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Vol. 15 No. 1
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It’s DISNEY MONTH at AAA Travel!
AAA Discounts & Rewards is an innovative new shopping experience on AAA.com featuring deep discounts, limited-time offers and everyday savings on dining, electronics, home, apparel, pet care and more, from approximately 30,000 participating merchants nation wide. Discover great deals on the names you trust and the products you need — all at unbeatable prices. It’s just one of the many perks of AAA membership. The AAA Discounts & Rewards shopping portal at AAA.com/discounts features an intuitive, easy-to-navigate interface to help you find exactly what you are looking for with just few simple clicks. In addition to discount offers, you’ll earn reward points on everything you buy. WOWPoints are AAA’s online reward points — just like the loyalty points you get from credit cards or airlines. 100 WOWPoints = $1 and your points never expire as long as you remain a AAA member. Paired with great online savings, you can earn double and triple WOWPoints for the purchases you make from your favorite brands and redeem them on your next purchase. Now that’s rewarding! AAA East Central members can register online at AAA.com/discounts. It’s completely free — a valid AAA membership and email address are all you need. Then shop, save and earn on national and local brands, movie and attraction tickets, restaurants retailers and more.
January perks just for members make NOW the best time to book Disney!
t’s a new year, and that means all-new Disney offers are now available to AAA members during Disney Month (Jan 6-31)! January is the very best time to book your vacation to the Walt Disney World® Resort. Booking early now provides you with more benefits than ever…and special Disney Month offers. Members who book a 2014 AAA Vacations® package receive 1 Disney tote per room filled with Disney gifts, including a music CD, a photo album and a baseball hat! Another member exclusive: Book a 2014 Walt Disney World® Resort vacation and get a free copy of the very practical Walt Disney World® Birnbaum Guide (and a discount of up to $50 per room for select resorts). Value Resort Walt Disney World® Birnbaum Guide Moderate Resort $25 per room earlybooking discount and a Walt Disney World® Birnbaum Guide Deluxe Resort $50 per room early-booking discount and a Walt Disney World® Birnbaum Guide
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OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE DANGERS OF DROWSY DRIVING
AAA members also receive a Disney value-added benefit: Ask your AAA Travel professional about a special Disney gift card offer when you buy a select AAA Vacations® package. See page 16 for details and restrictions. And there’s more! AAA members also get these AAA Vacations® exclusive benefits: • AAA Vacations® Diamond Savings Card® offering savings of 10%, 15% or 20% at participating locations • AAA Diamond Parking at all 4 theme parks • AAA Disney Magic Moments savings of 10%, 15% or 25% off the nondiscounted rate of the room portion on select package and dates.
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What’s New? Disney World’s homage to the 1937 classic animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” debuts this year! The indoor & outdoor Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family-friendly coaster (not a thrill ride) that takes guests of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland through the mine where the dwarfs spend their days digging for gems. The opening of this steel roller coaster will wrap up the largest expansion in the theme park’s history. Located behind Cinderella Castle, on the right after entering the Castle Courtyard gates leading into the Enchanted Forest, the ride starts in the dwarfs’ cottage, then takes guests on a rollicking, musical voyage into the mine where a million “diamonds” shine. The Mine Train will feature first-of-its-kind vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs. Turn to page 16 for Disney Month details & restrictions!
New T-Mobile program offers international service AAA affinity partner T-Mobile recently introduced Un-Carrier 3.0 – a service for Simple Choice plan customers that includes free texting and Web surfing, along with 20-cents-per-minute calling in more than 100 countries. Member-exclusive benefits include a 10 percent discount on Simple Choice plans. Additionally, members are eligible for a 10 percent discount on T-Mobile’s $10 monthly international plan, which provides calling to more than 100 countries for 20 cents per minute and unlimited texting to more than 200 countries. Along with 10 percent savings on monthly service for all lines on an account, members receive a 25 percent discount on accessories, free shipping on new activations and no annual service contract. Members also can request AAA emergency road service by dialing *AAA. The member discount can be accessed online or by dialing 877.AAA.7494 and using promotional code “AAA.”
AAA and Hertz Set the Standard…the Gold Standard AAA members now can enjoy all the benefits of Hertz Gold service Free! Enroll in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and earn points toward free rental days and more. It’s the fastest way to rent a car — skip the rental counter at 40 of the world’s busiest airports and at 1,000 worldwide locations, simply show your driver’s license, pick up your keys and go! AAA Basic & Plus Members receive free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus 675 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus points — enough for One Free Rental Day, after their first Gold rental! Join at AAA.com/HertzGold. AAA Premier Members receive free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership plus 1,100 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Bonus points — enough for Two Free Weekend Rental Days, after their first Gold rental! Join at AAA.com/HertzPremier.
Pleasant Holidays has Two for the Road Dreaming of an exotic vacation to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, or Tahiti? Pleasant Holidays can take you just about anywhere you want to go. And now you can double down on the deals. Receive a $100.00 Visa Gift Card from AAA Travel when you book & deposit on any Pleasant Holidays vacation of 5 nights or longer, between January 1-31, 2014 (1 per room). Book using your AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card and you’ll also earn 5X the Reward Points. SEE PAGE 9
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Everyone is at risk of falling asleep at the wheel Drowsy drivers a factor in one of six fatal crashes 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.
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AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ................................................... James E. Lehman Treasurer & CFO: ...........................................Michael R. Pratt Secretary: ................................................Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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 Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Chairman, Neil D. Bassi, Vice Chairman, Carol Asam, Christian Asam, Jack A. Barkley, William E. Bierer**, Ellsworth T. Bowser**, Peter Burton, Marianne B. Campbell, Charles O. Casto, Michael A. Cochran, Daniel J. Collins Jr.**, Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, James J. Dodaro, Jack G. Ellis, Mona N. Generett, Charles W. Groce , Richard S. Hamilton, Mark Henschen, Luke Howe, Richard Kallenborn, Herbert G. Koenig, Mark S. Mansour, W. Duff McCrady, Martha Hartle Munsch, W. Lee Oswalt, III, Michael Parkes, John D. Petruso, Louis Pomerico, Leonard L. Scheinholtz**, James C. Stump, Jr., James F. Ward *ex officio **emeritus directors
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By David R. Poor President, Erie Region ess than half of Americans say they get a good night’s sleep but the driver’s seat of your car is no place for a cat nap. Drowsy driving can be just as deadly as driving under the influence, but crashes are often under-reported due to the inherent difficulties of attributing crashes to sleepiness. Now a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety offers some eye-opening conclusions. According to a survey of 2,035 motorists conducted as part of the AAA Foundation’s 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, more than a quarter of those polled (28.3 percent) admitted they drove despite being so tired that they had difficulty keeping their eyes open. An earlier study found two in five (41 percent) admitted they had “fallen asleep or nodded off” at least once while behind the wheel. Just like alcohol and drugs, fatigue impairs judgment, mood, reaction times and driving performance. Studies by the National Sleep Foundation indicate that being awake for more than 20 hours results in an impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, the legal limit in all states. Although typically associated with long distance driving, fatigue can set in at any time. Contributing factors include emotional stress, illness, boredom and sun glare. Overeating, drinking alcoholic beverages, or riding in an overheated or very cold vehicle can compound the effects.
David R. Poor Sleep-related crashes are nearly twice as common among young people, who tend to stay up late, and sleep too little. Shift workers, those with untreated sleep disorders and commercial travelers are all at greater risk. Men are almost twice as likely to fall asleep at the wheel. Many of us tend to underestimate the negative effects associated with fatigue and sleep deprivation, or maybe we’re just too tired to recognize the symptoms. Unlike alcohol-related crashes, there are no blood, breath, or other objective tests for sleepiness. A recent analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash data estimates that about one in six (16.5 percent) deadly crashes,
involve a driver who is drowsy. These numbers suggest that the impact on motor vehicle crashes has not been fully appreciated. AAA’s research and educational initiatives into drowsy driving began in 1993, as part of the AAA Foundation’s comprehensive “Wake Up!” campaign and this new report should serve as a wake up call. It also underscores the importance of educating drivers on the simple, yet effective measures they can take to prevent a possible tragedy. What can you do to prevent fatigue from making you another crash statistic? Start any trip by getting enough sleep the night before — at least seven hours. Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles. If you can, have another person ride with you, who can share the driving. Learn to anticipate your circadian rhythms — or internal clocks — and avoid driving during your body’s natural downtime. Be on the alert for signs of sleepiness such as trouble keeping your eyes open, difficulty paying attention and drifting out of your lane. If you notice any of these danger signs, stop for a rest and if needed, a quick nap. Get some exercise — it helps you become more alert quickly — and for an extra boost, drink a caffeinated beverage. AAA urges all motorists to pay attention to these warning signals. Unfortunately, too many have adopted the “I’m tired, but I can make it” mentality, often at their peril or the peril of others. It’s time to put that notion to rest, once and for all.
