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March/April 2017

Petal Power
Flowering festivals provide the driving force for a Midwest road trip this spring.

Lights Out
Communities across Missouri and Illinois are abuzz with plans to celebrate this summer’s rare solar eclipse.

And They're Off…
It’s a whirlwind of activity in Louisville during Derby Week, but the city’s
neighborhoods and attractions are a sure bet for fun any time.

Diamond in the Rough
Southern Indiana’s Patoka Lake shines as an outdoor recreational jewel.

Ono Ono!
Local food tours are delicious ways to learn about Hawaii’s distinctive culture.

You don’t have to travel far to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.

Top of the Rock
Our Final Word column takes a look at the unforgettable view from this
southwest Missouri spot.

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The 150th anniversary of its Confederation will be celebrated all year.

A Door Opens
Chevy rolls out a Cruze hatchback model for 2017.

A Fork in the Road
Fishing for Dinner
With trout season opening March 1, it’s time to reel in a fish dinner at a state park.

Garden Glory
A trio of Arkansas’s horticultural treasures colorfully welcomes visitors to enjoy the blooms of spring.


January/February 2017

State Park Centennial
During the Missouri State Park system’s 100th anniversary, explore the great outdoors at these 88 sites.

Looking for Lincoln
Lincoln’s admirers continue their travels to Springfield, Ill.

Connect with the Past
Ancestral Pueblos in Four Corners region provide a glimpse into ancient history of the Southwest.

New Thrills
Orlando’s Disney and Universal parks plan expansions for 2017.

Old Red Bridge Love Locks
Our new standing feature called The Final Word examines padlocks to proclaim your love in Kansas City, Mo.

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Word Up
For bibliophiles, these literary-inspired spots can be the perfect muse for a thoughtful getaway.

Genesis G90
It’s a brand new day for Hyundai’s new luxury brand.

Sweet Dining Dilemma
With so many new options, what’s a visitor to Universal CityWalk to do?

Field Notes
Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum unveils expansion that offers more insight into the Field family’s enduring legacy.

Book Nook:
Springfield's Bucket List
Handy guidebook organizes 100 things to experience in Lincoln’s hometown.

Squares That Will Steal Your Heart
Beautiful Savannah is the perfect romantic getaway for you and your valentine.

A Fork In The Road
The Horseshoe
Strap on the feed bag to taste Springfield’s signature horseshoe sandwich.


November/December 2016

A Toast to KC’s Crafty Mocktails
Celebrate the holidays safely and in style with these imaginative drinks by the city’s best bartenders.

Be Our Guest
Missouri hotels and inns throw out the welcome mat to your holiday guests.

Holidays in St. Louis
Illuminated by twinkling lights and fireworks, St. Louis celebrates the season in style with train rides, ice-skating, and a festive parade.

Ye Olde English Christmas
You’ll have a jolly good time visiting London over the winter holidays.

Out of This World
Adult Space Academy in Huntsville proves to be an exhilarating and challenging weekend.

Cheerful St. Charles
City’s historical district glows during annual holiday festival.

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124 Spider
Fiat’s sporty roadster wears a classic Italian suit in a size small.

Deck The Halls
Holiday home tour showcases decorated gems in Johnson County, Kan.

Augusta Illuminated
Charming Missouri Wine Country town glows with holiday spirit during its annual Candlelight Christmas Walks


September/October 2016

Berry Nice
Visit Wisconsin’s marshes to learn more about America’s cranberry country.

College-Bound Car Care
Take away these four helpful tips to get your student’s vehicle ready for the school year.

We Dig These Dunes
Summer might be over, but it’s still beach time in northern Indiana.

Harvests Along The Highway
Midwest farms, markets, and restaurants that celebrate locally sourced food provide satisfying escapes.

Pick of Pumpkins
October brings a rush of pumpkin fun and festivals from Kansas to Indiana.

Land Between the Lakes
Kentucky’s outdoor recreation gem, Land Between the Lakes has something for everybody.

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Life Really Is “Better With Pets”
Purina Farms opens up a new exhibit for dog and cat lovers alike.

Adventures Await on Anthem of the Seas
The Anthem is a 168-666-ton floating amusement park.

Chrysler’s cool new minivan for 2017 impresses.

The Ale Trail
Fayetteville Ale Trail gives thirsty travelers

Craft Brews
Cheers! to Missouri's Craft Brewers

Fork in the Road
Iconic Kansas City steakhouse still delivers the goods.

Hatching an Idea
Volunteers work to educate beach visitors about the needs of Alabama’s sea turtles.

The Alabama Gulf
Catch a memorable vacation at Alabama's Gulf Coast and savor the flavors from these bountiful waters.


July/August 2016

There's No Place Like Home
Top photo contest winners capture the best of the Midwest with their remarkable images.

Best of the Midwest
Editors at the AAA Midwest Traveler share their favorite summer activities food, and attractions.

Hit the Road
After 90 Years, the mother of all roads – Route 66 – continues to beckon to the adventurer in all of us.

Are You Game?
Tunica, MIss., delivers blues, gaming, and history with a dose of Southern Ambiance.

Bright Northern Star
Combine Kirksville's sights and activities for a weekend escape.

American in Paradise
St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is an unforgettable Caribbean getaway – naturally.

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A Park for Art
Laumeier Sculpture Park Celebrates 40 Years in St. Louis, Mo.

Missouri’s History Museum Opens Their New Textile Exhibit

Riding the Rails
Two women have an Amtrak adventure and leave their cares and cars and home.

America's Hometown
Hannibal hosts festival in July that pays tribute favorite son, Mark Twain.

Frugality Meets Fashion
Say hello to the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius

Horsing’ Around
Historical Big Chief Roadhouse puts a new spin on a Route 66 favorite.

Pack Like a Pro
Before you cruise, these 15 items may enhance your experience at sea.


May/June 2016

These Lands Are Your Lands
An intrepid traveler shares a few of her favorite National Park Service sites.

Tackling Yellowstone
Visiting one of our greatest national parks has changed over the years.

Unbearably Beautiful
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers travelers unparalleled vistas and charming nearby towns.

Company Town
Roll into the evolving Pullman National Monument in Chicago.

Purple Mountain Majesties
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take your breath away.

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Edible Italy
Adventurous foodies and travelers explore Italian cities as part of a culinary tour.

Hello, Dolly!
A lifelong fan heads to east Tennessee in search of her country music idol.

100 Years of Racing History
Longtime Indy 500 fan takes a memorable lap around the track during a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum.

Yes, It's a Buick
Large SUV crossover Enclave adds GM’s latest in-car connectivity for 2016.

A Fork in the Road
Pasta Rubaiyat. Hard to pronounce, easy to savor, this dish tops
the list at a noteworthy Iowa restaurant.



Mar/Apr 2016

Bicentennial Bash
Celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday all year with a visit to these events, festivals, and historical sites.

Member Poll
Among the findings in our poll, AAA members oppose texting for all drivers.

Child's Play
Families heading to Missouri in March will get schooled on affordable and entertaining getaways for spring break.

Craning for a View
Annual sandhill crane migration draws visitors and thousands of birds to central Nebraska.

Basketball's Beginnings
Drop into Lawrence, Kan., to celebrate the history and legends of hoops at KU.

Fire It Up
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sparks a sense of adventure and awe in travelers to the Big Island.

Horsing Around
Lexington, Ky., welcomes spring with championship horse racing, bourbon tasting, and more.

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Deeper Meaning
Divers at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii help to maintain USS Arizona and the memory of those who served on the ship.

Quality Time
Father and daughter explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a memorable adventure.

Solid Performer
Hyundai launches Elantra Value Edition for 2016.

The Beat Goes On
New Americana Music Triangle sings the praises of Southern influences on our country’s musical cultures.

The Heart of it All
Central Florida’s Polk County has plenty of family-friendly activities to help you create a vacation everyone can love.

All Shook Up
Elvis Presley’s fans can still love him tender at annual tribute festivals in Tupelo and Memphis.

Tracing History
The Natchez Trace traverses thousands of years as it works its way from Mississippi to Tennessee.


Jan/Feb 2016

Warm Up to Arizona
Sedona and Tucson offer winter-weary vacationers places to recharge and explore.

Member Poll
What is your main safety concern on the road? Please answer this and other transportation questions in our poll.

Kudos, Kansas
Topeka gets ready to celebrate the Sunflower State’s 155th anniversary.

New Year, New You
Four Missouri spa resorts can set guests on the path toward mindful lifestyles and provide a restorative getaway.

Northern Exposure
Three Alaskan cities give cruise passengers the best of The Great Land’s wildlife and diverse culture.

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Blue Wonder
Expansion to enhance Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s No. 1 attraction.

Award Winner
Acura’s MDX midsize SUV wins an Automotive Best Buy award.

A Fork in the Road: Cashew Chicken
Leong family in Springfield, Mo., continues to serve this regional dish that’s gone global.

Viva Vallarta
The iconic Mexican destination beckons with food tours, family-friendly attractions, romantic beaches, and more.

Vivacious Vancouver
Cosmopolitan and diverse Vancouver is an easy addition to your Alaskan cruise.



Nov/Dec 2015

Jolly Holiday Trips
Shop and enjoy seasonal events at these four regional cities.

Pacific Paradise
Get close to nature this winter with an escape to Mexico's Riviera Nayarit.

Mile-High Adventure
Denver and nearby ski resorts appeal to both outdoor buffs and urban explorers.

Seasonal Celebrations
Cedar Rapids decks out more than its halls for the holidays.

Righteous Beach Blast
Two big events on the Gulf Coast provide solid reasons for a late autumn adult getaway.

Legitimately Dangerous
Drivers must know the risks of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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Northern Ireland's Boomtown
Building on its storied past, Belfast invites visitors to immerse themselves in cultural and historical treasures.

Undefeated Champ
Honda's popular CR-V is the most popular compact SUV today.

Helpings of Holiday Cheer
Southern food traditions have the menu covered from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.


Sep/Oct 2015

Appreciating Autumn
Hit the road this fall to savor the season amid changing leaves and exciting Midwestern events.

The Arch at 50
St. Louis riverfront and national park grounds undergoing massive renovation.

Uncover the Tales of Mississippi's Cemeteries
A visit to Missouri's historical cemeteries can be an educational and enlightening experience.

Fall at Spring Mill
Autumn fills the senses in this state park nestled in south-central Indiana.

Relaxing Along the River
Seeing the highlights of Europe is a breeze with a river cruise.

"High" Stakes for Today's Teens
Studies show significant use of illicit drugs and alcohol among teens.

95 and Counting
AAA School Safety Patrol program continues to build on its legacy of safety and leadership.

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Call of the Wild
These two fascinating Midwestern wolf centers will give you something to howl about.

Historical Hospitality
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm celebrating 150th anniversary
of its stone farmhouse that once welcomed weary travelers.

Still The Champ
Toyota's Camry delivers the goods in mid-size sedan market.

You're invited to our Appreciation Day
Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at 12901 N. Forty Drive in west St. Louis County.

Birds of a Feather
Duck hunters once again will flock to Stuttgart in Arkansas this fall.

In Remembrance
National and state cemeteries serve Missouri veterans and share history.

Voices from the Past
Community's actors portrays citizens who were significant to local history.

How to Select the Safest Car
A crash course in crash tests and new vehicle technologies to help you find the right car for you.


Jul/Aug 2015

Home Sweet Home
Top entries beautifully capture a sense of place in our annual Best of the Midwest photo contest (Also see Memorable Mention)

Best of the Midwest
Readers and editors name their favorite places to visit and play in our yearly poll.

Horses and Rockets
Enjoy Wichita's delights, from the Wild West to the wild blue yonder.

Fresh Perspectives
Elementary school students weigh in with their top choices for Midwest cities.

