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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.

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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).

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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 • AAA Diamond Parking at theme park’s history. Located all 4 theme parks behind Cinderella Castle, • AAA Disney Magic Moon the right after entering ments savings of 10%, 15% the Castle Courtyard gates or 25% off the nondiscountleading into the Enchanted ed rate of the room portion Forest, the ride starts in the on select package dwarfs’ cottage, then takes and dates. guests on a rollicking, musical voyage into AAA the mine where a milOPEN lion “diamonds” shine. Value Resort MOUSE The Mine Train will Walt Disney World® feature first-of-its-kind Mentor Birnbaum Guide Come in for a free vehicles that swing back Jan 14 11am-2pm quote on a Disney Moderate Resort and forth, responding to 440-974-0990 vacation & get a free $25 per room earlyevery twist and turn of the booking discount and gift, while supplies last. track. The journey will be a Walt Disney World® accompanied by music AAA Travel professionals Birnbaum Guide from the film and animat& a Disney representative will answer questions & ed figures of Snow White Deluxe Resort provide expert advice. and the Dwarfs. $50 per room early-booking Turn to page 15 for Disney discount and a Walt Disney See page 15. Month details & restrictions! World® Birnbaum Guide 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 15 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

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 7


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inter vacation season will soon be in full swing and shopping for rental cars is on many travelers “to do” list. One of the many benefits of AAA membership is the special package of savings available when you rent from Hertz. Members receive up to a 20 percent discount on car rentals, free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus an array of money-saving opportunities, including special upgrades, dollarsoff coupons, and more. Their Member Satisfaction Guarantee is your assurance that the rate and car class, or a higher car class, will be available as reserved. It’s all part of their commitment to provide customers with the most technologically innovative products and services available. Hertz is also redefining the car rental experience in a variety of ways: Hertz is transforming its locations worldwide in a complete rethinking of what a car rental location and experience should be. The company is introducing the use of LED and energy efficient lighting, solar power systems and solar outdoor lighting at select sites. A streamlined rental experience eliminates the need to wait in line, and an iPad station lets you research local area information or recharge your mobile devices. More than 75 percent of the company’s fleet averages 28 plus mpg and

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PUTS YOU IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT — Hertz is the only car-rental company endorsed by AAA. their Green Traveler Collection offers a variety of alternate fuel vehicles, including Electric Vehicles, Clean Diesels, Compressed Natural Gas vehicles and hybrids. Hertz 24/7 is a revolutionary new ‘self-service’ rental experience available any time, day or night that allows customers to rent a wide variety of vehicles near their home or work when needed and for any length of time — hourly, daily, or weekly. Hertz Local Edition utilizes a net-

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work of neighborhood locations servicing leisure and business customers and offering customers pickup and delivery service as well. Hertz Technology is committed to providing customers speed, ease and value with technological innovations and personalized service, unique customer services include: Carfirmation is a mobile email/SMS text service — Mobile Gold Alerts — that confirms a Gold customer’s reservation, advises of their car, and its location at the Hertz facility. Mobile Gold Alerts also shows other available cars and upgrades and lets customers select the one they want — all via their mobile device. Choose Control — available to Hertz Gold Choice members — gives you the power to keep the car you reserved or simply choose another, something no other car rental brand offers. Consumers are looking to mobile technologies as a way to take back control of their travel experience. Zap Technology: Hertz e-Return is the fastest way to get you back on your way home. Hertz will email your receipt in a flash. Acceler-Rental: Hertz is the first rental company to offer airport and neighborhood location customers the ability to rent cars through a live face-to-face video kiosk with Hertz ExpressRent™ kiosks. Book, modify and search car rental reservations, and browse special deals and offers all from the palm of your hand. The Hertz 24/7 Mobile App gives AAA members 24/7 access to a variety of vehicles with the ability to reserve a car or modify an existing reservation and view upcoming and previous reservations. YOUR KEY TO HERTZ SAVINGS