AAA TripTik Travel Planner, now with Google Maps Your definitive choice for online trip planning
here are plenty of options for online maps and directions, but there’s only one that combines AAA’s professional hotel and restaurant ratings and robust travel information with Google map functionality — TripTik® Travel Planner. Millions of members turn to the TripTik Travel Planner (TTP) on AAA.com for trip planning expertise, including maps, driving directions, travel information, hotel reservations and more. For many travelers, 24/7 access from a personal computer offers the best of both worlds — the flexibility you need, coupled with AAA’s expert knowledge. A versatile application for both local turn-by-turn directions and long-distance routes with multiple stopovers, TTP offers the tools and customization options to help you plan a complete road trip. Choose your route, add points of interest and create maps specific to the things you’d like to see and do with accompanying AAA TourBook
guide details. Modify routes using the drag-and-drop feature to select the roads you prefer to travel. TripTik Travel Planner also displays gas station locations and electric vehicle charging station locations and provides updated fuel prices. New to TripTik Travel Planner, Google maps display at 17 zoom levels with an added option for viewing satellite imagery. For creating routes, entry points can now be added on a single line, using entries as simple as an airport or postal code. Unique to TTP, representative icons display the location of AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. While other mapping resources show dining and lodging options, only TTP displays properties that have been evaluated by AAA professional inspectors. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds to help travelers find the right match of amenities and services. Follow the Diamond Ratings to
choose hotels that meet your needs and book at AAA member rates. Add your selections to the route itinerary to easily generate directions to each location. Interested in seeing what other travelers have to say about a hotel, restaurant or attraction? TTP displays traveler reviews by linking directly through the TripAdvisor network. Once you’ve customized your trips, save, print or share through e-mail, or share them with the AAA Mobile app for on-the-go use. The free AAA Mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones. Coupling the AAA content and guidance travelers have trusted for more than 100 years, with other leading travel resources like Google maps and TripAdvisor reviews, make TTP the definitive choice for online maps, directions and road trip planning. Whether you need local maps, turn-by-turn directions, or a complete vacation, including low rates on hotels and other travel reservations, start with a quick trip to AAA.com.
Do you know how to handle an accident? What to do if you are involved in a car crash
ccording to The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there are more than six million U.S. motor vehicle crashes per year reported in the United States. The odds are that you’ll find yourself involved in a vehicle accident at some point in your life. Would you know what to do? Once the initial shock wears off and you’ve checked for injury, attempt to exit your vehicle. You might need to use a window if your door has been damaged. If your vehicle is drivable, move it to a public location. From there, you’ll be able to safely exit the vehicle and report the accident. Moving the vehicle is a good idea if there’s an immediate danger like being hit again on a busy interstate. Do keep in mind that some states require you to stay on the scene. In the event that your vehicle ends up in water, stay calm. You won’t be able to open the door due to the pressure from the water if the vehicle submerges. Take a deep breath and roll down the window to escape. If the electric windows won’t work, then break the window by hitting it with an object or kicking it. Dial 911 to report the crash. In most cases the dispatcher will automatically know your location using GPS technol-
ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU — There are more than six million motor vehicle crashes reported each year. ogy. Otherwise, look for mileage markers or directional signage. Most insurance carriers recommend the following steps following an accident: • Take note of how many passengers are in the other vehicles involved in the accident, as this will help prevent the future addition of passengers during insurance scams. • Collect the full name, insurance infor-
mation, and home address of all other drivers involved in the accident. You should also provide your information to the other driver(s). • Write a brief summary of the accident, recording as many details as possible - the make, model and year of the vehicles involved; the time of accident; and weather conditions. • Take photos. Must of us carry cell phones with the ability to take pho-
tographs. Pictures really DO tell a story. Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses, especially if you feel something or someone other than yourself caused the accident. While it’s okay to express concern over what happened, you should never admit that the accident was your fault or claim liability. Have your insurance information, driver’s license, and vehicle registration available for the police. Information will be collected and the officer will ask all the drivers what happened and record the account(s). Ask for the police report so that you can give it to your insurance carrier. Contact your insurance agent or carrier as soon as possible. Most major insurance companies have a 24-hour phone number for claim reports. FOR MORE INFORMATION
Trust AAA to steer you right on all your current and future Auto, Home and Life insurance needs. Combining your coverage with one insurance company could make a significant difference in your premium. Call 800.207.7947, or visit AAA. com/insurance for more information or to schedule a comprehensive Insurance review. AAA – your trusted insurance advisor.
New legislation will invest billions into state roads and bridges
Doing nothing a more costly option for transportation funding
n November, Governor Corbett signed into law a long-awaited transportation funding bill. This bill addresses the thirty-six percent of our major roads rated in poor or mediocre condition and the fortyfour percent of Pennsylvania bridges, averaging fifty years old, that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The legislation will invest an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion into the state’s roads and bridges by the fifth year of the plan. AAA East Central strongly supported legislative action to repair and rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges. As the benefit to motorists, commuters and commercial drivers quickly becomes evident, the cost impact of the new law to consumers is not so clear. One particularly confusing aspect of the new law has been a major change to the Gas Tax. The Gas Tax Pennsylvania motorists pay for a gallon of gas at the pump consists of two major components: a 12-cent Liquid Fuels tax and an Oil Company Franchise Tax (OCFT) which is a tax paid by the oil companies based on the wholesale price of gas. The new law completely eliminates the 12-cent Liquid Fuels tax. The Oil Company Franchise Tax has been based on the average price of gas in 1983 and capped at $1.25 a gallon. The new law removes the 1983 cap on the tax to reflect
BRIDGING THE GAP — Forty-four percent of Pennsylvania bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. current oil prices. The uncapping is phased in over 5 years — 1/3 in 2014; 1/3 in 2015; 1/3 in 2017 — and is not fully implemented until 2017. The Governor’s Transportation Funding Advisory Commission estimated uncapping the OCFT would initially cost drivers an additional 42 cents per week, increasing to $1.94 weekly cost in the fifth year. Unlike some other states, Pennsylvania does not use income or sales taxes to fund roads and bridges. Fuel taxes provide
the majority of funding for roads and bridges and state police highway patrol. Consider the cost to motorists if funding was not available to repair roads and bridges and make safety improvements to our roadways. AAA’s concern for safety was a major consideration for supporting additional highway funding. A study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation concluded that deficient roadway conditions are a factor in 53 percent of
deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes each year. PennDOT reported that in 2012, the economic loss due to traffic crashes was $1,164 to every man, woman and child in Pennsylvania. According to a report by The Road Information Program, driving on deficient roads costs Pennsylvania motorists $9.4 billion per year statewide in the form of extra operating costs lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays. Extra transportation costs are also built into everything we buy. If delivery vehicles have to take long detours around weight-restricted or closed bridges. Clearly, when also considering economic competitiveness, time and fuel spent in congestion, the loss of precious seconds for first responders detoured to an emergency, the extra time our children spend on detoured buses, the cost of doing nothing to address our deficient roads and bridges is significantly higher.
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AAA’s Making America Stronger website was designed to raise awareness about the crucial role a safe and well-maintained transportation system plays in our everyday lives and in the nation’s economy. To learn more visit aaamakingamericastronger.com.
