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Intimate. Human-scaled. Personal. Docked in the heart of a destination. Perks virtually unimaginable on large-ship ocean cruises!

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The European River Cruising Experience


hen is a cruise not just a cruise? When it’s a European river cruise. More and more travelers are discovering — and supremely enjoying — this fastest growing “current” in travel. Today’s river cruise is an exceptional travel experience that takes you to — and into — a destination in a way that no other tour can. It’s simultaneously relaxing, exciting and even educational (but in the most enjoyable way!). AAA Travel now makes European river cruising even more attractive by offering $100.00 per stateroom (double occupancy) for new bookings & deposits by 3/31/14 of a 2014 cruise with these partners: AmaWaterwaysTM, Uniworld® Boutique River Cruise Collection® and Viking River Cruises. And AAA members also enjoy exclusive benefits (box at right). & enjoy

ish bathroom with gleaming fixtures. These floating hotels dock either right in the heart of downtown areas or within easy walking distance; great location and ease of access mean a better cultural experience.

GREAT CITIES, GREAT SIGHTS On an ocean cruise, the ship is often the destination; though luxurious itself, a river cruise vessel is more a means to experience the destination rather than being the destination itself. Throughout the course of human history, great cities grew along waterways — Paris on the Seine, London on the Thames, Budapest on the Danube. Today river cities continue to embrace the arteries along which they sprouted, and their true hearts are revealed on and around their banks. Witness the timeless connection and interaction between city and river these from the water’s perspective – landmarks hugging shorelines, AAA Member Benefits vessels ferrying folks from bank AmaWaterwaysTM to bank, bridges soaring and $100.00 SAVINGS per person arcing overhead, couples snugand a BOTTLE OF WINE per stateroom gling on overlooks.


SUPER VESSELS Low-slung and luxurious river cruise liners glide in style through picturesque valleys peppered with historic castles, verdant vineyards and charmUNIWORLD® CULTURE, HISTORY, PEOPLE ing villages and into inviting Boutique River Cruise Collection® Unlike ocean cruising, river vibrant cities that traditional Up to $250.00 SAVINGS per person, based on cruise duration cruising very often allows you ocean cruises can’t reach. And, more opportunities (and, often, with guest capacities all unVIKING RIVER CRUISES more time) to fully experience der 200, these sleek rivercraft Up to $200.00 ONBOARD CREDIT and get an authentic sense of a never feel crowded, greatly enper person, based on cruise duration place. By docking right in the hancing your onboard experiheart of a city, little time is needed to transence. fer to points of interest. In some places, local Vast open-air top decks allow 360° views of entertainers may even board your vessel to passing scenery. Large windows and French present special cultural performances. Complibalconies permit private viewing from the mentary shore excursions feature local guides, comfort of your stateroom just feet above the VIP access to attractions and like-minded river’s placid and serene waters. guests. Beyond the included daytime sightseeSoak up the never-ending panoply of life uning, some passengers opt to go ashore during folding before and beside you; it’s a mesmerizthe evening to embrace the local nightlife on ing, relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable way to their own. For example, instead of a cocktail see the world. Plus, you’ll unpack just once in onboard, they may stroll into a centuries-old your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom tavern for a local libation and entertainment. featuring sumptuous bedding, as well as a stylcontinued on page 18

Through May 9, AAA members purchasing a two-day Universal Orlando ticket will receive free admission for a third day. The resort features two theme parks – Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – along with the Universal CityWalk nightlife attraction and three AAA Four Diamond hotels. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, is the most talked about theme park attraction on the planet. Special member savings are available on advance purchases through

The Polar Bear Capital of the World Every fall, hundreds of polar bears gather on the outskirts of Churchill, Manitoba, on the western shore of Hudson Bay, about 1,000 miles northeast of Winnipeg. Now you can view one of nature’s greatest spectacles on AAA Travel’s Oct. 20-26 Polar Bear Adventure. This AAA Featured Vacation also offers member level discounts of $200-$300 when you book and deposit by Mar. 31, 2014. SEE PAGE 17

Say Aloha With Aloha Days Deals There is never a bad time to visit the Aloha State and AAA Travel and Pleasant Holidays are making Hawaii more affordable than ever with some amazing Aloha Days deals, including a $50 per booking Activity Voucher, plus a free 5-day Hertz car rental, or a $100 Activity Voucher per booking, plus a Hertz car rental upgrade. SEE PAGE 7

Set Your Sails for the Caribbean Set sail on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise to Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. AAA members who book a Balcony Stateroom by March 30, 2014 will receive prepaid gratuities (value up to $168), plus a $50 onboard credit per stateroom, plus Specialty Dining. (1 night for 2 guests). SEE PAGE 7



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AAA wants a consumer bill of rights for car data Connected cars improve safety, but raise privacy concerns Erie Region Official publication of the Erie Region of AAA East Central Published monthly (except bimonthly Aug./Sept., Nov./Dec.) by AAA East Central 6660 Peach St., Unit #2, Erie PA 16509-7710 814-866-0246 USPS 0178-440 ISSN 109-77554 Periodicals Postage Paid at Erie PA Postmaster: Send address changes to AAA Motorist Erie Region c/o AAA, 5900 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15206-3854 Subscription Rate: $1 included in Primary Membership dues. All others: $2/year.

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AAA EAST CENTRAL Chairman: ................................................Richard S. Hamilton Vice Chairman:....................................... James E. Broome, Jr. Vice Chairman:....................................... Douglas W. Caldwell Vice Chairman:.........................................Mary Lynn Laughlin Vice Chairman:.................................... Martha Hartle Munsch OFFICERS: President: ....................................................James E. Lehman Assistant Treasurer: ........................................ Edith W. Martel Secretary: ................................................ Robert H. Compton GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS James E. Broome, Jr., Steve D. Bullock**, Douglas W. Caldwell, Charles O. Casto, Edward C. Coaxum, Jr., Robert S. Collins, Robert H. Compton, Jon E. Denney, Debra A. Dinnocenzo, Pamela C. Fritz, Richard S. Hamilton, James H. Kanicki, Mary Lynn Laughlin, Richard D. Linderman**, William Duff McCrady, James M. McDonnell, Thomas V. McKernan Jr., Martha Hartle Munsch, Gary K. Munsie** EAST CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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

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

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By David R. Poor President, Erie Region ew car technologies are changing the way we drive by making the experience both simpler and safer than ever before. The must-have option for cars in the near future won’t be a sunroof or leather seats—it will be ultra high-bandwidth connectivity. Within a decade the majority of vehicles on the road will be able to identify problems before breakdowns occur, reduce crashes and help drivers save time and money. These vehicles can automatically send real-time data about a crash along with vehicle location to first responders. They are capable of generating prognostic data that can predict a mechanical problem even before the problem occurs. This could prevent the inconvenience of a breakdown and help consumers better manage the timing and expense of vehicle care. Vehicle-to-vehicle or (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications can warn drivers of potential collisions, dangerous road conditions and other impediments to safe travel. In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it wants V2V technology installed in all new cars and trucks. Research conducted at DOT and NHTSA estimates that V2V has the potential to help drivers avoid or mitigate 70 to 80 percent of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers. This could help prevent thousands of deaths and injuries on our roads every year.