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Northeast Ohio AAA Offices ALLIANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/823-9820 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/821-2323 2322 South Union Ave., 44601 ASHLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/289-8133 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/289-2222 1074 Commerce Parkway, 44805 ASHTABULA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/997-5586 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/998-1008 2835 North Ridge Rd. East 44004 INDEPENDENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216/606-6300 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216/606-6080 5700 Brecksville Rd. 44131 LAKE COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/974-0990 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/205-9090 6980 Heisley Rd., Mentor 44060 LYNDHURST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/473-0700 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/473-0747 5356 Mayfield Rd. 44124 MAHONING COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/726-9083 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/726-0622 1275 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman 44512 MASSILLON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/833-1084 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/833-1084 1972 Wales Rd, 44646 MIDWAY MALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/324-2090 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/324-3423 1839 Midway Mall, Elyria 44035 NORWALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/668-1622 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419/668-1622 275 Benedict Ave. Norwalk 44857 PORTAGE COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/296-3406 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/296-3406 2641 Rte. 59, Ravenna 44266 SOLON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/248-9000 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/248-1808 34050 Solon Rd. 44139 STRONGSVILLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/783-3395 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/783-3396 17220 Royalton Rd. 44136, Borders Plaza TRUMBULL COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/652-6466 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/652-6466 937 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Niles 44446 TUSCARAWAS COUNTY TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330/343-4481 1112 Fourth St., New Philadelphia 44663 . . . . . . . 330/343-4481 WESTLAKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/788-3102 TRAVEL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440/788-3103 149 Market St., Crocker Park, Westlake 44145


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Everyone is at risk of falling asleep at the wheel Northeast Ohio Region Official publication of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 5700 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131 216/606-6225 ISSN 0030-0985 Periodicals Postage Paid at Cleveland, OH and additional post offices Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist Northeast Ohio Region P.O. Box 6150 Cleveland, OH 44101 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year. Publisher ................................James E. Lehman Managing Editor ....................... Douglas O’Neil Business Manager ............... Sherry A. Madison Editorial Office/Advertising Inquiries 5700 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131 216/606-6704 e-mail: motorist@aaaec.com

AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ................................................... James E. Lehman Treasurer & CFO: ........................................... Michael R. Pratt Secretary: ................................................Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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

OHIO MOTORISTS REGION BOARD OF TRUSTEES John B. Hexter, Chairman, James H. Kanicki, Vice Chairman, Keith Boales, Thomas G. Brick**, Steve D. Bullock*, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Audrey T. Cole, Gary S. Cowling**, Jon E. Denney*, Richard S. Hamilton, John B. Hexter, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, John D. Leech**, Khai H. Lim, Marvin E. Montgomery, Peter C. Ohlheiser, James H. Purtz, Sara E. Stashower *ex officio **emeritus directors Copyright ©2014 by AAA East Central. Publication of an advertisement in the AAA Motorist does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service by the AAA Motorist or by AAA East Central, except in the case of products and services which are being offered by AAA East Central.

Drowsy drivers a factor in one of six fatal crashes By Richard Hamilton Chairman, AAA East Central 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.

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Richard Hamilton 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.

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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.


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Do you know how to handle an accident? What to do if you are involved in a car crash

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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 technology. Otherwise, look for mileage mark-

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ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU — There are more than six million motor vehicle crashes reported each year. ers 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 photographs. 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 866.802.8210, or visit AAA. com/insurance for more information or to schedule a comprehensive Insurance review.


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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

Get 5X Rewards Points when you book & deposit on any Pleasant Holidays vacation. JAN 1-31, 2014

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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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AMERICAN MAJESTY

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 • $3,799 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 • $2,689 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.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

GRAND CANYON & ARIZONA ADVENTURE

From San Francisco to Seattle, see wonders along the Pacific. Explore the City by the Bay AUG 3-10 • $3,719 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.

YELLOWSTONE EXPERIENCE

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 • $2,499 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 Cleveland, 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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BANFF SPRINGS

Member Benefits Exclusive Offers 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.

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AAA MEMBER RATE: $2,979

LAKE LOUISE

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

Car-free, carefree adventures

Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Cleveland 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’S EVE: NIAGARA FALLS

career. Includes Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, Western Maryland Railroad, Harper’s Ferry National Park, Patsy Cline Hometown tour, 4 meals and more.

Experience fun & romance in Niagara Falls, Ontario, this coming Valentine’s Day. We’ve got all the bases covered — wine, chocolates, flowers & love songs — all in front of the specatacular backdrop of the frozen falls. Includes wine tasting, chocolate factory, Niagara Greenhouse, Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (“Broadway Love Songs with a Twist”), 3 meals and more. Passport required.

