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LensCrafters Helps Keep You Safe Behind the Wheel

KICK OFF SUMMER...

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fter a seemingly endless (and very BRRR-utal) winter, summer can’t get here fast enough! Everyone from kids to parents to grandparents has eagerly (desperately) anticipated its arrival. As a reward for surviving the “Winter That Wouldn’t Quit,” AAA Travel presents a Sizzling Summer Kick-off featuring an array of unique gifts perfect for summertime enjoyment! Book & make a nonrefundable deposit on a new 7-night-or-longer 2014 air-inclusive vacation and you can choose 1 of 5 sensational summertime gifts valued at up to $120.00 (see box below) based on the length of your vacation. But you’ve got to hurry: This special offer ends 5/17/14! Just ask your AAA travel agent to arrange your vacation with one of these AAA travel partners — AAA Member Choice Vacations®, Insight Vacations®, Pleasant Holidays or Trafalgar. Once it’s booked, AAA will make sure you receive your gift in plenty of time for all your summer activities.

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AAA’s travel partners go where you want to go — whether that’s America’s cities, beaches or national parks...or the islands of Hawaii and the Caribbean. Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Africa? You name it; our partners have got hundreds, if not thousands, of options. There’s also a range of vacation options to suit every budget and travel style — whether you’re watching your pennies or you’ve got an “urge to splurge.” Do you want a fully prepared package that includes a professional tour manager, preselected hotel accommodations and a scheduled touring itinerary? Or are you an independent traveler who prefers to select your own accommodations and sightseeing tours? Either way, you’re covered by our Summer Kick-off travel partners. And each partner offers exclusive AAA Member Benefits, from additional savings to vouchers valid toward the purchase of optional tours and excursions; see the chart on page 21. Let’s take a closer look at each partner: AAA Member Choice Vacations® Offering destinations all over the world, AAA Member Choice Vacations® combines the flexibility of independent travel with the con-

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PUTTING EYES IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD

Sunglasses not only lend a “cool” vibe to your summer fashion, they also provide a functional benefit by fighting eye strain and fatigue. But don’t wear just any old shades! Did you know that by wearing polarized sunglasses, you can improve your reaction time when driving? That’s right — you’re reaction time is up to 20% quicker compared to driving without any sunglasses, and up to 40% quicker than ordinary sunglasses. Faster reaction time can help prevent auto accidents and improve driving safety. Reducing glare and improving clarity is crucial when behind the wheel. Polarized lenses work by filtering light waves and absorbing some of the reflected glare, while letting other light waves pass through the lenses. LensCrafters wants to introduce AAA members to the benefits of polarized lenses. For a limited time — simply show your AAA card and save 40% off prescription sunglasses, plus AAA members receive and extra $5 off. To find a participating location near you, visit www.AAA.com/visionsavings.

AAA Discounts Now on Pinterest Members have a new way of keeping up with the latest AAA discounts and savings – the AAA Discounts board on Pinterest. Learn more about everyday and limited-time offers from partners including Hertz, Tanger Outlets, New York & Company, and more. The board is updated regularly to reflect the newest discounts and partners. Visit www.pinterest.com/AAA to see all of AAA’s boards on the social media site — featuring everything from travel photos to safety tips to AAA Diamond listings.

Members Save with Online Mature Driver Course The rules of the road are constantly changing. Taking a safe driving class is a simple way for older drivers to keep their skills sharp so they stay safe behind the wheel. AAA’s Mature Driver Course, offered online at AAA.com, is a convenient, self-paced program divided into six, simple-to-do chapters. It’s also approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Drivers 55 or older who complete this course receive a mandatory discount on their auto insurance, good for three years after course completion. Visit AAA.com/community for more information.

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Travel To Germany’s Christmas Wunderland Germany’s colorful Christmas markets are truly unique. Shop for traditional handcrafted Christmas merchandise and gifts in historic and charming cities dressed in their holiday best. AAA Travel’s December 2-10 escorted tour features visits to Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Regensburg, Munich, and Fussen, plus a half-day stop at Neuschwanstein, Bavaria’s fairytale castle. Earn special member level discounts when you book and deposit by May 31, 2014. SEE PAGE 11


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ith so many handy resources for travelers — from websites and apps to printed guidebooks — why do members request AAA TourBook guides by the millions, year after year? The answer is simple: They’re free, easy and packed with great information. Updated annually AAA TourBooks have evolved by expanding geographical regions, enriching content and supporting social and technological shifts such as WiFi service, pet acceptance and sustainability issues. Easy to read, easy to carry, they’re free for the asking as part of your AAA membership. Love to plan? Kick back and pore through the fascinating destination overviews, followed by pages of hotel, restaurant and attraction listings. Get a fix on the big picture with history and visitor information and references like the Annual Events, GEM Attraction Index and Points of Interest. Or, when time is short, leave the legwork to AAA’s travel experts. Turn to trip planning shortcuts like the Must Do: AAA Editor’s Picks, 1-Day Itineraries and Top Picks for Kids, available for many destination cities. We’ll help you make the most of your time with inspiring photos and informative content you can trust. Save yourself the effort of checking multiple resources to get the lay of the land or find your way. Use the hotel, restaurant and attraction location maps

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GOING BY THE BOOK — The 2014 AAA TourBooks are available in both print and electronic media. throughout the guides for a bird’s-eye view of the places you plan to stay, dine and play in relation to landmarks and one another. Plus, to help you navigate the roadways we’ve added overview and detail maps from the AAA Road Atlas series for easy route planning — all in one guide. Use the overview map to get your bearings, then use the individual maps to plan your route. TourBook guides are like traveling

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with a friend who is from the area and knows it like the back of their hand! They are loaded with firsthand expertise from our professional travel editors and inspectors. Our 1-Day Itineraries and Must Do: AAA Editor’s Picks enhance the destination city sections, while AAA Inspector Notes are highlighted in the restaurant listings. Before your next trip, stop by your local AAA office or visit us on AAA.com to request your 2014 edition TourBook guides — available free, and exclusively for members.

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AAA members have relied on the printed TourBook guides for nearly a century. Now they can pack a wealth of AAA travel information on the portable wireless devices they already carry. AAA’s trusted travel information is now available for your portable device for on-the-go use. AAA offers over 100 free eTourBook guides, in file formats designed for today’s digital democracy. eTourBook guides provide detailed trip-planning information for top travel destinations and locations across North America, including national parks. Each one is packed with detailed destination information. There are Editor’s Picks for essential experiences including events and attractions, recommended oneand three-day itineraries, and top picks just for kids. Some titles even provide maps displaying key local areas and highway networks. Sync files to your tablet, or download them directly to your iPad or smartphone to put everything you need for your next trip in the palm of your hand. Content is refreshed daily to ensure you receive the most up-to-date travel information. They’re available free, exclusively for AAA members at AAA.com/ebooks. If you do not already have a user name and password, you can register on the login page. Then prepare to enjoy your easiest, more enjoyable travel planning experience yet.

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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Putting eyes in the back of your head Erie Region Official publication of the Erie Region of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 6660 Peach St., Unit #2, Erie PA 16509-7710 814-866-0246 USPS 0178-440 ISSN 109-77554 Periodicals Postage Paid at Erie PA Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist Erie Region c/o AAA, 5900 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year.

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

AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ....................................................James E. Lehman 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

Regional President ......................... David R. Poor Regional Board of Directors Peter Burton, Harry G. Gorton, Ernest L. Lake, David R. Poor, William C. Sennett, William J. Stroh, Herman C. Weber Jr.

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Rearview cameras can prevent driveway tragedies By David R. Poor President, Erie Region ackover accidents are a particularly tragic type of crash, frequently claiming the lives of young children in the driveways of their own homes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries each year caused by backover crashes. These disproportionately impact the elderly and the very young. The agency found that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of backover fatalities, while adults over 70 comprise 26 percent of victims. It’s a problem that’s exacerbated by the popularity of larger, taller vehicles like SUVs, pickups, and minivans, which have larger blind zones than passenger cars. New research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found SUVs and pickup trucks typically have the biggest blind zones, preventing drivers from seeing objects behind the rear bumper, especially objects that are low to the ground. The IIHS study found rear cameras dramatically improve driver vision, reducing the blind zone by about 90 percent on average. They were much more effective than parking sensors, which use ultrasonic sound waves or radar to detect objects around the vehicle, at helping drivers avoid objects while traveling in reverse. In contrast, drivers with no technology hit a stationary child-sized cutout 100

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David R. Poor percent of the time in IIHS testing. NHTSA says the technology significantly reduces the risk of fatalities and serious injuries. In March they issued a final rule requiring backup cameras in most new vehicles by May 1, 2018. It will be implemented in stages over a three-year period beginning in 2016. The ruling calls for all vehicles under 10,000 pounds, including buses and trucks, to be equipped with technology that expands the rear field of view to include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. NHTSA estimates up to 69 lives will be saved annually once the nation’s entire fleet is equipped with rear visibility systems.