Travel Europe’s original highways on a river cruise Tulips and Windmills on a Viking River Cruise
ore travelers are discovering that river cruising is one of the most comfortable and intriguing ways to explore Europe. River cruising allows up-closeand-personal access to cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages—because so many towns were built along these medieval highways. Travelers will also appreciate the value. Most river cruises are priced in U.S. dollars and all-inclusive pricing typically includes accommodations, all onboard meals, daily, guided shore excursions and more. Sail into the very heart of cities like Amsterdam or St. Petersburg, then walk right off the ship into the center of town. River cruising has become so popular that Viking River Cruises — the world’s largest river cruise company — launched six new vessels last year as part of company’s $250 million fleet development program. Merging cutting-edge technology with Old World elegance, Viking’s new Longships feature 190 staterooms with more full-size rooms and full-size verandas than other European river cruise vessels. Three-quarters feature a veranda, French balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, or both. Tulips & Windmills is the ultimate 10-day spring sojourn through the Low Countries. Explore Amsterdam’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and world-famous museums. Experience Belgium’s Golden
IN BRUGES — Bruges is known as “the Venice of the North.” Age in historic Antwerp and the lovely patrician cities of Ghent and Bruges. Learn why the windmills were built and see how they work on an actual working windmill tour. Amsterdam gives you the impression of having stepped into a 17th century canvas by Vermeer. Linden bordered canals are lined with stately homes topped by graceful stepped gables. From Amsterdam, sail across the Ijsselmeer (once known as the Zuiderzee) to the ancient shipping vil-
lage of Hoorn. Enjoy a guided walk through the cobbled streets and visit the town’s main square, which dates back to Holland’s Golden Age. In Arnhem, take a journey to 17thcentury Paleis Het Loo, the Dutch royal family’s summer residence for more than 300-years. A guided tour offers an intimate look at the sumptuously furnished rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Flemish capital of Antwerp is famous for the Cathedral of Our Lady,
with its three monumental altarpieces painted by Peter Paul Rubens. The city’s Grand Square is surrounded by the Golden Age Town Hall and Steen Castle, Antwerp’s oldest building. Sometimes referred to as “the Venice of the North” Bruges is famous for its canals and medieval architecture, most of which remains intact. Highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a 12th century Gothic church, and the Belfort, a 272-foot-high tower prominently featured in the 2008 film In Bruges. During the Middle Ages, Ghent was one of Europe’s wealthiest and most powerful cities. The town’s rich history and past is evident in the imposing buildings and squares. The Castle of the Counts was constructed in 1180 with 6-foot-thick walls, battlements, and turrets and a fully-equipped torture chamber. TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS
Keukenhof Gardens, near Amsterdam in Holland’s Bulb Region, is the world’s largest floral park. Visitors can admire the stunning floral beauty at both indoor and outdoor exhibits of millions of blooms. FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Book PLEASANT HOLIDAYS! Earn 5X Rewards PLUS $100 Gift Card Deciding which vacation offers represent the best value for your hard-earned dollars can be challenging, but during January one of AAA’s longtime preferred travel partners makes that process easier. Pleasant Holidays offers getaways to just about anywhere you dream of going — Hawaii, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe, the continental US and even Tahiti, Fiji and the South Pacific! And, when you book & make a deposit on ANY Pleasant Holidays vacation using your new or existing AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card, you’ll earn 5 times the Reward Points (redeemable for great gifts as shown in the box below). Also during January, if the Pleasant Holidays vacation you book is at least 5 nights long (whether or not you use a AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card), AAA Travel will throw in a $100.00 Visa Gift Card (1 per room; card will be mailed after receipt of full payment)! Don’t have a AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card? Don’t fret. You can easily and quickly apply for one now and purchase your trip to take advantage of the 5X points offer. That’s not all. You can enjoy other value-added AAA Member Benefits
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with your Pleasant Holidays vacation, such as: • a $50.00 voucher per booking toward optional activities, tour or excursions for Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean • a $40.00 discount per person toward packages in Tahiti, Fiji and the South Pacific; restrictions apply • complimentary room upgrades, early check-in & late check-out and special VIP stature (subject to availability) • additional amenities (varies by hotel)
NEW IN 2014! Select Pleasant Holidays packages have been chosen as AAA Vacations® departures, which qualify for a Double Member Benefit (applicable to select hotels with a minimum 5-night stay). AAA Vacations® departures feature 24/7 Member Care Assistance and a 24hour Best Price Guarantee. Sample AAA Vacations® land-only packages (per person, double occupancy), based on May 13-20: 5-NIGHT CANCUN from $1,241 (6,205 points): Occidental Grand Xcaret all-inclusive resort with Chichen Itza Excursion, Isla de Mujeres Catamaran, $100 voucher for optional sightseeing/activity. 7-NIGHT HONOLULU from $1,340 (6,700 points): Waikiki Beach Marriott (oceanview) with USS Arizona/City Tour, Majestic Grand Circle Island Tour, $100 voucher for for optional sightseeing/activity.
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Sizzlin’ Westerns CORRAL A WILD DEAL IN JANUARY!
AAA MEMBERS SAVE $50! PER PERSON WHEN TOUR IS BOOKED & DEPOSITED BY 1/31/14
DISCOVER GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
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Tour a silver mine in Wallace ID (once the “Silver Capital of the World”) and the SmokeJUNE 22-28 • $3,425 jumpers Aerial Fire Depot. Visit artsy Big Fork MT and enjoy a float trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Stay at an Old World–style lodge in Glacier National Park. Cruise on 2 lakes. Travel “Going to the Sun” Road amid snowy peaks and virgin forest. Ride a vintage Red Jammer Touring Car. Cross the Continental Divide. Take America’s longest gondola up to Silver Mountain. Visit Lake Coeur d’Alene. Dine on Spokane’s River Queen paddle boat. 10 meals.
From Salt Lake City to Denver, take in some of America’s favorite national landmarks. Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (choir schedule AUG 30–SEPT 7 • $3,619 permitting). Visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks (including Old Faithful & Mammoth Hot Springs), Devil’s Tower, Deadwood, Mt Rushmore (during the day and again in the evening for its inspiring lighting ceremony), Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park, Ft Laramie National Historic Site, Cody’s Buffalo Bill Historic Center and Cheyenne. Take a wildlife Jeep® safari through South Dakota’s Black Hills. 15 meals.
BEST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
COLORADO TRAIN ADVENTURE
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So many delights in 1 tour — from the endless charms of San Francisco to the natural JULY 24–AUG 1 • $3,699 splendor of the redwoods at Muir Woods to the opulence of Hearst Castle. Cross Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the Mediterranean ambiance of Sausalito, sample wines at Napa Valley vineyards, savor lunch aboard the Napa Wine Train. Ride Amtrak’s scenic California Zephyr to Lake Tahoe. Visit the ghost town of Virginia City NV. Dine & dance on a riverboat paddlewheeler. Marvel at Yosemite National Park's wonders. Explore coastal Carmel, Big Sur and Monterey. 14 meals.
This Centennial State tour features rides on the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway, the Royal Gorge SEPT 13-20 • $2,789 Route RR, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR. Tour the US Air Force Academy and marvel at the rock formations of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Ride the country’s steepest incline and walk on the world’s highest suspension bridge at Royal Gorge. Visit Great Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde national parks. See the monoliths of Colorado National Monument. Visit the CO Railroad Museum in Golden. 15 meals.
GRAND CANYON & ARIZONA ADVENTURE
From San Francisco to Seattle, see wonders along the Pacific. Explore the City by the Bay AUG 3-10 • $3,619 and California’s Wine Country. See redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants and in Redwood National Park. Enjoy rides on a jet boat on Oregon’s Rogue River and a dune buggy at the National Dunes Recreation Area. Tour Portland and its renowned rose gardens. Marvel at the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls and Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. In Seattle, dine atop the Space Needle and tour the world’s largest building, a Boeing assembly plant. 10 meals.
Fly to Phoenix and ride to the luxurious Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Explore scenic backSEPT 21–28 • $2,559 country on an exciting off-road Pink Jeep® tour. Visit the IMAX Theater at Williams, then ride the Grand Canyon Railway (first class) to the canyon’s South Rim. Spend 2 nights there in a national park lodge, then ride the vintage Verde Canyon Railroad. Explore Old Town Scottsdale, marvel at intriguing plants at the Desert Botanical Garden and Western art at the Heard Museum. Enjoy a memorable farewell steakhouse dinner — cowboy-style! 11 meals.
CANYON COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
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Our first national park’s first explorers were called liars when they described its otherAUG 11-17 • $2,695 worldly geysers & bubbling mudpots and its free-ranging 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.
Eroded for eons by wind & water, the colorful canyons of AZ, UT and NV captivate all who OCT 8-14 • $2,399 visit. Begin in the Entertainment Capital of the World — Las Vegas! Enjoy an afternoon & evening on your own before departing for Kingman’s Route 66 Museum. Marvel at the magnificence of the Grand Canyon; enter the Navajo Nation and see Monument Valley from a 4WD vehicle. Enjoy a sunset jet boat ride on the Colorado River followed by a BBQ dinner. Visit 4 national parks — Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion — and 2 state parks too! 11 meals.
