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Vol. 27 No. 1

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It’s DISNEY MONTH at AAA Travel!

AAA Discounts & Rewards is an innovative new shopping experience on 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 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 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

JAN./FEB. 2014

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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 12 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.


Come in or visit for all of the great offers!

Jan 6-31

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 12 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 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

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



Hertz is transforming the car rental experience With exclusive members-only discounts and benefits


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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Everyone is at risk of falling asleep at the wheel Drowsy drivers a factor in one of six fatal crashes Niagara-Orleans Official publication of Niagara-Orleans Region of AAA East Central Published bi-monthly by AAA East Central 7135 Rochester Road Lockport, NY 14094 USPS: 002-092

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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: .......................................... Raymond M. Komichak 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

AAA Niagara-Orleans Regional Board of Directors Marion E. Bicker, William R. Eaton, Herbert G. Koenig, Paul N. O’Neill, Robert S. Roberson

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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.


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.


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 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










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.


Please see this issue’s Departures Guide or log on to for special values on Royal Caribbean cruise vacations.

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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


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.

Call 1-800-354-8761, click Pleasant5X or visit a AAA Travel location.


Receive a $100.00 Visa Gift Card from AAA Travel when you book & deposit on any Pleasant Holidays vacation of 5 nights or longer.

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USE YOUR NEW OR EXISTING AAA MEMBER REWARDS VISA® CREDIT CARD! For information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the credit card or to apply, call the toll-free number, go to, or visit your local AAA branch. Pleasant Holidays Bonus Points Offer. You will earn 5 points per dollar spent (consisting of 1 base point and 4 bonus points) on any Pleasant Holidays or

JourneseSM transactions that post to your account from Jan 1, 2014, through Jan 31, 2014. Purchases made through merchants other than Pleasant Holidays or JourneseSM will not qualify for the bonus points. This promotion will not impact the standard earn rate on purchases or the bonus rewards offers on travel, gas, grocery store and pharmacy

purchases. The value of this reward may constitute taxable income to you. You may be issued an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) that reflects the value of such reward. Please consult your tax advisor, as neither, Bank of America or its affiliates, nor their employees provide tax advice.

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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.



So many delights all in one tour — from the endless charms of San Francisco to the natuJULY 24–AUG 1 • $3,699 ral splendor of the redwoods at Muir Woods to the opulence of the Hearst Castle. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the Mediterranean ambiance of Sausalito, sample the wines of Napa Valley vineyards. Explore the coastal favorites of Carmel, Big Sur and Monterey. Marvel at the Yosemite National Park. Ride Amtrak’s scenic California Zephyr to the shores of Lake Tahoe and cruise its crystal-blue waters aboard a paddlewheeler. 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.



From San Francisco to Seattle, see wonders along the Pacific. Explore the City by the Bay AUG 3-10 • $3,819 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.



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 Buffalo, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, sightseeing admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person) and meals as indicated. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for itinerary details.





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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 (Buffalo-Rome, Milan-Buffalo), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 20 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges, in-Italy tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for details.



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.

JULY 6-12

SAVE $50

Canadian Rockies and the Calgary Stampede

per person! Book & deposit by Jan 31



Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Buffalo-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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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!


Sept 11-18 • AAA Member Rate: $3,349

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!


Before-discounts rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Buffalo-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.

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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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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 for itinerary and 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 (Buffalo–Rio de Janeiro, Cuzco-Buffalo), 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 for details.

Nov 1-12 •

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 for itinerary and more information.

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: $4,619

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





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JAMESTOWN . . . . . . . . . . .716-488-1981 LOCKPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . .716-434-2865 GENERAL TRAVEL DISCLAIMER: AAA Travel Agency makes every effort to provide accurate, up-to-date prices as of press time and cannot assume responsibility for typographic errors. Rates/offers are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise indicated, and are subject to availability and airline/operator changes. International rates/offers are subject to currency fluctuations and additional tax & security charges. Rates that include airfare include all taxes, government fees and surcharges. Additional restrictions may apply. Rates/offers are available at all AAA East Central travel agency locations. For tour details, contact AAA or visit AAA Featured Vacations are specially priced, unique departures; therefore, tour operators, cruise lines and other travel providers often exclude them from additional discounts or specials they offer. 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.

See & do MORE on a Celebrity Cruisetour!