The Science Behind .05
Studies back up the National Transportation Safety Board's call for a reduced blood alcohol limit.

Crescent City Comeback
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is a city with a promising future.

Trail Mix
Cool off this summer by paddling the water trail at Finger Lakes State Park, which also has paths for hikers, bikers, and motocross enthusiasts.

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Happy National Ice Cream Month
While enjoying vacations this month, don't forget to celebrate the one thing for which we love to scream.

Fully Charged
All-electric Kia Soul is happy on urban streets

Memphis Rhythm
Music provides the soundtrack for museums, barbecue, and baseball.

Make Time to Explore Mobile
Coastal city entices with a mix of attractions, restaurants, and more.

Central American Adventure
Costa Rica's rich biodiversity and stunning natural beauty call to travelers who seek something out of the ordinary.


May/June 2015

Great Lake Getaway
Unwind this summer at these southwest Michigan beach communities.

Historical St. Joseph
Relive history, sample restaurants, and enjoy many cultural options.

Family Road Trip
Southern Indiana has vacation attractions and activities to please everyone.

Island Time
Galveston offers a laid-back getaway tinged with history and adventure.

Landmark Lodge
Built by the CCC, Pere Marquette Lodge is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Expert Enforcement
Drug Recognition Experts are key to reducing drugged driving.

Supreme Sacrifice
Remember veterans who gave all at these Missouri museums. This Memorial Day weekend, visit these Missouri museums and remember veterans who gave all.

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These Hills Are Alive
A member of the von Trapp family reflects on how The Sound of Music touches not only his life but lives of guests at his lodge.

Safe & Reliable
Mazda CX-5 sport utility vehicle remains a solid choice in class.

United By Compassion
A kind gesture in Columbus, Miss., inspired a war-torn nation to heal.


March/April 2015

Monumental Birthday
Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding towns celebrate 100 years of stunning natural beauty.

Roadside Rescue
AAA has been helping stranded motorists for 100 years and is today the largest provider of roadside assistance.

Best of the Midwest Reader's Poll
Send in your votes for the annual poll

Branson: That's Entertainment
Charming hospitality plus a great mix of family shows and attractions combine for a satisfying southwest Missouri vacation.

Fiesta Time!
Enjoy parades, street fairs, music, and more during this 11-day colorful spring celebration in San Antonio, Texas.

Head for the Hills
Southernmost Illinois is an outdoor enthusiast's scenic paradise.

The Cannabis Conundrum
AAA Foundation research will help to bridge the knowledge gap on marijuana-impaired driving.

Outstanding OKC
Revitalized Oklahoma City is a surprising, exciting destination.

Splendidly Southern
Stately homes and gardens, plus a host of events, call spring travelers to Natchez for the annual Pilgrimage.

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Exciting and New
Love was in the air as Princess Cruises kicked off its 50th anniversary with a Love Boat reunion and a new ship.

Discover Marion
You'll find crafts galore in a bucolic setting in western Kentucky

Big and Luxurious
Mitsubishi adds minor tweaks to its 2015 Outlander.


January/February 2015

All Aboard!
Make tracks to Arizona for rail adventures to experience the Grand Canyon and beyond.

Carnival Confidential
A first-time float rider's perspective of the merriment of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Cut Out For Success
Missouri family's quilting empire looms large in northern Missouri.

It's off to Fantasyland we go at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Great Land Goofiness
Kooky events at this annual carnival in Anchorage keep participants laughing at the weather and themselves.

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Charm Central
Central West End in St. Louis is honored as one of the 10 best neighborhoods in the nation.

More of the Same
Mitsubishi adds minor tweaks to its 2015 Outlander.

Savor This City
Foodies can sink their teeth in Little Rock for a satisfying weekend retreat.



November/December 2014

It's “Snow” Problem
This winter, get away to the Black Hills in South Dakota and enjoy unmatched outdoor recreation, cozy lodging, and satisfying fare.

Dump The Distractions
New research sheds further light on hands-free technology and the unseen distractions of driving.

Deck The Halls
These popular Missouri hotels and resorts glow during the holiday season.

Nebraska Noel
Nebraska's capital celebrates the holidays with many festive events.

Beach Bumming
Winter-weary Midwestern folk can escape to Alabama's sunny gulf to enjoy uncrowded beaches, golf, and fantastic seafood.

Beautiful by Nature
Turks and Caicos give Caribbean explorers world-class beaches and resort options.

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Charm Central
Central West End in St. Louis is honored as one of the 10 best neighborhoods in the nation.

How Does Your Garden Glow?
Missouri Botanical Garden's spectacular light display warms up winter nights in St. Louis, Mo.

America's Historic Triangle
Chart a course through history with a visit to Virginia's Colonial attractions.

Big & Beautiful
GMC debuts a new Sierra heavy-duty pickup for 2015.

Celebrate Safely
Try these mocktails to help you deliciously ring in the holidays.

City of Presidents
Bronze sculptures greet Rapid City visitors year-round.


September/October 2014

Autumn in the Illinois River Valley
Fall is an ideal time for leaf peeping, antiquing, wine tasting, and a ride along a 19th-century canal.

Noteworthy Getaways
These three musical Missouri cities will keep your toes tapping and fingers snapping all weekend long.

Raise a Glass to Bardstown
Kentucky's bourbon-making heritage is celebrated with a spirited fall festival and year-round tours.

Magical Marceline
Walt Disney's Missouri hometown gets ready for its annual Toonfest.

Coming Out of Your Shell
Florida's Sanibel Island attracts shell seekers but delivers more than buckets of these beauties.

Your Guide to the Kansas City Experience

An Alaska Experience
A mother and daughter discover the beauty of the Last Frontier State.

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Centennial Sparkle
St. Charles, Mo., is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its park system with an illuminating fall festival.

Union Station Centennial
Special events celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kansas City's grand dame.

Full Steam Ahead
This fall, come to Louisville and enjoy riverboats, horses, and an impressive selection of restaurants.

Ready for Game Day
TrueCar picks Top 10 vehicle picks for football tailgating season.

Trucking Along
Toyota Tundra holds its own for 2014 in a highly competitive pickup truck market.

The Black Hills in Color
Fall brings a brilliant palette of hues and a fun variety of activities to celebrate the changing of the season.

Sioux Falls Sizzles
Dozens of popular attractions, events and activities for the whole family make South Dakota's largest city a hot getaway.


July/August 2014

Best of the Midwest
Readers of AAA Midwest Traveler have chosen their favorite cities, attractions, restaurants, and more in our yearly poll.

Best of the Midwest Photo Contest Winners

This Dude Really Cooks
Lasso big flavors at the Flying W Ranch on Kansas' Flint Hills prairie.

Wonderful Wisconsin
It's not too late to discover Door County's natural beauty and charming and artsy towns this summer.

Endless Artworks
Follow Indiana's ArtsRoad 46 to create the perfect getaway.

Utopian Bicentennial
Visitors will discover relaxation and fascinating history in New Harmony.

South of the Border
Sunny Mexico has a vacation that fits your personality and budget.

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Luxury Hybrid
Cadillac's first electric vehicle has comfort and good looks.

Uncork Portugal
This coastal country will fill your cup with its history, beauty, wine, and food.

Health Threat
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden shares strategies for making our roads safer, including ignition interlocks for those convicted of impaired driving.

Dive Right In
Arkansas's shimmering Diamond Lakes beckon for a summer or early fall getaway brimming with fun.

Treasuring Summer in Key West
A visit to the country's most tropical getaway uncovers events, celebrities, and unabashed individualism.


May/Jun 2014

Hemingway's Northern Michigan
The author's early works were shaped by his time in this beautiful state.

Do You Know Who Your Car Is Talking To?
The growing debate over who gets your vehicle's data.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Harry Truman's mark on Missouri is cause for us to celebrate.

Ozark Odyssey
For a summer vacation loaded with variety, head for the hills of Arkansas and Missouri.

City On The Move
Kansas City, Kan., has stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

I'll Take Paris
In any season, the City of Light enchants new and frequent visitors

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Explore Kansas' Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway
The national byway showcases the Jayhawk State's natural side, along with an ample serving of small-town charm.

Make Tracks to Leadville's Railroad
A Rocky Mountain getaway doesn't get any better than one taken on a historic railroad right-of-way.

Great Performer
Nissan adds tweaks to Altima Sedan for 2014.

Adventure Travel
Seasoned traveler makes tracks to Southwest on Amtrak train.


Mar/Apr 2014

Triple Play
Enjoy fly balls, brews, and eats in these three baseball towns in Missouri.

Motoring Issues
Among the findings in our annual poll, AAA members oppose allowing longer, heavier trucks on the road.

Grand Dames
More than just places to lay your head, these three historical hotels offer memorable experiences.

Show Me the Mother Road
It's a gas to tour the towns along Route 66 in Missouri.

Pretty In Pink
Our nation's capital puts her best face forward in April during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

It's A Hot Time On Hawaii Island
Behold the powerful fire goddess on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Kentucky Spring
Paducah blossoms as a weekend retreat offering art and history.

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Truck Titans
Chevy's Silverado for 2014 delivers power and solid good looks.

Southern Spring
Public gardens and other spaces in Arkansas announce the South's prettiest season.

Das Sedan
Volkswagen adds another turbo engine for 2014 Jetta.


Jan/Feb 2014

Happy Birthday to “Lou”
St. Louis is planning a yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary with festivals, exhibits, and lots of cakes.

Membership Poll
What is your main safety concern on the road? Please answer a variety of transportation questions in our poll.

Going Yard
Chicago Cubs and City of Mesa knock it out of the park with new spring training complex in Arizona.

“Inn-to” My Valentine
Spark romance with a distinctive regional getaway.

Retro Orlando
Upcoming developments are proving that everything old is new again.

The Ultimate Catch
A fisherman takes his dream trip to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

Bewitching Burg
Maeystown, Ill., provides a peaceful respite from urban hubbub.

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Solemn Remembrance
Memorials and museums keep experiences of D-Day alive.

Coming Together
Louise Harrison's Liverpool Legends plan a rockin' Beatles anniversary.

10 Hidden Gems
This collection of St. Louis attractions may be off the Top 10 list, but each is worth visiting.

10 Hidden Gems Slideshow
A collection of St. Louis attractions.

Enchanting Valentine Escapes
AAA Inspectors Select 14 Favorite Places

Ouachita Wonder
Experience nature's playground in southeast Oklahoma.

Truck Titans
Chevy's Silverado for 2014 delivers power and solid good looks.


Nov/Dec 2013

Transplanted Traditions
Experience a taste of Europe at these Old World holiday markets located close to home.

Beware of Dog
Don't let your pet take a bite out of your home's liability insurance.

Holiday in the Ozarks
Jolly Eureka Springs, Ark., brims with holiday events, shopping, and plenty of Christmas cheer.

Curtain Up!
To beat the winter blues, a theater weekend in one of these cities could be just the ticket.

Packaged deal
Two all-inclusive resorts sparkle like jewels in the Bahamas, featuring great food, activities, and lots of relaxation.

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Matagorda On My Mind
A visit to the Texas gulf-front region entices with fishing, sailing and refreshing respite.

Merry & Bright
Take a visual tour of the Midwest's Top 10 holiday lighting displays.

Bull's-eye for Dodge
The 2013 Dart takes aim at its competitors in compact car market.

Worth the Drive
Enjoy an "Endeering" Holiday Escape. See Reindeer in Central Illinois.

12 Nights of Holiday Magic
Our favorite hotels for the holidays

Love of the Land
Discover why author James Lee Burke cherishes New Iberia, La.

Remember the Day
Visit the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex this year to observe the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Sep/Oct 2013

Midwestern Haunts
Put some fright into your fall at these spooky destinations, including houses, a prison, and a winery.

March to Carthage
Enjoy marching bands, history, and Route 66 lore in this southwest Missouri city.