According to the Auto Alliance, an association of 12 vehicle manufacturers, automakers already provide rearview cameras as a standard or optional feature on two-thirds of the nation’s 50 top-selling vehicles. The Alliance is also petitioning NHTSA to allow carmakers to use cameras as an alternative to conventional side-view and rearview mirrors. AAA endorses the NHTSA decision as a step in the right direction. Rearview cameras will help prevent needless injury and death among our nation’s most vulnerable populations. They can be very useful in detecting people and objects behind a vehicle, but as with any technology there are limitations, particularly in bad weather or under poor lighting conditions. In the IIHS study for example, even drivers using rearview cameras hit a stationary foam cutout of a small child 56 percent of the time. Caregivers should never forget that children may not have the cognitive maturity to judge the speed, weight, and power of a vehicle. They are particularly vulnerable because they are harder for motorists to see and their actions can be unpredictable. Children also tend to think that if they see a driver, the driver also sees them. AAA cautions motorists to use this technology to supplement, not replace traditional safe driving practices. You still need to turn and check blind zones — both rear and lateral — while backing up in order to ensure safety.

membersonly Protect your summer adventures with travel insurance Make sure your coverage goes along for the ride

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emorial Day signals the start of the unofficial summer travel season. Don’t let the unexpected put a damper on this summer’s vacation plans. Protect your investment with travel insurance.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance is one of the most popular types of travel insurance. It reimburses your travel expenses if your trip is delayed or cancelled for a covered reason, such as a major injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Other reasons often covered by trip cancellation policies include: death of an immediate family member, jury duty, and bankruptcy of the travel vendor. If your trip cancellation policy does not cover a specific reason that may apply to your situation — such as military deployment or pregnancy — talk with your agent to see if that coverage can be added on. Additional options may include reimbursement for delayed or lost luggage and missed connection coverage.

A A A also offers C a n c e l Anytime, a cancell a t i o n insurance option that reimburses you no matter why your plans change. With the Cancel Anytime package, travelers receive 100 percent cash back if they cancel their trip for a covered reason like those previously mentioned. They receive 80 percent cash back if they cancel their trip due to almost any other reason. Cancel Anytime coverage offers travelers a lot more flexibility than a traditional trip cancellation policy. It’s a great option for anyone whose travel plans may change for a variety of reasons not covered by most trip cancellation plans.

Emergency Medical Coverage

Emergency medical coverage is another important aspect of travel

insurance. If traveling internationally, most people are not covered by their health insurance. Even if you are staying within the United States, your health insurance may not cover outof-network care. Many travel insurance plans include options to cover expenses and medical evacuation, if needed. There may be exclusions such as preexisting condition, so review the coverage and ask your agent about what options are best for your situation. There are several factors affecting the cost of a travel insurance policy, including the age of the travelers, the length of the trip, and the distance they are traveling. In most instances, a travel insurance policy costs approximately 10 to 20 percent of the total trip cost. Before deciding on any travel insurance plan, be sure you understand what you’re buying and what each policy does and does not cover. Protect your next getaway — whether you purchased your trip through AAA Travel or not — and visit AAA.com/travelinsurance.


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Car Rental Reimbursement

If you found yourself car-less after a collision, what would you do? By Robin Jones hen Maggie Kent first got the news that her husband, Jack, had been in a collision that totaled his Jeep, she didn’t even think about the car—just about her husband, who fortunately sustained only minor injuries. “I was just grateful that he was okay,” she says. But later that day, the challenges of having only one car started to sink in. “Our jobs are in different directions, so we couldn’t really share a car,” Maggie says. “We figured we’d be buying a new car within a couple of weeks. But in the meantime, we knew we’d have to get a rental car for Jack.” Unfortunately, the Kents didn’t have rental reimbursement coverage on their auto policy. Maggie had waived it about a month before the incident to save money. “I really wish I’d kept it,” she says. “It would have made things so much easier.” Indeed, rental reimbursement coverage can be a lifesaver if you suddenly find yourself without a car after an accident. If you’re wondering whether you should add it to your policy, here are some things to consider. Q: What does rental reimbursement cover? A: Generally, it covers the cost of a rental car, up to certain limits, while your insured car is being repaired fol-

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A CAR IN NEED — Consider rental reimbursement coverage on your policy. lowing a covered loss (such as a crash, vandalism, or fire) or for a specified amount of time set by your policy if your car is deemed not repairable. Q: How does it work? A: Typically in one of two ways: You can get a car from a rental agency that’s been approved by your insurance company, in which case the agency will bill your insurance carrier directly. Or you can rent a car yourself and submit the receipts to your insurance company for reimbursement. Either way, the limits on the coverage are usually for a certain time period with per-day and

per-accident limits— for example, $30 per day and $900 per accident. That means you’ll pay for any costs over $30 a day, and you won’t be reimbursed for more than $900, even if the total costs are more. Q: Is there anything rental reimbursement doesn’t cover? A: You can’t use it to cover the cost of a rental while your car is in the shop for scheduled maintenance. It also usually doesn’t cover the cost of fuel or any optional insurance you might decide to purchase from the rental agency. Q: How much does it cost?

A: The cost of rental reimbursement varies depending on your car and your insurance company, but the average cost per vehicle could be around $40 per year. Compare that to the average amount policyholders without coverage would have to pay after a loss: $364—based on a rental car cost of $28 per day and about 13 days in the shop. Q: Are there people who might not need the coverage? A: If you don’t need your car to handle daily activities—you work from home, for example, or you can walk or take public transit to all the places you need to go—you may not need rental reimbursement. Same goes if you have an extra car or know that you can borrow a car from a friend or relative. But if you don’t fall into one of those categories, it’s probably a good idea to add rental reimbursement to your policy.

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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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Fall foliage highlights Canada & New England cruises Close to home cruising from Cape Liberty onboard Celebrity Summit

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ew England and Atlantic Canada have an unmistakable culture, history and natural beauty all their own. And there’s no better time to visit than the fall. Travelers will witness the transformation of summer’s soothing greens into a fiery palette of crimson, orange and gold, all the while visiting seaside hamlets, and historic port towns. Celebrity Cruises is going all out to capture the Eastern Seaboard’s many charms this fall with 14-night Canada/ New England cruises from Cape Liberty (Bayonne) New Jersey aboard Celebrity Summit. Just seven miles south of Manhattan, Cape Liberty offers unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. Summit’s Canada/New England sailings offer land-locked residents in the northeast an opportunity to set sail without air transportation. Ports of call include Saint John, New Brunswick, (Bay Of Fundy); Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Québec City and Saguenay, Québec; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Portland, and Bar Harbor, Maine. Atlantic Canada is a culture nurtured and sustained by the sea. Cruise down iceberg alley and ride the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy. When the tide pulls the plug on the ocean that spills into Passamaquoddy Bay, it drops the water level as much as 52-feet, leaving fishing boats high and dry beside their moorings.

FRENCH CONNECTION — The majestic Chateau Frontenac dominates Québec City’s skyline. Charlottetown is where the land and sea meld with a vibrant Acadian culture. Green Gables, the island’s foremost attraction, is located in nearby Cavendish. Lucy Maude Montgomery was inspired to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan, while living here at her uncle’s farm. The 400-year-old cradle of French civilization in North America, historic

dent in the picturesque cobblestone streets lined with Victorian-era buildings. The Portland Head Light was constructed in 1787, and is the most photographed lighthouse in North America. Bar Harbor is the gateway to the remarkable beauty of Acadia National Park. The rock-bound coast, soaring granite cliffs, majestic mountains have attracted visitors for over 200 years. Summit now sails with a new sense of style. The 2158 passenger ship has been “Solsticized” with some of the hottest features from Celebrity’s newest Solstice-class ships. The dazzling revitalization included the addition of spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms. Qsine is uniquely unordinary restaurant with a whimsical approach to the familiar. The menu and wine list are presented on an iPad and dishes are served without traditional courses and are intended to be shared. Finish your evening with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar.