3 RIVERS CRUISE: PITTSBURGH PA

Feb 13-14 •

AAA Member Rate: $299

MAPLE & MADE IN AMERICA: ELMA NY March 22 •

AAA Member Rate: $109

Maple sugaring. Animal park. “Made in America” store.

WASHINGTON DC SPRINGTIME April 24-27 •

AAA Member Rate: $639

Bring your camera to capture the memorable sights of our nation’s capital. An experienced guide takes you on a full-day tour to some of DC’s most interesting & historic attractions. Includes full-day guided sightseeing of DC, half-day tour of Arlington VA, Illuminated Monuments Tour, Flight 93 National Memorial (Shanksville PA), 5 meals and more.

MARIETTA TEA TOUR: MARIETTA OH May 3 •

AAA Member Rate: $89

Tea. Castle tour. Shopping. Winery, with tasting.

“MOSES” & MORE: LANCASTER PA May 16-18 •

AAA Member Rate: $499

Witness the parting of the Red Sea, the burning bush and the 10 Commandments in Sight & Sound Theatre’s new show — “Moses.” Relive the splendor & pride of ancient Egypt, the poverty & oppression of the Hebrew slaves and the humble, broken man God raised up to become their deliverer. Be completely immersed in the epic events of the story and experience the humanity of Moses and the children of Israel as they struggle for faith, freedom and belonging. Includes 2 tickets (“Moses” and “Shrek the Musical”), guided tour of PA Amish country, Kitchen Kettle Village, 4 meals and more.

TWO-TRAINS TOUR: WV, VA, MD June 6-8 •

AAA Member Rate: $539

Travel to 3 states and enjoy 2 relaxing train rides through scenic mountain valleys, past historic farms and among lush mountain greenery. Also visit Winchester VA (Patsy Cline’s hometown) and learn more about her life and her

June 20 •

AAA Member Rate: $95

Luncheon cruise. Musical tribute to Elvis. 3 hours at Rivers Casino.

CHAUTAUQUA WINE WEEKEND: NY June 21-22 •

AAA Member Rate: $339

Visit the largest grape-growing region in the US outside of Napa Valley on this fun and educational weekend to the beautiful Lake Chautauqua region of New York. Includes tastings & lessons at 3 wineries, Chautauqua Institution tour, “Summer Wind” luncheon cruise on Lake Chautauqua, 3 meals (including dinner at historic White Inn) and more.

3 RIVERS CRUISE: PITTSBURGH PA July 11 •

AAA Member Rate: $95

Luncheon cruise. Musical tribute to Neil Diamond. 3 hours at Rivers Casino.

NEW ENGLAND’S SCENIC RAILROADS July 14-19 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,239

Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel on 3 trains through the notches of New Hampshire‘s White Mountain region. Experience the region‘s history in Boston and at the legendary Mount Washington Hotel. Cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee and wander through picturesque resort towns and villages. Includes Conway Scenic Railway Notch Train, Hobo Railroad, Winnipesauke Turkey Dinner Train, MS Mt Washington lake cruise, Mt Washington Hotel tour, Wright Museum, Boston tour, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Old North Church, USS Constitution, Turning Stone Casino, 10 meals and more.

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CONVENIENT CRUISING FROM CLEVELAND Avoid potential hassles at the airport. Instead, motorcoach to your cruise! Park for free at a pick-up point, then relax & ride AAA’s convenient “Cruise Express” motorcoach to Baltimore’s pier to board Grandeur of the Seas!

DON’T MISS THE BOAT!

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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:

2014 BERMUDA Aug 29–Sept 4 • from $1,030 •

King’s Wharf, Bermuda 2 full days at sea

2014 NEW ENGLAND & CANADA Oct 2-10 • from $1,169 Portland & Bar Harbor, Maine Saint John, New Brunswick Halifax, Nova Scotia 3 full days at sea

2014 CARIBBEAN Nov 1-11 • from $1,167 Cozumel, Mexico Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Falmouth, Jamaica; Labadee, Haiti 5 full days at sea AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, cruise accommodations/entertainment, most onboard meals and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for itinerary details & pick-up points.

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

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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: $5,479 Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Cleveland-Rome, Milan-Cleveland), 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 airport parking & FREE motorcoach on a unique cruise!