David R. Poor Location-based services and connected cars offer the promise of a brave new world of driving security, but some of these benefits may come with a price — your privacy. Many of these functions are only made possible through the collection of vast amounts of data. About 1-in-5 new cars sold this year will collect and transmit data outside the vehicle, yet most drivers have no idea about the information they’re sending out. While AAA applauds NHTSA’s recent V2V announcement, we would still like to see better privacy protections in place. Congress needs to pass legislation that prohibits access to this data without permission from the owner, or from a court order, unless the data is used for research purposes and cannot

be tracked to a single vehicle. Motorists should also retain ownership of any data their vehicles generate. AAA is urging the administration to enshrine the tenets of transparency, choice and security by adopting its “Consumer Rights for Car Data.” Transparency — Consumers have a right to clearly understand what information is being collected from their vehicle and how it is being used. Businesses and the government should be transparent about the collection and use of vehicle data. Choice — Consumers have a right to decide with whom to share their data and for what purpose. This includes ongoing monitoring of vehicle systems, repair and any data of the vehicle owner’s choice. Customers should not be forced to relinquish control as a condition of purchasing or leasing a vehicle, or of receiving a connected-vehicle service. Security — Consumers have a right to expect that connected-vehicle manufacturers and service providers will use reasonable measures to protect vehicle data systems and services against unauthorized access and misuse. As vehicles become more integrated with wireless technology, there will be more avenues through which your personal information can be accessed, harvested and shared with third parties. Without clear disclosures and safeguards in place, there is no guarantee that it will not be misused or exploited, or compromise a driver’s basic right to privacy.


Moving home from college made easy Penske Truck Rental offers tips for moving 101


illions of students shift their belongings back and forth from colleges and universities each year and students will soon begin their annual trek back home. Moving is never any fun, but there are things you can do to make it easier for everyone involved. Whether you’re a senior or a sophomore, the experts at Penske Truck Rental have a curriculum to help you, or your college-age student make the move home: Don’t wait — Springtime and graduation weeks are peak moving times for both students and families living near or around campus. Reserve a truck before they’re all rented out — at least two weeks prior to your move. If you can, try to move on a weekday — weekends are always the busiest moving days. Pack in increments — Start early to avoid the stress of last-minute rushing. It’s OK to leave a box open in case you need something you’ve packed inside it.

Pack smart — Bring home only ® what you need. Before you toss something consider donating any usable items to fellow students or various charities. Load your heaviest items on the truck first to create a sturdy base, then start stacking on top. Boxes, packing tape, bubble pack, moving blankets, and hand trucks are also essential to keeping your belongings safer and making your move easier. Think safety — A moving truck is taller, wider and heavier than cars or SUVs. So, drive a bit slower and take extra care when making turns, driving under overhangs or near low tree branches. Penske offers 24/7/365 emergency roadside assistance in case you have a problem. Make it fun — Keep a positive attitude during the move – play music, spring for pizza after all the work is done and don’t let frustration get to you. Penske moving trucks have CD

players, radios, air conditioning and cell-phone outlet chargers — all the things necessary for a comfortable, enjoyable ride. Go green and save green — Save on expenses and be kinder to the environment by moving together with someone from your area. Check with your residence life office on campus to help find someone to share the load. Pack a go bag — With most belongings packed tightly away, create a travel bag for moving day to keep important paperwork, credit cards, identification, change of clothes, drinks and snacks close at hand. Whether you need a truck for moving across the country or down the street, Penske Truck Rental offers significant savings for AAA members. Save 12% on one-way & local truck rentals and 12% off moving supplies and accessories. Offer only applicable to daily fixed rate and any mileage charges. Book online and save up to 20% on one-way rentals at



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Drip Drip Drip

How to handle a water damage loss—and avoid one in the first place By Robin Jones


supply to individual fixtures such as the washing machine, ice maker, toilets, sinks, and so forth. Finally, leave your home furnace heat on low to ensure the pipes stay warm enough to avoid bursting.

huck and Peggy Ruedebusch got a rude welcome upon arriving home from a two-week vacation in Russia. While the couple was away, their refrigerator ice maker had leaked, ruining a large portion of the kitchen’s hardwood floors. While the Ruedebusches were happy to learn their homeowners insurance policy covered the loss, they suffered a big inconvenience. Due to extensive damage, their kitchen as well as the washer and dryer were out of commission for two weeks. “We were lucky that it was a slow leak. It could have been a lot worse,” Chuck says. “We now know it’s a good idea to shut off the water supply to all of our home fixtures when we go on vacation.” Of all homeowners insurance claims nationwide, water damage losses are the secondmost common (behind wind and hail claims). Many people often don’t consider the risks in their own homes until it’s too late. If you follow a few basic steps, you may be able to avoid many hazards that can cause water damage claims. And if you do have to file a claim, you’ll be much better off if you adhere to a few simple guidelines.

Stop the source of the water as best you can. Do what’s necessary to keep the damage from getting worse. That likely means turning off the water main. Call your insurance company. Most insurers have staff available 24/7 to help you set up appointments with prescreened, licensed, and bonded general contractors who can dry out

To avert water damage:

If you experience water damage:

Check for leaks. Periodically inspect the area around the refrigerator, washer, dishwasher, water heater, sinks, and toilets for drips, puddles, and flooring that’s discolored, warped, or soft. Warm spots on the floor may indicate a leak underneath. Pay attention to your water bill. Fluctuations from month to month could indicate a leak. Use steel-braided hoses for your washing machine instead of rubber ones. The stainless steel-reinforced hoses can cost about double, but are much more resistant to bursting. Periodically check your water pressure. Water losses often occur due to excessive water pressure. Pick up an inexpensive water pressure gauge at a home center and hook it up to a hose bib. The water pressure should be between 45 and 65 PSI. If it’s too high, you may want to consider installing a water pressure regulator. If you’re going on vacation, take protective measures. If the temperatures in your area could dip below freezing, make sure any exposed pipes are insulated. Also, turn off the water •

your house. Your insurer can also make sure an adjuster visits your residence to assess the damage as soon as possible. Don’t start any major repair efforts until the adjuster has been to your home. If your possessions are sitting in a puddle of water, you should take reasonable measures to salvage them. If it’s safe to do so, fish them out and put them in a place where they can start to dry. But be careful how you store damaged material (e.g. don’t place wet items on a wood floor) so you don’t cause additional damage to other items. Determine what was lost and document it. Even if things were ruined, don’t throw them away. Keep pieces of the damaged floor or ceiling, along with any valuable personal property, such as electronics or furniture. At the very least, take photos or video of the damage. FOR MORE INFORMATION

Trust AAA to steer you right on all your current and future Auto, Home and Life insurance needs. Combining your coverage with one insurance company could make a significant difference in your premium. Call 800.207.7947, or visit AAA. com/insurance for more information or to schedule a comprehensive Insurance review. AAA – your trusted insurance advisor.