Québec City is perched astride a 350foot cliff overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River. The style is quintessential New France — thick stone walls, heavy wooden doors and shutters, and bright tin roofs. A granite and sandstone wall runs in medieval fashion, around the perimeter of the Old City. Portland’s 360-year-history is evi-

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Join AAA Travel on 14-night Canada and New England cruise aboard Celebrity Summit October 5-19. Package includes free transportation to and from the pier in Cape Liberty NJ. Visit AAA.com/cruises for a detailed itinerary and pickup and drop off points.

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Tails are wagging for the 2014 AAA PetBook Pennsylvania Dalmatian is a top dog in this year’s edition

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he world of canine couture has a brand new star. Jazz, a liver and white Dalmatian from Gibsonia, PA was awarded the coveted cover slot in the 2014 AAA PetBook® Photo Contest sponsored by Best Western, a AAA Preferred Hotel Partner. The photogenic Fido is featured on the cover of the 16th annual edition of Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook®, available in May. Jazz was photographed relaxing at Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. “For my husband and I, the ultimate relaxing vacation includes spending time with our three Dalmatians,” said owner Lisa Ann Bauer. “The dogs always provide us with an opportunity to meet new people, and they love all the petting and the attention they receive,” she added. Along with the celebrity that comes from being on the cover, Jazz’s prizes included cash, pet treats, copies of the book and a Best Western Travel Card® usable at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide, including more than 1,600 pet-friendly properties. This year’s winners and a number of finalists will also enjoy a year of star treatment in the AAA.com/PetBook photo gallery. Other contest winners include Phoochie, a mixed-breed and avid runner from California, featured on the back cover in a photo taken outside the

STAR POWER — Jazz, the 2014 AAA PetBook cover girl, strikes a pose with owners Lisa Ann and James Bauer. California State Capitol in Sacramento. “One of the most surprising things about the photo is that Phoochie sat still long enough for someone to take it,” said owner Melissa Banda. Radar, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi from Rhode Island, graces the book’s spine, enjoying an autumn afternoon at Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire. “Many of the shops welcome dogs, and we stayed at one of the many dog-

friendly hotels,” said owner Nancy Liu. “It even had a cookie jar full of dog biscuits at the desk!” Forty-six more contest finalists are pictured inside of the book and, new this year, on a AAA Pinterest board where all pet lovers had the opportunity to vote in their favorite — a pair of Samoyeds named Moxie and Brio at a beach in their home state of Oregon. Many Americans long to hit the

road with their canine companions, but hesitate for fear of not finding accommodations that accept four-legged family members. Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook® provides listings for nearly 15,000 pet-friendly AAA Approved accommodations in the U.S. and Canada. These include thousands of Diamond Rated hotels, as well as some 800 campgrounds. Detailed lodging listings include fees, permitted pet sizes and conditions of stay for properties at every Diamond Rating level including — for pampered pets — AAA Five Diamond Award® hotels. The book also includes information about pet-friendly activities, planning tips, travel safety. The AAA PetBook, cover price $18.95 U.S., is on the shelves at participating AAA offices, and bookstores. The digital edition, cover price $9.95, is available through online booksellers. READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP

Capture your pet’s most memorable travel moments on camera and enter your ‘bestin-travel’ photograph before November 30, 2014. Two winning pet photos, chosen in January 2015, will be featured on the cover and spine of the AAA PetBook, published in May 2015. Photos of winners and finalists, contest rules, entry forms and valuable pet travel tips can be accessed at AAA.com/PetBook.


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Ludwig II built his fairy-tale castle in order to withdraw from public life. After Bavaria’s “shy king” died in 1886, spectacular Neuschwanstein opened to the public; ironically, 1.3 million people now visit here every year. A half-day excursion to this fascinating architectural marvel is included in AAA’s tour.

Treat yourself to a wunderbar escorted tour full of history, scenery & traditional crafts & foods. Granted, Christmas may not be on your mind at this very moment...but it should be! Especially considering everything that AAA’s bigger-and-better Dec 2-10 German Christmas Markets tour offers! For AAA members, one element is a Christmas gift of sorts — a limited-time, many-dollars-off discount based on your membership level. Premier members booking & depositing by 5/31/14 get $200 off the regular rate per room, based on double occupancy. AAA Plus members save $150.00, and Basic members save $100.00. Experience the Old World tradition of welcoming the Christmas season at public marketplaces large and small, where walkways lined with rustic stalls hum with holiday strollers and shoppers young & old. Local artisans exhibit traditional handmade decorations, art and craft items; purveyors of aromatic seasonal culinary delights tempt passersby with gingerbread cookies and spice-mulled wine; and musicians and performers add a festive note to the ambience. Some markets even sport carnival-type rides and amusements. Most German cities of any significant size present at least 1 Christkindlmarkt; on this get-in-the-spirit tour in the southeastern state of Bavaria, you get to visit at least 7 (yes, 7!), each unique in size and style — from some of the most famous and popular to some of the most intimate and charming. And, be-

cause they’re usually in the heart of the community, they’re ideal bases from which to explore surrounding landmarks like cathedrals and castles, as well as year-round brick-andmortar shops and restaurants. This unique tour operates on the same principles of convenience and efficiency. Spend 4 nights in Nuremberg and 3 in Munich; you’ll be able to comfortably “settle in” in those cities, taking short rides each day to the markets and landmarks surrounding them. Forget traipsing from a hotel in one town one day to another hotel the next day to yet another hotel the following day, and so on. Best of all, forget about packing and unpacking each time! With only 2 base hotels, you’ll have more time to see and do (or rest and relax) — whatever your travel style may be. All in all, it makes for a much more pleasant, satisfying experience...and it maximizes your valuable time and energy. And all the while, you and your fellow travelers will enjoy the company and insider knowledge of your professional English-speaking native European guide. From start to finish, you’ll have peace of mind knowing an experienced expert is at your side and at your service to provide practical information and interesting background about all you see and tour. He’ll even be able to offer suggestions about what to do during free time after touring. continued on next page


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When you’re on your own, you can medieval, Advent and arts & crafts. A “Route of Nativity Scenes” links explore cobblestone streets lined with festively decorated boutiques and 40 churches, museums, public buildings and other places via a series of German charming squares brimming with high-quality crafts and gifts (toys, diverse Christmas creches. Also visit the nearby market in Bayreuth. wood carvings, jewelry, nutcrackers and delicate ornaments, among Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Germany’s Christmas others). Discover Christmas goods that aren’t mass-produced — nativbest preserved medieval cities, has markets sparkling with decoraMarkets ity figurines, puppets, beeswax candles and lambskin shoes. It’s an tions, nativity scenes, toys and other presents; the creative people ideal opportunity to make a dent in your gift shopping list! who fashion the objects happily explain their techniques. Other MEMBERS Few items may be as difficult to resist as the baked apples and booths invite you to sample gingerbread and Christmas cookies. SAVE BIG! Glühwein (“glow-wine,” from hot irons once used to mull this red Dating to the 14th century, Munich’s Marienplatz market ofwine spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, star anise, citrus and fers live Alpine holiday music from Town Hall’s balcony. While Premier ........ $200.00 sugar). Enjoy them all beneath twinkling lights, evergreen garin town, savor an included traditional dinner featuring Spätzle Plus ............. $150.00 lands and other holiday decorations. (dense egg noodles; the name means “little sparrow”) and Strudel Basic............ $100.00 Nuremberg’s Old Quarter market, the world’s most famous, (“whirlpool” — layered pastry filled with fruit or sweet cheese). PER ROOM...NEW BOOKINGS ONLY is opened each year by a youngster playing the Christ Then, escape on a fun morning excursion to Mad LudBook & deposit by 5/31/14 Child. Kids of all ages love the Kinderweihnacht (chilwig’s Alpine castle, Neuschwanstein. Spectacularly dren’s Christmas area) and its carousel featuring an uplocated, the shy king’s palace appears prominently in per tier, reindeer and Santa’s sleigh. Nuremberg’s also many movies and inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauknown for its honey and its thin brown sausages. ty Castle. Then it’s on to Füssen, which holds its marRothenburg ob der Tauber (“Red Fortress above the ket in the festively illuminated monastery courtyard of Tauber River”) on the Romantic Road offers, fittingly, St Mang in the heart of the town’s historic cobblestone one of the most romantic markets. An ancient walled streets. On the way back to Munich, enjoy a short tour in town largely untouched for centuries, it Oberammergau to see its world-famous boasts some of Europe’s most impressive wood carvings, including a Holy Family Dec 2-10 • AAA Member Rate: $3,105 medieval architecture. The Schneebälle so small they fit in a nutshell! Before-discount rate includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh(“snowballs” of deep-fried dough dustIf these markets/treats whet your Frankfurt, Munich-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, ed with sugar) are a local specialty. wanderlust/appetite, visit AAA.com/ accommodations, motorcoach transportation, hotel taxes/service Four markets in the UNESCO World GoEurope for more information! charges, hotel baggage handling, 13 meals, Neuschwanstein tour, services But hurry: Book & deposit by Heritage town of Bamberg come in difof a AAA tour manager (if participation goal is met) and in-Germany escort. 5/31/14 to save up to $200.00 per room! ferent shapes and sizes — traditional,