Once in a great while an amazing opportunity comes along that you just can’t ignore; THIS is one of those! And, as is usually the case with once-in-a-blue-moon situations, time’s of the essence. Celebrity Cruises and AAA present a unique Eastern Caribbean (St Maarten, St Thomas, Tortola) & Bermuda cruise vacation featuring:

FREE 9-DAY PARKING AT PARK ’N FLY® NEAR CLEVELAND HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! AN 8-NIGHT CRUISE ON CELEBRITY SUMMIT TO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA! FREE ONE-WAY RETURN MOTORCOACH FROM CAPE LIBERTY, NEW JERSEY!

ADDITIONAL AMENITIES per stateroom!

Priority Check-in $50 Shipboard Credit

AAA MEMBER EXCLUSIVES! 24 / 7 Member Care 48-hr Best-price Guarantee

Eastern Caribbean & Bermuda • April 26–May 4 9-day airport-area parking ($69 value) .............FREE Airport-to-pier transfer in San Juan.....................................................$30 Port charges & government fees........................................................$331 8-night cruise on Celebrity Summit (balcony stateroom) .......from $704 Return motorcoach transportation ($175 value) .......... FREE AAA Member Rate...... from $1,065 + 1-way air to San Juan Rate/offer is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes 9-day parking (1 per stateroom) at Park ’N Fly® near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, airport-to-pier transfer in San Juan, cruise accommodations (balcony stateroom), onboard entertainment, most onboard meals, AAA Vacations® amenities (listed on photo at right), port charges, government fees and 1-way motorcoach transportation (Cape Liberty NJ–Cleveland). Ship’s registry: Malta. Visit AAA.com/motorcruise for detailed itinerary. Ask about available addon 1-way airfare (Cleveland–San Juan).


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Beijing

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 (Cleveland-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

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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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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.

Sept 12-24 •

AAA Member Rate: $4,769

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Cleveland-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.

See & do MORE on a Celebrity Cruisetour!

LIMITEED! SPAC

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 (Cleveland-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Cleveland), 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

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Glasgow • Spean Bridge Woollen Mill • Loch Ness cruise • Highland evening • Blair Athol Whisky Distillery • Edinburgh & its Castle • Ferry to Northern

Bunratty Folk Park Medieval banquet in a 15th-century castle

Ireland • Belfast: Titanic Center

Cliffs of Moher

canal dinner cruise • Rock of

• Dublin: Guinness Storehouse,

Flying Boat Museum

Cashel • Blarney Castle & Woolen

Killarney National Park, including Muckross House

Mills • Killarney: “jaunting

Ring of Kerry, Skellig Experience & Moll’s Gap

car” • Ring of Kerry • Skellig Experience • Sneem • Moll’s Gap

Waterford Crystal tour

• River Shannon ferry • Cliffs

Russborough House Dinner & song at a pub Dublin: tour & free time ...AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Oct 5-12 •

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.

ESCORTED TOUR OPERATED BY CIE TOURS INTERNATIONAL

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of Moher (pictured) • Bunratty Castle medieval banquet • AND MORE!

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.


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Top five reasons to visit Orlando in 2014 Multi-park expansions among Orlando’s must-see additions

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rlando continues to reinvent itself with enticing additions opening in 2014. New offerings found inside its worldfamous theme parks and throughout the destination give families even more reason to visit Orlando in the New Year. From hopping aboard the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando Resort, to Seaworld’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Orlando delivers unrivaled experiences to satisfy all ages and interests. Here are the Top 5 reasons to visit Orlando in 2014: 1. Building on the popularity of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films. Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within Universal Studios Florida, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. When complete, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank. Guests will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express. 2. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is soon to be the fourth and largest onsite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. Inspired by retro resorts of the 1950s

5. SeaWorld’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature a Sea of Surprises with new interactive experiences, shows, pathway performances, and even more up-close animal encounters. Orlando’s tallest and steepest free-fall waterslide is also coming to Aquatica – SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Ihu’s Breakway Falls will be the only multi-slide of its kind in Orlando. Riders will be sent plummeting side-by-side down the more than 100-foot-tall slide as the ground disappears beneath them. The slide is named after Ihu, Aquatica Orlando’s colorful gecko, who searches for the biggest thrills, steepest hills and the coolest spills in the waterpark. MEMBER DEALS AT DISNEY

