body panels that wrapped around the nose and tail. The additional width gave passengers more hip and shoulder room and allowed for of side-impact airbags. An optional retractable hardtop powers down in under 12 seconds.

The 1.8L engine was left behind in favor of the 2.0-liter, 167 horsepower MZR powerplant used in the MAZDA6. A choice of transmissions now includes a five or six-speed manual boasting ultra-short throws, or a six-speed Sport AT automatic with Formula One style paddle shifters. More importantly, the torque curve is wide and flat, making this the quickest MX-5 Miata yet. A radically redesigned fourth generation Miata, which is being developed in conjunction with Alfa Romeo, will make its debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. For 25 years Mazda has injected a sense of joie de vivre into the sports car segment with the same driver-vehicle relationship that characterized those original Austin-Healeys and MGs. The MX-5 remains a celebration of the simple pleasures of a nimble, top down roadster on a twisting back road.

VEHICLE TYPE: 2-seat roadster. ENGINE: MZR 2.0L I4 DOHC 16 Valve, 167hp/7000rpm. TRANSMISSION: 5 or 6-speed manual, or 6-speed automatic. LENGTH: 157.3-inches. SUSPENSION: Double wishbone / Multilink. MSRP: $23,720 to $27,550. EPA ESTIMATES: City/highway 22/28 mpg WARRANTY: 3-year/36,000 miles.



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Traveling on the road to Singapore Cruising into the Switzerland of Asia


ingapore has been described as the “world’s only shopping mall with a seat in the United Nations.” Famous for its squeaky-clean streets and ban on chewing gum in public, the Switzerland of Asia is one of the smallest countries in the world. A causeway and a bridge link the main island to the southern tip of Malaysia. The only country in the world with a national campaign to promote kindness, shouting and other forms of unruly behavior are prohibited. So is face painting and wearing a disguise. Despite its small size Singapore is the world’s fourth leading financial center, and one of the world’s five busiest ports. Cruise lines calling here in 2014 include Celebrity, Holland America, Princess and Crystal. One of the more remarkable aspects of Singapore is the cosmopolitan nature of its 5-million people. Established by Thomas Stamford Raffles as a British trading post in 1819, the small seaport soon attracted migrants and merchants from China, the Indian sub-continent, Indonesia, the Malay Peninsula and the Middle East. Today, the four official languages include English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English, while Singlish is a widely spoken hybrid of all four. Singapore’s limited real estate probably explains the country’s fascination

BUG LIGHT — The Esplanade Complex framed against the backdrop of the city skyline. with high-rise buildings and architecture. The Esplanade Complex occupies 14 acres of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay and resembles the eye of a fly, or a giant durian, a popular local fruit. The nearby Helix Bridge, which looks like a strand of DNA, links Marina Centre with the $5.7 billion Marina Bay Sands hotel/casino, the most expensive casino project in the world.

The mouth of the Singapore River is the city’s colonial core, with historical buildings and museums providing a rare glimpse into the city’s past. In the densely packed Central Business District, most of the once-iconic shophouses and street markets have given way to skyscrapers. Singapore’s Chinatown is compact, ultra clean and pedestrian friendly. You

and support a great cause. More than 1000 Easter Eggs will be spread on the lawn of the Baker Mansion. There will also be fun crafts before and after the hunt. Master Balloon Artist Dennie Huber will provide entertainment. The funds raised by this event will go to the Children’s Miracle Network to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System. Online registration available. Visit A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY — (April 25) Support the Cambria County Library at A Little Night Music. As in previous years, each of the library’s three floors will showcase a different genre of live musical entertainment —a most unusual setting! This year, music will be provided by blues group Grist for the Mill; pop-rock party band Yum; and Déjà Vu, playing easy listening from the 40s and 50s. Guests will enjoy live music, good food, great company and, best of all, they will be helping their library. Tickets: $30. Event runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Cambria County Library, 248 Main Street, Johnstown. Call 814-536-5131 or visit “DRESS UP AND DISCOVER” DAY — (April 26) Kids of all ages get to try on the field gear and head gear from