Before-discount AAA Member Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip flights from Pittsburgh, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, sightseeing admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person) and meals as indicated. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/travel for itinerary details.
Member Benefits Exclusive Offers Glasgow • Spean Bridge Woollen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Highland evening • Blair Athol Whisky Distillery • Edinburgh & its Castle • Ferry to Northern Ireland • Belfast: Titanic Center • Dublin: Guinness Storehouse, canal dinner cruise • Rock of Cashel • Blarney Castle & Woolen Mills • Killarney: “jaunting car” • Ring of Kerry • Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap • River Shannon ferry • Cliffs of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty
ESCORTED TOUR OPERATED BY CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL
Castle medieval banquet • AND MORE!
Nov 1-12 •
AAA Member Rate: $1,799
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 17 meals (including medieval banquet, canal dinner cruise), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/Ireland for itinerary and more information.
Fly to Calgary and drive into the Canadian Rockies to Banff. Enjoy 5 nights at Brewster’s Mountain Lodge. Ride Banff Gondola for panoramic vistas. Visit thundering Bow Falls and cruise serene Lake Minnewanka. Enjoy a day in Banff on your own; play a round on Banff Springs’ golf course, take an unforgettable helicopter sightseeing tour or relax on a river float trip. Banff offers shopping and dining opportunities – as well as an occasional moose! Cross the Continental Divide on the way to Yoho and Banff national parks. See Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and Lake Louise (“Jewel of the Rockies”), where you may ride the gondola. Spot wildlife along Columbia Icefields Parkway to Athabasca Glacier and turquoise Peyto Lake. Cap off the week at the world-famous Calgary Stampede, a celebration of cowboy life, chuckwagon races, rodeos, parades, fireworks and more. Enjoy the thrilling Grandstand Show from reserved seats.
Canadian Rockies and the Calgary Stampede
per person! Book & deposit by Jan 31
AAA MEMBER RATE: $2,979
Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Calgary), roundtrip airport/ hotel transfers, accommodations, services of a AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met), 9 meals, motorcoach sightseeing and baggage handling (1 per person). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Passport required.
WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR EXTRA-SPECIAL? RELAXING IN 1 GREAT HOTEL “HOME” FOR 5 NIGHTS! Brewster’s Mountain Lodge offers premier comfort in the heart of downtown Banff, your “home away from home.” Handcrafted log furnishings, Western décor, historic photos and cowboy art enhance its ambience. Relax in the whirlpool & sauna. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast and in-room high-speed internet. Explore lobby-level boutiques.
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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.
LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME!
Valentine Getaway: Niagara Falls ON
Preakness Stakes: Baltimore MD
Wine, chocolate, flowers and love songs – this trip has it all! Travel to romantic Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Ontario’s most charming Victorian towns. Enjoy lunch & shopping on your own before visiting one of the wineries this region is known for. Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” more than candy, so stop at the Chocolate Factory. Overnight in Niagara Falls near many area attractions. Enjoy an evening of Broadway love songs (featuring a bit of comedy) and dinner at Oh Canada, Eh? dinner theater. Visit impressive floral displays at Niagara Parks Commission Greenhouse. Afterward, enjoy time at Table Rock Centre and eat lunch on the brink of the falls. 3 meals.
The Preakness Stakes, a Thoroughbred horse race for 3-year-olds at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, is the middle jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown; it’s been called the “Run for the Black-eyed Susans” because a blanket of this Maryland state flower is placed around the winner’s neck. First, visit a horse farm for an up-close and personal look at the horses and their training. Then it’s Preakness Day: Enjoy the race from the Clubhouse Terrace Dining Room (each table has a TV!), overlooking the homestretch and finish line. Enjoy admission, souvenir program and buffet luncheon with beer/ wine/soft drinks. Stop by the Pimlico Museum to enjoy memorabilia from the past 200 years. End race day with an evening cruise in Baltimore’s Harbor. Before leaving “Charm City,” enjoy free time to explore the Inner Harbor’s shops or the National Aquarium. 4 meals.
Feb 13-14 •
AAA Member Rate: $335
Moses: Lancaster PA
April 9-10 •
AAA Member Rate: $299
Leave winter blahs behind and head to PA Dutch country. Unwind at Kitchen Kettle Village; wander through shops picturesquely nestled in a village setting. See the production of Moses at the Sight & Sound Theatre. Enjoy a traditional PA Dutch dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant, an attraction on its own. Stay at the on-site inn, with easy access to shops & attractions. Be sure to visit the bakery, country store, farm animals and more. Visit an Amish house & farm. Explore the countryside on a tour through rolling hills and farmland. In Lititz, visit Sturgis Pretzels; try your hand at pretzel making! Stroll the streets during free time provided for lunch and shopping on your own. 2 meals.
Cherry Blossom Parade: Washington DC April 11-13 •
AAA Member Rate: $625
Ride to the nation’s capital for the Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual event that attracts visitors from around the world! Take a fascinating journey through the city with commentary & insight along the way. Enjoy a reserved seat for great views of the Cherry Blossom Parade. See colorful floats, giant balloons, marching bands and more! Visit the National Mall on your own, stopping in the Smithsonian Museums and taking in the sights of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Dine in Georgetown on the waterfront. View the illuminated monuments on an evening tour. Walk the streets of historic Alexandria VA and enjoy a brunch with exceptional views and scrumptious favorites; explore the quaint shops & sights of the town’s picturesque waterfront and side streets. 4 meals.
Military Pride & Parades: Norfolk VA April 24-26 •
May 16-18 •
AAA Member Rate: $795
Pirates vs Yankees on the Road: NYC May 16-19 •
AAA Member Rate: $1,125
Here’s a die-hard fan’s dream – a road trip to see 2 Pirate games in New York City! On your first night, watch from reserved seats as the Bucs take on the Yanks in their new stadium in the Bronx. Staying in Midtown (Manhattan’s Times Square is right outside your door!) allows easy access to the best activities and attractions the Big Apple has to offer. Explore and do as you please on your first full day. Admission to Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock observation level is included, as well as a uniquely entertaining interactive motorcoach experience called “The Ride”; see firsthand what everyone is raving about on this multifaceted fun tour of the city. Then, the next afternoon, it’s game time again (roundtrip transportation to Yankee Stadium provided). Back in Manhattan after the game, enjoy an opportunity to take in a Broadway show at your leisure or to do as you please.
Deluxe Spring in NY’s Hudson Valley May 19-22 •
AAA Member Rate: $1,015
Close to New York City but feeling like a million miles away, the Hudson River Valley is a verdant and picturesque region full of history and charm. Glimpse into the life of FDR at his Springwood estate. Take a leisurely cruise on the Hudson aboard the Rip van Winkle. Take a tour of and dine at Hyde Park, home of the Culinary Institute of America. Cross the 212-foot-high Walkway over the Hudson. Visit the oldest street in America. Overnight in the luxurious Victorian castle-like Mohonk Mountain House in the Catskill Mountains. Tour the US Military Academy at West Point. 8 meals.
AAA Member Rate: $455
Enjoy a military-themed weekend in North America’s NATO headquarters — Norfolk. Stay at a hotel with easy access to many area attractions. Enjoy a unique dining experience in a 140-year-old former-church-turned-restaurant; the food is “heavenly”! Visit Nauticus and the battleship USS Wisconsin. Sail aboard the Victory Rover for a 2-hour tour of the US Naval Base. Attend a private dinner at your hotel before departing for the Virginia International Tattoo; this rousing event features top military bands and precision drill teams with more than 800 performers. In Norfolk’s Town Point Park, the “Parade of Nations” features floats, marching bands and specialty units from around the world. Attend the NATOfest outdoor festival to enjoy entertainment, food and visiting ships. 4 meals.
Holland Tulip Festival
May 5-8 •
AAA Member Rate: $729
Get a taste of Europe in western Michigan! Dine aboard the Holland Princess, a Victorian-style paddlewheeler that plies Lake Macatawa & Lake Michigan. Visit a tulip farm and a wooden-shoe factory in Holland. See klompen dancers, gardens and typical 19th-century Dutch architecture at Nelis’ Dutch Village. Learn how to make a banket, a delicious Dutch pastry. Take a Dutch dance lesson, see Delft pottery making and enjoy a Dutch lunch. Tour Holland’s historic areas, parks, windmill and tulip lanes. Enjoy a church buffet and an evening of musical theater. Marvel at the 150,000 tulips at Windmill Island Gardens. Browse and shop at the Dutch Marktplaats before watching the Volksparade and then a Tulip Time dinner show. Take a sand dune buggy ride at Saugatuck. 7 meals.