FUN FOR ALL — Orlando is the number one destination for family vacations. and 60s, the 1800-room hotel will feature moderately priced family suites and value-priced guest rooms. When complete, guests can experience a 10-lane bowling alley and enjoy two massive pools with sand beaches, a lazy river, waterslide and more. 3. DUPLO Valley at LEGOLAND Florida will bring the LEGO DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life for Orlando’s youngest visitors. The new farm-themed attractions, including a train, mini tractor ride and water play

area, are geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5. 4. Walt Disney World Resort will complete the final phase of New Fantasyland – the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history – with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster. This family coaster will transport guests on a musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” Also coming to Magic Kingdom this year is Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, an all-new daytime parade featuring characters and music from memorable Disney films.

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Interactive roads are paving the way to the future Smart highways will help drivers travel safer and smarter

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armakers have raced to add the latest technologies to their vehicles, but the roads they drive on have failed to keep pace. Consider Route 66. The highway that connected Chicago and Los Angeles in the 1920s was known as America’s Mother Road. Decommissioned in the 1980s — it also serves as a cautionary tale of what can happen if infrastructure fails to move with the times. According to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), forty-two percent of America’s major urban highways remain congested, costing the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually. One in nine of the nation’s bridges are rated as structurally deficient, while the average age of the nation’s 607,380 bridges is currently 42 years. While federal, state, and local capital investments have increased to $91 billion annually, that level of investment is insufficient and still projected to result in a decline in conditions and performance in the long term. Currently, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that $170 billion in capital investment would be needed on an annual basis to significantly improve conditions and performance.

ELECTRIC AVENUE — An electric highway could wirelessly charge cars as they drive down the road. Roadways not only need to get better, they need to get smarter as well. The Smart Highway uses a variety of technological innovations to develop roads that use light, energy and road signs to adapt to environmental and traffic situations. Current applications include high-tech overhead signs that display variable speed limits, lane status and real-time traffic information, so drivers know what’s happening ahead. Award-winning Dutch designer

Daan Roosegaarde, proposes embedding highways with technology that can visually communicate when the road is slippery, charge your electric car as you drive, and generate electricity for its own interactive lights. Solar powered luminescent green road markings that provide up to 10 hours of light could make street lighting redundant altogether. Some transportation experts predict an automated highway system where

driverless electric vehicles are wirelessly charged by solar power or other renewable energy sources. A Stanford University research team has designed a high-efficiency charging system that uses magnetic fields to wirelessly transmit large electric currents between metal coils placed several feet apart. The long-term goal of the research is to develop an all-electric highway that wirelessly charges cars and trucks as they cruise down the road. First the researchers need to make sure that the system won’t affect drivers, passengers or the dozens of microcomputers that control steering, navigation, air conditioning and other vehicle operations. “We need to determine very early on that no harm is done to people, animals, the electronics of the car or to credit cards in your wallet,” said Sven Beiker, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). Range capacity for electric vehicles remains limited and wireless charging might be a solution for range anxiety among EV drivers. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Royal Caribbean introduces new Quantum class ships Why cruise travel may never be the same again

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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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Travel Europe’s original highways on a river cruise Tulips and Windmills on a Viking River Cruise

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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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Maximize your membership with AAA Mobile Solutions Essential apps for e-readers, IOS and Android devices

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reviews and browse photo galleries. Share with your friends through Twitter and Facebook. Where available, AAA members will be able to contact a certified dealer to purchase their selected car at significant negotiated savings.

AA members have a choice of killer apps and mobile solutions that can help make your getaways a breeze, from getting directions, booking a hotel, or finding the best things to see and do while you are there. In the market a new car? There an app for that too, and they all just happen to be free.

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AAA members have another reason to feel safer on the road. If you need roadside assistance and call from your AT&T or Sprint GPS-enabled mobile phone, AAA will rescue you — even if you aren’t sure where you are. There are no additional fees and the only requirement is that participants are current AAA members and an AT&T or Sprint subscriber.