Lake Effects
Michigan's distinctive landscape provides for a perfect fall escape, with festivals, scenery, kayaking, and more.

Toast of the Coast
California's Napa and Sonoma valleys delight the eye and the palate.

Australia 101
Get on top of the world Down Under with our introduction to one of the world's greatest destinations.

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Large & Luxurious
GMC adds safety and luxury upgrades to Acadia Denali for 2013.

Don't Miss Milwaukee
Milwaukee is jam-packed with hundreds of things to do and see.

Walk This Way
Named for a pioneering shoe salesman, Tulsa's revitalized Brady Arts District gives visitors more reasons to hustle to Oklahoma.

Hit the Trail
Missouri's governor challenges residents to log at least 100 miles this year after the state is chosen as Best Trails State.

Toast of the Coast
Recipes inspired by California


Jul/Aug 2013

Best of the Midwest 2013
Readers of the AAA Midwest Traveler have chosen their favorite cities, hotels, attractions, and more in our annual poll.

What's On Your Mind
A landmark study quantifies distracted driving. Plus, learn tips on staying focused behind the wheel.

Over The Top
From roller coasters to rodeos, regional state fairs provide blue-ribbon fun for all.

Splash Down
Abundant water recreation throughout the Midwest will keep you cool.

Spanning Time
Covered bridges are celebrated each fall in Parke County, Ind.

River Royalty
After a four-year absence, the gracious American Queen is back on the Mississippi River and grand as ever.

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Worth the Drive
Celebrate nation's independence in Independence

Sounds of Summer
Discover the beauty of Door County, Wis., during a classical music adventure.

The Royal Princess takes to the seas
The largest ship ever from Princess Cruises, sets sail this year with a boatload of new innovative features.

A look at the 2013 Volkswagen Cabrio
Feel the breeze as Volkswagen launches a new Beetle convertible.

My Top 10 Restaurant Annoyances
What follows is a tongue-in-cheek look at the inspector's Top 10 most annoying restaurant practices

Back In Black
New Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville opens on a high note for the legend's many fans.

50 Things To Love About Virginia Beach
During its 50th anniversary year, explore these 50 reasons to visit Virginia Beach.


May/Jun 2013

The Need For Speed
The Indy 500 caps off a weekend of exciting festivities for racing fans.

Make Tracks
Pull into Lee's Summit, Mo., for quaint shops and rich local history.

Some Like It Hot
Soak up history while enjoying the relaxing hot springs of Colorado.

An Interstate 70 Sampler
Whether enjoying a day tour or breaking up a long road trip, travelers will find entertaining stops in Kansas.

Flying solo
Single doesn't mean lonely on a motorcoach tour through eastern Canada.

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Get on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway
The natural side of Kansas takes center stage during this jaunt through the Jayhawk State's midsection.

Timeless Tybee
For more than a century, this barrier island off Georgia's coast has been a welcoming getaway for all.

Vicksburg Remembers
Over Memorial Day weekend, living history presentations, tours, and thousands of luminaries will highlight the sesquicentennial of the Vicksburg Campaign.

A Highway for the Ages
The Lincoln Highway helped nurture a love of the open road for Americans.

Almighty All-wheeler
Popular Subaru Forester keeps improving while keeping price in line.

Worth The Drive
Cruise into Lake of the Ozarks.

Georgia's Gem
With so many positives, it's easy to sing the praises of Savannah.


Mar/Apr 2013

Vacations in Your Vicinity
Discover plenty of fun spring break opportunities close to home that won't bust the budget.

Seeking Sanctuary
Miami County in Kansas offers big tastes and a slow pace for a weekend getaway.

On the Right Course
Grab the guys and the clubs and make a path to central Missouri to discover the memorable links of the Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail.

Kentucky Calling
This spring, let your spirit soar free while exploring the lively charms of Kentucky Horse Country.

48 hours in Chicago
Blow into the Windy City to enjoy a weekend of non-stop fun with great dining, nightlife, shopping, and attractions.

Child's Play
Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii calls to our inner keiki (child) with amazing and relaxing experiences.

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Kayak Time Machine
Grab a kayak and explore the Calusa Blueway near Sanibel to catch a glimpse of Old Florida.

Stand-up Sedan
Ford Taurus provides tweaks and more engine power for 2013.

Living History
Visitors to St. Augustine, Fla., will discover what makes the country's oldest city a national treasure.

No Need to Crane for a Good Look
Nebraska's Platte River Valley is the site for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts in March and April.


Jan/Feb 2013

Primo Experiences
When visiting Orlando's theme parks and other attractions, consider one of these premium adventures.

Smart features for Older drivers
Nearly nine in 10 seniors drive a car that doesn't fit their needs.

Gardens in Winter
As cold settles into Missouri, its botanical gardens take on a special beauty and peaceful atmosphere.

Beauty meets history
Nestled along the Mississippi River, Nauvoo preserves its Mormon history.

Light up the Sky
A quest to experience Alaska's aurora borealis, or northern lights, gives rich reward.

Naturally native
Northern Arizona tribal parks and monuments provide travelers a glimpse into American Indian culture and amazing vistas.

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Performance Coupe
Scion's new FR-S is sure to attract younger drivers seeking fun.

Out of Africa
A safari trek through Disney's Animal Kingdom park looks and feels authentic.

Worth the Drive
Most people know Memphis, Tenn., for its blues music and tempting barbecue, but the city has a deep Civil Rights legacy.

Bryce Brings It
Bryce Canyon Country is one of those places that once discovered leaves visitors wondering why they have never visited before.

Let New Princess' Reign Begin
The Royal Princess, the largest ship ever from Princess Cruises, sets sail this year with a boatload of new innovative features.


Nov/Dec 2012

National Treasures
Elect to visit these presidential libraries and gain a new understanding of our country's past leaders.

Illuminating escape
Candlelight Homes Tour highlights a cozy and charming holiday weekend in Weston, Mo.

Holiday Hijinks
For Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live fame, Christmas in Kansas City is barbecue, beautiful lights, and belly laughs.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise
On an exciting cruise through the Caribbean, Carnival Liberty shows off its enhancements with new restaurants and entertainment options.

God Save the Queens
Britain's plethora of historical sites tell the interesting tale of King Henry VIII and his many wives.

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What's New in Vegas
From restaurants to gigantic sky wheels on the horizon, this desert getaway is never the same twice.

AAA Inspectors Pick Pro Football Food Favorites
Based on the long-standing tradition of pairing gridiron action with notable eats, AAA inspectors have selected this season's top contenders solely on the merits of their home game food offerings.

Florida's White House
The Little White House in Key West provided a respite for Truman and several other American presidents.

Music City Holiday
Festive decorations, concerts, and other events light up Nashville.

GM's Solid SUV
Chevrolet's 2WD Tahoe improves towing muscle for 2013.

Matagorda on My Mind
A visit to the Texas gulf-front region entices with fishing, sailing and refreshing respite.


Sep/Oct 2012

Whale of a Cruise
When the Golden Princess visits Hawaii, passengers can experience the best of four islands.

Lincoln and Beyond
Filled with Lincoln sites, Springfield, Ill., also is ripe with other tempting attractions and dining options.

48-State Sojourn
A father and his new-driver daughter embarked on a 27-day road trip adventure throughout the country.

Football Fever
September ushers in a new NFL season, with these four Midwest cities ready to welcome fans.

Ghost Stories
The Gray Ghost Trail remembers the men and battles of Missouri's guerilla cavalry.

Rock Solid
You'll dig a short fall escape to southeast Missouri's old mining belt, with beautiful state parks, historical sites, and homespun fun.

Teen Driver Safety
AAA tips to help safeguard novice drivers.

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The Price is Right
Chevy's Sonic is a subcompact that delivers great gas mileage without the sticker shock.

Dining for Budget-Conscious Travelers
With more than 29,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated Restaurants — and 60 percent of these at the One and Two Diamond levels — AAA can help point the way to plentiful options for quality dining that won't bust the budget. 

Outdoor Luxury
This fall in Arkansas, enjoy The Natural State's beauty without sacrificing any of your creature comforts.

Sold on Sedalia
Get away to the countryside and relax amidst Show Me State hospitality.


Jul/Aug 2012

Best of the Midwest 2012
Readers of the AAA Midwest Traveler have chosen their favorite cities, hotels, attractions, restaurants, day tours, and more.

Off the Interstate
Find a tranquil getaway in the 12 villages of Van Buren County in southeastern Iowa, where Amish and Mennonite communities can be found.

Celebrate with a Bang
These star-spangled cities in the Midwest will put the pop in your July Fourth holiday.

Inside the Bahamas Out Islands
Beyond the Bahamas main islands are a host of secluded gems that are great for romance and adventure.

Soaring Achievement
A Kansas architect photographs an iconic Midwest landmark to win the Best of the Midwest photo contest.

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Not Just A Pretty Face
Hyundai spiffs up looks and performance for 2012 Genesis 3.8

Beds on a Budget
AAA inspectors pick 10 favorite One and Two Diamond Lodgings
for budget-conscious travelers.

Big Sky Summer
Montana's premier ski resort offers summer guests big adventure and a base for exploring Yellowstone National Park.

Grill Tips For Summer
Hard Rock's Chef Gronlund shares these ideas to put the heat in your July 4 barbecue bash.

Road Retirement
Uncertainties about mobility, personal freedom loom large for seniors, according to recent AAA survey.

Unplugged in the Hocking Hills
Southeastern Ohio's Eden is where fun and excitement is anything but virtual.


May/Jun 2012

No snow? No problem!
Replace your skis with hiking boots and enjoy outdoor summer recreation in these three Colorado resort towns.

Experience Utopia
Find fascinating history and relaxation in charming New Harmony, Ind.

Play Ball!
Fan fun will abound at this summer's All-Star game in Kansas City.

Lake Effect
A week along western Michigan's shoreline will melt away stress and recharge your spirit.

Twin Cities
Two cities on Mexico's Pacific Riviera provide everything travelers could want.

Guarding Memories
Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves Civil War history in northwest Arkansas.

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Reborn after the Storm
Lambert Airport reopens Concourse C nearly a year to the day after a destructive tornado ripped through the building.

Unified in Hope
Joplin, Mo., looks to the future one year after a killer tornado ripped through town.

Style & Power
New Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8® melds power with luxury.

Shop Chicago
When hunting for fashion treasure in the Windy City, don't limit yourself to the Magnificent Mile.

Mountain Getaway
A husband and wife change up vacation preferences and find harmony in southwest Missouri.

Hometown Perspective
New Orleans native, Harry Connick Jr., shares his favorite music spots and more.


Mar/Apr 2012

10 Things about Branson
Whether you're looking on stage or underground, this vacation favorite in southwest Missouri still surprises its many visitors.

Poll results
Among the findings in our annual poll, AAA members resoundingly oppose allowing tolls on area roads.

Military Meanderings
The Frontier Military Historic Byway salutes the proud heritage of eastern Kansas with forts and other sites.

Tales of a Missouri Outlaw
Retrace Jesse James' footsteps in north- west Missouri, where the legendary gunman lived, robbed, and died.

Lincoln's Legacy
Fans of history can follow the Civil War Trail in Alton, Ill., and learn more about this river town's role.

Bridge Lessons
Natural stone arches in eastern Kentucky draw outdoor enthusiasts.

Pinching Pennies in Paradise
Follow these money-saving tips for a whale of a Hawaiian vacation.

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Walking in Memphis
Tie on your walking shoes and discover the many sides of Memphis.

Steel Champion
Cadillac's CTS-V coupe remains an enthusiast's dream.

River City Celebration
Evansville, Ind., is marking 200 years of life inexorably linked to the Ohio River.

Safety First
TSA Administrator John Pistole talks about airport security procedures and his mission to keep the skies safe for all Americans.