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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

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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CANADIAN ROCKIES: Seattle to Calgary Discover the pleasures of a Rocky Mountaineer journey; enjoy the highest-level GoldLeaf Service on 3 daytime train rides. Witness stunning mountainscapes...alpine lakes of hues more often associated with jewels...star-bright nights, silent but for sounds of the wild… forests redolent of evergreen and what can only be described as the smell of “clean.” This extraordinary 9-day tour includes rides from Seattle to Vancouver, Vancouver to Kamloops and Kamloops to Jasper. Even more extraordinary? They’re just 1 highlight of this tour! Also visit natural wonders in 3 national parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. And enjoy hotel stays in Seattle, Vancouver (3 nights), Kamloops, Jasper (2 nights), Banff and Calgary.

Exclusive AAA MEMBER BENEFIT: Each adult receives a $100 onboard Rocky Mountaineer souvenir credit!

Sept 12-22 •

AAA Member Rate: $5,999

Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Seattle, Calgary-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, 10-night hotel accommodations, luggage handling (1 piece per person), 3 train rides, 5 meals and taxes on included items. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/travel for details. Passport required.


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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 AAA.com/USA for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.

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Louisville Centennial of Riverboats

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.

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. Visit the Howard Steamboat Museum. Enjoy dinner in and watch fireworks from the Riverfront Suite of Galt House, your historic hotel. 6 meals.

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AAA Member Rate: $525

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.” 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.

Oct 17-20 •

Colors of Agawa Canyon & Mackinac Island

Sept 28–Oct 3 • AAA Member Rate: $1,359 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-footdeep 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.

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.

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.

AAA Member Rate: $975

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.

New England Rails & Trails Oct 5-12 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,899

Take in autumn splendor in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut from several trains, a schooner & your coach! Visit a submarine museum, Plymouth, Nantucket, Kancamagus Highway, Quechee Gorge, Billings Farm & Museum, Bennington, the Finger Lakes (Sonnenerg Gardens) & more. 16 meals.

Virginia: Mountains to Sea Oct 12-17 •

AAA Member Rate: $925

Discover Virginia’s amazing beauty and history on this fall journey to Richmond, Williamsburg, Jamestown, Virginia Beach (enjoy an oceanfront hotel), Charlottesville and the Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cruise on a tall ship in Norfolk. 10 meals.

One-of-a-kind Girls’ Getaway Oct 17-18 •

AAA Member Rate: $485

Travel with friends, moms, sisters, daughters and grandmas to Columbus OH for a 3-stop progressive dinner in trendy Short North, cocktails, candle-making, North Market and Easton Town Center (Nordstrom’s café breakfast, fashion consultation, $15 gift card and beauty makeover). 2 meals.

Gettysburg PA: Civil War & Beyond

Oct 24-26 •

AAA Member Rate: $495

Fall is an ideal time to visit this quaint town that played such a large role in American history. Take a guided tour of the National Battlefield after a stop at the National Military Park Visitor Center. Enjoy a tour of President Eisenhower’s farm, lunch at a historic tavern, a tasting at a winery, a “ghostly encounter” at the Jennie Wade House and a visit to Seminary Ridge Museum. 6 meals.


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Our first national park’s first explorers were called liars when they described its otherworldly geysers & bubbling mudpots and its freeranging bison, elk, moose, bears & wolves. Begin at Salt Lake City and travel through scenic 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. AAA Member Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes 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 AAA.com/travel for itinerary details.

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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 Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Beijing), 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 travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/GoAsia for full 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!

You’re invited to AAA Travel’s Viking River Cruises vacation planning presentation, featuring a special offer for booking this night only. June 19 • 6 :30pm Treesdale Country Club 1 Arnold Palmer Way • Gib sonia PA

RSVP by April 30: 1-800-354-8761


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Your golden ticket to a great new car deal Take a test drive and be rewarded for your feedback!

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f you’re shopping for a new or used car this spring, the AAA Auto Buying Program is the easiest way to save both time and money. AAA members cut down the average amount of time spent at the dealership with Guaranteed Savings and upfront dealer pricing information* before ever walking on the lot. Using the Auto Buying Program online tools, AAA members have saved an average of $3,078 off MSRP**, receive additional used car discounts, and enjoy a hassle-free experience with pre-screened Certified Dealers. AAA Auto Buying Program Certified Dealers are committed to providing a simple and painless purchase process and want shoppers’ feedback about their service. For a limited time, take a test drive with a Certified Dealer, complete a quick survey about your experience and you’ll get a $25 gift card in the mail. (Details provided with your certificate.) Take your first step on the AAA Auto Buying Program site at AAA.com/autobuying where you can research new and used cars. Learn about any regional incentives and special cash-back offers available from the manufacturer or estimate the trade-in value of your used car and your potential monthly payment. The AAA Auto Buying Program lets you know when you’re getting a good deal and gives you unlimited access to

CARE FREE CAR BUYING — Get upfront dealer pricing info before you step on the lot at AAA.com/autobuying. free TrueCar Price Reports which show what others paid in your area for cars with the same features as the one you have chosen. You’ll also find reviews, photos, and specifications for a variety of vehicles and safety and crash test results allowing shoppers to compare

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• Country Roads: Get off the beaten track; usually features a sought-after chateau or manor house. • Regional Experiences: Focus indepth on a specific region for your full appreciation. • Discovery Journeys: Multi-country journeys are the perfect introduction to Europe; experience the full diversity of the continent in 1 tour. Pleasant Holidays Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, the South Pacific. Hotels, condos, villas, all-inclusive resorts, rental cars, in-city tours & activities. Pleasant Holidays makes it easy for you to select the elements and destinations you desire. Choose from a selection of accommodations for families, couples and singles. Take advantage of “Skip the Line” tours in 3 of Europe’s most popular cities; enjoy priority admission to famous — and often crowded — attractions like the Colosseum in Rome, the Louvre in Paris and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. Trafalgar For more than 50 years Trafalgar has created exciting vacations to sought-after destinations all over the world, while ensuring unrivaled standards of quality, value and reliability. Each itinerary is designed by travel experts, skilled in forming experiences that explore the true beauty, history and culture of

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AA.com/travel is a one-stop web destination for members looking to research, plan and book the perfect air, land or sea getaway. The AAA.com/travel homepage features a scrolling banner with the latest cruise and tour packages, member promotions and travel destinations. The slideshow is regularly updated, so check often — you never know what you’ll find! On the left hand side of the homepage, you’ll find a blue drop down menu with some of the most popular AAA Travel features online. Here, you can search for available hotels, flights or rental cars (or any combination of the three). You can also find the perfect cruise by date, destination or cruise line. You can also access the “bookings” menu, which allows you to view all of your reservations and upcoming trips made through AAA.com/travel. When you make your reservations online through AAA.com/travel, you can feel confident knowing you are getting a great rate. There are no transaction fees, and AAA member rates are clearly marked, so you know exactly what you are paying and how much you are saving. To the right of the drop down menu, you will see four red banners,

GOES WHERE YOU GO — AAA.com/travel offers user-friendly navigation which is both simple and intuitive. each identifying another section of AAA.com/travel. AAA Featured Vacations is on top, and this link takes visitors to a showcase of trips and itineraries created or selected by AAA Travel for out-of-theordinary value, amenities or inclusions. The Research & Planning banner offers members a wide range of travel resources. Learn about everything from

international travel document requirements to purchasing travel insurance. Also in this section is a link to the online versions of the always-popular AAA TourBook Guides. Prefer hard copies of your travel materials? You can also order TripTik Travel Planners, TourBook Guides and maps under the Research & Planning tab.