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AAA Mobile combines maps, directions, and roadside service features with member discount information in one easy-to-use app! Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices, key features include: • TripTik® — Trip planning with interactive maps and directions; • Exclusive member discounts at over 114,000 locations; • Roadside Assistance for AAA members. Request roadside assistance electronically directly from the app with the ability to find you by your GPS location on your phone; • Mobile battery replacement quotes and AAA Approved Repair locations; • Research, find and book AAA Diamond Rated hotels with reviews, inspector notes and information on AAA member offers. (where available)

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GOING MOBILE — Expanding our digital footprint enables AAA to deliver a great member experience. smartphones with e-reader apps, top North American destinations are updated daily with the newest available information. The eTourBook guides include: • Detailed destination information; • Suggested three-day itineraries; • AAA travel editors’ picks for attractions, events and nightlife; • AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants.

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Want to make shopping for a new car simple and stress-free? The AAA Auto Buying Tools app helps you build the car you want, including make and model. Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch prospective buyers can customize details of their ideal car, including color, trim levels, options, estimated dealer cost and crash safety ratings. Get TrueCar price reports, read AAA

The mobile version of AAA.com is beautifully responsive and optimized to look and work great on your mobile device. Browse through AAA content, online tools and services from anywhere. Do it all from your mobile device at AAA.com.

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The Winter Olympics come to Russia’s Summer Capital Real snow guaranteed for Soviets’ subtropical oasis

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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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British Columbia —You’ve go to ski it to believe it Incredible conditions apply on Canada’s West Coast

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kiing the world’s best powder, at some of the world’s most beautiful resorts makes for an incredible ski vacation. In British Columbia, they measure the snow in feet not inches. You’ll experience the powder you dream of on everything from big verticals to laidback runs. And wherever you stop to catch your breath, you may catch yourself marveling at the natural beauty surrounding you. Whistler-Blackcomb is one of the world’s premier ski destinations, complete with epic skiing, luxury hotels, designer boutiques and more celebrity sightings than snowflakes. Located about 75-miles from Vancouver, the two-hour drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway hugs the edge of a stunning glacial fjord with the ocean on one side and the Coast Mountains on the other. The setting for the 2010 Olympic Alpine and Nordic ski events, WhistlerBlackcomb has over 5,278 of vertical drop and the largest skiable terrain on the continent. Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is an appealing option for those wanting to hit the slopes without extra travel time. The terrain is varied enough for all levels of downhill skiers and snowboards to find their niche and there are also two terrain park zones to try out your

WHISTLER WONDERLAND — Whistler’s pedestrian-only village. Photo by Rory Tucker. freestyle moves. The famous Grouse Mountain Skyride — North America’s largest aerial tram system — takes visitors on a one-mile aerial journey to the Alpine Station, 3,700 feet above sea level, with breathtaking views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains. Cypress Mountain is located in West Vancouver, about 30 minutes

from downtown. The Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games averages over 30 feet of snow each season. Cypress has 53 downhill winter skiing and riding runs accessed by 6 chairlifts and 2 surface lifts, 12 miles of track set cross country trails. Surrounded by six national parks,

Kicking Horse Mountain has one of the longest verticals in Canada. Tucked among some of the highest peaks of the Rockies, about a 3.5-hour drive from Calgary, this resort is all about big mountain skiing. Need more thrills? The surrounding heli-skiing terrain is almost limitless. With an impressive ski-in/skiout village, Kicking Horse rocks après too, with fine dining and cozy pubs plus tubing, and meeting the resident wolves at the nearby Wolf Centre. Located in Rossland, on the famous “Powder Highway”, RED offers 2,682 acres of pristine lift serviced skiing unfettered by overdevelopment. Located about 3-hours north of Spokane Washington, RED is a legendary glade skiing oasis, with steep chutes, powder-filled bowls and long fall-lines, all with a slow-paced and laid back vibe. New for 2013-14, is 1,000 acres of mostly-intermediate terrain on Grey Mountain, an entirely new lift serviced peak.