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Bask in sultry HAWAII with car & activity values and $50.00 savings!

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The only real cold you’re likely to experience in Hawaii is an ice-filled tropical drink...a traditional rainbow-hued “shave ice” snowcone treat... or your accommodation’s air conditioning turned on full blast! In addition to an ideal year-round climate and plentiful sunshine, Hawaii offers a warm and inviting Aloha Spirit and promises you an unforgettable vacation experience. Hawaii is hiking sculpted cliffs or diving amid coral reefs in the afternoon and dining to slack-key guitar at sunset. Fresh, floral breezes energize you. Warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking natural beauty renews you. Year-round gentle weather surrounds you on every island. With fiery volcanoes and cavorting whales, the islands are rich with natural wonders. Look around.There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. AAA Travel and Pleasant Holidays can customize the perfect Hawaii vacation for every traveler — from 5-star luxury to family-friendly value. And, when you book your Hawaiian getaway during Aloha Days (now through April 30, 2014), you’ll enjoy added perks to enhance your vacation experience — from $50.00 savings to a free 5-day Hertz car rental or a rental upgrade. And don’t forget your AAA member benefits — a voucher valued at up to $100.00 toward an optional sightseeing tour or activity. See the offer details in the ad on the next page. The size and scope of AAA and Pleasant Holidays give us unique purchasing power to negotiate low accommodation rates — and we pass those savings on to you. We also offer ultimate peace of mind, with round-the-clock customer service and a choice of travel protection plans. The folks at Pleasant Holidays are known as the Hawaii activity experts. Before leaving for the Aloha State, you can choose from hundreds of optional activities that will make your vacation even more enjoyable and more memorable. Whether you enjoy partaking in physically active pastimes or just taking in a special dinner or entertainment (or both!), you’ll find something of interest in Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii’s activities “menu.” And you can utilize Pleasant Holidays’ exclusive concierge services to set up golf tee times in ad-

Banish the winter blues with a plan to make your dreams of abundant abunsunshine, dant sunshine, bathing-suit bathing-suit temperatures temperatures and adventures and adventures of a lifetime of a lifetime come comethis true true October. this October. That’s That’s when when Royal Royal Caribbean’s Caribbean’s “floating “floating fantasy fantasy reresort,” sort,” Allure Allure ofof the the Seas, Seas, embarks embarks onon a 7-night a x-night fantastic fantastic voyage voyage from from Ft Lauderdale to Nassau, St Thomas and St Maarten. Maarten this Oct 26–Nov 2. Book a balcony stateroom (facing the ocean or overlooking the awesome atrium) and enjoy the added benefits of prepaid gratuities (for room stewards, maître maitre d’, ’d, servers) of up to $168.00 for up to 2 people per stateroom, complimentary dinner for 2 one evening and a $75.00 credit valid toward the purchase of onboard products and/or services (beverages, spa treatments, shop items, shore excursions, etc). See the ad on the next page for complete details. And on Allure of the Seas you’ll be able to enjoy a Royal Caribbean exclusive! Meet and have your photo taken with your favorite DreamWorks Animation characters like Madagascar’s Alex & the Penguins, Shrek & Fiona and others. Start the day with a breakfast visit from your favorite character. And from Aqua Shows to colorful parades to ice shows, your favorite characters will wow you with their talents. See the latest DreamWorks films onboard the same day they release on land. Watch them (and others like Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and more) brought to life in the 3D theater or in your stateroom. Visit these fun ports and consider a shore excursion or two in each: • Nassau, Bahamas. An island paradise just miles from Miami known for its Junkanoo celebrations and famous conch chowder. A “must do” is a day at the world-renowned Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island; take a self-guided tour of the ruins of ancient Atlantis in The Dig and enjoy a reserved area of the beach. Slip & slide at Atlantis Aquaventure, complete with waterslides, river rapids, pool and beach. At Predator Lagoon, see sharks, barracudas and many other creatures. • Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas USVI. Make sure to soak up the sun at Magens Bay. This heart-shaped beach is on National Geographic’s top 10

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vance, arrange spa treatments, plan a romantic dinner at sunset, order a birthday cake for “the little one” or arrange a gift basket for your room. Recharge your senses with a chocolate macadamia nut scrub, plumeria euphoria bath or lomilomi massage at a deluxe spa. Love golf? Choose from world-class courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr and others.

list. Enjoy great snorkeling on the Turtle Cove Sail & Snorkel tour, with coral formations, fish and turtles, a friendly crew and a fun atmosphere aboard a beautiful boat. On the Beach & Snorkel Tour, travel to Trunk Bay for snorkeling along the underwater trail of reefs, or kick back and bask in the tropical sun. • Philipsburg, St Maarten. Under joint French and Dutch control, the island offers the heritage of both amid endless stretches of beach, beautiful landscapes and great shopping. Back on ship, don’t miss all that jazz and more with the Tony® and Grammy® award-winning Chicago. Or try your luck at Casino Royalesm...or dance the night away in a nightclub...or watch dazzling aerial acrobatic shows. The possibilities are almost endless. Don’t miss the boat!

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Trust the travel experts. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape for 2 or a spacious family-friendly condo for a multigenerational celebration, Pleasant Holidays offers just what you need for a memorable vacation, including customized itineraries, multi-island vacations, inter-island transportation, added values (including free nights, resort credits and more) and activities, tours and excursions.

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


Total for 2 persons in a stateroom, when you book a balcony stateroom by 3/30/14.



Complimentary dining is available only for the first 15 staterooms booked. Credit per stateroom.


Oct 26–Nov 2 •

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

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Wrigley Field Road Trip!

See the Pirates take on the Cubs: Sept 6 Guided Chicago City Tour Giordano’s Chicago-style Pizza Deluxe Palmer House Hotel Harry Caray’s Restaurant

Sept 5-7 AAA Member Rate: $685

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip motorcoach (PittsburghChicago), accommodations, baggage handling (1 per person), 2 meals, game seat, sightseeing and services of a AAA tour manager (if minimum-participation goal is met).

AAA: The Preferred Travel Agency of the Pittsburgh Pirates

AAA: The Preferred Travel Agency of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Get a lot more than just a game ticket!

• Pirates baseball cap • Autographed baseball • Game ticket — outfield box seating • Pre-game behind-the-scenes tour of PNC Park • Pre-game food & drink in the PNC Pirates Deck • Opportunity to watch batting practice if it takes place that day due ALL OF THIS FOR JUST $69 PER PERSON! atFulltimepayment of booking. Saturday June 7 @ 4:05pm vs Milwaukee Brewers

Catch the

FanJam post-game concert with the Goo Goo Dolls


Friday July 4 @ 5:05pm vs Philadelphia Phillies Free Shirt Friday presented by AAA Auto Insurance

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

Saturday July 19 @ 7:05pm vs Colorado Rockies Zambelli Fireworks Night

Saturday Aug 9 @ 7:05pm vs San Diego Padres

Oct 2-11: from $1,965

Zambelli Fireworks Night

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

Saturday Aug 30 @ 4:05pm vs Cincinnati Reds FanJam post-game concert with Gavin DeGraw

Discover the Best of the West with AAA! BEST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA



AUG 30–SEPT 7 • $3,619

JULY 24–AUG 1 • $3,699

So many delights in 1 tour — from the endless charms of San Francisco to the natural 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.