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 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 (BuffaloFairbanks, Anchorage-Buffalo), 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 minimum-participation 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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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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Brace yourself for winter weather Be prepared for winter driving conditions


inter has arrived and taking the time to prepare your vehicles now will save you significant time, money and hassle later. Here are a few tips for vehicle winterization and cold weather driving to ensure safe travels this season: Prepare for winter weather — Car problems that are a nuisance in the summer can turn dangerous in the winter. A thorough check of the charging, braking and suspension systems is a must, so don’t wait until the next winter storm. Don’t forget to flush — Neglecting your engine’s cooling system can result in serious damage to your vehicle. A cracked engine block, water-pump failure and blown hose are all common side effects. Have your antifreeze tested every year to ensure it will provide protection in cold temperatures. Over time, it’s natural for coolant to become contaminated, so have your system flushed and replenished as recommended in your owner’s manual. Get a grip — Quality tires help keep your vehicle securely on the road, especially in slippery rain or snowy conditions. Checking tire tread and pressure is important to ensure you have optimal traction. If you live in a particularly snow-prone or rural area, you might also consider installing winter tires. Prevent battery blues — A dead battery is an annoyance during the summer

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE—Winter driving can be tricky and requires your full attention. but can become a life-threatening event in a winter storm. Even new batteries can lose as much as 40 percent of their cold-cranking ability in cold weather, worn batteries even more. Make sure your battery is up for the cold by having AAA Mobile Battery Service test your battery. Practice safe driving — According to the Federal Highway Administration,

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.

crashes on snowy and icy pavement result in more than 1,300 deaths and 116,000 injuries each year. Winter driving can be tricky and requires a driver’s full attention, so protect yourself and your family this year by altering your driving techniques. Never slam on the brakes on icy roads, as this will cause a vehicle to skid and lose control. Instead, brake gently.

Improve your view — Safe and responsible vehicle operation requires that front, rear, and side windows are clear. Snow left on the hood will blow onto the windshield and clog wipers as speed increases. Snow left on the roof will blow off and obscure the rear window and the windshield of the car behind. Replace worn wiper blades with new winter blades. Whenever daytime visibility is less than perfect, turning on your lights allows you to see, and just as importantly, to be seen by others. Use this rule of thumb: wipers on, lights on. It’s also the law in many states. Expect the unexpected — It’s important to keep a few essential items on board in case you become stranded for an extended period of time. Assemble an emergency kit containing a blanket, gloves, ice scraper, flares, flashlight, water and basic first aid items. Make sure to carry a cell phone when you travel, particularly when bad weather is predicted. By following these few simple tips, you can feel safe and prepared for the cold weather ahead.


Visit for information on all things automotive including tips on buying, operating and maintaining a vehicle.


Sharpen your skills – Reduce up to 4 points on your license (for violations occurring in the last 18 months) – Save 10% on the collision and liability portions of your insurance. You can also take this course online –

Price — $35 AAA members; $41 non-members

5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

Provides students with MV-278 certificate, the minimal requirement to schedule a road test in New York State.

Price — $35 AAA members; $40 non-members


Private driver education with 30 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of in-car training. One-year AAA Basic Membership upon completion.

Price — $525 AAA members; $570 non-members Classes are held at AAA, 7135 Rochester Road, Lockport Call 716-434-2865 for dates. Reservations and pre-payment are required (subject to cancellation and price change)




Hitting the high notes aboard Crystal Symphony Adventures in Tibet highlight Crystal’s Asia cruises


reate a soul connection with a Giant Panda. Seek solitude at the Dalai Llama’s summer palace. Soak up the spirituality of Tibet’s holiest shrines. Connect with Tibetan culture through song, dance and yes, even yak meat. The mysteries of one of the world’s most isolated cultures await your discovery next spring. Crystal Symphony’s April 9 Hong Kong to Beijing and April 16 Beijing-Tokyo sailings will each offer the rare opportunity to add a five-night Extended Land Program to Tibet. Flying round-trip from Beijing, guests will travel first-class to Chengdu, China and Lhasa, the Tibetan capital that literally means “place of the gods.” Known as “the rooftop of the world” brooding grey peaks borrow the colors of the sunrise as easily as they vanish behind gathering clouds, while alpine meadows bloom with a profusion of wildflowers. Highlights of the journey include Chengdu’s China’s Giant Panda Research Base, where guests can safely snuggle with baby pandas, while learning about the center’s hugely successful conservation and breeding efforts. Tibet’s imposing red and white Potala Palace, stands over 12,000 ft. above sea level, making it the highest ancient palace in the world. Originally built in 631 AD, the 1,000-room palace is not only a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, but

LOST HORIZON — The highest ancient palace in the world, Potala Palace, stands over 12,000 ft above sea level. also a treasure trove of Tibetan art and relics, Buddhist statues, and scriptures. Now a state museum it served as the Dalai Lama’s main residence until the 1959 uprising. Precariously set at the foot of Mount Gephel, Drepung Monastery is Tibet’s largest, and was once home to as many as 10,000 monks. Today the monk population has dwindled, down to about 300, due to measures imposed by the Chinese government.