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Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition salutes Jeep’s heritage A classic throwback with modern updates and amenities

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he roots of America’s love affair with Jeep® can be traced to World War II, where the iconic light-duty vehicle served the U.S. military and its Allies with distinction. Nearly 649,000 Jeeps were produced during WWII and “the vehicle that won the war,” became the progenitor of every SUV that followed it down the trail. The public’s affinity for Jeeps gained traction as the first Civilian Jeep (“CJ”) vehicles — the Willys-Overland CJ-2A — reached customers in 1945. Priced at $1,090, it featured an interior as Spartan as a drill sergeant’s boot locker and amenities like a tailgate and vacuum-powered windshield wipers. With its short wheelbase and high ground clearance, the CJ-2A, and successor CJ-3A, were engineered to negotiate some incredibly tough terrain. Now weekend warriors can reconnect with the original’s legacy aboard the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. “The Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist’s dream, delivering a fit for duty vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This new Jeep delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that salutes the origins of the brand.” It also perpetuates the more recent

GIVING YOU THE WILLYS — The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition pays homage to the origins of the brand. Jeep tradition of creating “special editions.” In recent years, no fewer than nine special editions have been released, including the Rocky Mountain Edition, 70th Anniversary Edition and Call of Duty Special Edition, created after the popular video game. The Willys Wheeler Edition will join the Dragon Edition and Polar Edition, as special editions in the 2014 Jeep lineup. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Willys Wheeler features a 3.6-liter

Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 ft.-lbs. or torque. Available with either a standard sixspeed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, it delivers up to 21 miles per gallon on the highway. Exterior design cues include a gloss black grille with black Jeep badge, “Willys” hood decals and high-gloss black 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Willys Wheeler Edition comes standard with a Sunrider soft top and Jeep

Wrangler’s iconic half-doors are available as an option. The Willys Wheeler is more than just a stickers and wheels package though. Upgraded hardware includes a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok® limitedslip rear differential, BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain LT255/75R17 tires. This works with the Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio to improve its off-road chops. More civilized amenities include the Chrysler Connectivity Group with SiriusXM satellite radio. The Willys Wheeler Edition is available in both two-door and fourdoor models. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail price (MSRP) of $25,795 for two-door models and $29,595 for Unlimited models.

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Police Departments receive Community Traffic Safety Awards AAA recognizes safety efforts of area law enforcement agencies

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even Northeast Ohio police departments were honored with Platinum awards for their outstanding efforts to make the region’s roadways safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The awards were presented at a November 13, 2013 luncheon ceremony held at Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside. The departments were among hundreds nationwide that participated in the Community Traffic Safety Program and among 51 regional award winners recognized by AAA East Central. The goal of this program is to encourage communities to address local traffic safety issues in a coordinated and costeffective way, with an emphasis on the “3E’s”: enforcement, education and engineering. Platinum awards — AAA’s highest honor — were given to “Commendable Leaders” for their safety efforts and enforcement activities geared towards making communities safer. The recipients of this prestigious award were: Broadview Heights, Hiram, Kirtland, Mentor, Parma Heights, South Euclid and Westlake Police Departments. “Identifying and successfully addressing hazardous local traffic problems is a serious challenge and these communities have shown incredible leadership in developing workable

A PLATINUM RECORD — From Left to Right Back Row: Sgt. Robert Abele, Traffic Commissioner, South Euclid; Chief Kevin Nietert, South Euclid; Lt. Kevin Bielozer, Westlake, Sgt. Michael Luzniak, Parma Heights; Sgt. Randy Labusky, Broadview Heights; Lori Cook, Safety Advisor at AAA East Central. From Left to Right Front Row Sitting: Captain Ken Zbiegien, Mentor; Officer Frank Kravos and Lynn Kravos, Adm. Assistant, Kirtland; Diane Miller, Westlake; and Corporal Brian Gregory, Hiram. solutions that save lives,” noted AAA East Central President Jim Lehman. Gold awards, the second highest recognition to be given, were awarded to Elyria, Euclid, Gates Mills, Geneva, Highland Heights, Kirtland Hills,

Lyndhurst and Strongsville Police Departments; Cleveland Metroparks Rangers; and Huron County Sheriff’s Office. Silver awards were presented to Burton, Canfield, Glenwillow, Jackson