From Salt Lake City to Denver, take in some of America’s favorite national landmarks. Hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (choir schedule 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.


SEPT 21–28 • $2,559

Fly to Phoenix and ride to the luxurious Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. Explore scenic backcountry 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.






JUNE 22-28 • $3,425

AUG 3-10 • $3,619

AUG 11-17 • $2,695

SEPT 13-20 • $2,789

OCT 8-14 • $2,399



AAA Member Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip flights from Pittsburgh, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, sightseeing admissions, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person) and meals as indicated. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for itinerary details.



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Car-free, carefree adventures

Rates are per person, are subject to availability at time of booking and include roundtrip motorcoach transportation from the Pittsburgh area, accommodations (for multiday tours, based on double occupancy), sightseeing/admissions, taxes/ gratuities for included features, baggage handling (for multiday tours), meals as indicated and the services of a AAA Tour Manager. Visit for complete itinerary details and pick-up points.





Deluxe Spring in NY’s Hudson Valley

Chesapeake Summer Retreat: Irvington VA

Springwood Estate • Hudson River cruise Hyde Park: tour & lunch at the Culinary Institute of America Poughkeepsie’s Huguenot Street: oldest street in America Mohonk Mountain House: 3 meals, 1-night lodging US Military Academy at West Point 8 meals

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

May 19-22 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,015

Preakness Stakes: MD

May 16-18 •

AAA Member Rate: $795

This Thoroughbred horse race at Pimlico Race Course is the middle jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown. Visit a horse farm for an upclose and personal look at the horses and their training. This premium package features a buffet, drinks and reserved seating at the Terrace Dining Room. Stop by the Pimlico Museum. End race day with a Baltimore Harbor evening cruise. 4 meals.

Pirates vs Yankees in NYC

May 16-19 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,125

See 2 games in New York City! Watch the Bucs take on the Yanks in their new stadium in the Bronx. Stay in Midtown and do as you please on your first full day. The Top of the Rock observation level and an interactive experience called “The Ride” are included. Then, it’s game time again. Afterward, enjoy an opportunity to take in a Broadway show at your leisure or to do as you please. 2 meals.

June 22-25 •

AAA Member Rate: $899

DC Fireworks Spectacular

Chautauqua NY House Tour

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

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

July 3-5 •

AAA Member Rate: $599

Girls’ Summer in NYC

July 18-20 •

AAA Member Rate: $585

Female friends, fashionistas and fans of the Big Apple alike will enjoy this shopping- and food-centric weekend. Stay in Midtown, steps from Times Square. Tour Soho (South of Houston Street) and Nolita (North of Little Italy) and their trendy boutiques, upscale stores and hip indie designer shops. Explore famous food markets & neighborhoods, with plenty of free time for specialty sampling and noshing!

July 15 •

AAA Member Rate: $149

Boston & Cape Ann MA

Aug 3-8 •

AAA Member Rate: $999

With the oceanfront Nantasket Beach Resort as your home base, explore Scituate Lighthouse, Boston & its many historic landmarks (including the Freedom Trail, Harvard Square, Quincy Market/ Faneuil Hall and a harbor cruise) and the charming villages of Salem, Gloucester, Rockport & Pymouth. Enjoy a sunset sail from Cape Ann on a 65-foot schooner followed by a lobster dinner. 7 meals.

Just Wright in Buffalo NY Aug 9 •

AAA Member Rate: $165

Fontana Boathouse. Martin House. Driving tour. Forest Lawn. 1 meal.



Military Pride & Parades: Norfolk VA

Visit for itineraries of these upcoming tours.

Enjoy an eventful time in Norfolk, featuring the International Tattoo, Parade of Nations, a naval base cruise and Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center & museum.

NH’s Mountain View Grand Resort .......... Sept 7-12 ............ $1,225

Tulip Festival: Holland MI

Chautauqua NY Wine & Dine ........................ Sept 8-9 ................. $359

April 24-26 •

May 5-8 •

AAA Member Rate: $535

AAA Member Rate: $729

From the award-winning downtown to the beautiful lakefront to thousands of colorful tulips, you’ll fall in love with Holland’s small-town, Dutch-flavored charm.

Springtime in the Smokies May 12-15 •

AAA Member Rate: $709

Delight in spring weather on this scenic journey to Pigeon Forge, where you’ll enjoy top shows, entertainment, Dollywood, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and more.

Baltimore Star-spangled Spectacular ..... Sept 14-16............. $525 Seaside in Ocean City MD ................................ Sept 21-25............. $715 Colors of Agawa Canyon ON, Mackinac MI ..... Sept 28–Oct 3 .... $1,359 Pennyslvania’s Grand Canyon ....................... Oct 2-3 ................... $385

MARCH 2014




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&Folk Tour

Irish Pub

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

Oct 5-12 • AAA Member Rate: $1,459

Before-discount 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.



from A PRIVATE party suite AT CONSOL ENERGY CENTER! • party suite game ticket AND buffet • comfortable leather seating


AAA member rate $299 PER PERSON

• nonalcoholic beverages • TV monitor with live game feed • complimentary access to 3 clubs LEXUS, CAPTAIN MORGAN & FIRST NIAGARA

Glacier NP Discovery CHICAGO to SEATTLE





Book by 3/31/14!


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

May 12-21, 2015 •

AAA Member Rate: $1,899

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

Jazz, Blues & Rock ’n’ Roll



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

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

Glacier National Park Discovery: Chicago-Seattle

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


Aug 9-18 •

AAA Member Rate: $5,079

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

Sept 26–Oct 4 •

AAA Member Rate: $4,489

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



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



3 nights at Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf 2 nights at a Napa all-suite resort June 26–July 1 AAA Member Rate $3,079 © ANDY DEAN / FOTOLIA.COM

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh–San Francisco), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, accommodations, taxes/gratuities for included features, baggage handling (1 bag per person), 7 meals, local tour director and in-California AAA Tour Manager (if minimum-participation goal is met). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for itinerary details.


AAA Vacations

See the incredible, inspirational interior of the Last Frontier on this 9-night escorted tour — unforgettable experiences not on cruises!

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

July 8-17 •

AAA Member Rate: $4,999

Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh-Fairbanks, Anchorage-Pittsburgh), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, motorcoach sightseeing, accommodations (Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, Seward: 2 each, Girdwood: 1), 16 meals, luggage handling (1 bag/person), gratuities for included features (includes driver, escort), in-Alaska escort and AAA Tour Manager (if minimumparticipation goal is met). Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details.