As the name suggests, the Top Destinations banner includes perennial favorite member destinations in one central location. Select the location you have your eye on (including Las Vegas, Universal Orlando, Caribbean, Mexico, Disney or USA) and you will be taken to the AAA Travel Planner page, where you can follow the easy-to-use prompts to book your perfect getaway. The final banner links visitors to Travel Discounts, where members can take advantage of special offers like luggage discounts, last-minute travel packages, and rental car offers through Hertz. The “more savings” link takes you to AAA Discounts & Rewards platform, an online shopping destination where members can save even more from more than 31,000 popular online retailers. This is the perfect place to stock up on all the little “extras” for your trip — like attraction tickets, or a new pair of sunglasses. Visit AAA.com/travel to plan, book and save on your next getaway today.

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2014 AAA Approved Auto Repair Centers ALLEGHENY EAST

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

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

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

EAST LIBERTY

PITTSBURGH

MIKE’S AUTO BODY .......................................412-362-0100 AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE ...................................412-661-1000

ROBINSON TWP

SCHULER’S SERVICE CTR. ............................412-331-0277

LAWRENCEVILLE PITTSBURGH COLLISION ...............................412-784-1292

MCKEESPORT MCKEESPORT AUTO BODY ............................412-672-0696 TOM CLARK CHEVROLET ...............................412-751-2900

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

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

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

PENN HILLS TWP NICKS COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR & TIRE...............................................412-793-1131

PITTSBURGH

HERB SCOTT SERVICE...................................724-935-3220 KOLLINGER AUTO BODY ................................724-934-4941

ALLEGHENY SOUTH BALDWIN

PENN HILLS TWP

DON RUFFING SERVICE, INC..........................412-561-9911

WHITE OAK POZZUTO’S AUTO & TRUCK SERVICE.............412-751-0800

UNIONTOWN

MJ AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER ...............412-275-3289

EQ MUFFLER & AUTO CENTER ......................724-439-3669

ARMSTRONG COUNTY

INDIANA COUNTY

ALLEGHENY TWP

INDIANA

AMSLER AUTOMOTIVE...................................724-845-3146

EAST BRADY

RURAL VALLEY

BIG G TIRE PROS ...........................................412-221-0705 HAMLIN’S AUTO ............................................412-221-2100

ARS AUTOMOTIVE .......................................... 412-7954059

SCOTT TOWNSHIP

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

BASTONE AUTO SERVICE ..............................412-361-3554 BONURA & SATTLER AUTO BODY SHOP ........412-361-8829 DAVE SMITH AUTO ........................................412-244-1030 GOODYEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTER ..............412-281-9318 KENDALL TOWING & AUTO ............................412-709-6675

BROOKLINE MJ AUTO SERVICE.........................................412-531-9909

DORMONT ELIZABETH ELIZABETH AUTOCARE ..................................412-384-7700

JEFFERSON HILLS

BONNELL’S AUTO GLASS...............................814-474-5277

GIRARD

BETHEL PARK

BRIDGEVILLE

FAIRVIEW

# 1 COCHRAN COLLISION CENTER ................412-788-4444 AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE ...................................412-922-2250 DICK KERNICK SERVICE CENTER ..................412-922-6181 FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE ..............412-788-9570 FOREIGN FIX .................................................412-787-5181 SNYDER BROTHERS AUTO INC ......................412-787-9988 STUEBENVILLE PIKE AUTO CENTER ..............412-787-9800 THORNBURG AUTOMOTIVE ............................412-922-3700

EARNELL MILLER’S CITGO ............................412-885-3030 BETHEL PARK AUTOMOTIVE ..........................412-831-0300 GILLECE TRANSMISSIONS.............................412-835-6199

DUNN TIRE ....................................................814-864-0634 HALLMAN HYUNDAI ......................................814-878-4220 LAKESIDE AUTO SALES & SERVICE ...............814-898-2886 McMILLEN’S CAR CARE ................................814-454-9821 PARKER’S GARAGE........................................814-833-4378 RICK WEAVER BUICK/GMC ............................814-455-8071 WEST MAIN SALES & SERVICE .....................814-725-5864

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

BOB FERRANDO FORD/LINC..........................814-774-5678 LANGER’S ELK VALLEY AUTOMOTIVE ............814-774-5901 WRIGHT’S GARAGE........................................814-774-9313

FAYETTE COUNTY FAYETTE CITY

ROBERTS AUTO BODY ...................................724-326-5653

SMITHFIELD

AUTO TECH AUTO SERVICE............................724-569-9300

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

LAWRENCE COUNTY NEW CASTLE

BEAVER COUNTY

NICK’S AUTO BODY ...................................... 724-654-2121 PHIL FITTS FORD.......................................... 724-658-3521

ALIQUIPPA

MERCER COUNTY

FRIEND’S SUNOCO ........................................724-375-0999 HINEMAN’S SERVICE CENTER .......................724-375-4864

HERMITAGE

BADEN

MEL GRATA CHEVROLET/TOYOTA ..................724-347-7702 MONTROSE BUICK/CADILLAC/GMC ...............724-962-0900

GEORGETOWN

VENANGO COUNTY

PROTECH AUTO GROUP..................................724-869-5660 STEWART’S COLLISION CENTER ...................724-573-1222

FRANKLIN

NEW BRIGHTON

LOWRY AUTO BODY & TOWING INC. .............814-432-3050

GORDON’S AUTO SERVICE.............................724-843-0231 WOLFE’S FOREIGN AUTO. ..............................724-843-6645

OIL CITY MINICH’S TOWING, REPAIR & RECOVERY ......814-676-2156

ALLEGHENY NORTH

PRECISION BODY & SERVICE ........................412-655-7876

ALLISON PARK

MUNHALL

FOREIGN TRAFFIC, INC. .................................724-449-9999 MASCARI AUTO CENTER, INC. ......................412-367-4810

BAKOTA’S AUTO SERVICE ..............................412-461-3599

OVERBROOK

BELLEVUE

RELIABLE TIRE AND AUTO CENTER ...............814-946-0050 RELIABLE TIRE AND AUTO CENTER ...............814-946-1939

GILLECE TRANSMISSIONS.............................412-885-1233

RICHEY GOODYEAR .......................................412-766-0800 RUSS’S AUTO CARE ......................................412-734-4558

HOLLIDAYSBURG

CANNONSBURG

PITTSBURGH

RELIABLE TIRE AND AUTO CENTER ...............814-695-7515

RUSSO’S AUTO SVC. .....................................724-745-0279

BUTLER COUNTY

EIGHTY FOUR

BLAIR COUNTY ALTOONA

OAK’S AUTO & TRUCK SERVICE.....................724-274-9011

A-AUTOMOTIVE .............................................412-885-4010 ARLINGTON AUTO CENTER ............................412-563-6000 BECKMAN MOTORS.......................................412-431-5000 CENTERLINE COLLISION................................412-531-7751 ROHRICH TOYOTA ..........................................412-344-6012

GLENSHAW

PLEASANT HILLS

KREBS AUTO TEAM .......................................412-486-2500

AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE ...................................412-881-8588 BOWSER BUICK/GMC ....................................412-469-2100 BOWSER HYUNDIA SUBARU..........................412-469-2100 KNOLL AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES.....................412-655-3398

CRANBERRY

SOUTH HILLS

FLEMING TIRE & AUTO SERVICE....................724-625-1577

BLAWNOX HI-TECH AUTO CARE .....................................412-828-5114

CHESWICK

HAMPTON TWP GILLECE TRANSMISSION ...............................412-492-1580

MCCANDLESS TWP AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE ...................................412-367-1670 MASCARI AUTO CENTER, INC. .......................412-367-4810