Springtime in the Smokies May 12-15 •
AAA Member Rate: $709
Welcome spring with a sojourn to the Smokies! Start with a day at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge TN; enjoy top-notch entertainment showcasing country, bluegrass, southern gospel, classic rock and Appalachian music. Attend the Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show and America’s Funniest Family Variety Show at the Comedy Barn Theater. See Blackwood’s Morning Variety Show before embarking on a Moonshine & Mountain tour of Great Smoky Mountain National Park; stop for a taste of “white lightnin’” at Moonshine Distillery. Enjoy free time for shopping & strolling in Gatlinburg. Witness competitive singing & dancing at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner show. End on a high note at the Smokies’ largest musical variety show — the Smoky Mountain Opry! 6 meals.
Mackinac Lilac Festival
June 10-14 •
AAA Member Rate: $1,049
Relax in “Little Bavaria” (German-flavored Frankenmuth MI, home of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland) before boarding a ferry at Mackinaw City. Alight on car-free Mackinac Island, where transportation is only by bicycle, foot and horse& buggy! Abundant Victorian charm transports you back for a simpler, slower slice of life. Stay at a historic hotel, enjoy the sights & scents of the annual Lilac Festival, take a horse-drawn buggy tour of the island and experience the legendary Grand Luncheon Buffet at the Grand Hotel (featuring the world’s longest veranda). Ferry over to St Ignace and cross the Mighty Mac Bridge to Gross Pointe Shores and the luxurious home of Henry Ford’s son Edsel. Visit the vast Henry Ford Museum and then Greenfield Village, an outdoor history museum. 8 meals.
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California Wine Country & More with Jon Burnett Pittsburgh TV personality Jon Burnett joins you on this tasty tour of Northern California — from scenic Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Peninsula to San Francisco and Napa Valley. See landmarks of the City by the Bay — Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Cliff House, the Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf. Cross Golden Gate Bridge to visit Mediterranean-flavored Sausalito and the towering redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument; ferry back across San Francisco Bay. Tour & sip samples at 4 wineries (and enjoy a chef-prepared picnic lunch at one!), blend your own Merlot and savor an elegant dinner aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.
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WATCH HOME-ICE ACTION from THE COMFORT OF A PRIVATE canadian club party suite AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER! • p arty suite game ticket AND buffet • co mfortable leather seating • nonalcoholic beverages • TV monitor with live game feed • co mplimentary access to 3 clubs
AAA member rate: $299 each game
LEXUS, CAPTAIN MORGAN & FIRST NIAGARA
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3 nights at Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf 2 nights at a Napa all-suite resort
PhilADELPHIA flyers: March 16 @ 7:30 PM april 12 @ 3 PM Tampa Bay lightning: March 22 @ 1 pm GAMES, TIMES & OPPONENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AAA Member Rates are per person per game and are based on double occupancy when accommodations are included.
columbus: MARCH 28-29
Motorcoach to Columbus. Stay at a downtown hotel within walking distance of Nationwide Arena. Visit Easton Town Center, a unique shopping & dining destination. Enjoy a pre-game party in the hotel. Savor a lunch buffet at Schmidt’s in German Village. 2 meals. March 28: $469
June 26–July 1 AAA Member Rate $3,079 © ANDY DEAN / FOTOLIA.COM
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh–San Francisco), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person), 7 meals, local tour director and in-California AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/travel for itinerary details.
See & do MORE on a Celebrity Cruisetour!
Go ON THE ROAD! enjoy AN AWAY-GAME PACKAGE WITH Roundtrip TRANSPORTATION, HOTEL room, RESERVED-SEAT TICKET, aaa gift & much MORE.
ALASKA BY LAND! PLUS
Alaska Northern Glacier Cruisetour
June 20–July 3
AAA Member Rate: from $3,274
Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruisetour Aug 8–21
AAA Member Rate: from $4,927
See the incredible, inspirational interior of the Last Frontier on this 9-night escorted tour — unforgettable experiences not on cruises!
a 6-night land tour of Alaska (Seward, Anchorage,Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks) OR a 6-night land tour of the Canadian Rockies (Vancouver,Victoria, Jasper, Banff, Calgary).
Traditional salmon bake & a sternwheeler river cruise in Fairbanks 4-hour adventure flying over the Arctic Circle,the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the Yukon River 7-hour Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali National Park, looking for grizzlies, moose & more... with an overnight in the park Meet a 4-time winner of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race and his canine crew Visits to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation & Begich Boggs Visitor centers 2-hour river float trip in Kenai Fjords National Park A ride on Girdwood’s Alyeska Tram — from sea level to 2,300 feet! Special welcome & farewell dinners with your fellow travelers
Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include 7-night balcony-stateroom cruise accommodations/ entertainment, most onboard meals, government taxes, port charges, 6-night hotel accommodations and sightseeing/transportation. Ship's registry: Malta. Visit AAA.com/travel for more information. Ask about available add-on airfare. Passport required.
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, motorcoach sightseeing, accommodations (Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Seward: 2 each, Girdwood: 1), 16 meals, luggage handling (1 bag/person), gratuities for included features (includes driver, escort), in-Alaska escort and AAA Tour Manager (if minimumparticipation goal is met). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.
A Celebrity Cruisetour is an unforgettable vacation that delivers the best & most of both sea & land. Enjoy an experience-packed combination of a 7-night Alaska cruise on Millennium
July 8-17 •
AAA Member Rate: $4,999
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Walk on the GREAT WALL! Enter the FORBIDDEN CITY! Explore one of the world’s most important capitals and meet BEIJINGERS at home & in school! And so much more!
INTRO to CHINA AN ESCORTED EXPERIENCE
Sept 11-18 • AAA Member Rate: $3,249
Escort & driver gratuities included!
Enjoy the comfort & security of an escorted experience — a comprehensive, informative & personal look at this rapidly growing city and an in-depth introduction to its fascinating culture.
EXTRA-SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS include... • A traditional PEKING DUCK DINNER in one of Beijing‘s best restaurants renowned for the preparation & presentation of this world-famous delicacy
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!
• An up-close & personal FAMILY-HOME VISIT & HOME-COOKED MEAL in one of Beijing’s ancient and fast disappearing hutong neighborhoods, with an opportunity to question and interact with your hosts • An entertaining KUNG FU ACADEMY VISIT & DEMONSTRATION by its young students — whom you may meet afterward and try your hand at learning a move or two!
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.
• A traditional, interactive & fun “HOTPOT“ DINNER, where spearing, dipping & cooking your meats & veggies in a tabletop “vat“ of broth makes for a very social experience!
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!
Before-discounts 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 your travel agent for details.
Visit AAA.com/GoAsia for the complete itinerary!
AAA MEMBER SAVINGS $200 $150 $100 PREMIER
ALL SAVINGS PER ROOM
BOOK & DEPOSIT BY 1-31-14
Meet your Experienced Guide A favorite of AAA guests on previous China tours, professional guide & Beijing resident Duan Fangming proudly shows you his city. With more than 20 years of guiding Americans through his country, he offers fluent English and extensive knowledge, insight & humor to enhance your Beijing experience with an authentic personal element rarely available anywhere else!
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CONVENIENT MOTORCOACH CRUISING FROM PITTSBURGH Avoid potential airport hassles. Motorcoach to your cruise! Park for free, then relax & ride AAA’s convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to Baltimore to board Grandeur of the Seas!
BERMUDA Oct 10-16 • from $885 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 2 full days at sea
NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Oct 16-24 • from $1,076 Portland & Bar Harbor, Maine Saint John, New Brunswick Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 full days at sea
BERMUDA May 23-30 • from $1,225 King’s Wharf, Bermuda 3 full days at sea
BAHAMAS Aug 8-15 • from $1,144
CARIBBEAN Nov 11-21 • from $1,094
Port Canaveral, Florida CocoCay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea
Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI Philipsburg, St Maarten 5 full days at sea
DON’T MISS THE BOAT! AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & Western Pennsylvania pick-up points. *WEST VIRGINIA MOTORCOACH from Morgantown & Bridgeport available for the 3/18/14 departure.