Every AAA Vacations® journey is specially designed to give AAA Members a richer, more engaging and authentic travel experience. Explore the world’s best destinations. AAA Vacations® always include 24/7 Member Care if an emergency arises, plus our Best Price Guarantee helps you get a great vacation at a great price. Get great rates, exclusive member benefits and peace of mind, too. That’s our commitment to you. AAA Travel: You can count on our people. AAA Travel Agents want to give you the best vacation experience possible. They’re seasoned experts who can guide you to the perfect tour, just for you. Rest assured that they’ll be there for you every step of the way. Travel in confidence; travel with someone you trust!®

More new tour partners in the 2014 AAA Vacations® program means more opportunities for members to save! AAA Member Choice Vacations®

General Tours

Guided Vacations in the USA, Europe and Exotic Destinations AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $25 per person discount; AAA complimentary inclusion & complimentary limousine (home to airport within 50 miles); engaging experiences

Exotic Guided Vacations • Italy & Exotic Destinations • Small Groups • Escorted & Private Tours AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $115 per person off; engaging experiences

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Insight Vacations


“Best of Kenya & Tanzania” • “South Africa Splendor” AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $100 per person savings; AAA complimentary inclusion

4 European guided itineraries • Iceland • “Spectacular Fall Foliage” AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $25 per person optional excursion voucher; AAA complimentary inclusion

Brendan Vacations

Pleasant Holidays


• Self-drive Ireland AAA MEMBER BENEFIT: Complimentary Neverlost® GPS with Hertz rental car • Independent Travel in Europe, Central & Eastern Europe and Ireland Guaranteed daily departures • Private roundtrip airport/hotel transfers • Choice of 4or 5-star centrally located hotels, including hotel taxes & service charges • Breakfast daily • Rail transportation with reserved seats between cities • Ferry transportation between islands & in the Mediterranean • City sightseeing tour in featured city AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $40 per person discount on packages $2,000 or more per person; $40 per person dining credit redeemable at pre-selected restaurants popular with locals

Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Tahiti, Fiji, South Pacific AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $50 per booking optional activities/tours/excursions certificate for Hawaii, Mexico & Caribbean; $40 per person discount toward packages in Tahiti, Fiji & South Pacific (restrictions apply); complimentary room upgrades, early check-in & late check-out and special VIP status (subject to availability); additional amenities (vary by hotel)

Trafalgar Guided Vacations in Italy & Europe AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: $25 per person optional excursion credit to use during your guided vacation; AAA complimentary inclusion; engaging experiences

Disneyland Resort® & Walt Disney World® Resort

AAA MEMBER BENEFITS: Magic Moments savings up to 20% on nondiscounted rooms on select package accommodations based on availability. Diamond Savings Card features saving of 10% to 20% off select dining and merchandise locations throughout the resort (1 per package). Many more Magical extras and exclusive AAA Vacations® benefits. Ask about Dining Plan details. Restrictions apply.

All AAA Vacations® benefits and rates are subject to changes and availability. Offers on select sailings and tours, restrictions apply. Airfare, taxes, surcharges, gratuities, transfers, port charges, excursions and other optional activities are additional unless otherwise indicated. Fuel surcharges, government taxes, other surcharges, deposit, payment and cancellation terms/ conditions are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply to the AAA Vacations® 24/7 Member Care and Best Price Guarantee. Should you find a valid better rate for exactly the same itinerary within 24 hours of booking, AAA will match the lower rate and send you a $50 AAA Vacations® future travel credit certificate. See your AAA Travel Agent for complete terms and conditions or visit

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





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Carnival Dream® from New Orleans — 7 nights to East or West Caribbean Carnival Sunshine from Pt Canaveral — 5, 7 & 8 nights East or West Caribbean TM


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Member Benefits Exclusive Offers Since the inaugural race in 1994, this annual 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup points race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has become one of NASCAR’s mostattended events and its second highest paying race in dollars (behind the Daytona 500). Don’t miss it!

Reserved paddock seating with views of turns 1 & 4, pit road & Winner’s Circle 2 nights, 2 breakfasts & tax at Embassy Suites Indianapolis–North $50.00 gas card per room July 26-28 •

AAA Member Rate: $375 per person, double occupancy


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

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

Port Canaveral, Florida CocoCay, Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 3 full days at sea




Nov 11-21 from $1,094 Oct 16-24 Oct 10-16 from $1,076 Labadee, Haiti; Juan,and AAA MEMBER RATES are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability at time ofSan booking from $885 Puerto Rico;most Charlotte Amalie, Portland &cruise Bar Harbor, Maine include roundtrip motorcoach transportation, accommodations/entertainment, onboard meals King’s Wharf, Bermuda St Thomas USVI; Philipsburg, Saint John, NewVisit Brunswick and government fees. Ship’s registry: Bahamas. for itinerary details 2 full days at sea St Maarten Halifax, Nova Scotia & Western Pennsylvania pick-up points. 5 full days at sea 3 full days at sea




Walk on the GREAT WALL! Enter the FORBIDDEN CITY! And so much more!


Escort & driver s gratuitie ! included


FREE MOTORCOACH included with 2 AAA Featured Vacations The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of America’s Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques © OKALINICHENKO/FOTOLIA.COM adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers. The paddlewheel has its own rhythm but so does the music of the river as you float through the myriad melodies of blues, gospel, folk, rockabilly, ragtime, Dixieland jazz and zydeco. You’ll quickly discover that the river has a rhythm all its own.


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

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

Motorcoach from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati for an overnight hotel stay. Board the Queen next day and cruise the Ohio River, with stops in Maysville KY, Huntington WV, Point Pleasant WV, Marietta OH and Wheeling WV. Disembark in Pittsburgh; coach to your drop-off point. AAA MEMBER RATE: from $2,738


Motorcoach from pick-up point to the pier in Pittsburgh. Cruise the Ohio River, with stops in Marietta OH, Point Pleasant WV and Portsmouth OH. Disembark in Cincinnati; ride coach to drop-off point in Pittsburgh. AAA MEMBER RATE: from $2,328 Rates are per person (double occupancy), are subject to availability and include FREE roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Pittsburgh, cruise accommodations, all meals, nightly showboat-style entertainment, port charges, taxes, $50 per stateroom shipboard credit, specialty coffees, bottled water & soft drinks, beer & wine with dinner, all regular shore excursions, daily historical lectures. Ship’s registry: USA. Visit for more information and pick-up points.

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Been there? Done that? Here’s a 17-night escorted getaway for those “tired” of Europe or “over” the Caribbean. This all-too-unsung continent boasts some of the world’s most fascinating natural & man-made landmarks, a colorful tapestry of native & Europeaninfluenced cultures and unique travel experiences that rival or surpass destinations you’ve already seen. Rio de Janeiro • Iguazu Falls • Mendoza Buenos Aires • Lima • Cuzco • Machu Picchu

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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:

Jeep tour of Tijuca Forest National Park! • Workshop where Carnival floats are born! • Rio samba & jazz club! • Inca terraces & salt mines! • Jeep & Zodiac safari to base of Iguazu falls!