ATLAS TRANSMISSIONS................................412-531-2852

PITTSBURGH

WEST HOMESTEAD

ELITE COLLISION ...........................................412-459-0202 GRACELAND AUTO BODY...............................412-322-3566

WEST MIFFLIN

ROSS TWP

ARMY’S TRANSMISSION ...............................412-462-5100 LESCHAK AUTOMOTIVE .................................412-469-3575

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

ALLEGHENY WEST

SHARPSBURG

CARNEGIE MOTORS.......................................412-276-3800 MILEY AUTO & RV SERVICE ...........................412-279-6200

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

WARRENDALE

CARNEGIE

CRAFTON

COMPLETE COLLISION INC............................724-935-1044

THE BODY SHOP @ 60 ..................................412-921-2121 WOLBERT AUTO BODY & REPAIR...................412-922-8898

WEXFORD

MCKEES ROCKS

#1 COCHRAN COLLISION CENTER OF WEXFORD ................................................724-940-1000

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

BUTLER

DIEHL AUTOMOTIVE CHRYS/DODGE/JEEP .....................................724-282-8898 KERVEN SUBARU ..........................................724-287-0734 MIKE KELLY CHEV/CADI/HYUN ......................800-255-3559 GILLECE TRANSMISSIONS.............................724-776-2200 GOODYEAR SERVICE CENTER OF CRANBERRY.............................................724-772-1780

MARS

RENFREW

JUDSON AUTO BODY .....................................724-789-1111

SARVER

EKAS AUTOMOTIVE........................................724-354-2430

CRAWFORD COUNTY COCHRANTON

WASHINGTON COUNTY BROWNSVILLE PARTS PLUS ..................................................724-785-7505

KILKEARY’S AUTO BODY INC .........................724-941-4940

MONONGAHELA BIG G TIRE PROS ...........................................724-258-6616

PETERS TWP SUN CHEVROLET ...........................................412-344-8000

WASHINGTON AAMCO TRANSMISSION & COMPLETE CAR CARE ...............................724-222-2229 BUDD BAER ALL GM MODELS/SUBARU/MAZDA.............................724-222-0700

WESTMORELAND COUNTY GREENSBURG FRED’S BP ....................................................724-836-3366 GOODYEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTER ..............724-834-6301 MIGNOGNA COLLISION CENTER ....................724-838-0444 PERFORMANCE PLUS AUTOMOTIVE ..............724-925-7690

LEONARD’S AUTO SERVICE & TOWING ..........814-425-3887

HARRISON CITY

ERIE COUNTY

RICHLIN IMPORTS .........................................724-744-4044

ERIE

BIANCHI HONDA ............................................814-864-6765 BONNELLL’S COLLISION CENTER ..................814-835-4351 CHAMPION FORD ........................................... 814-8782525 DAVE HALLMAN CHEVROLET ........................814-878-4200 DUNN TIRE ....................................................814-454-2846 DUNN TIRE ....................................................814-453-2021

LATROBE RANDY REDING & SONS AUTO ......................724-537-6980

MURRYSVILLE MURRYSVILLE AUTO CLINIC, INC. .................724-327-2525

NORTH HUNTINGTON TWP. LENHART’S SERVICE CENTER .......................724-863-4000


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Cruising into the Pearl of the Adriatic Fact meets fiction in Dubrovnik’s Old Town

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living museum on the southern tip of Croatia, Lord Byron called Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic.” Gleaming marble streets are lined with baroque buildings, punctuated by finely sculpted Renaissance fountains and facades, and polished by the footsteps of history. One of Europe’s most spectacular ports of call, cruise lines calling here include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Oceania, Princess and Azamara. Ships typically dock at the port located about two miles northwest of the walled Old Town. George Bernard Shaw once said “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” Only a few faint scars remain from the 1991 bombardment by Yugoslav forces during the Croatian War of Independence. More recently, Dubrovnik’s Old Town has become familiar as the real-world locale for King’s Landing in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Old Town’s labyrinth of streets is completely encircled by walls and fortresses. Constructed between the 12th and 17th centuries, these massive walls are among the best preserved in Europe and the city’s premier attraction. Towering up to 80 feet high, the limestone walls are over 20 feet thick

KING’S LANDING — Old Town and Lovrijenac Fortress from Minceta Tower. Photo by Dennis Jarvis.

in places. The Pile Gate — Old Town’s principal gateway — is defended by the circular-shaped Fort Bokar, with a wooden drawbridge spanning what is now a dry moat. The best way to explore the Old City is by walking the 1.5-mile circumference of the ramparts. There are dozens of stairs to climb and it’s best to go

early before the sun gets too hot. Minceta Tower, the highest point on the walls, offers a breathtaking panorama of the city with its jumble of red tile roofs providing a perfect counterpoint to the Adriatic’s dazzling blue shimmer. The Maritime Museum is located inside St. John’s Fortress in the battlements’ southeast corner. The museum

is full of artifacts like scale models of ships, surprisingly accurate ancient maps, and antique treasures from Dubrovnik’s nautical past. During the Middle Ages the former Republic of Ragusa rivaled Venice for influence and power. The 15thcentury Rectors’ Palace was once the city-state’s seat of government. Today, the palace is a museum with furnished rooms, Baroque paintings, and historical exhibits. The 1673 Cathedral is home to an impressive patrimony of art including Titian’s The Assumption. Right beyond the walls, forbidding Lovrijenac Fortress perches on a rocky promontory. Often called “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar” Game of Thrones fans will recognize it as the Red Keep — home to the legendary Iron Throne. Outside of Old Town, a cable car makes the 3-minute transit to the top of Mount Srdj, crowned by the Naopleonic era Fort Imperial. From the summit visitors have a bird’s eye view of the town, the sea and the quiet islands scattered like stepping stones, along the Dalmatian coast.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please see your AAA Departures Guide or log on to AAA.com/cruises for special values on European cruise vacations.

Pennsylvania motorists dig deeper to fund transportation Some higher fees can be still be avoided before July 1

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ennsylvania’s highway infrastructure is crumbling and old and deteriorating roads and bridges have taken a significant toll on motorists and their vehicles. Many state maintained roads and bridges are in dire need of repair or improvement. The state legislature passed Act 89, the Transportation Funding Act, which Governor Corbett signed it into law last November. A portion of the new law includes higher fees for some driver’s license and vehicle products. The first phase of this new fee schedule went into effect April 1. These included the replacement of a noncommercial driver’s license or Pennsylvania ID card if it is lost, stolen, or mutilated. The fee has increased from $13.50 to $27.50. There will still be an additional $5.00 charge if the driver’s license includes the motorcycle class. When renewing a Pennsylvania ID Card, the fee has also been increased from $13.50 to $27.50 for a four-year card. The price of a four-year driver’s license has remained the same. Those needing a new title for their car — whether buying a new car or replacing a lost title — the fee has risen from $22.50 to $50.00. Other fee increases are recording a lien on a title, now $23.00, and requesting a driver or vehicle record history. Those fees went

SAVE ON THE TIGER — The PA Zoological (tiger) plate will not go up in cost until July 1. from $5.00 to $8.00 with the cost of certified copies of those same records being raised from $10.00 to $30.00. The second phase of pricing changes will begin July 1, 2014. While the April changes were situational, and could not be avoided by applying early, some of the July changes can be avoided

if you apply for the products being increased before the end of June. If you are considering purchasing a personalized plate for example, the onetime fee will increase from $20.00 to $76.00. The PA Zoological (tiger) plate and the Railroaders Heritage plate — popular special plate options — both

increase from $35.00 to $54.00. Fifteen dollars from the sale of those plates is designated to the groups that they represent. If you have been contemplating one of these items, make sure to visit to your local AAA branch office before June 30th and an experienced Branch Specialist will assist you with the application process. AAA service fees apply to all PennDOT transactions. Other PennDOT fees will increase on July 1 as well. Registration fees for motor homes, trailers with a registered weight higher than 10,000 lbs, special mobile equipment, implements of husbandry, farm trucks, ambulance, taxi, and hearse plates will all be increased. The cost of transferring a plate between vehicles is rising by $3.00 and the price of a plate being issued when titling a vehicle is going up by $9.00. When an existing plate needs to be replaced, whether it is lost, stolen, or mutilated, the fee will increase from $5.00 to $14.00. These are the first PennDOT fee increases in 17 years and by 2018, Act 89 will provide about $2.3 billion more a year to fix roads, bridges, and expand public transit. Pennsylvania motorists may take some time to become familiar with new fees so please contact the Member Service Center at 1-800-4415008 if you have any questions.