the Pennsylvania Military Museum’s education collection at this family-friendly event. Bring cameras and pose for photos in the museum theatre. Visit the education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boalsburg Avenue, Boalsburg. Call 814-466-6263 or visit ART IN BLOOM — (April 26-27) Spring truly blossoms with the return of Art in Bloom. Ebensburg’s annual spring art show will feature more than 170 pieces of artwork by artists from throughout Pennsylvania. Categories include painting, drawing, photography/computer-generated, dimensional and mixed media art. Free admission: Show runs Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Cambria County Courthouse, Downtown Ebensburg. Visit 101 DALMATIANS – THE MUSICAL — (select dates April 27-May 9) Robert and Anita live happily with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita as they raise their puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London as they daringly

can walk down Pagoda and Temple streets and see the traditional street markets, or visit the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, designed in the Tang Dynasty style. The polychromatic Sri Marriamman Hindu Temple is close by, so it’s easy to combine both in one trip Little India, located along Serangoon Road, is filled with the smells of turmeric and coriander. The iconic Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, built in 1855, is the starting point of the famous Thaipusam festival. Dining, along with shopping, is said to be the country’s national pastime. Many residents prefer the hawker stalls or food courts like Lau Pa Sat and Newton Food Centre, rather than restaurants. Hawker stalls tend to be inexpensive and include a huge variety of cuisines, ranging from Malay, to Thai, Indian, Western, Korean, Japanese and even Vietnamese. One favorite dish is barbecued stingray served on banana leaf with sambal chilli.


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aroundtown CREATING JOY — (Through April 26) The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, Dan Helsel: Creating Joy, on display now through April 26. The exhibition features 50 of Helsel’s landscape and still-life paintings. Helsel studied at The Sulkowski Academy of Fine Art in Canonsburg. His paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout western and central Pennsylvania. Free admission. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Location: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Brett Building, 1210 Eleventh Avenue, Altoona. Visit ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SEASON FINALE — (April 12) Altoona Symphony Orchestra closes its 20132014 season with a powerful finale celebrating the spirit of Altoona. Performances will include pieces by Dvorak and Rachmaninoff and feature concert pianist Anthony Cornet. Tickets start at $30; student discounts also available. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Street, Altoona. Call 814-943-2500 or visit EASTER EGG HUNT AT BAKER MANSION — (April 12) Bring the family to an Easter Egg hunt at Baker Mansion

rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. Part of the Children’s Theatre series. Tickets: $10; students, $5. Location: Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto. Visit SWEENEY TODD — (May 1-4) Both humorous and horrific, “Sweeney Todd” is a musical masterpiece praised by theater lovers for decades. This musical gained its greatest public appeal 28 years after opening on Broadway when Johnny Depp starred in the 1997 film. Presented by the Altoona Community Theatre, and directed by Jonathan O’Harrow. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday. Location: Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Street, Altoona. Visit THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS — (May 6) Blair County Arts Foundation presents “The Monster Who Ate My Peas,” an entertaining musical based on the award-winning book of the same name. In this fun story, a crafty monster appears under the table of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. Part of Mishler Theatre’s Family Theatre Series. Tickets range from $5.50 to $8. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Street, Altoona. Visit

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Canadian Rockies: Seattle to Calgary touring of the caffeine-fueled Emerald City (as the locals call it), board Rocky Mountaineer for its Pacific-hugging “Coastal Passage” to Vancouver, with views of Everett’s fishing fleets & Boeing jets, the fields at the foot of the Cascade Mountains and Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands beyond. Discover Vancouver’s delights on a sightseeing tour (including the Capilano Suspension Bridge & Treetops Adventure!) and ride a gondola up Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views. Then enjoy a full day on your own for further exploration or perhaps a day trip to Victoria or Whistler. From Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer enters the heart of British Columbia’s interior on its “Journey through the Clouds.” Pass through lush green valleys, piney forests, winding river canyons and then dusty desert hills on the way to Kamloops, known for its public art, including pole carvings and murals. Overnight in Kamloops, then head for Alberta, entering dramatic Fraser Canyon and climbing toward the lofty peaks of the Continental Divide. Ascend through the Spirals — massive tunnels in which the train doubles back on itself to reduce the steep grade. Climb up and over Yellowhead Pass and into picturesque Jasper, site of your final deboarding. Canada’s largest national park, Jasper abounds with rugged peaks, rushing waterfalls and other natural attractions. Take a short guided scenic tour and then explore the sights on