Jan/Feb 2012

The Romance of Disney
Couples will find plenty to love about Walt Disney World as a destination for weddings, honeymoons, and simply a place to reconnect.

Adults Only
A short cruise on the Disney Dream reveals plenty of fun for grown-ups.

Membership Poll
What is your main safety concern on the road? Please answer a variety of transportation questions in our poll.

Trading Places
Several historical attractions prove that Mardi Gras isn't St. Louis' only French connection.

Diamonds are this girl's best friend
For winter-weary baseball fans, sunny Arizona in February and March is a little bit of heaven.

Up Close and Wild
The abundance and diversity of Alaska's wildlife are as impressive as The Great Land itself.

Rivers and Rails
A trio of small central Missouri towns honor fascinating historical roots through museums, parks, and restored buildings.

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River Tableau
Ever-changing scenery floats by the window on a European river cruise with Uniworld.

Game On!
Indianapolis showcases its rich sports culture as it prepares to host Super Bowl XLVI.

Lindbergh's Legacy
It's been 85 years since his historic flight, but Charles Lindbergh continues to fascinate American explorers.

2012 Top Travel Spots
London and Cuba among five destinations world travelers will not want to miss.

Put To The Test
Our tips will help you with travel planning homework that will make this year's spring break memorable.

Cruze Control
Chevrolet's global best seller is only slightly tweaked for 2012.

Tucson Is the Real Southwest
It does not get any more authentic than the welcoming warmth of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

New Orleans Gets Shipshape
More cruisers head for the Crescent City as a greater number of vessels drop anchor in port.


Nov/Dec 2011

Great Ways to Gather
The best family reunion destinations
offer quality time together–and apart. Some options include cruises, resorts, camping and Walt Disney World.

Not Home for the Holidays
Three destinations where you can herald the holidays with your family.

Frozen in Time
Slow down to savor a classic holiday in charming Elsah, Ill., a New England-style village sometimes referred to as “the town time forgot.”

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
After more than seven decades in entertainment, Andy Williams still lights up about his holiday show.

Let it Snow
These five Midwestern resorts welcome
winter with skiing and a deluge of activities for the whole family.

Maya Mystery
Feed your inner explorer and visit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula to discover ancient Maya sites where you can scramble up pyramids and more.

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Zoom Lens
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum presenting National Geographic exhibition of behind-the-scenes presidential photographs.

Men may be from Mars, but Women are for Vegas
When a girlfriends' getaway takes place in Las Vegas, shopping is serious business.

Moveable Fest
New dinner train running out of Columbia, Mo., serves up scenery and good service.

The Language of Welcome
Friendly and culturally diverse, Curaçao appeals to Caribbean travelers who seek adventure, history and relaxation.

Go Green in Style
The Lexus CT 200h is one green hatchback to combine great gas mileage with performance and luxurious extras.

Join the Fun in Arkansas
Hot Springs Village may be a retirement community, but people do not head there to slow down.


Sep/Oct 2011

A Stroke of American Genius
Delightful small towns, scenic views and inspiring stories about inventive people are found along U.S. Highway 36 in northern Missouri.

Fall Fun in Fort Scott
Find a cornucopia of autumnal adventures in Fort Scott, Kan.

Simple Pleasures
Explore charming Marion, Ky., to discover its Amish heritage and other delights.

Past and Present
Springfield, Mo., offers a pleasing mix of historical and modern attractions.

Hot on the Chili Trail
Sample one of central Illinois' best known delicacies while exploring the capital city and quaint towns.

Maritime Makeover
Another seasoned Holland America Line beauty is now sailing with an updated look and refreshed public spaces.

On a Wave of Popularity
Australian actor Geoffrey Rush parlays his role of Barbossa into wild box office success.

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Stay and Play in Kentucky
Best Western Hotels of Kentucky invite you to learn more about the Blue Grass State and earn Bonus Points during your stay.

Scare Up Halloween Fun
From theme parks to regional events, October is chocked full of shocks, screams and ghoulish delights.

Colossal Fall Color
AAA inspectors pick their Top 10 places to enjoy autumn's foliage show.

A Place in the Sun
Bask in the warmth of Texas in relaxed and welcoming Matagorda County.

Are You Ready for Some Football?
AAA kicks off football season with its list of top vehicle picks for tailgating

Mount Pleasant Metamorphosis
Mount Pleasant Estates winery in Augusta, Mo., has undergone a transformation in the last year, including the addition of a café.

Save on Medications With AAA
Exclusive member discount helps fight the high costs of health care.


Jul/Aug 2011

Best of the Midwest
Readers of the AAA Midwest Traveler have chosen the best places in the Midwest to shop, stay, eat and visit, and St. Louis was among the top choices.

After the Storms
Violent storms tore through the Midwest this spring, and AAA is helping members pick up the pieces.

Summer in the Flint Hills
Milford Lake and plenty of festival fun combine to make Junction City in the Flint Hills of Kansas a great getaway.

Escape to the Lake
Dive into these Midwest lake destinations where your family can reconnect as you swim, fish, golf and shop.

Mystical Machu Picchu
For 100 years, the Incan city has attracted travelers to Peru's Sacred Valley.

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Save on Medications With AAA
Exclusive member discount helps fight the high costs of health care.

Grapes to Glass
Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Mo., offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how wine is created.

Paint and Politics
Missouri's artist George Caleb Bingham captured his times on canvas.

A Conversation with the Science Guy
Children's museums instill excitement about science, Bill Nye says.

Top Road Trip Vehicle Picks
As the summer travel season ramps up, AAA announces the top cars
for all types of drivers who love taking to the open road.

Pot Roast with a Side of Patriotism
Valparaiso's Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille turns dinner into
a history lesson.


May/Jun 2011

Savor Chicago
Food tours offer a taste of several diverse Windy City neighborhoods.

Girls gone wild
Adventure-seeking women look to the outdoors for a girlfriends' getaway.

Remembering Quantrill's Raid
Lawrence, Kan., played a fiery and grievous role in America's Civil War.

Picture-perfect crested butte
Outstanding displays of wildflowers lure travelers, artists to this mountain town.

Double your pleasure
A visit to southern Indiana's Orange County is a tale of two vacations.

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Uncovering Incan Treasure
Centuries-old customs carry on amid the ancient ruins of Peru.

Animal Attraction
Two Ohio attractions beckon with a call of the wild.

Pedal Power
Kansas City's first full pedicab season begins in popular tourist areas.

Slowing the Pace
Midwestern couple en route to Arizona sees America from the windows of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.

Brew Up a Summer Escape
Baseball, festivals, museums and more make a getaway in Milwaukee a sure hit.

Experiencing History Head On
Railroad museums shine a spotlight on Midwestern transportation.

All Aboard Texas State Railroad
A historical train trip recalls an earlier time, while treating riders to the lasting appeal of the Lone Star State.

Wheels and Heels
Forest Park's new dual path system improves capacity, safety of popular trail.


Mar/Apr 2011

Prairie Spectacle
Fires in the Flint Hills of Kansas are a sure and spectacular sign of spring on the prairie.

Motoring issues
Among the findings of our annual poll, AAA members rank distracted drivers as their top safety concern.

Best of the Midwest
This poll gives travelers a chance to nominate and vote on their favorite places to visit and things to do.

Wildflower Watch
Discover an abundance of wildflowers on day trips from St. Louis and Kansas City at these parks and preserves.

Uncivil Sojourn
New and existing experiences at Conner Prairie interpret Indiana's Civil War history.

See Abe and the arts
Spend a weekend in Mount Vernon, Ill., to discover Lincoln lore, fine art, romance and more.

Beyond the beach
From hiking in verdant valleys to tubing down a water flume to horseback riding along the shore, the Hawaiian islands beckon the adventurous.

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Western Kentucky's Amish Enclave
A short trip to Marion reveals Amish culture, country cooking and Southern hospitality.

Digging Diners
Celebrity chef and AAA member Guy Fieri champions the country's “mom-and-pop” eateries.

We The People
Family adventure in Washington, D.C., instills greater sense of belonging amid historical and inspirational memorials, monuments and museums.


Jan/Feb 2011

Sweet Retreat
Polk County in central Florida not only features orange groves, gardens and museums, but it offers easy access to Orlando and Tampa.

Membership poll
At what speed over the posted limit should a driver in a school zone be issued a ticket via photo radar? Please answer this and other transportation-related questions in our annual poll.

Inspired in Iowa
With a nod to its rich past, Dubuque is reinventing itself with vibrant attractions that blend seamlessly with its history.

Break free in the Great Land
Exploring Alaska at your own pace gives freedom a whole new meaning. Discover spectacular scenery and natural wonders.

Come in from the cold in Arizona
Midwesterners get a respite from winter and enjoy the temperate climate, golf and natural beauty found in the “Valley of the Sun.”

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Muggles in Hogsmeade
A travel writer visiting Universal Resort Orlando gets an education in all things Potter with a little help from a Missouri family.

A Missouri weekend in Excelsior Springs

Behind the scenes: Arizona's Pink Jeeps

Arkansas Spa City
Choose a getaway in Hot Springs to revive your spirit this winter.

Whitmond Hotel
Guests at the Wittmond Hotel in Brussels, Ill., will find the quantity and quality of food are worth the trip.

Set Out for South Padre
Texas' near-tropical escape looks good as a getaway all year long.

Pining for Texas
The Lone Star State's eastern edge enjoys a setting graced by the Piney Woods region.

Bryce Brings It
Defying the adage, “there's no such thing as an absolute,” Bryce Canyon Country may be the most beautiful place in the world.


Nov/Dec 2010

Small Packages
Our favorite picks for merry Midwestern towns that deliver holiday charm, events and lots of lights.

Health and Wellness Guide
This special section contains information to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle, including tips on guarding against cancer.

City Sidewalks
Visit Indianapolis and enjoy a pedestrian-friendly downtown, events, attractions and shops wrapped in holiday finery.

The Civil War in Missouri
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the war, Missouri is preparing to commemorate the milestone with authentic re-enactments.

Wrap it Up
The gift of travel allows family and friends to create memories that will last long after the holidays have come and gone.

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Deck the Halls
Two homes in Independence, Mo., are featured in a national Christmas book.

The Greatest Show on Earth
An East African safari reveals remarkable animals and stories of survival.

Stitch in Time
Rolla resident crafts leatherwork as part of his living history hobby.

Mountain Magic
Mountain View, Ark., celebrates the holidays with folk music, crafts and twinkling lights.

Holiday Event Calendar


Sept/Oct 2010

Set Sail for Vacation Values
Cruises can package the world at an all-inclusive price, and budget-conscious travelers can save even more.

Fall Fun on the Farm
Harvest a weekend of good food and great times for the family during the Kaw Valley Farm Tour in Kansas.

Bountiful Byways
Visitors to central Illinois can sample Amish culture, drop a fishing line, shop and cheer on the Fighting Illini.

Coasters, Caves & Canoes
In and around Santa Claus, Ind., are a host of memorable vacation gifts wrapped with history, adventure, scenery and thrills.

Simple Pleasures and Treasures
Clinton and Warsaw near Missouri's Truman Lake offer outdoor recreation and small-town hospitality in a relaxed setting.

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Meet Me on the Trolley
Tourists, residents and commuters will benefit from a convenient, expanded transit service available in downtown St. Louis.

Seated for Safety
AAA partners with “Busytown” to promote child passenger safety.

Chicks and Sticks
Two girlfriends tackle five courses and soak up luxurious spas along Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.


Jul/Aug 2010

Best of the Midwest
Readers of the AAA Midwest Traveler picked their favorite places to visit, eat, shop, stay and more in this poll.

Farm Fair Fun
Missouri's three largest agricultural fairs offer affordable family fun in the summer with carnival rides, tractor pulls, concerts and more.