First constructed around 642 A.D., Jokhang Temple is Tibet’s spiritual center. Originally known as the Rasa Tulnang Tsuklakang, or the House of Mysteries, the four-storey shrine houses the gold Sakyamuni Buddha, the country’s most venerated relic that dates back about 1,300 years. Barkhor Street is an ancient thoroughfare surrounding Jokhang Temple. Pilgrims clutching prayer wheels walk clockwise from dawn to dusk to express

their piety, while shops sell “chubas” the traditional long-sleeve garment, and Tibetan scroll paintings. Visitors experience time-honored song and dance performances, while sampling a variety of yak-based dietary staples. Norbulingka once served as the summer palace for the Dalai Lamas. Located on the banks of the Kyichu River, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to a three-storey palace and the most expansive gardens in Tibet. Crystal Cruises has also created 19 new “Crystal Getaways” in Asia and surrounding region for 2014. Timestrapped travelers now have almost twice as many options to enjoy an all-inclusive, exotic cruise in Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Mauritius, Africa, and Australia next year. Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity voyages range from five- to ten-days — making them ideal to either enjoy on their own, or combine with time ashore. AS GOOD AS IT GETS

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aroundtown NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL — (Jan. 10-26) Each January the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. For more information visit 70’S MUSIC AND DANCE PARTY — (January 11) Go back to a time when Disco was the biggest threat to our national security. The 70’s Music and Dance Party features contests for best 70s outfit and best pet rock, plus 50/50’s, basket auction and raffles. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. The time is from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Springville Volunteer Fire Hall, 405 W. Main St, Springville. Contact: 716.592.1861. LIN XIA JIANG EXHIBIT — (Jan. 12–Feb. 16) Jiang is Chair of the Painting and Fine Arts Department at Buffalo State College. Gallery hours are Mon. to Fri., noon until 5:00 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Location: Kenan Center Gallery, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. Contact: 716.433.2617. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE — (Jan. 17-19) In this play, we meet innocent and charming women who populate their cellar with the remains of “acceptable” roomers. This play is a “must see” produc-

tion live on stage. Location: Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Avenue, Lockport. Contact: 716.438.1130 or SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL — (January 17-25) Niagara University’s Theatre’s annual Short Play Festival features three cycles of ten-minute plays written by various playwrights and will be presented over two consecutive weekends. Comedies, dramas, and everything in between — from nearly two dozen student directors produces a smorgasbord of professionally published ten-minute plays. The curtain goes up at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall. GREATER NIAGARA FISHING & OUTDOOR EXPO — (Jan. 24-26) Get hooked on the first-ever Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. More than 125 vendors from the United States and Canada, live fish, animal displays and larger outdoor retailers are expected. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 716.343.0670 or visit NIAGARA WINE AND BEER TASTING FEST — (Jan. 25) This 3rd annual event will feature a variety of breweries and wineries, gourmet

food vendors, live music, basket raffle and 50/50 split. Pre-sale tickets are $25; $35 day of the event. This event also includes souvenir tasting glass, tasting journal and a $5 food voucher. This event is for ages 21 and over. Please bring a designated driver! The time is from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Avenue, Lockport. Contact: 716.433-2617 or FLURRIOUS — OUTDOOR WINTER FESTIVAL — (Feb. 1) Snow golf, sleigh rides, snow tennis and igloo making are all part of this event. Also offered are lumberjack demonstrations and children’s activities. Location: Delaware Park, Buffalo. Contact: 716.835.2533 ext. 204. STORYTELLING SATURDAYS AT THE AQUARIUM — (Feb. 1-22) Every week the aquarium will feature a different storyteller, educator or entertainer. (Call for times and schedule.) Location: Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Falls. Contact: 716.285.3575. ARCADE WINTERFEST — (Feb. 7-9) Horse-drawn wagon rides, a chili cook-off and snow sculptures are just some of the offerings at this festival. Location: Various locations throughout Arcade. Contact: 716.592.4949.

COUNTRY FOLK ART CRAFT SHOW — (Feb. 7-9) See home and garden art, quilts, handcrafted furniture, florals, framed art, holiday décor along with jewelry and wearable art. Location: Empire Expo Center, Syracuse. Contact: 248.634.4151. PENGUIN PADDLE — (Feb. 22) All participants will slide down the slope penguin style on their bellies! Proceeds will benefit the Bill Lounsbury Adaptive Program. Location: Holiday Valley Ski Resort, Ellicottville. Contact: 716.699.2345. GREENAN @ KENAN — (Feb. 23-Mar. 30) Artist Amy Greenan’s work has been shown internationally and has been accessioned into many permanent collections. A Tea & Tour with the artist will take place March 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Cost is $20 per person. Location: Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street, Lockport. Contact: 716.433.2617. TAVERN NIGHTS — (March 1 & 8) Sample food, beverages, live music and historical vignettes in an authentic 18th century tavern. The time is from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 716. 745.7611. Location: Old Fort Niagara, 2 Scott Ave., Youngstown.







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