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your own the rest of the day. Then follow Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways to thundering Athabasca Falls. At Columbia Icefield, ride an Ice Explorer (an ice-&-snow–terrain vehicle) to the middle of Athabasca Glacier, learn how glaciers form and see interesting geological features. Stop at Bow Lake and overnight at Lake Louise, a mustsee-to-believe setting you’ll never forget, before exploring Yoho National Park and its Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and natural rock bridge over Kicking Horse River. On a full-day tour of Banff National Park, see Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and the Hoodoos (wind-&-water– carved sandstone spires protected by hard-rock caps that stand guard over the Bow River Valley like vigilant sentinels). Ride a gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s 7,486-foot-high summit and, from Kananaskis, get even higher on an awesome Summit Helicopter Tour! Wrap it all up in Calgary, where cowboys rub shoulders with oilmen and financiers; enjoy a bird’s-eye view of this lively city between prairies and mountains from the world’s highest 360° observation deck atop 627-foottall Calgary Tower. In addition to all of the natural and man-made scenery on this tour, wildlife sightings are definitely possible; keep your eyes peeled, as Canada’s West is home to bear, elk, deer, moose, bald eagles, osprey, salmon, mountain goats and bighorn sheep!


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It happens every spring in Myrtle Beach High tides and green grass on South Carolina’s Grand Strand


yrtle Beach isn’t just about the beach anymore. It’s a family-friendly mash up of sun, sea, golf, and eye-popping attractions all served up with a side order of Southern hospitality. Located at the hub of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach presides over a pristine 60-mile ribbon of sand that stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, along the South Carolina coast. Catch some rays on the beach, take in a show, tee off on a Low Country links, or do some people watching on the Boardwalk. The mile-long promenade offers memorable oceanfront views as it unravels along the shore. Myrtle Beach didn’t invent the wheel, but they do have the biggest one on the East Coast. With 42 glass gondolas the 200-ft.-high Myrtle Beach SkyWheel offers breathtaking panoramas of the Atlantic coastline. The Grand Strand boasts more than 100 golf courses, nearly one-third of which are rated four-stars or higher in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” Seven are ranked among the “Top 100 Public Courses in America.” Golfers may find themselves teeing off amid a cathedral of Carolina pines or staring down a stray gator in a water hazard. Courses come in all shapes, sizes and degrees of difficulty and include

MAGIC SWINGDOM — The Pete Dye Course at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach. designs by top architects like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye. Top shelf layouts include Tidewater Golf Club, the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club on Pawleys Island and Wachesaw Plantation Club on Murrells Inlet. The venerable Dunes Club, a Robert Trent Jones design which opened in 1949, is still considered by many to be the region’s best-all round course. And Myrtle Beach has enough diver-

sions to satisfy even the most gimleteyed golf widow or widower. With singing gondoliers, more than 100 boutiques, and attractions, like the NASCAR Speed Park and the Palace Theatre, Broadway at the Beach offers an enticing mix of shopping and entertainment. Located on 350 acres surrounding a lake, visitors can also splash down in the $43 million Ripley’s Aquarium, filled with 1.3 million gal-

lons of water and dozens of denizens of the deep. At Barefoot Landing, shopping feels closer to nature. Adjacent to miles of boardwalk overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway near North Myrtle Beach, the popular complex features more than 100 retail shops and attractions like the Alabama Theatre. Visitors can take a walk on the wild side at Alligator Adventure, one of the largest exotic reptile parks in the world and home to Utan, the “King of Crocs,” who weighs in at 2000 lbs and is just over 18 ft. in length. Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her wealthy philanthropist husband Archer, created Brookgreen Gardens in the 1930s, on the site of four abandoned rice plantations. Considered the finest outdoor presentation of American figurative sculpture in the world, a series of butterfly-shaped connecting gardens displays 900 figurative sculptures, fringed by white dogwoods, azaleas, fountains and reflecting pools.


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