VISIT AAA.COM / MOTORCRUISE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Been there? Done that? Here’s a 17-night escorted getaway for those “tired” of Europe or “over” the Caribbean. Look to the intriguing, inviting lands of South America! This all-toounsung continent boasts some of the world’s most fascinating natural & man-made landmarks, a colorful tapestry of native & European-influenced cultures and unique travel experiences that rival or surpass destinations you’ve already seen. Start in exciting Rio de Janeiro. Then enjoy the primal atmosphere of Iguazu, one of the world’s most breathtaking waterfalls. Fly to the wine country of Mendoza, Argentina, for tastings before visiting the “Paris of South America” — Buenos Aires! In Peru, tour Lima’s historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), then fly to Cuzco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The next stop alone is worth the entire journey — Machu Picchu! Ascend by train to the “Lost City of the Incas” for a magical moment in time and nature. Also enjoy 5 extra-special experiences at no extra cost to you! • Jeep tour of the lush Tijuca Forest National Park around Rio • Rio’s “Samba City” workshop where Carnival floats & costumes are born • a night on the town at Rio Scenarium, a club offering live samba & jazz • the Inca terraces at Moray and the Sacred Valley Salineras salt mines • Iguazu rainforest safari by Jeeps & Zodiac boats to base of the falls!
Sept 10-27 •
AAA Member Rate: $8,768
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh–Rio de Janeiro, Cuzco-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 26 meals, 5 “experiences,” air taxes & fees/surcharges and in–South America tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent. Visit AAA.com/GoSouthAmerica for details.
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Portugal & its Islands Portugal is hot...and getting hotter. It’s fast becoming the last “undiscovered” destination in Western Europe. Those who have discovered its considerable assets are having a hard time keeping it to themselves! In Lisbon, explore the Moorish Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Monument to the Discoveries and the Tower of Belem (UWHS). See Sintra (UWHS), summer residence of kings for 6 centuries. Then enjoy Portugal’s “Riviera” and dinner with wine and fado, soulful music recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible ©STEVANZZ/FOTOLIA.COM Cultural Heritage. On the Silver Coast, see sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. See Fatima’s famous Basilica and magnificent Batalha Monastery (UWHS). The truly remote Azores lie some 900 miles west of Lisbon. Their volcanic birth created mountains and valleys, pocket lakes resting in ancient craters, hot springs, fumaroles and thermal fountains. Seaside villages, white-washed houses guarded by medieval city walls, bustling harbors and cities overflowing with architectural treasures — these, and Europe’s only pineapple and tea plantations, make the Azores all the more inviting. About 600 miles southwest of Lisbon, the resort island of Madeira, “pearl of the Atlantic,” boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges, volcanic cave, traditional villages and age-old ways of life — fishing, wickerwork, embroidery and world-renowned wine making.
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AAA Member Rate: $4,619
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Lisbon), in-Portugal flights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/ service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 19 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges and an inPortugal tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/GoEurope for details.
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Bunratty Folk Park Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle Cliffs of Moher Flying Boat Museum Killarney National Park, including Muckross House Ring of Kerry, Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap Waterford Crystal tour Russborough House Dinner & song at a pub Dublin: tour & free time ...AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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AAA Member Rate: $1,459
Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, guided motorcoach sightseeing, entrance fees, 11 meals (including Bunratty Castle medieval banquet/entertainment & Merry Ploughboy pub dinner/ entertainment), in-Ireland tour director, hotel luggage handling (1 piece per person), hotel taxes & service charges. Ask about available add-on airfare. Visit AAA.com/GoIreland for itinerary and information.
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This 13-day escorted adventure features visits to 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites — Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Verona! Enjoy included extra-special “moments” you’d have to research & add on at your own expense & effort: • •
Guided visits to St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City’s museums, including the Sistine Chapel A 4-course dinner with wine in Rome, with live performances of arias from the best operas After-hours visit to a 14th-century monastery, followed by a family-style feast of Tuscan dishes, with wine! A serenaded gondola cruise on the canals of Venice — one of the world’s most famous travel experiences • •
Enjoy relaxing multiple-night stays in Rome (3), Sorrento–Amalfi Coast (2), Florence (2), Venice (2) and Stresa–Lakes District (2).
Oct 18-30 • AAA Member Rate: $5,329 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Rome, Milan-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 20 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges, in-Italy tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit AAA.com/GoItaly for details.
FREE MOTORCOACH included with 2 AAA Featured Vacations The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of America’s Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques © OKALINICHENKO/FOTOLIA.COM adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers. The paddlewheel has its own rhythm but so does the music of the river as you float through the myriad melodies of blues, gospel, folk, rockabilly, ragtime, Dixieland jazz and zydeco. You’ll quickly discover that the river has a rhythm all its own.
CINCINNATI to PITTSBURGH: June 27–July 4 Motorcoach from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati for an overnight hotel stay. Board the Queen next day and cruise the Ohio River, with stops in Maysville KY, Huntington WV, Point Pleasant WV, Marietta OH and Wheeling WV. Disembark in Pittsburgh; coach to your drop-off point. AAA MEMBER RATE: from $2,738
PITTSBURGH to CINCINNATI July 4-9
Motorcoach from pick-up point to the pier in Pittsburgh. Cruise the Ohio River, with stops in Marietta OH, Point Pleasant WV and Portsmouth OH. Disembark in Cincinnati; ride coach to drop-off point in Pittsburgh. AAA MEMBER RATE: from $2,328 Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability and include FREE roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Pittsburgh, cruise accommodations, all meals, nightly showboat-style entertainment, port charges, taxes, $50 per stateroom shipboard credit, specialty coffees, bottled water & soft drinks, beer & wine with dinner, all regular shore excursions, daily historical lectures. Ship’s registry: USA. Visit AAA.com/travel for more information and pick-up points.
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Discovering Ireland’s traditional pubs and folklore The pipes are calling you back to the Emerald Isle “A good puzzle”, mused Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, “would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub.” But Ireland’s pubs are more than just places to tip a pint. They’re an informal venue for music, storytelling and good talk, which the Irish call “the craic.” Here the art of conversation finds effortless expression and no one remains a stranger for long. Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest, dates back to 1198. Visitors can discover what goes into making Ireland’s magical dark brew at the Guinness Storehouse. Each of the sixth floors is dedicated to a different aspect of the Guinness legend, while the rooftop Gravity Bar rewards visitors with a pint and a fine view of the city. Venturing beyond the busy capital, the Irish countryside is like a fine piece of music. It needs to be taken at just the right tempo. Cobblestone lanes and whitewashed cottages give way to luminous green valleys flecked with heather and wandering sheep. Stand under the shadows of ancient towers and cathedrals in Kilkenny. Known as the “Marble City” the locally quarried black stone with decorative white fossils forms the backbone of the town’s medieval buildings. Drop in for a pint at one of historic pubs along the Medieval Mile. Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city. This is history you can touch and feel as you explore the creative heart of Ireland’s tra-
tury mansion, overlooking Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, offers a stark contrast to the Deserted Village, the remains of nearly 100 stone cottages on Achill Island, abandoned during the Great Famine in 1845. Trade stories with an Irish farming family, or visit Kilbeggan Distillery in Kilbeggan for a guided tour. Established in 1757, Kilbeggan is the oldest working pot-still distillery in the world. The tour culminates in a tasting where guests may sample a glass of “uisce beatha” the Gaeilge term for “the water of life.”