The Cool Cache
Southern Illinois' Cache River State Natural Area provides a refreshing outdoor escape.

Fall Vacations
These 10 scenic drives and several cruise ideas will put leaf peepers in the mood to plan autumn sojourns to enjoy the vibrant show.

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Wagons Ho!
See Independence, Mo., aboard a mule-drawn wagon and learn about the city's fascinating history from a colorful wrangler.

Meet Me on the Trolley
Tourists, residents and commuters will benefit from a convenient, expanded transit service available in downtown St. Louis.

The Buck Starts Here
For $1, ride the Truman Trolley in Independence, Mo., this summer to visit a host of presidential sites and other attractions.

Door County Crescendo
In its 20th year, Door County's Midsummer's Music Festival will conclude over Labor Day weekend with inspiring Carnegie Hall-quality performances.

Nashville's High Notes
Come for the music. Stay for the culture...and the history...and the shopping...and the architecture...

Heart of the Arts
With music, art, theater and dance, the Dallas Arts District dazzles with diversity.

A Big Texas High Five
Matagorda County is sure to provide visitors with a vacation to rave about.


May/Jun 2010

Missouri's Shining Star
Mark Twain's contributions to literature and Midwestern culture were as bright as the comet that framed his life.

Best of the Midwest
Vote on the finalists in our poll for the best hotels, destinations and more.

Ageless Appeal
Colorado provides the perfect play- land for extended family groups.

Oklahoma Boomtown
A former oil town, Tulsa offers world- class shopping, art and architecture.

Born to be wild
Bikers will enjoy the history and charms of Eureka Springs, Ark.

Viva Mexico
Luxury all-inclusive resorts in Mexico take the financial guesswork out of vacation planning

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History Lessons
St. Louis Holocaust Museum celebrating 15 years of preserving history and enlightening visitors.

Musical Prairie
Wichita retiree enjoys Symphony in the Flint Hills, an annual event she helped to make possible.

Fascinating Floats
Drift and paddle your way through the many waterways in the South on these compelling kayak adventures.

Getaways for Mother's Day
Lake of the Ozarks heads the list of five favorite Midwest getaways that will make mom queen for a day or weekend.

In the Thick of It
Big Thicket preserve near Beaumont in southeast Texas offers outdoor enthusiasts great diversity.

Teatime at Lake of the Ozarks
Victorian tearoom celebrates the elegant traditions of English tea in Missouri's Ozarks.

Grapevine Grows a Fine Vintage
Picking a getaway is like picking a favorite wine, and this North Texas city is a fine complement to any travel plans.

The Beat Goes on in Baton Rouge
The Louisiana capital is the entire package—boasting music, art, history and a Hollywood legacy.

On the Rails of History
Riders will discover a sense of yesteryear as they travel American Heritage Railways' three time-honored train routes.


Mar/Apr 2010

Artsy Enclaves
Immerse yourself in creativity and a variety of artistic endeavors in these Midwestern destinations.

Best of the Midwest
We'd like to hear from you about your favorite places to visit, eat and shop in the Midwest in this reader poll.

Heavenly Escapes
Pursue peace at these four shrines and retreat centers that offer rest, reflection and natural serenity.

Heritage Highway
Follow U.S. Highway 136 in southeast Nebraska to find charming small towns, historical sites and outdoor adventures.

Star over the Prairie
Atchison details the life of a Kansas legend in aviation, filling in the blanks left by the film “Amelia.”

Treasure Island
Uncover these hidden gems on your next visit to the “Magic Isle” of Maui.

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Rivers of Europe
A seasoned cruise passenger discovers river cruising as the best travel option for a European vacation.

History Lessons
St. Louis Holocaust Museum celebrating 15 years of preserving history and enlightening visitors.

You Go, Girl
Museum's curator draws upon her childhood and pulls together an impressive exhibit that celebrates 50 years of the Barbie doll.

Repair Recognition
Southern Indiana automotive repair facility is named tops in the country by Motor Age magazine.

The Beat Goes on in Baton Rouge
The Louisiana capital is the entire package—boasting music, art, history and a Hollywood legacy.

On the Rails of History
Riders will discover a sense of yesteryear as they travel American Heritage Railways' three time-honored train routes.

Maison Dupuy Makes Your Stay
Luxury and location come together for a one-of-kind experience in the heart of New Orleans.

Southwestern (Illinois) Style
Finding fun and relaxation is easy when a region like this takes its guests away from it all.


Jan/Feb 2010

Ageless fun in Orlando
These practical travel tips for a hassle-free vacation can help seniors find plenty of magic at Walt Disney World.

Universal Orlando is Wild About Harry

Heroes and outlaws
From the Pony Express to Jesse James, St. Joseph, Mo., preserves a colorful and legendary past.

Warm up to Winter
Iowa's newest resort joins several Midwestern state park lodges and cabins that are perfect for winter escapes.

Big adventures, small town
From Page in northern Arizona, visitors can see stunning national parks and impressive native cultures.

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Big Events in the Big Easy
New Orleans entertains year-round, but its spring festivals require an extra visit.

Shores of the Lone Star State
Flock to the Texas coast and find out why it draws visitors of both the human and avian varieties.

Magic of Disney
Kaye Malins preserves the Disney childhood story for visitors to the Disney Hometown Museum.

Mountain Majesty
Mount Magazine State Park in northwest Arkansas is a resort for all seasons, offering exceptional recreation, accommodations and beauty.

Passionate About Tradition
The German village of Oberammergau keeps its centuries-old promise and gets ready to present its Passion Play once again.

Reviews from the Road
Clarksville Station Restaurant at Overlook Farm creates wonderful meals with locally grown ingredients.

Hotel Shares Hopi Legacy


Nov/Dec 2009

No Small Feat
Our annual cruise issue begins with a look at Azamara, which offers intimate and elegant ships that provide outstanding service and amenities.

Christmas Past
St. Charles, Mo., celebrates an old-fashioned holiday season with 19th-century traditions.

Welcome to the neighborhood
The colossal 16-deck Oasis of the Seas will launch in December with a carousel, onboard zipline and seven distinct neighborhoods.

Stay and play
New Orleans entertains cruise passengers with inspiring food and plenty of amusements, including museums, shopping and more.

See Alaska
Cruise the open highways of Alaska in an RV to truly appreciate the beauty and grandeur of our 49th state, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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A Christmas Classic
Fans celebrate the Christmas Story House & Museum in Ohio.

California Wine Country Inns
A quartet of lodgings makes for a fantastic first impression of California Wine Country

Tying It Together
Weaver finds inspiration amid natural beauty of Brown County in southern Indiana.

Gingerich Dutch Pantry
Established restaurant in Missouri's Amish Country serves staples

Prison Brews
Microbrewery in central Missouri serves up an arresting menu of wood-fired pizza and craft beers. 


Sep/Oct 2009

Toasting southern Illinois
Uncork a great fall getaway along southern Illinois' Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, which features delightful wineries, restaurants and inns.

Prairie Primer
Olathe preserves its storied history of when it was on the cusp of the frontier in Kansas.

Touring the trail
Travelers will find several Santa Fe Trail sites in Missouri that safeguard the rich history of the overland route.

Colorful Counties
Southern Indiana's Brown and Orange counties promise autumn travelers a palette of colorful experiences.

Kentucky's calling
Lebanon and Bowling Green offer plenty of reasons to plan a visit this fall to the Bluegrass State.

The Future of Transportation
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood charts the future of the nation's highways, bridges and mass transit systems.

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The Pure Life
Visitors to Costa Rica discover awesome natural beauty that is well preserved by its people.

A lock on history
Former deputy warden leads new tours of Missouri's old state prison

Shepherd of the Hills
Behind the scenes at the outdoor theater in Branson, Mo.

Vintage Restaurant
Vintage Restaurant in Hermann serves authentic German food

Find outstanding barbecue and pies at Ollie's near Lebanon, Mo.

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Super Collector
California native and born promoter found a home for himself and extensive Superman collection in southernmost Illinois.


Jul/Aug 2009

Roadside Distractions
Weird or wonderful, these unusual Midwest attractions will put a kick in your summer road trips.

Star-Spangled Summer
During the July 4th weekend, these Midwestern fairs will ignite plenty of family fun with fireworks, festivities and much more.

Picture Perfect
Located on part of Missouri's portion of famed Route 66, Cuba features natural wonders and a mural-worthy past that's on display.

Treasure Hunt
Find pieces of American culture along this Midwestern slice of Route 66. These 10 stops include a cave, a giant blue whale and frozen custard.

Order Up!
Midwest diners cater to hungry travelers by serving tasty, home-style meals. These four ideas will stick to your ribs.

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All Star Getaway
Meet me in St. Louis this summer for the 80th All-Star Game and other baseball fun.

Foxtrotting Through the Ozarks
Family-owned ranch in Missouri offers city slickers a country getaway.

Inviting Spaces
These grand urban parks provide city residents and visitors calming retreats and cultural attractions to enjoy this summer.

Play Ball!
Retired St. Louis police officer preserves baseball traditions through vintage clubs.

Mangia Bene!
Castello's Restorante in southeast Missouri combines authentic Italian cuisine with American favorites.


May/Jun 2009

Hail to Harry
Independence, Mo., is rolling out the red carpet for Harry S. Truman's 125th birthday with events and exhibits.

Pretty as a Picture
Explore Colorado's diverse collection of national parks and monuments to experience spectacular beauty.

Lincoln's Legacy
Throughout the Midwest and in the nation's capital, celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial at these events.

Sunsets and Sunfish
The Rend Lake area in southern Illinois offers fishing, boating, hiking, shopping and lots of relaxation.

Utopia for everyone
Once a pleasure coast for grown-ups, the Caribbean is growing in popularity as a vacation choice for the whole clan.

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Beach within Reach
A vacation at Florida's Emerald Coast will delight even the toughest penny-pinching beach bum.

Loads of Legos
Interactive museum dedicated to these tiny children's building blocks is generating big excitement in the Chicago area.

Cultural Getaway
Manhattan, nestled in Kansas' Flint Hills, has a good blend of culture and natural beauty.

Natural Bounty
Discover great places to camp, hike, swim and float at these three scenic spots in the northern Ozarks of Arkansas, the Natural State.

The Key to Eco Adventures
From swimming with dolphins to kayaking and snorkeling, the Florida Keys provides plenty of hands-on ecological encounters.

Perfection by the Slice
Branson's Farmhouse Restaurant serves up homespun goodness in a menu that features outstanding pies.


Mar/Apr 2009

Bloomin' Lovely
Wake up from your winter slumber with a springtime tour of Missouri's dogwood and azalea trails.

Member Poll
Most motorists think texting while driving should be illegal. Find out how readers responded to our poll.

Easy Glider
It's a new era in sightseeing tours as Segways and portable media players help showcase a city's best side.

Europe on the Plains
Some of the architecture, food and festivals in Kansas recall a diversity of European cultures and traditions.

Maritime Adventure
History, culture and charming seaside towns define Canada and New England cruises that sail between Boston and Montreal.

Queen of Egypt
Uncover historical and natural treasures in southern Illinois aboard the Shawnee Queen, which offers excursions on the Ohio River.

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Carefree Caribbean
Once pleasure coasts for grown-ups, the Caribbean is growing in popularity as a vacation choice for families.

Museum of Remembrance
A closer look at the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum reveals moving stories of tragedy, courage and triumph.

Just Say Spa-ahh
Let yourself go and experience a healthy and relaxing getaway to these Arkansas spa towns.


Jan/Feb 2009

Winter Weekends
Resist the urge to hibernate to experience a wonderful Midwest getaway with these six close-to-home ideas.

Member Poll
Should the drinking age be lowered to 18? Please answer this and other transportation-related questions in our annual member poll.