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Pleasant Holidays now offers Windstar Cruises to Tahiti Bali Hai is calling you to this South Seas paradise

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ahiti shimmers like a string of pearls in the South Pacific. A seductive garden of earthy delights, coconut palms nod in the breeze and the air is redolent with orchids and ferns. Ancient volcanoes loom over lush tropical lagoons in shades that seem struck from the palette of Gauguin. But why should it remain a not-sodistant yet unattainable place in your imagination? Find your Polynesian paradise aboard a Tahitian cruise from Pleasant Holidays and Windstar Cruises. Pleasant Holidays has been making vacations more memorable for 50 years. They make it easy to book cruise vacations in Tahiti, as well as in Europe, Hawaii, Asia, Mexico and river cruises on the Mississippi and the Pacific Northwest. Many cruise packages feature inclusive perks such as onboard credit, meals, beverages, room service, shore excursions and onboard entertainment. Windstar Cruises was created as an alternative to the typical cruise experience with memorable itineraries, luxurious accommodations and pampering without pretense. Relax and watch the wind fill the sails or visit the bridge on what feels like your own private yacht. The 148-passenger Wind Spirit was designed to harness the subtle South Pacific trade winds. Officially, a fourmasted schooner, the designation belies the craft’s unique rigging. Everything

PARADISE FOUND — Sailing into Cook’s Bay, Moorea. is operated by a few microchips. Sails unfurl at the push of a button and there are no sheets or winches on deck. Wind Spirit’s 7-day “Dreams of Tahiti” itinerary sails round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti and visits the idyllic islands of Moorea, Taha’a, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Huahine. Onboard amenities include the WindSpa, a casino and entertainment lounge, water-sports platform, library, pool and hot tub. The 74 deluxe staterooms feature ocean views, queen beds,

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AA Vacations® travels the globe to bring you the world’s most remarkable journeys. These cruise and land-based vacations are hand-selected by AAA with carefully crafted itineraries that seamlessly mingle the “must sees” with intimate glimpses of other cultures. And they are only available through AAA Travel. AAA Vacations® are an exceptional value because AAA has negotiated great members-only savings and benefits. Every vacation includes the AAA Vacations® Best Price Guarantee and AAA Vacations® 24/7 Member Care. You can also rely on the expertise of your AAA Travel Agent in selecting the right vacation package for you.

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AAA’s land vacation program features dozens of guided and locally hosted programs to the world’s most sought after locales. All are designed to reveal the very heart and soul of the places you’ll see, touch and taste. Travel independently or share the experience with a host and other likeminded nomads. No matter how you go you’ll travel in confidence. AAA Vacations® 24/7 Member Care delivers peace of mind should you need assistance on you journey. Looking to chill out on a beach or plunge under a waterfall in a tropical

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AAA has partnered with some of the industry’s best cruise lines and with more than 400 departures, you won’t have to wait for your ship to come in. Plus, AAA Vacations® offers exclusive bonus amenities like priority check-in on day of boarding, champagne on arrival, onboard spending credits and specialty dining experience, just to a name a few. Look for the AAA located next to the cruise listed on AAA.com/ aaavacations, then click on the link that says “Special Offer” to see the added amenities for that particular departure. Pick up your 2014 AAA Vacations® catalog today at any AAA Travel Agency location, or download the new 2014 AAA Vacations® eBrochure at AAA.com/aaavacations.

flat-screen TV with DVD player and Bose SoundDocks for Apple iPods. In the evening the AmphorA Restaurant serves gourmet, course-bycourse cuisine, while the Veranda restaurant offers casual and full-service dining at breakfast and lunch. Windstar gets you closer to the Tahiti you want to see. Visit places larger ships can’t go and enjoy a more authentic on-shore experience with smallgroup excursions. Swim and snorkel in crystal-clear lagoons, meander along hidden paths, or revel in Polynesian culture and customs. Every island has its own personality. A circle of majestic peaks crowns Tahiti — the largest and most populous island. The legendary seductress of sailors and capital of French Polynesia has bewitched everyone from Captain Cook to Jack London and Gauguin. Visit Les Trois Cascades waterfalls, or purchase a “pareu” at Le Marché’ an intriguing two-story marketplace in Papeete. The view from Magic Mountain is just that — magical. Those who dream of a tropical paradise are dreaming of Moorea. Just eleven miles across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti, it seems a world apart. Said to be the inspiration for James Michener’s

mythical island of Bali Hai, miles of coconut-colored beaches frame a shallow lagoon, while waterfalls cascade down ancient lava flows draped in the green velvet of the jungle. Flower-shaped Taha’a is ringed by almost sixty motus (islets) and a magnificent coral reef. Taha’a is called the Vanilla Island for its much sought-after spice, which sweetens the air with its rich aroma. It also produces some of the finest black pearls in the Pacific—a testament to the purity of the water. Raiatea, the Sacred Island, is located just across the lagoon from Taha’a and shares the same barrier reef. Visitors can climb Mt. Temehani in search of the Tiare Apetahi, a flower so rare it grows no place else on earth. Blossoms open at dawn with a slight crackling sound — said to be the sound of a breaking heart. With its lush rainforests, and quaint villages, Huahine offers a vision of old Polynesia. Offshore motu lie inside the barrier reef, filled with fragrant gardens of orchids and melons. Restored Tahitian marae (temples) and centuriesold stone fish traps reflect the island’s ancient culture. Bora-Bora means “the first-born.” Natives call it Pora-Pora because the letter B does not exist in the Tahitian language. Half island, half atoll, palmcovered motu encircle a topaz lagoon teeming with tropical fish. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, Visitors can pause at the tomb of Alain Gerbault, the first French sailor to solo circumnavigate the world. He passed through Tahiti in 1926 and like so many others, could not bear to leave.

IF YOU GO

Pleasant Holidays is now offering 7-night Tahiti cruises aboard Windstar Cruises, Wind Spirit, departing May 2 to November 7, 2014 and sailing roundtrip from Papeete. AAA Members receive $40 per person discount at time of booking. For more information see your AAA Travel Agent or visit AAA.com/travel.


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It’s good to be king at these regal residences Taking a peek inside Britain’s favorite royal haunts

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ver wondered how Princess Diana used to live, or where Henry VIII shared quality time with his six wives? The private homes and haunts of Britain’s royal family aren’t as private as you might think. Many are open to the public. Have a look inside some of Britain’s most celebrated royal residences and attractions and make yourself at home. One of Britain’s most recognizable landmarks, Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen. Every August and September Her Majesty opens her home to visitors, giving you the chance to tour the lavish State Rooms and Garden. You’ll also see some incredible treasures from the Royal Collection along the way. And don’t forget to catch the spectacular Changing the Guard ceremony — daily from May to July, and on alternative days for the rest of the year. Kensington Palace has been home to many members of the Royal Family, including Queen Victoria, Diana, Princess of Wales, and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pay the palace a visit and discover stories from Queen Victoria’s life told in her own words in the Victoria Revealed exhibition. Master the games of royal court in the magnificent King’s State Apartments, or get a glimpse of a legendary princess in a special exhibition of Princess Diana’s dresses. Hampton Court Palace, about 35 min-

tresses, the Tower has seen duty as a royal palace, prison, armory and even a zoo. Today, it’s a World Heritage Site, and prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels. Stand in the spot where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard lost their heads, or marvel at 500 years of royal armor in the Fit for a King exhibition. The Yeoman Warders or Beefeaters, have been guarding the Tower since 1485. Windsor Castle, an hour outside of London, is where the Royal Family heads for weekend retreats, state visits and special events. A royal residence for over 900 years, visitors can tour the State Apartments, furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Holbein and Rubens, and a suit of armor made in 1540 and worn by King Henry VIII.