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Rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes flights (Pittsburgh–Rio de Janeiro, CuzcoPittsburgh), 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.

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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).

It’s hot — and fast becoming Western Europe’s last “undiscovered” destination! Lisbon: Alfama Quarter, Jeronimo’s Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries, Tower of Belem • Sintra, summer residence of kings • “Riviera” • Silver Coast villages, vineyards & castles • Fatima Basilica • Batalha Monastery • Azores Islands • Madeira Island

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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Sept 12-24 • AAA Member Rate: $4,619 • Book by 3/31 & save $200! Before-discount rate is per person (double occupancy), is subject to availability at time of booking and includes roundtrip flights (Pittsburgh-Lisbon), in-Portugal flights, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations/taxes/service charges/baggage handling (1 piece per person), 19 meals, air taxes & fees/surcharges and an in-Portugal tour director. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply; contact your travel agent for details. Visit for details.

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

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

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

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

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


European River Cruising River cruising can be as active as you choose to make it. Some lines provide bikes onboard for guest use, and onboard facilities can range from small fitness rooms to walking tracks and even pools on some ships. INTIMATE & WORLD-CLASS Since European river ships average fewer than 200 guests (compared with ocean liners hosting thousands), expect a quiet and intimate onboard atmosphere, with more space per person. Plus, there’s no need to wait in long lines. And personalized, intuitive, gracious service from crew and staff enhances your experience; but-


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lers are available on some vessels. Enjoy locally inspired world-class meals (often with locally procured ingredients) and complimentary wines; open seating allows you to dine where (inside or out) and with whomever you wish. Some boats feature alternative fine-dining restaurants, culinary demonstrations and wine/cuisine-focused shore experiences. VALUE FOR YOUR TRAVEL DOLLAR For all that they offer, river cruise vacations are great values. Their allinclusive pricing provides a carefree approach to a vacation. You pay once and eliminate surprise charges, fees

and add-ons. The best values are offered further out from the departure date. The best deals are typically early bookings, when the choice of accommodations is optimum. Picture yourself in a chair looking out your stateroom window, sitting in the main dining room enjoying a savory meal while peering at gorgeous scenery or simply relaxing in the ship’s lounge. The romance of Europe — combined with the comfort and convenience of being right there in the destination locales — is yours to enjoy when you partake in the unique charms of river cruising!



AmaWaterways is waiving the single supplement on nearly 70 European cruises in 2014.

Explore & experience the world in a uniquely different way on an intimate, luxurious, value-packed river cruise. JEWELS OF FRANCE: 21 DAYS 2 nights in Paris. 7-night Seine cruise. Highspeed train to Lyon for a 7-night Lyon-Arles cruise. 3 nights in Barcelona.



ENCHANTING DANUBE: 8 DAYS Budapest to Vienna, then through Austria’s Wachau Valley to Melk and Linz (with option of full-day Salzburg or tour of Linz and the countryside) and on to Passau. RHINE GETAWAY: 8 DAYS Amsterdam to Basel. Germany’s Marksburg Castle, Heidelberg Castle, Cologne, Black Forest region, Rüdesheim. Holland’s windmills and waterworks. France’s multicultural Strasbourg.


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American Empress retraces the route of Lewis & Clark American Queen’s new sibling follows the road less traveled


ust as the American Queen brought luxury and grandeur to river cruising America’s heartland, the American Empress will do the same for the Pacific Northwest. The 360-foot riverboat features five towering decks and accommodates 223 guests in seven stateroom categories. All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic views of the scenery unfolding along the shoreline. Dozens of skilled craftsmen and engineers have been hard at work prepping the American Empress for her April, 2014 debut on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Whether you travel east from Portland or west from Clarkston, this extraordinary nine-day journey immerses you in the splendor of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Ports include some of the Pacific Northwest’s most storied places like Astoria, Oregon; Stevenson, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; and Sacajawea State Park, Washington. From the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge — carved by the great floods — to the golden coulees and scablands, and the great black pinnacles of basalt that guided early explorers, much of the terrain looks just as it did to Lewis & Clark in 1805 — majestic, mythic and unimaginably glorious. In Portland, the volcanic forces of the coast are apparent in snow-capped

STEAMBOATING — American Empress reflects the elegance of the great 19th-century paddlewheelers. mountains and the evergreen forests coating the Cascade Range. Witness the raw power of nature firsthand in the collapsed caldera of Mount St. Helens. At Multnomah Falls, snowmelt streams plunge over 600 feet in two tiered cascades, down a sheer cliff face, while bald eagles traces lazy circles in an impossible blue sky. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is a dramatic

crack in the earth with raging waters best explored on a thrilling jet boat ride. With the American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel for your journey, travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country. The many acclaimed wineries overlooking the Columbia River have made their mark among wine connoisseurs, earning the celebrated Walla Walla Wine Trail its

nickname, the Napa of the North. Tour a millionaire’s Victorian home in Astoria, Oregon or marvel at the engineering achievement of the Bonneville Dam. Breathe in the scenery from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge, or climb the Astoria Column to view the restless Pacific. That doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it. American Empress reflects the refined elegance of the great 19th-century paddlewheelers, with dark mahogany accents, rich upholstery and soft lighting. In the Romanov Dining Room, enjoy the best of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Complimentary wine and beer are served with dinner, as are cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. Attend daily lectures by a Riverlorian, an onboard history and culture expert. Complimentary shore excursions in every port include the cultural and historical landmarks. Travelers with specific interests are encouraged to enjoy the variety of Premium Experience Excursions such as the Walla Walla Wine Trail, or the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.


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Now is the time to spring for a complete car clean up Undoing the damage done by a rough winter


our car has just slogged through another season of grit, grime, slush, and corrosive road salts. Now that spring is on its way it’s time to give your vehicle a thorough spring cleaning. A well-maintained car is actually like a triangle with three sides — the outside, the inside and the underside. Careful attention to those three sides will lead to improved appearance, longer wear and greater resale value. The outside — Car washing is one of the few occupations where you start at the top and work your way down. You want to float the dirt off the surface, so make sure the car is kept wet during the wash. Never use harsh soaps or dishwashing detergents as they can remove wax, and even the clear coat layer. Instead, use a mild detergent specially formulated for car finishes and a water blade and soft towel to fully dry the vehicle. Cleaning goes well beyond wash and dry. Today’s aerodynamic cars shed water via hidden channels and drains. These collect all sorts of debris and if you don’t keep them clear, water can collect inside the car’s body, eventually causing your vehicle to rust from the inside out. Clean wheels and tires separately. Using the same wash mitt or bucket can transfer dirt particles from the wheels to

Use a vertical motion for the exterior, and a horizontal motion for the interior. If you have any streaking, you won’t have to guess which side of the windshield it’s on. The underside — When the worst of winter is over, thoroughly wash the underside to eliminate the corrosive road salt. Add three tablespoons of baking soda to your undercarriage wash water to neutralize the salt. When the car is clean, check for damage caused by potholes or road salt and have it repaired as soon as possible. With a little time and know-how, this spring’s cleaning will not only have your house in tip-top shape but also your car running and looking like new both inside and out.