Columbia's Charms
Columbia, Mo., is compelling with its fun festivals, three vibrant college campuses and an eclectic downtown.

Close Encounters
From the U.S. space program to the wonders of unspoiled natural areas, Florida's Space Coast offers many memorable experiences.

Howdy, Pilgrim
Monument Valley, a filmmaker's mecca, attracts travelers with stunning natural beauty and rich Navajo culture.

Ticket to Ride
Visiting London on the cheap means using public transportation and planning just about everything in advance.

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Tuscan Treasures
Wine, food and historical hillside villages are tossed together in a memorable tour of central Italy.

Alaska's Emerald Isle
Kodiak Island embodies what makes Alaska the Last Frontier.

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Aggieville Eatery
Side-by-side Manhattan restaurants celebrate 50 years with customers who call the establishments their own.

Romantic Eureka Springs
Victorian stylings and architecture draws couples to Arkansas's Ozarks for weddings and cozy escapes.

Behind the Scenes
Noteworthy Band
Illinois' 10th Cav band re-creates music from the Civil War.

Easy Glider
Segway tours offer a fun and eco-friendly way to see the sights in these Southern cities.


Nov/Dec 2008

Saving on the High Seas
Follow these helpful tips to rein in expenses while still enjoying your cruise vacation.

Transportation Talk
The presidential candidates share their views on issues affecting the nation's highways, bridges and more.

Capital Christmas
Indiana's first capital, Corydon, shines during the holidays with twinkling lights, historic tours and shopping.

Mediterranean Medley
Discover the diverse wonders of Italy, Greece, Croatia and Spain on this 12-day Holland America Line cruise.

Asian Banquet
Savor South Korea's enticing culture and cuisine, explore ancient traditions and architecture and see reminders of the Korean War.

Lights on Main Street
These six quaint cities in the Midwest deck out their downtowns for the holidays and offer festive events to celebrate the season.

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Colors of the Southwest
Sedona and Las Vegas are five hours and a world apart.

Holidays in the City
Winter holidays sparkle in New York with memorable performances and activities.

Come and Get It
Master craftsman at new culinary, craft school demonstrates her love of cooking and new opportunities.

Ozark Mountain Oasis
Treat yourself and a friend to a weekend in Branson at the Chateau on the Lake.

Significant Ships
Travelers considering a cruise may want to check out these new ships for an over-the-top vacation.

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Echoes of Bavaria
St. Charles Vintage House Restaurant and Wine Garden celebrates German cuisine.


Sept/Oct 2008

Appetite for Autumn
Sink your teeth into these fall food festivals across the Midwest where you can sample seasonal specialties.

Phantom of the fathoms
Regulars of the river say one of the country's most storied riverboats, the Delta Queen, has a resident ghost.

Halloween Happenings
The Midwest has its share of spirited fall events, including theatrical haunted houses, tours, parades, ghost walks and more.

Where to wander this winter
Heat up your winter with a train trip, a busy Ozark adventure, Disney discounts or a lodge getaway.

Weston Weekend
Harvest an autumn getaway at this hillside Missouri River town where there is shopping, pumpkin picking, a winery and more.

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Southern Discomfort
At these 13 Southern hotels and inns that are haunted, you can discover a relaxing getaway while you're seeking spirits.

Transportation Talk
The presidential candidates speak on America's bridges and transit systems.

Hawaii is Golden
Polynesian paradise prepares to celebrate 50 years of statehood.

Reviews from the Road
Sassafras at Missouri Botanical Garden serves light fare with a message to conserve.


Jul/Aug 2008

Beaches within Reach
An array of beaches in the Midwest offers summer fun that's close to home. Enjoy sunbathing, swimming and water sports without having to get on a plane.

Keep Cool
Escape from the hot summer sun with cool nonstop fun at these caves, swimming holes and ice cream parlors throughout the region.

Fairly Simple Fun
The Clothesline Fair at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in northwest Arkansas shines a light on the culture and history of the Ozarks.

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Walk the Talk
Theater stage manager, operations director bring epic Bible story to new audiences in Branson.

Cruise News
Still the most popular cruising destination, the Caribbean this season will be featured in new itineraries and will see new ships.

Reviews from the Road
A 1950s-styled diner in Branson marks 15 years of serving sandwiches with a song and smile.

Training Wheels
When choosing your teen's first vehicle, parents have options while staying within the budget and keeping young drivers safe.


May/Jun 2008

Inspiring Itinerary
In the Black Hills of South Dakota, discover stunning vistas and patriotic sights that stir a sense of adventure.

Transportation Conundrum
A looming fiscal crisis sets the stage for a funding showdown about how to generate revenue for highway maintenance and improvements.

Hands-On History
Conner Prairie re-creates the 19th century in Indiana with vintage buildings and interactive activities.

Thrills, Chills and Spills
Our regional theme park survivors' guide helps visitors get the most out of their day in the sun.

Bounty hunting
Whether looking for outlets, crafts or haute couture, a great shopping getaway is in the bag in the Midwest.

Prairie Star
The Kansas capital offers compelling Civil Rights history and a stunning statehouse.

Past Present
The Kansas-Nebraska Chautauqua will bring to life America in the 1930s.

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It's Good to be King
In a small Mississippi town, a world-class museum will capture worldwide attention for B.B. King, the blues' royal ambassador.

Seven is Heaven
Use these tips to help maximize your weeklong Walt Disney World family vacation.

Italy for Every Taste
Italy has gained a reputation for its scrumptious cuisine, beautiful scenery, amazing architecture, and centuries of history.

Great Attractions to fill a weekend in Indy
The Indiana capital is rich in many other major attractions.


Mar/Apr 2008

A Prairie Symphony
The Flint Hills Scenic Byway in Kansas offers unparalleled vistas and plenty of cowboy history.

Quick Trips to Slow Food
Find locally grown, natural and delicious food at these Midwestern farmers' markets and festivals.

Vows with a View
Say “I do” to these hotels in Alaska, Italy, Mexico, Florida and more to create your unforgettable dream destination wedding.

Wild for Flowers
Explore these 10 Colorado trails and find nature at its colorful best, all within 100 miles of Denver.

Lake Escape
You can catch your limit on relaxation in the Bull Shoals Lake area of northern Arkansas.

Motoring Issues
Poll takes the pulse of readers on transportation issues.

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Raising the Bar
Former attorney leaves the courtroom to craft luxurious chocolate.

Coasting in Texas
The big Texas Gulf with its varied attractions and outdoor recreation looms large as a favorite beach getaway.

French Fried
Tourists behind the wheel should be prepared for cultural shock in France.

Reviews from the Road
Hearty Irish fare and music are enjoyed at Castletown Geoghegan.


Jan/Feb 2008

Hometown Hero
Springfield, Ill., is starting to prepare for the bicentennial celebration in 2009 of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

Center Stage
Kansas City's downtown is suddenly a showstopper in the performing arts with new venues and productions.

Below the Rim
With half the crowds, heat and cost, winter is a great time to explore the wonders of the Grand Canyon.

Ladies, Start Your Engines
Representing 40 percent of NASCAR's fan base, women are revving up for a new season with all the thrills and spectacle that racing has to offer.

Not just for kids
Orlando's theme parks offer plenty of diversions for adults traveling without the kids, from golf and racing to lots of dining and entertainment options.

Back country adventure
Explore an old mining town and our nation's largest national park in south-central Alaska.

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A Capital Idea
Roll into Little Rock this winter and enjoy a weekend packed with fine performances, restaurants and museums.

Walking in Memphis
Tour Memphis to recall the revolutionary era of the civil rights movement.


Nov/Dec 2007


Resort Repasts
Many Midwestern resorts offer extensive holiday feasts and seasonal activities for families and empty-nesters alike.

Boutique Chic
Midwestern boutique hotels offer distinctive, elegant and sometimes offbeat places to enjoy a holiday getaway that's close to home.

Join the Energy Debate
Americans must become involved in the energy debate amid growing concerns about the availability of oil in the future.

Rosy Outlook
It's hard to find a more idyllic setting for a seaside holiday than Florida's Rosemary Beach, which features the perfect blend of upscale resort and small-town friendliness.

Caribbean Treasures
Travelers admire these island jewels that shine with great natural beauty and cultural experiences.

Holiday in the Hills
Eureka Springs unwraps a “Dickens of a Christmas” with festivities in the Arkansas Ozarks.

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Trends in Travel
European cruises and exotic destinations will be big in 2008.

Gone Phishing
Be careful of Internet scams while shopping online this holiday season.

Time of the Maya
Discover ancient mysteries and jewel-colored waters in southern Mexico.


Sep/Oct 2007

Ozark Crafts
Combine Ozark crafts in Arkansas and Missouri with splendid fall color for an outstanding autumn getaway.

Savor Fall at Spring Mill
Spring Mill State Park offers a look at the pioneer era amidst the wooded hills and spectacular beauty of southern Indiana's limestone country.

Amazing Alton
On a fall getaway to this southern Illinois gem, visitors will find a harvest of history, autumnal beauty and ghostly galavants.

Betting on the South
Casino resorts in Louisiana and Mississippi offer plenty of gaming excitement and Southern hospitality.

Paradise Found
The wonders of Hawaii are found in many forms on Oahu, from the bustling capital city to its lush settings and natural gems.

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Oh Come All Ye Cheerful
May your days be merry and bright–and even white–when you visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Disney Cruise Line returns to the West Coast for 2008
Disney Cruise Line is returning the Disney Magic cruise ship to the West Coast for the summer of 2008 to again offer its popular seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings.

Polynesian Pearl
Make exotic Tahiti your own special island paradise.

Pools of Possibility
Florida's many springs lure travelers seeking health and a youthful spirit.

Reviews from the Road - Curb Appeal
Drive-in diner celebrates 50 years of hot burgers and cars.


Jul/Aug 2007


Branson is evolving with a lakefront development and new attractions, but its hospitality and scenic beauty remain untouched by time.

Missouri's many float streams are a wonderland of lazy summer fun for a weekend or week-long getaway.

In southern Illinois and Indiana, follow in the footsteps of George Rogers Clark, a Revolutionary War hero, for a family adventure.

A family's passion for archaeology has created an unusual fossil-hunting business in the chalk fields of western Kansas.

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May your days be merry and bright–and even white–when you visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Dude ranches keep the cowboy way of life alive throughout the country.

Japan amazes travelers with its rich culture, natural beauty and bustling city life.

Museums, mansions and Moon Pies await visitors to this Alabama gem.

New edition of AAA PetBook® will get you on the road with your four-legged friends.

Chattanooga goes beyond its Rock City days with an impressive aquarium, an expanded art museum and a choo choo that serves fine steaks.


May/Jun 2007

Down on the Farm
Minor league teams gear up for a summer of family fun.

Puzzle Pieces
Lebanon, Mo., is full of diverse attractions and outdoor delights that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Paris Bistros
On adventures to Paris, look for reasonably priced bistros where you won't break the bank.

Wine and roses
This summer, drink in a new wine trail in Indiana and beautiful rose gardens in Illinois.

The Wild West
Wyandotte County's Village West serves up family fun in Kansas with a variety of entertainment options.

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Family Affair
Make time to reconnect with your family at these tropical resorts.

Baseball, Barbecue and Beale
Catch the Redbirds then enjoy great music attractions, restaurants and nightlife in Memphis.

Meals on Wheels
Track down adventure, scenic views and a memorable meal on these regional dinner trains.

Driven to Succeed
David Ragan discusses racing and challenges racing today's young drivers.


Mar/Apr 2007


Mountain Majesty
A tour of southern Colorado unveils parks, byways and attractions worthy of an anthem.

Member Poll
Poll finds how motorists feel on current issues.

Gateway to Fun
St. Louis offers a host of kid-friendly museums, tours and adventures for tourists and residents alike.