Township, Maple Heights, North Royalton, Orange Village, Shaker Heights, Solon and Willoughby Police Departments. Bronze awards were earned by Berea, Bratenahl, Fairport Harbor, Middleburg, Middlefield, Moreland Hills, Niles, North Ridgeville, Norwalk, Russell Township, South Russell, Waite Hill, Walton Hills and Willard Police Departments; Geauga County Sheriff’s Office; and Lake County Metroparks Ranger Department. Commendations were given to Bentleyville, Brady Lake, Eastlake, Garfield Heights, Geneva on the Lake, New Middletown, Wickliffe and University Heights Police Departments. “We are proud of all these departments for their achievement and participation in the Community Traffic Safety Program,” said Lori Cook, AAA East Central Safety Advisor. “They went above and beyond the call of duty by organizing projects to make their communities safer places.” To be eligible for the annual awards, a community must conduct traffic safety promotions and educate the public on safety topics. “These awards recognize some truly extraordinary efforts to educate the public and advance the cause of traffic safety,” said Cook.

aroundtown LANTERN HIKE — (Jan. 10) Join a park ranger to explore the wonders of Cuyahoga Valley National Park on a 2.2 mile hike along the hilly, unpaved Ledges Trail by lantern light. Afterwards, enjoy hot chocolate around a roaring campfire. Free admission. Event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Ledges Shelter, 701 Tuxell Road, Peninsula. Call 330-657-2752 or visit www.nps.gov/cuva. DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS: LET’S CELEBRATE — (Jan. 10-19) Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they enjoy a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Tickets range from $17 to $70. Location: Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland. Call 888-8949424 or visit www.theqarena.com. FROST AND FIRE — (January 12) From Shakespeare’s bleak “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind” to Irving Berlin’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” Frost and Fire celebrates both the comforts of the hearth and the cold clarity of winter. Led by Artistic Director Karen Weaver, the program also includes music of Vaughan Williams, Andre Thomas, J.S. Bach, Enya and Harry Belafonte, plus selections from both Broadway and Hollywood, and featuring Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” with guest vio-

ALL DOWNHILL — Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes. Credit: Positively Cleveland. linist Mary Beth Ions. Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus, performs at 4:00pm. at the Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland’s University Circle. Advance tickets, $13, $15 at door and are available at www.windsongchorus.org. ELVIS BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — (Jan. 12) Back by popular demand, The Elvis Recreators are here to celebrate Elvis’ 79th birthday. Join Playhouse Square as it hosts The Elvis Birthday Tribute, a concert that covers the four main eras of Elvis Presley’s musical history. Tickets range from $10 to $47. Show starts at 7 p.m. at State Theatre at Playhouse Square,

1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Call 216-241-6000 or visit www.playhousesquare.com. SMOKEY THE BEAR AND WOODSY OWL — (Through Jan. 19) Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl share important messages of conservation and safety as they invite visitors to the forest, stream and city garden. Explore a ranger’s station, hike on a nature trail, climb a rock wall, row a pretend boat, stage a puppet show and more in this kid-friendly, hands-on exhibit. Museum admission: $12; $10, college students, children ages 3 to 18, and seniors. Free for children under 3. Location: Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland. Call 216-231-4600 or visit www.cmnh.org. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR — (Jan. 18-19) By popular demand, the hungry little caterpillar is returning along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters from Eric Carle’s most beloved books. Tickets range from $10 to $15. Location: Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1511 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Call 216-241-6000 or visit www.playhousesquare.com. MEDIEVAL FEAST — (Jan. 25) Spend an evening with Robin Hood and his cast of merrymakers. Enjoy a night replete with period food,

drink, music and entertainment in the gothic splendor of Trinity Cathedral to raise money to provide high-quality live music for listeners of all ages. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., reception begins at 7 p.m. and dinner follows at 8 p.m. Admission: $70. Location: 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. Call 216-774-0420 or visit www.medievalfeast.org. CLEVELAND M E T R O PA R K S TOBOGGAN CHUTES — (Through March 9) January is the perfect time for one of the area’s favorite winter traditions – tobogganing through the chutes at Mill Stream Run Reservation. Plunge downhill at high speed on one of two frozen ice chutes through the park. Weather permitting. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Must be at least 42 inches tall to ride. Location: The Chalet at Mill Stream Run Reservation, 16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville. Visit www.clevelandmetroparks. com. Or call 440-572-9990. THE RINK AT WADE OVAL — (Through March 17) One of Cleveland’s only outdoor ice-skating rinks, The Rink at Wade Oval is free of charge. Take the family ice-skating in beautiful Wade Oval Park in University Circle all winter long. Location: The Rink at Wade Oval, 10831 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland. Visit www.universitycircle.org.


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