WASH AWAY WINTER — A good spring cleaning can help spot damage done by a tough winter. the body and damage the finish. Special wheel cleaners are available that are designed to remove brake dust. The inside — Now it’s time to turn your attention to the interior. First, remove the floor mats and shake them vigorously. For fabric, carpets, cloth seats and safety belts, use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and loose dirt. And don’t forget to vacuum the trunk. Now that

the surfaces are clean, you should apply a top-quality protectant for car interiors and upholstery. Never use cleaners that contain silicone or alcohol on leather seats. Saddle soap is best for keeping them soft and pliable. Cleaning the inside glass is particularly important as interior plastics release gaseous materials — sometimes called “that new car smell” — that leave a film.


Keeping your car clean contributes to its long-term condition and value. Cars in excellent mechanical condition and appearance can be valued as much as $1,500 higher than those in good or fair condition. And consumers spend more than $24 billion a year battling corrosion. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Ireland is like no other place under heaven The Emerald Isle really is like Irish stew for the soul


t’s said that Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten. Here the landscape has a poetic resonance, and history is something you can touch and feel. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, near Limerick, is a 25-acre living history museum that vividly recreates 19th-century Ireland with rural farmhouses, village shops and of course a pub. The 15th century Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Ireland has over one thousand castles and visitors can explore 800 years of history at King John’s Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick. The 13th century castle stands watch over the banks of the River Shannon and is one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Europe. Towering 700-feet above the coast are the fabled Cliffs of Moher. Those who brave the chill can actually watch the gales sweeping in from the Atlantic. In Foynes, the Flying Boat Museum recalls the early days of air travel, when transatlantic traffic landed here to refuel. Visitors can learn how to make authentic Irish Coffee, invented here to warm weary passengers. The Ring of Kerry — a 100-mile route that winds around the Iveragh Peninsula — is Ireland’s most popular scenic drive. Here the mountains tumble into the sea in a landscape woven like a fine Irish tweed. Green valleys stitched with heather, flecked with wildflowers and

From the elegant Georgian townhouses, to the whimsical Hapenny Bridge over the River Liffey, Dublin is a cosmopolitan city with a quality all its own. View the gaunt figures at the Famine Memorial, or trace your family history at the Glasnevin Museum. Ireland’s national necropolis is the final resting place of Michael Collins, Brendan Behan and many more. View the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells at Trinity College, or enjoy a Guinness in an authentic Irish pub. Here the art of conversation finds effortless expression and no one remains a stranger for long.


ON THE EDGE — Ireland’s magical landscapes will take your breath away. wandering sheep. Take in a sheepdog demonstration and learn how these amazing border collies are trained. Stop by Moll’s Gap for expansive mountain vistas and visit the Skellig Experience on Valencia Island, to learn about the medieval monks who worked and prayed on these isolated, rocky islands. Historic Blarney Castle is about five miles from the ancient city of Cork. High up in the battlements is the Blarney Stone, believed to be half of the Stone of Scone, and said to bestow the

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gift of eloquence for a kiss. In the port town of Cobh, visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of Irish emigration to America. Waterford is the creative heart of Ireland’s traditional crafts. Learn about glass blowing and cutting at the House of Waterford Crystal. Experience the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Blessington, and stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with antique treasures.

AAA’s 6-night Irish Heritage departs October 5-12, 2014. Highlights include medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Blarney/ Cobh Heritage Centre, Waterford Crystal Tour, and Dublin City Tour. This AAA Featured Vacation includes motorcoach transportation, 6 nights hotel accommodations, 11 meals, admissions, sightseeing and guide as per itinerary, hotel taxes, service charges, and baggage handling. Ask about add on airfare. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Global Entry Kiosks at Pittsburgh International Airport U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be installing two permanent Global Entry kiosks at Pittsburgh International Airport this spring. The Global Entry kiosks will allow expedited clearance for pre-approved, low risk international travelers entering the United States. Passengers will be able to clear the primary inspection process in less than a minute at the kiosk, saving valuable time. The two new kiosks will be installed before Delta Air Lines’ Paris flight resumes on April 27. They will also be used for arriving passengers from the

Caribbean, including existing flights from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico. Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and all applicants undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment. They can fill out an online application at and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee. Once U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reviews your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers.

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Technology is lightening the load on your vehicle Lightweighting latest trend in improving fuel efficiency


ow more than ever, car buyers are focused on fuel efficiency. At the same time, no one wants to sacrifice performance, safety and style. To satisfy car buyers’ tastes, automakers have been busily developing ways to squeeze more miles out of a gallon of gas. Known as “lightweighting,” reducing a car’s weight minimizes the load on the engine, so it needs less fuel. More automakers are turning to aluminum alloys, high-strength steels and polymer composites to lower weight and increase fuel efficiency. Experts estimate plastics make up 50 percent of today’s automobiles by volume — but only 10 percent by weight, a progression that’s taken place over many decades. Nearly everything a driver or passenger sees and touches inside their vehicle is made with plastics: the headliner, dashboard, instrument panel, door panels and air bags. On the exterior, bumpers, quarter panels, headlights, taillights, grills, spoilers are typically made with plastics as are a plethora of hoses, fittings and housings. The BMW i3 is the first purpose-built electric vehicle built primarily from carbon fiber reinforced polymer — a material as strong as steel, yet 50 percent lighter. BMW estimates the use of carbon fiber results in a weight savings of 550 to 770 pounds, offsetting the

GAME CHANGER — Ford’s 2015 F-150 boasts an all-aluminum alloy body. weight of the battery pack. High-strength aluminum alloys, long used in the aerospace, and commercial transportation industries, are rapidly gaining traction in the vehicle market. The new Corvette C7 boasts an allnew aluminum chassis/passenger cell structure that is 57 percent stiffer and about 100 lbs. lighter than the previous C6 steel-and-aluminum structure. Aluminum is about three times more expensive than steel and up until

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recently, aluminum bodies have been limited to luxury cars like the Audi A8, Jaguar XJR, and Range Rover. That’s about to change with the introduction of the all aluminum 2015 Ford F-150. Thanks to its innovative, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, America’s best selling vehicle is nearly 700 pounds lighter, resulting in increased hauling capability and better efficiency. It’s much more corrosion resistant as well.