Range Rovers
Kansas ranches put out the welcome mat to guests who are looking for a different vacation experience.

Break Time
Springtime blooms with plenty of fun in Orlando, where you'll find fantastic hotel packages and lots of activities in the city's theme parks.

Texas Treasures
There's more to Texas than cowboys and barbecue, as these 10 extraordinary sights, attractions and experiences will attest.

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Golf, Naturally
Arkansas, the Natural State, offers spectacular settings for a great golf trail with 15 different courses.

Delta Rhythm
For blues fans, Mississippi is mecca, and the music is alive in local jukes, bars, clubs and festivals.


Jan/Feb 2007


Chocolate Cravings
Make your chocolate fantasies come true at these lounges, inns and events.

The Forgotten Coast
Get off the Panhandle's beaten path to experience an uncrowded Florida like it used to be–natural, original and true to itself.

Crash Course
Teens have terrifying crash rates, but here are 10 valuable tips to keep them crash-free.

Ancient New Mexico
Native American pueblos open a window to the world of the
ancient people of New Mexico.

Romance in the Air
Caribbean Breezes Kiss Pampered Passengers on the Intimate Wind Spirit.

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Timeless Mediterranean
Visiting highlights of the Mediterranean via Holland America's 10-day "Roman Empire" cruise.

Countdown to Super Sunday

Host a Super Bowl party at home


Nov/Dec 2006

Children's Museums
When your children or grandchildren get cabin fever this winter, discover hands-on fun and educational experiences at these fascinating museums in the Midwest

Jolly Old Town
Branson in southwest Missouri is a great place to gather for the holidays with millions of lights, plentiful shows, theme park fun and outstanding shopping.

Tank Trips
Santa Claus in southern Indiana, a town named after old St. Nick, knows how to celebrate the holidays with a festival, parade, light displays, concerts and more.

Happy 2007!
From Australia to the high seas and New York to Las Vegas, consider these 15 places to visit and ring in the New Year.

Making Waves
Royal Caribbean has launched the world's largest cruise ship with a surf simulator, a water park, a boxing ring and much more.

Small Ship, Great Land
Explore Alaska's Inside Passage with Cruise West to experience fjords, forests and glaciers in an intimate setting.

Like No Other Islands - Galapagos
See the Galapagos Islands–known as the inspiration for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution–with Celebrity Xpeditions

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Travel Trends
River cruises, exotic destinations are some of the hot vacations for the coming year.

Spirit without the spirits
Non-alcoholic drink recipes

Sep/Oct 2006

Wine Road
In and around Ste. Genevieve in southeast Missouri, discover a cluster of wineries and vineyards that make up the Route du Vin, the state's newest wine road.

Time Travel
Enter another era when you walk through the doors of Louisiana's Great River Road plantation homes, which were built in the glory days of the Old South before the Civil War.

Romance Reigns
You'll find plenty to love about the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, from zipline gliding and kayaking to its wedding destinations and unmatched scenery.

Tank Trips
Plant your feet in Nebraska City, where an urban forest and bountiful orchards combine with a variety of historic attractions for a great fall escape.

Gulf Coast for Couples
All along the Gulf Coast, couples will find an array of options for romantic getaways, from rustic state parks to beachside resorts where guests can enjoy the spa or ride kayaks.

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Georgia Peach
The fruits of Olympic efforts to make Atlanta a destination city are being harvested today.

Magazine Survey
Find out what your fellow readers say about the magazine.

Jul/Aug 2006

His and Hers
From Florida to Colorado and points in between, choose from these resorts where couples can spend quality time together and have fun apart.

National Road
During the 200th anniversary of the Historic National Road, explore charming towns, historic sites and lovely scenery in Indiana and Illinois.

Searching for Souvenirs
During your Midwestern travels this summer, pick up mementos unique to the states you're visiting to spark fond memories when you return.

Auto Focus
These three museums in Indiana preserve the state's rich automotive heritage with exhibits and galleries of vintage cars.

Tank Trips
Explore legendary Route 66 in Illinois, the state that launched America's Main Street. Along the way, stop for hot dogs, Lincoln exhibits and interesting roadside attractions.

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Traveling with Preschoolers
Plan ahead, take breaks and use kid-friendly amenities say the experts.

A Byway of Note
The Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Byway in southwestern Louisiana is a culinary, cultural and scenic adventure brimming with festivals and fun.

Museum Milestone
The Louisiana State Museum is celebrating a century of history and heritage.

May/Jun 2006

Indiana's Amish
Follow the heritage trail in Elkhart county that takes a slow lane to historic Amish communities.

Unhurried on a Houseboat
A weekend cruise in western Kentucky offers a relaxing getaway with plenty of quality time.

Road Warriors
AAA celebrates the 50th anniversary of America's Interstate Highway System and honors its role in history.

Off the Interstate
Visit cities along Interstate 70 in Kansas and Missouri to find an array of fascinating museums, attractions, shops and historic sites.

Great Northwest
Riding the American Orient Express to legendary national parks is a memorable trip laced with luxury.

Tank Trips
Dodge City, Kan., offers today's visitors plenty of cowboy culture and Western-style fun.

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American Anniversary
Jamestown 2007 kicks off this May to celebrate the 400th anniversary of our nation's first permanent English settlement.

River Time
Climb aboard the River Explorer, America's only floating hotel barge, and slow to the river's languid pace.

Role Models
Racing legend Mark Martin reminds parents to do the right thing behind the wheel.

Yours for a Song
Travel to Shreveport, Memphis, Branson and St. Louis and discover music is the common thread that connects these cities.

Mar/Apr 2006

Savvy Kansas City
Tank Trips - Favorite spots, great shopping, up-and-coming attractions and a new entertainment district make Kansas City more updated than ever.

Revving It Back Up
Mark Martin is racing his final season on behalf of AAA and helping to champion a campaign that focuses on teen driver safety.

Member Poll
Find out how you and other readers responded to AAA's annual member poll regarding transportation-related issues and concerns.

Bleeding Kansas
Museums and battle sites in eastern Kansas offer insight into the state's tumultuous beginnings 150 years ago.

Ghost Towns
Finding Colorado's abandoned bunkhouses, cabins, mines and hotels will surely spark your spirit of adventure.

Family Affair
Cruise ships are a great choice when planning fun and hassle-free family reunions.

Winning Ways
Indiana's passion for basketball is illustrated in this tale of two cities: South Bend and Valparaiso

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Family Vacations
It may be time to move beyond amusement parks for your family's annual getaway.

Ozarks Unplugged
Simple tunas and down-to-earth people make the musical roots of the Ozarks.

Pilgrimage Performances
Take time from the home tours during the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage to take in the musical and theatrical shows that shine a light on Southern Culture.

Texas Blues
Blueberries, bluebirds and bluebonnets add vibrant color in the springtime to northeast Texas, where you'll find plenty of attractions and museums.

Jan/Feb 2006

Classic Canyons
Inspiring natural beauty combines with Native American culture for a memorable journey.

Maximizing MPG
With improved fuel economy, power and performance, hybrid vehicles are growing in popularity among today's new car buyers.

They're Off
Oaklawn Jockey Club is gearing up for another exciting season in Hot Springs, Ark., which offers an array of other attractions besides horse racing.

Hello, Snow
Hit the slopes of these Midwestern ski resorts, which are much closer than the big mountains out west. Beginners can learn and more seasoned schussers can practice their skills.

Tank Trips
The Amana Colonies in eastern Iowa provide a welcome winter retreat and offer cozy lodging, food and shopping opportunities.

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Following the Dream
Throughout the South, a variety of museums preserve African-American history and heritage, from slavery through the Civil Rights era.

Open for Business
With sweat and Spirit, New Orleans is pouring itself into recovery as museums, restaurants and attractions are reopening following Hurricane Katrina.

Louisiana Recovery
Following rescue and clean-up efforts, southern Louisiana is working to again welcome visitors.

History of the Stock Car
It all started with post-World War II races on the famed Daytona Beach course in the late 1940s.

Nov/Dec 2005

Tree Farm Traditions
Put the whole family in the holiday spirit with a Christmas Tree Farm outing

Fruitcakes, Flour and Flowers
At the College of the Ozarks near Branson, Mo., students work their way through school making sweet treats, working a gristmill, growing orchids and more.

Using Your Imagination
Family vacations are evolving from a week in the minivan to a cruise on the high seas. Hop aboard the Carnival Imagination for family friendly fun.

Wine Cruise
Drink in the history, scenery and spirit of California's wine country on a small ship cruise on the Napa River and through San Francisco Bay. You'll visit a number of wineries along the way.

Enchanting Islands
Throughout the Caribbean and South Pacific, there are plenty of resorts and beaches where you can escape from your cares, worries and winter weather.

Tank Trips
Hermann, Mo., twinkles during the winter holidays with German tradition, historic sites, award-winning wines and special events.

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A World Away
The Galapagos Islands continue to intrigue visitors.

Warming Up
These winter driving trips will warm you up.

Road to Recovery
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita unleashed chaos and calamity on the gulf Coast, AAA responded quickly to the needs of its members and insureds.

Sep/Oct 2005

Nature's Palette
Pick one of these scenic drives to enjoy splendid fall foliage, like state Route 79 in Missouri

Touring on the Trolley
One of the best ways to get oriented in a town on vacation is to take trolley tours, which offer an overview of the town's history and layout.

Different by Design
Known for its outstanding architecture, Columbus, Ind., also offers an array of family attractions, shopping opportunities, outdoor diversions and autumn events.

Oktoberfest Traditions
Throughout the Midwest, cities celebrate this German rite of autumn with oompah music, bratwurst and authentic costumes.
- Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich

Tank Trips
Victorian buildings, natural springs, an interesting art scene and pampering spas make Eureka Springs in northwest Arkansas a great getaway.

Warming Up
From the Virgin Islands to Kansas City, Mo., choose one of these ideas for a winter vacation where you can cozy up to a fire or dangle your feet in warm azure waters.

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The Bahamas
An Island for Every State of Mind

Autumn Adventure
Stunning color, noteworthy attractions and historic sites make these southern fall drives the best of the bunch.

Gulf Coast Gems
There's more to the Gulf Coast than swimming and sandcastles.

Georgia's Jewel
Once a retreat for billionaires, Jekyll Island offers a wealth of relaxing diversions for families today, from great golf to turtle watching.

Colorful Kentucky
Scenic southern part of the state yields inspiring vistas, recreational areas and Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Jul/Aug 2005

Chasing Bugs & Butterflies
Several intriguing museums and attractions in the Midwest dedicated to creepie-crawlies will make you appreciate bugs more.

Show Me Fame
Missouri, the Show Me State, has lots of famous residents to show off, and these three sites shine a light on dozens of notable citizens who are legends in their fields.

On Track
Restored railroad depots and stations continue to serve their communities as shopping centers, museums, restaurants and hotels. Enjoy a trip down memory lane at these gems.

Tank Trips
River history and outdoor recreation combine to make the Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa a great summer weekend getaway.

Best Beaches
From Hawaii to the Caribbean, here are our choices of the best beaches for sun, surf and sand. Check into a resort, dig your toes in the sand and relax.

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Unassuming small town is the place where baseball legends live.

50 Miles of Art
Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville, MO

Travel Abilities
Travel and hospitality industry aids travelers with physical challenges.

May/Jun 2005

Water Wonderlands
The Midwest offers a wealth of wonderful lake areas where you can drop a fishing line, swing a golf club, go shopping or just sit back and relax.

Summer in the Cities
Take an urban adventure this summer to these Midwestern Metropolises, which feature exciting attractions, exhibits, festivals, music and more.

Orlando Without the Kids
Orlando's not just for children, with plenty of attractions and distractions for adults, too.

Oldies and Goodies
Midwestern treasure troves call to collectors searching for a fun (and profitable) weekend trip.