WHEN YOUR HOME IS A CASTLE — Take a stroll on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle. utes south of London, illustrates the magnificence of the Tudor era. Step back in time for a taste of Tudor life in Henry VIII’s kitchens, or lose yourself in the famous Hampton Court Maze. A young Elizabeth I paid many visits to the estate, leaving her mark on a bay window in 1568 that’s still visible today. The Hampton Court Gardens are internationally renowned for being among the most beautiful in the world.

Westminster Abbey is steeped in over 1000 years of history, and has been the setting for the Coronation of every English monarch since 1066. It has also seen 16 royal weddings, most recently the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Legend has it that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, both the tower and the monarchy will crumble. One of the world’s most famous for-

ON THE BLOCK

With a stunning ceiling painted by Rubens in 1635, Banqueting House on Whitehall, is all that remains of the 1500room Whitehall Palace, home of British monarchs from 1530 until 1698. In 1649, King Charles I was executed on a scaffold erected outside the building. FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please see this issue’s Departures Guide or visit AAA.com/travelplanner for Great Britain and European vacation values from AAA Travel.


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Honda Fit is impressively big in its smallness All new 2015 model looms large in subcompact segment

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he Honda Fit quickly established itself as a Swiss Army knife of a commuter, loaded with full-sized amenities and flexible cargo space. It showed that small can be big — big on roominess, big on convenience, and big on allaround driving fun. Now Honda is taking fitness to a whole new level with a buff new body, sportier demeanor and a more powerful engine. Chiseled flanks emphasize the widely planted wheels and the dynamically tapered roofline terminates in a color-matched spoiler. The old cat’s eye headlights have narrowed into slits and are integrated into a solid grille with a Formula 1-inspired lower intake. It’s even lost weight — about 50 lbs. from the previous model. Honda engineers also tightened up the suspension, and created an improved body structure that offers greater rigidity for better handling and a quiet, comfortable ride. A new Earth Dreams Technology engine significantly increases power, torque and throttle response with support from two newly developed transmissions — a slick-shifting 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control. The 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine employs i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control, and direct fuel injection to deliver an 11 percent increase in peak horsepower to 130, and a 7.5

PERFECT FIT — The 2015 Fit is bigger and smaller in all the right places. percent increase in peak torque. All 2015 Fit models include Honda’s ECO Assist technology that can help drivers develop driving habits that enhance fuel efficiency. The Magic Seat — the origami-like secret behind the Fit’s class-leading cargo capacity — features a one-motion dive-down mechanism that allows the rear seats to be folded down flat with the flip of a single lever giving the Fit a minivan-like 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Rear seat leg room has been increased by nearly 5 inches, a feat

made more remarkable by the fact the 2015 Fit is 1.6-inches shorter in overall length. If there is such a thing as a “premium” entry-level car Fit comes close with such full-sized amenities as an upgraded interior with soft touch points, air-conditioning, a premium 160 watt audio system with four speakers, LED taillights, Bluetooth® connectivity and a segment-exclusive rearview camera. Trim levels have now been aligned with Honda’s other models with the

301 Peninsula Drive, Erie. Visit www.presqueisleaudubon.org. EDINBORO ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL — (May 16-18) One of the region’s only free festivals of its kind, the three-day event showcases grassroots art and music in the unique spirit of Appalachian culture and tradition. Watch performances by visiting and local music bands, brush up on your instrument of choice in one of the many workshops, learn about the process of making art from the demonstrating artists, drop the kids off for special sing-a-longs and craft activities, browse the many pieces of art for sale by local vending artists, take part of scheduled or spontaneous jam sessions in town, and sample the local good eats at local restaurants, cafes, and bars. Location: Downtown Edinboro. Visit www.edinboroartandmusic.com. VIENNESE BALL — (May 17) The Erie Philharmonic is bringing back its spectacular Viennese Ball, a longheld tradition dating back to the Phil’s early years, as a capstone event for the orchestra’s 100th Anniversary. Waltz with the Erie Phil led by Maestro Daniel Meyer, enjoy Vienna-inspired cuisine with exquisite desserts, and dance late into the night with Pittsburgh’s trendy band, City Heat. The

Viennese Ball will be an unforgettable night celebrating the organization’s legacy of music-making in Erie for the past century. Location: Erie Philharmonic, 609 Walnut Street, Erie. Visit www.eriephil.org. THE ZOMBIE RUN: EXTREME — (May 17) The Zombie Run begins at 9:00 a.m. on a mud-filled, 5K obstacle course through a zombie-infested wasteland. Racers will be tested as they dodge an army of brain-thirsty undead while scrambling through a series of rugged obstacles. The Zombie Run: Black Ops starts at 9:00 p.m. and offers a chance to tackle a terrifying nighttime obstacle course of fire, obstacles, smoke and zombie-infested darkness. Location: Lake Erie Speedway, 10700 Delmas Drive, Northeast. Visit www.thezombierun.com. 6TH ANNUAL TROIKA RUSSIAN FESTIVAL — (May 24-26) Authentic Russian food, music, entertainment, vendors, crafts, ice bar, and folk entertainment. Location: Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity Community Center, 109 German Street, Erie. Visit www.churchofthenativity.net/troika. GREAT LAKES BEACH GLASS & COASTAL ARTS FESTIVAL — (May 24-25) Highlights include over 50 sea glass and coastal artists, live music, shard contest, lectures,

now familiar LX, EX, and EX-L designations, each with a higher spec. A one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen display with next-generation HondaLink and heated leather seats are among the upgrades available for the first time. The Fit also features a long list of standard safety features including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist. The Honda LaneWatch display is standard on EX and above models. The 2015 Fit arrived in showrooms last April. It may not be fit for a King, but it should be the perfect Fit for anyone looking for flexible, economical transportation.

VEHICLE TYPE: 5 passenger, 5 door hatchback. OVERALL LENGTH: 160-inches. CURB WEIGHT: 2,513 lbs. ENGINE: 1.5L 130hp/6600rpm. TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual, or CVT automatic. MSRP: $15,525-$20,800. EPA ESTIMATES: City/highway 29/37 mpg (MT) 33/41 (AT). COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Mexico.

aroundtown THE AMISH ART OF ANNA J. WEAVER — (though June 14) Amish painter Anna J. Weaver’s simple folk art acrylic paintings depict her traditional Amish community. Her work, unusual in that Amish do not typically create paintings of themselves, is inspired by memories of her childhood and everyday Amish life in Spartanburg, PA. Location: Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, Erie. http://erieartmuseum.org. 91ST ANNUAL SPRING SHOW — (through July 20) This juried, regional multi-media exhibition, open to all artists living within a 250-mile radius of Erie represents all media and showcases the most current and finest artwork created in the area. Location: Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, Erie. Visit www.erieartmuseum.org. FESTIVAL OF THE BIRDS AT PRESQUE ISLE — (May 9-11) Over 320 species of birds have been recorded at the park—try to find them all! Activities include field trips to Presque Isle’s hottest birding spots, lagoon birding from a pontoon boat, and a visit to the bird banding station. Visit Gull Point, a sanctuary that hosts migrant shorebirds and terns. Registration required. All registrants receive Sharon Stiteler’s 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know. Location: Presque Isle State Park,

bottle ID and more. Location: Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Street Pier, Erie. Visit www.relishinc.com. WILD RIB COOK-OFF & MUSIC FESTIVAL — (May 28-31) Numerous vendors compete for Best Ribs competition. Food, musical entertainment and family fun, plus mouthwatering ribs, chicken, brisket and more. Location: Downtown Erie & Perry Square, North Park Row and State Streets, Erie. Visit www.erieribfest.com. CRASH-A-RAMA — (May 31) It’s a “redneck rodeo” at the Lake Erie Speedway! Come watch men and women run old junk vehicles in exciting events, including bus figure 8 race, Enduro, flagpole race, camper/trailer race, and more. The time is 7:05 p.m. Lake Erie Speedway, 10700 Delmas Drive, North East. Visit www.lakeeriespeedway.com. ERIE ZOO EQUIPMENT DAY — (June 7) Stop by and see a gator of a different kind! There will be heavy machinery all over the Zoo grounds for kids to get up close to. They even get to sit in the driver’s seat and honk the horn on some of the machines. See diggers, front loaders, dump trucks, tractors and much more! The time is from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at the Erie Zoo, 423 West 38th Street, Erie, PA.


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