In the not too distant future materials like graphene could revolutionize the auto industry. The composite material based on graphite is as thin as paper yet ten times stronger than steel. An elephant could stand on a sheet of graphene the thickness of plastic wrap. Lightweighting and the resulting increase in fuel efficiency, contributes not only to the car owner’s bottom line but to a lighter environmental footprint. Better gas mileage saves money at the pump, and cutting fuel consumption can reduce a car’s CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the impacts associated with energy production itself. With federal regulations requiring an increase in fuel economy to nearly 55 miles per gallon for cars and light trucks by 2025, automakers will continue to seek ways to do more with less. To meet these goals, many experts predict even wider-scale adoption of high-tech lightweight materials in the chassis and engine — leading to ultra-lightweight cars with better gas mileage and lower emissions than ever before.


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Take a Tennessee two-step to Pigeon Forge There are plenty of ways to get on top of Old Smoky


he majestic climax of the Appalachian Highlands, Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves one of North America largest old growth forests. The most visited National Park in the United States is filled with mountain vistas, rushing streams, waterfalls, winding valleys and century-old homesteads. It’s also home to more than 1,500 black bears so keep your eyes open on the hiking trails. Man made attractions include Dollywood, spanning 150 acres in the foothills near Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s hometown. Dollywood features more than 40 rides and attractions, including the new FireChaser Express coaster perched 12 stories above the park’s Wilderness Pass area. In Craftsman’s Valley, talented artisans use period tools to fashion articles of beauty, utility and character. Blacksmiths, glass blowers and candle makers preserve the trades and customs that were so vital to life in the late 1800s. The Dollywood Express — two Baldwin coal-fired steam trains — allow guests to relive a bygone era on a scenic fivemile journey through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Chasing Rainbows, a state-of-the-art interactive museum, displays lavish costumes, artifacts, memorabilia and awards from Dolly’s storied musical and movie career. A special display houses Dolly’s many awards, including Grammy, Country Music Association

amazed by the dazzling costumes, aerial acrobatics, and special effects. Be inspired by the incredible vocal harmonies of the world-famous Blackwoods, performing their Grammy award-winning pop, country and gospel hits at the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show. Corn pone comedy is another Appalachian tradition and the Comedy Barn Theater hosts the Smoky Mountains favorite family comedyvariety show. Enjoy fire-eaters, jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians, live country and gospel music, as well as the World Famous Comedy Barn Canines and Arnold, the Mind-Reading Pig!


A DAILY GRIND — Dollywood’s working gristmill was constructed from lumber milled at the park’s saw mill. and People’s Choice Awards. Just outside is Dolly’s Home-onWheels, an immaculate 1994 Prevost motorcoach used by the entertainment legend on her many tours. Guests can take a look inside for a brief glimpse into Dolly’s life on the road. At Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede patrons feast on a hearty, home-style meal, while 32 beautiful horses perform incredible feats with barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops, trick riding and equestrian pageantry. The hills and hollers of Tennessee have long been celebrated for their

musical and folk traditions, spawning an incredible array of ballads, gospel, folk, country, and blues. If feudin’ feastin’ and family fun appeal to you, you won’t want to miss the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show. Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singing and dancing, jaw dropping stunts, side-splitting comedy and country cookin’. The Smoky Mountain Opry is the area’s ultimate musical variety show, featuring a talented cast of performers, plus Bengal tigers, monkeys, and Tsimbavaati, a rare white lion. You’ll also be

Join AAA Travel for Springtime in the Smokies in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Highlights include a Moonshine and Mountain Tour; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Dollywood, and 5 shows. This May 12-15, 2014, 3-night motorcoach tour includes round trip chartered transportation; 3 nights accommodations; baggage handling; 6 meals; including 2 dinner shows; all admissions and touring per itinerary; taxes and gratuities on included items, and services of a AAA Tour Manager. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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aroundtown ART ON TAP 5.2.7 — (March 14) Experience happy hour and the latest Pop-Up Exhibition at Westmoreland @rt 30! It’s the second Friday of every month. Admission is $7 and includes two drink tickets or $5 admission includes tickets for non-alcoholic drinks. Relax and enjoy music by Detention, food by Chef Mark’s Palate, a scavenger hunt and fun with friends! The time is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Westmoreland @rt 30, 4764 State Route 30, Greensburg, PA. TINY WONDER TIME “ANIMAL FEET” — (Mar 19) Tiny Wonder Time is an hour of nature play for children ages 2-4 on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Each session includes a story and a craft. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Cost: $1/month, registration is required. The times are 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, 744 Walzer Way, Latrobe, PA. Contact: 724.537.5284. GLASS SPEAKER SERIES — (March 20) Come and listen to a speaker each month discuss some aspect of glass. This month’s speaker is Forrest Kastner from L. E. Smith.

Suggested donation is $3.00. The series will be held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 East Main Street, Suite 600, Mount Pleasant, PA. Contact: 724.547.5929. TASTE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD — (March 21) Enjoy an evening at the Latrobe Art Center. Also known as “Pizza and Brews” this fantastic event always sells out. Tickets are $20 each and proceeds benefit the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program. Location: Latrobe Art Center, 819 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA. Contact: 724. 805.0112. THE PIRATES OF TREASURE ISLAND — (March 21-22) A classic retelling of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel by Rob MacIntyre, featuring adventure, treasure maps, sword fights and, of course, pirates! Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at door. Show times are Friday, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg, PA. Contact: 724.836.8000. SOUP’S ON! — (March 22) Ligonier merchants host local restaurants serving over 20 delicious soups.

Taste your way around town! Advance tickets are $10, $12 day of event and can be purchased at Abigail’s Coffeehouse, Second Chapter Books, or the Chamber Office. The time is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 120 East Main Street, Ligonier. Contact: 724.238.4200. THE PLANETS — (March 29) The Westmoreland Symphony performs Holst’s masterpiece, taking you on an extraordinary journey through the solar system. The seven movements are astrological rather than astronomical, and will transport you to each of the planets progressing from Mars to Neptune. The time is at 7:30 p.m. at Palace Theatre, 21 West Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA, Contact: 724.836.8000. MARCH FOR PARKS — (March 29) Marches will be held at Twin Lakes Park, Cedar Creek Park, and the Murrysville SportsZone. All events will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at noon with lunch for registered participants. Contributions to benefit parks and trails projects in Westmoreland County and those who raise more than $25 will receive an official March For Parks t-shirt and lunch card. The

March for Parks is sponsored by the Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation Citizens Advisory Board. To register, please call 724.830.3950. FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS — (March 30) In this zany play, all in cumulative verse, five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way and-heedless of admonitions — much more monkey mayhem ensues. And maybe a call from a doctor. Based on the series of books by Eileen Christelow, show times are at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 21 West Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA, Contact: 724.836.8000. CALIFORNIA DREAMING — (April 8) A family-friendly, musical journey through the California pop scene of the mid-’60s and early ’70s. Join a group of young dreamers as they converge on the sunny Pacific shore. This sun-kissed tribute features songs like “I Get Around,” “Surfing U.S.A.,” “Wipeout,” making this the happiest and most nostalgic stage show in America. Tickets are $31, $27, and $23. Surf’s up at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Avenue, Windber, PA. Contact: 814.467.9070.

MARCH 2014





MARCH 2014

Westmoreland march  
Westmoreland march