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FAR AND AWAY — Slea Head on Ireland’s Dingle Penninsula. ditional crafts at Waterford Crystal. Drive south along the coast to historic Blarney Castle. High up in the battlements is the Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence for a kiss. The Dingle Peninsula is a rich storehouse of Irish cultural heritage. Here the old ways still survive and Gaeilge —the Irish language — remains widely spoken. Stand at the tip of Slea Head and take in the spectacular views made famous by
films like “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far and Away.” The starkly beautiful mountains of Galway and Mayo in the west of Ireland, drop down a coast filled with mist-covered moors and windswept cliffs. South of Galway are the Cliffs of Moher. Jagged rocks tower 700-feet above the restless Atlantic coast and on a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay. Westport House, an elegant 18th cen-
AAA’s 6-night Irish Pub and Folk Tour departs April 25-May 4, 2014. Highlights include a Dublin bus tour; Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile tour, Achill Island tour; Kilbeggan Distillery Experience; Brazen Head Pub Dinner; visits to House of Waterford Crystal; Blarney Castle; Cliffs of Moher and Westport House. This AAA Featured Vacation includes motorcoach transportation, 8-night hotel accommodations, 15 meals, admissions, sightseeing and guide as per itinerary, hotel taxes, service charges, and baggage handling. Ask about add-on airfare. FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Finding your true coolant colors for your vehicle
emember the “good old days” when every car radiator was filled with a green coolant — also known as antifreeze? Today, there is a rainbow of automotive coolant colors and chemistries. A basic understanding of each one will help you appreciate the importance of using the right one in your vehicle. Inorganic Additive Technology (IAT) – This is the traditional green-colored coolant used for decades. It provides fast-acting corrosion protection, but the additive package depletes quickly and corrosion can result if the coolant is not changed regularly. Organic Acid Technology (OAT) – These coolants are typically red, orange, purple or yellow in color, and offer long-life corrosion protection. OAT coolants are not compatible with other types, and are specified for many General Motors vehicles, among others. Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT) – These coolants are commonly yellow and orange in color, and deliver the benefits of both IAT and OAT coolants for a very long and protective life. HOAT coolants are specified for many Ford and Chrysler vehicles, among others. Your car could have any one of theses coolants depending on a variety of factors like year, make, model, and country
of manufacture. Use the right formulation for your vehicle and remember that color is no longer an accurate indicator of coolant type. There are also no clear-cut dividing lines on when newer coolants have been adopted; in any given model year, two vehicles from the same automaker may use very different coolants. And the fact that an older car came from the factory with one type of coolant doesn’t preclude the possibility that a different type might have been installed at some point during the vehicle’s history. As with modern engine oils, it is very important to consult the owner’s manual to determine the type of coolant your vehicle requires. Adding the wrong product can have serious and costly consequences. If there is any question whether your vehicle has the right type of coolant, the system may have to be flushed and refilled — a process that is also part of routine maintenance. Conventional IAT coolants require replacement every two years or 24,000 miles. Newer OAT and HOAT coolants are usually good for at least five years or 50,000 miles, but some can protect for more than 100,000 miles before scheduled replacement.
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The Winter Olympics come to Russia’s Summer Capital Real snow guaranteed for Soviets’ subtropical oasis
he XXII Winter Olympics will be the biggest ever; with over 2500 athletes competing in 98 separate events. From February 7th to 23rd the eyes of the world will turn to Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coast near the border with Georgia. Russia’s largest resort sprawls for miles along the shores of the Black Sea and into the Caucasus Mountains. Best known in the West as the hometown of tennis star Maria Sharapova, the nation has poured an estimated $50 billion into making the Sochi games a success. What many Russians find puzzling is that Sochi is hosting the Winter Olympics and March 7-16 Winter Paralympics at all. Russia’s “Summer Capital,” Sochi is better known for its beaches, spas, swaying palms, and subtropical climate. Just about every place in Russia has a real winter except Sochi. To compensate for Sochi’s nearly total lack of snow, organizers are hosting the games at two main venues. The Sochi Olympic Park, located along the sea, is the site of the ice events and the Olympic Village. The mountain events will take place at the Krasnaya Polyana ski area about 30 miles away. Aside from the Olympics the “Caucasian Riviera” offers a variety of attractions for outdoor lovers and history buffs. Sochi first became fash-
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE — Snow coats the palm trees in front of Sochi’s Summer Theatre. ionable under the iron rule of Joseph Stalin, who had his favorite dacha built here. Today, Stalin’s Summer Residence is a museum with many personal belongings and Stalin’s uncharacteristically benign waxwork. According to legend Stalin’s ghost is occasionally seen wandering the halls at night. Stalin was also responsible for erect-
ing many of the city’s imposing neoclassical “palaces for the proletariat,” in an architectural style known as Stalinist Gothic. Among them are the Sochi Central Train Terminal, Sochi Seaport, the Summer Theatre, Sochi Art Museum, and numerous resort hotels. Mount Akhun is famous for its panoramic views of the city, while the
Dendrarium, the city’s famed botanical garden, offers a peaceful oasis under the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains. Russia’s largest subtropical garden collects some 2,000 exotic flora and fauna from all over the world. The Caucasian Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the breathtakingly beautiful Western Caucasus, and home to the newly reintroduced European buffalo. The Rosa Khutor Alpine Center — home of the Olympic ski and sliding events — is a popular ski resort and personal favorite of Prime Minister Putin. And just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate organizers have stockpiled 450,000 cubic meters of snow up at higher altitudes. As President Vladimir Putin so succinctly put it, “real snow is guaranteed.” While the 2014 Winter Olympics marks Sochi’s entrance onto the world stage, don’t expect a quick exit once the athletes go home. The city will also play host to this year’s inaugural Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix and will be a host city for the 2018 World Cup.
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Royal Caribbean introduces new Quantum class ships Why cruise travel may never be the same again
he cruise industry is on the verge of a quantum leap with the launch of Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum class of ships. It’s a dramatic move forward, with game-changing “firsts” such as a skydiving simulator and an observation capsule that lifts guests more than 300 feet in the air. Quantum of the Seas makes her debut in November 2014, followed by sister-ship Anthem of the Seas in spring 2015. These architectural marvels at sea will span 18 decks, and carry over 4,000 passengers. Transformative venues on the 167,800-ton ships include the industry’s biggest indoor sports and entertainment complex and the cruise line’s largest and most advanced staterooms with upscale customizable layouts and larger, more intuitive storage solutions. And every one of the 2,090 staterooms will have a view with “virtual balconies.” Inside cabins will become outside cabins, thanks to an 80-inch LED projection screen mounted on the wall that streams live images from cameras mounted on the sides of the ship. Ever wonder what it feels like to freefall from 10,000 feet without jumping out of an airplane? RipCord by iFly will be the first skydiving experience at sea. Everyone from first-time flyers to seasoned skydivers can enjoy the adrenalin rush of skydiving risk-free. After a short training session you’ll get suited up and before you can say “Geronimo”
HITTING NEW HEIGHTS — North Star will take guests more than 300 feet above the ocean. you’ll be floating on a column of air inside a 23-foot-tall transparent glass flight chamber on the top deck. A marvel of maritime engineering, North Star will take guests to new heights — literally. The jewel-shaped, glass capsule will transport you on a spectacular 15 minute journey more than 300 feet above the ocean. The view alone is worth the trip with unobstructed vistas of sunrises, sunsets, ports of call and the boundless ocean.
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Signature Royal Caribbean venues such as the Rock Climbing Wall; FlowRider surf simulator; and DreamWorks entertainment will all be back on Quantum class. The ships will also take a quantum leap forward in their culinary offerings with the most flexible dining options and more specialty restaurants than ever before. SeaPlex, the flexible sports and entertainment venue, will inspire guests of all ages to cut loose and connect with their playful sides. Fly through the air on the circus school’s flying trapeze, or shoot some hoops on a full-size regulation court. By night, the first-ever bumper cars at sea deliver midway-style fun and excitement. Inspired by the spirit of rock ‘n roll, Music Hall is the place to enjoy intimate live performances. Rebellious and edgy, Music Hall’s two-story design will also host DJs, theme night parties, billiards and more. The multi-level Two70° is named for its 270-degree views through floorto-ceiling glass walls spanning almost three decks at the stern of the ship. Amenities include nighttime aerial entertainment and an ice bar. While Quantum of the Seas may seem like a destination unto itself,
Royal Caribbean will be steering her to some of the most storied ports in the Caribbean. Sailing out of the New York Harbor from her Cape Liberty homeport, Quantum of the Seas will offer 7- to 12-night Bahamas, Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries during the winter 2014/15 season. All feature a stop at Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination. A secluded tropical paradise, Labadee sits along Haiti’s mountainous north coast on the island of Hispaniola. Once the home of the “boucaniers,” the original pirates of the Caribbean, this 260-acre wooded peninsula features five spectacular beaches. Columbus Cove Beach offers a variety of family-friendly attractions including water slides. Nearby Splash Bash is a pirate-themed water playground, featuring a “sunken” pirate ship. Labadee Town Square boasts a popular artisan market and a festive atmosphere that comes alive with music, folkloric dancers and more. Adventure-hungry guests will find a fresh variety of activities including the new Dragon’s Tail Coaster, a high-speed joyride through 2,232 feet of tropical flora and rock formations. The Dragon’s Breath Flightline, offers memorable aerial views of Labadee’s coral reefs and crystal blue waters for those brave enough to take the wild ride down a 2,633-foot cable zip-line. No matter what your tolerance for adventure guests on Labadee can discover the area’s picturesque terrain with tours like the High Speed Coastal Cruise & Swim excursion and the Discover Haiti Coastal Cruise. Labadee’s Wave Jet Adventure offers guided journeys down one of the wildest coasts in the Caribbean via personal SeaDoo watercraft. Venture up to Dragon’s Rock on the tip of the island. When the surf comes in, it really does sound like the breath of a dragon.
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Police Departments receive Community Traffic Safety Awards AAA recognizes safety efforts of area law enforcement agencies
rea police departments were honored with Platinum awards from AAA for their outstanding efforts to make the region’s roadways safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The awards were presented at a November 6, 2013 luncheon ceremony. Platinum awards were given to “Commendable Leaders” for their safety efforts and enforcement activities geared towards making communities safer. The recipients of the prestigious awards were Pennsylvania State
Police Troop E (Meadville), and the Cambridge Springs, Millcreek, and Meadville police departments. The departments were among hundreds nationwide that participated in the Community Traffic Safety Program and among 89 regional award winners recognized by AAA East Central. “Identifying and successfully addressing hazardous local traffic problems is a serious challenge and these communities have shown incredible leadership in developing workable solutions that save lives,”
noted AAA East Central President Jim Lehman. “This year’s award winners are excellent examples of the many ways that police departments across our region are active stakeholders in promoting occupant and pedestrian safety.” Gold awards, the second highest recognition to be given, were presented to the Cochranton Police Department, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. The Erie Police Department earned a Silver award, AAA’s third highest honor.
“These awards recognize some truly extraordinary efforts to educate the public and advance the cause of traffic safety, so they can be shared and emulated by others,” said AAA Safety Advisor Janet Miller. “We are pleased to honor these departments who are doing such vital work to ensure that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can all reach their destinations safely,” said Miller. “They went above and beyond the call of duty to make their communities a better place to live.”
A COMMENDABLE EFFORT — The Millcreek Township Police Department received a Platinum Award at the AAA Community Traffic Safety awards ceremony. Pictured left to right are: AAA East Central President Jim Lehman; Cpl. Anthony Chimera; and Captain Randy Faipler.
PLATINUM AWARD WINNER — Pennsylvania State Police Troop E Meadville received a Platinum Award — AAA’s highest honor — for its efforts to promote traffic safety. Pictured left to right are Trooper Brian Mechling and Jim Lehman.
THE HIGHEST STANDARD — Sgt. Craig Gump (left) and Assistant Chief Mike Tautin of the Meadville Police Department accept the Platinum Award from Jim Lehman, in recognition of the their outstanding safety work.
A JOB WELL DONE — Deputy Chief Frank Baranyai (left) and Chief Eric Johnston of the Cambridge Springs Police Department accept the Platinum Award from Jim Lehman.
Experience the Great Land with Holland America New Land+Sea Journeys explore all of Alaska
hether it’s mushing a dog sled over a glacier, or panning for gold, Alaska cruises and cruisetours offer an unrivaled Great Land experience. Passengers glide through a majestic landscape of mountains, milky green fjords and forests of pines that frame white-blue glaciers. The abundant wildlife includes soaring eagles, breaching whales, and roaming caribou. Along with the natural surroundings there are calls at popular Alaskan ports such as Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan. In 2014, Holland America Line will have seven ships sailing sevenor 14-day itineraries that stretch from the Inside Passage up to Glacier Bay and beyond. Also new for the 2014 season, the 1,380-guest Amsterdam, Holland America’s flagship, will sail sevenand 14-day cruises that include both Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm Fjord. Here the ship bisects the steep cliffs rising up to 4,000 feet on either side of a beautiful fjord. Hubbard Glacier is mother to a flotilla of electric-blue icebergs that crack and growl in the bay. Holland America’s new onboard “On Location” program sets the scene for guests to indulge in localized experiences that make time on board as culturally enriching as visiting the ports of call. Their award-winning Culinary Arts
ICE CASTLE — Holland America’s Oosterdam sails past Hubbard Glacier. Center will also come alive like never before as visiting chefs from along the route add local flavor to cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes. Holland America Line has rebranded its popular Alaska CruiseTour program with the new name Land+Sea Journeys. This change reflects substantial program updates with more time in the
marquee destinations and less overland travel time. Perhaps the most significant program enhancement for 2014 is a one-hour flight that brings Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon closer together — replacing up to two days of motorcoach travel and a hotel overnight. This year, Land+Sea Journeys will
en’s teams and athletes on Saturday night. The times are from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center. Tickets: $12.00 adults, $7.00 ages 4-17, free ages 3 & younger. Police, fire, emergency personnel and military are free. THE MARTIN LUTHER KING BASKETBALL SHOWCASE — (January 17-20) The Martin Luther King Basketball Showcase and Expo will tip-off in Erie at a variety of local sites, including East High School, McDowell High School and Mercyhurst University. This community event is a combination of basketball and a showcase for local talent in the arts. The Expo portion of the weekend will be held on January 20, and will feature the special talents of youth in the areas of singing, dancing and other entertainment. The time is from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET — (January 21) The smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings
that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. at Warner Theater. Tickets: $55.00, $45.00, $35.00 and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office or by calling call 814.452.4857. MOZART AND MAHLER — (January 25) Gabriela Montero was the pianist sitting alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman at the 2008 Presidential Inauguration. A master of improvisation, expect her rendition of Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto to be unique. Maher’s captivating Symphony No. 5 contains everything you love about Mahler — the wild mood swings, the confident marches, soaring melodies, the bombast, the stillness. It is music about life, love, and the search for meaning. Show time is at 8:00 p.m. at Warner Theater. For tickets, call 814.455.1375. DISNEY ON ICE - PRINCESSES & HEROES — (Jan. 29-31, Feb. 1-2) Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a firebreathing dragon in a race against
run from May through September and have been simplified with just 12 options, ranging in total length from 10 to 20 days in two distinct series: Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journeys and Denali Land+Sea Journeys. All Land+Sea Journeys combine a three- to sevennight Holland America Line cruise with an overland adventure that includes a one-, two- or three-night stay at Denali National Park as a centerpiece of the Alaska experience. Many Land+Sea Journeys will go off the beaten path to showcase places such as Dawson City in the heart of gold rush country, and Seward, surrounded by the stunning scenery and wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park. Kluane and Tombstone Parks in Canada’s Yukon Territory are often referred to as the Patagonia of the Northern Hemisphere. In Dawson City, visit the cabins of Jack London and Robert Service, who both lived on the same street, or pan for gold on Bonanza Creek’s Claim #6, the place that launched the biggest gold rush the world has ever known. There’s still gold to be found here, and any gold you find, you can keep. FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please see your AAA Departures Guide or AAA.com/cruises for special values on Holland America cruise vacations.
aroundtown NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION WALK SERIES — (Jan. 08-Mar. 26) These Wednesday walks will be about 3 miles and a naturalist will talk about park updates and natural history. The time is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Presque Isle State Park. Walkers meet at the Ranger Station. No registration. Contact the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at 814.833.7424. BRIAN REGAN — (January 10) Critics and peers agree: Brian Regan is one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan has starred in two hourlong Comedy Central specials and released three DVD’s. Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Show begins at 8:00 p.m. at Warner Theater, 811 State Street, Erie. For tickets call 814.452.4857. ERIE GYMNASTICS STARS & STRIPES INVITATIONAL — (January 10-12) One of the largest gymnastics meets in the country, bringing more than 1,000 competitors and their families to Erie for three days of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned competition. This year’s event will include a new men’s competition as well as the popular Main Event, featuring the highest level of men’s and wom-
time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St., Erie. Tickets are $47.00, $37.00, and $27.00, and can be purchased at the Box Office, or by calling 814.452.4857. ERIE AUTO SHOW — (January 30- Feb. 2) Over 100 models of the hottest new cars, SUV’s, trucks and motorcycles from 24 Erie County dealers, all under one roof. Check out the latest domestic & imported models, attend car care clinics, talk with financial institutions, and see the newest auto accessories as well as a display of specialty cars. The time is from noon to 8:00 p.m. at Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Street Pier, Erie. BROADWAY ROMANCE — (February 15) Straight from the Broadway stage, Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh bring your favorite shows and your favorite songs to the Warner Theatre stage. Maria and Tony, Elphaba and Fiyero, Tevye and Golde, love is in the air on Broadway. For tickets, call 814.455,1375 or visit www.eriephil.org.