Winning Ways
For more and more visitors,
shopping always pays off in Las Vegas.

Making Tracks
The Storied “City of New Orleans” explores America, chugging from Chicago to The Big Easy, with Memphis in between.

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Universal Understanding
Tips to help you at Universal Orlando®

Glorious Greece
Where the young and the restless play.

Delectable Destinations
Eat your way through Louisiana, where great cuisine is an integral part of the state's traditions and culture.
Louisiana Recipes

Life's a Beach
For a memorable family vacation, head to these Gulf Coast beaches and dig your toes in the sand.

River Trail
Nature meets urban attractions along Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock.

Discover DeSoto
County in North Mississippi embraces traditions, offers hospitality.

Mar/Apr 2005

Colorado Byways
Colorado offers dozens of scenic driving routes where you can stop along the way to find spectacular views and interesting towns.

Family Friendly
Multigenerational family groups are cruising more than ever before, and Disney Cruise Line is offering them an array of activities and ports of call.

Family Fun
Get away for spring break this year without breaking the bank.

Keys to Independence
Keeping seniors safe, connected and in control begins with an important conversation

Whirlwind Tour
Kansas man turns his passion for violent weather into touring company.

River Route
Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Ohio River Scenic Byway through Indiana to discover a slice of Americana.

Motoring Issues
Poll finds how motorists feel on current issues

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Crafty Peddlers
Pockets of folk art scattered throughout the south are the focus of interesting getaways.

Disneyland's Five-0
California's storied theme park celebrates a half-century of mouse ears and family cheers.

Jewels of the Ozarks
The Ozarks history is like an heirloom quilt, stitched together with threads of stories, music and an enduring homespun philosophy.

Sweet Ride
See New Orleans like the locals do on one of three street car lines.

Ride these Southern streetcar lines

Jan/Feb 2005

Ah, Arizona
Wide open spaces, native cultures and outdoor recreation opportunities make Arizona a great winter destination.

Exploring Europe
Europe offers a diversity of destinations with special tours, train rides, festivals, cruises and more in 2005, including the 75th anniversary of Switzerland's Glacier Express.

Sapphire sojourn
The newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, the Sapphire Princess, is a palatial gem, offering passengers outstanding amenities on cruises along Alaska's Inside Passage.

Presidential test
In observance of Presidents Day in February, test your knowledge of history with our list of questions about presidents and their museums and libraries.

Tank Trips
Charming Ste. Genevieve in south- east Missouri has preserved its French colonial history and influences. During festivals, re-enactors bring the era to life.

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Surf and turf
Holland America's new Vista Class ships have more space and more fun.

Tuscany, in so many words
The beauties of central Italy are hard to describe. And that's one of the best reasons to go.

One with the River
Casinos are the big game in Tunica, but outside the resorts, visitors discover the delta's culture is closely tied to the Mississippi River.

Nov/Dec 2004

Island Paradise
Cruise lines offer private islands where passengers can relax and rejoice.

Bush Vs. Kerry
AAA posed five transportation-related questions to President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry.

Amendment 3
Missourians will vote on Amendment 3, a measure that would end $30 million in road fund diversion and direct $130 million in motor vehicle sales taxes to road improvements.

Shopping getaways
Take a break from the drudge of holiday shopping with a trip to a great Midwestern city where you can put the fun back in shopping.

Remembering the sacrifice
Remember and thank our military on Veterans Day, which was initiated by a native of Emporia, Kan. The city hosts a tribute to veterans every year.

Magical Molokai
A sparsely populated paradise, Molokai is one of Hawaii's most beautiful islands.

Sparkling Crystal
Crystal Cruise's newest ship, the Crystal Serenity, offers world-class service, amenities and luxury.

Fine Vines
Three special counties form the heart of California's wine country, where you can taste world-class wine and enjoy scenic beauty.

Cozy quarters
Break away this winter to snuggle with your special ones at these lodges, cabins and resorts, like Big Cedar Lodge.

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For the Birds
Texas' size and variety of habitats provide a full menu for birders, while Louisiana offers its own special lagniappe with its lush wetlands

Carnivale in Cozumel
Cozumel's island charm is a must for vacationers seeking romance, adventure, tranquility and affordability.

Down Under
See Australia and New Zealand by sea.

Holiday Getaway
Wrap up one of these Southern destinations for a jolly seasonal shopping experience.

Yellowstone in White
Winter is the best season to visit our most spectacular National Park.

Sep/Oct 2004

Cycling in the Midwest
The Midwest is criss-crossed with beautiful bicycle and walking trails, including the Katy Trail.

Favorite Fall Flavors
Gather some fall fun by picking your own apples and pumpkins at these Midwestern farms.

Sand in their boots
Texas boasts 600 miles of beaches, where resort communities beckon travelers trying to escape winter.

Coastal cruising
Along the coast in Alabama and northwest Florida, travelers can find outstanding beaches, festivals, museums and great food.

Spooky spots
Scare up a spirited Halloween outing at one of these Midwestern haunts, where tales of ghosts linger amongst the living.

Spanning Time
Indiana's treasured covered bridges celebrate a bygone era

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Fall Color
A parade of antebellum mansions and more come together for Vicksburg's fall pilgrimage

The Other Florida
Sunshine state offers many thrills outside its theme parks

Explore the Copper Canyon of Mexico
The canyon provides one of the Western Hemisphere's great scenic and cultural journeys.

Jul/Aug 2004

Art in the Heartland
Southwest Illinois offers a treasure trove of galleries, museums and events for art enthusiasts.

Take Note
From rustic campgrounds to state-of- the-art theaters, Missouri is a hotbed for bluegrass where festivals showcase great performers, left.

Dig This
Museums and monuments help travelers to remember the men who made Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma an important lead and zinc mining area, below.

Animal Magnetism
Make These Midwest Zoos Part of Your Family's Plan for Summer

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River Bonding
American Queen has a fresh approach to life on the river.

It's a Breeze
Find a cool, calm summer escape
at Arkansas's Mount Nebo state park.

All in the Family
Plan your summer getaway to Kentucky and enjoy great water recreation, natural beauty and varied attractions.

On Stage
Live Theater is blossoming in New Orleans, where patrons of the arts can enjoy a wide range of performances.

May/Jun 2004

Peak Into Summer
Spectacular gardens linked by Interstate 70

Dad's day out
Springfield, Mo., offers a variety of diversions for dads, including sports, Civil War lore and wildlife attractions, such as the Wonders of Wildlife museum, above.

Girlfriends' getaway
From a rustic ranch to posh hotels, escape for a weekend with your girlfriends to get away from your daily responsibilities for a while.

Grand excursion
A grand flotilla of steamboats will glide up the Mississippi River this summer.

Holy cow
Cardinals and Cubs weekends are a sure hit to experience baseball's friendliest rivalry.

Offbeat Branson
From a wood-carver to a toy collector, discover colorful characters along the byways of this entertainment mecca.

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Museums on the plains
Off the beaten path, these small Oklahoma museums are sure to delight.

It's a family affair
Myrtle Beach delivers fun for dad, mom and kids.

Many Colors
The cultural roots of Louisiana have Spanish, German, African-American and Native American Branches that have influenced the state's unique evolution.

Mar/Apr 2004

Prairie Fire
A spring ritual in the Flint Hills of Kansas

Devil in Missouri
Fascinating geological formations named after the devil abound in Missouri, like the Devils Well pictured above.

Marking the Journey
Cities across the nation are holding events to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Fife and drum bands will be a part of one event in Hartford and Wood River, Ill.

Hometown Hospitality
A cluster of northwest Arkansas communities charm visitors with natural wonders and historic sites.

Legendary Fun
Southern Indiana is home to Santa Claus, Lincoln lore, a herd of bison and musical marvels. It's truly a family destination.

Celebrate Spring
Maeystown in southwestern Illinois is hosting a spring antique and garden show, offering the perfect opportunity to explore this quaint historic village.

Mile-High Magic
A host of new attractions in Denver make a trip to the mountains a must this year.

Center Yourself
Historic attractions, Amish communities and out-of-this-world museums make central Illinois a great family getaway.

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Treasure Island
Uncover Florida's natural beauty in indian river county.

Spring Fever
For garden lovers, Natchez in springtime blooms with possibilities.

Take Me Back
Acadians to converge on Nova Scotia this summer for worldwide reunion.

Jan/Feb 2004

AAA offering mobile battery replacement service in the St. Louis metropolitan area

Blast Off
Have an out-of-this world time in Houston, which is in high gear preparing for the Super Bowl, All-star game.

Strike it rich
Alaska's interior is as colorful as the folks who live in this great land.

Prairie History
In honor of the Kansas Territory's sesquicentennial in 2004, cities across the state will hold festivals and events to celebrate their rich heritage.'s Springs are a balm for your mind and body.

Lincoln Legacy
The Spirit of Lincoln lingers in Springfield, Ill., where a variety of sites preserve the history of abe's storied political and personal life.

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Sunny Arizona is a hit for a baseball getaway

Have a ball this spring at these classic Florida parks

Black History Month
Historic drive trip of the South will move you

Cars That Move Us
A drive down memory lane produces a list of great automobiles

Soak it up
Arkansas Springs are a balm for your mind and body.

Literary mojo
Mississippi provides fertile ground for the written word.

Nov/Dec 2003

Resort to the Caribbean
These tropical digs provide fun and more in the sun

Glorious colors
New Carnival Glory scores high marks for style with vibrant design and colorful ports

Tale of the sea
Carnival has a Legend in its own time

Historic holidays
Historic sites in the Midwest re-create holiday scenes and celebrations that are appropriate for their periods

Gazing at geese, looking at loons & peeking at pelicans
Take the family and head outdoors this autumn and winter for some bird-watching fun

Snow, what's new?
A sneak preview of the ski season out west provides a variety of resorts

Meet me in St. Louis
City's role in opening up the West is focus of activities

Give this a shot
Before the cold weather comes, plot a course for off-season golf destinations

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Heralding the holidays
From a cave to log cabins to a plantation, the South welcomes the holiday season with traditional decorations, celebrations and song

Of dolls, blocks and wooden trains
Independent toy stores across the South offer a treasure trove of childhood delights

Sep/Oct 2003

Holidays aglow
Celebrate the season and shop for gifts during a Kansas City getaway

The Big 12
College football may be king, but there's more to do in these cities

Escaping winter
Exchange your galoshes and coats for flip-flops and bathing suits this winter in the coastal areas of Alabama, Texas and Florida

Inspiring views
Art imitates life as Katy Trail calls to artists

America on the move
AAA, Smithsonian are teaming up to showcase the history of transportation

Remembering a rebel
James Dean's hometown in Indiana celebrates its favorite son

Uncork a great getaway
Explore Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

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Bunches of Beaches
Florida's Pinellas Peninsula has a beach for every mood.

Fall Foliage in Massachusetts

The good, the bad and the ugly
Trailing outlaws and lawmen in Oklahoma

American rhythms
Visit Nashville and New Orleans to note the deep musical roots in these cities

Going Off-Beach on the Pinellas Peninsula
With food, drink, baseball, bike paths and backwoods, who needs the ocean?

Louisiana's outback
The Creole Nature Trail in southwest Louisiana skirts the Gulf of Mexico and leads travelers through coastal marshes, past abundant wildlife and into the heart of Creole and Cajun cultures

Tales from the crypt
Commune with history in these Southern cemeteries where re-enactments and tours bring to life the lives of soldiers, slaves, politicians, outlaws and beloved heroes

Jul/Aug 2003

Fair play
From corn dogs to cows, the state fairs in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas are a tradition that celebrate rural America.

Movies under the stars
The heyday of drive-in movie theaters was in the 1950s, but many still welcome guests to enjoy these nostalgic relics of Americana.

See your town like a tourist
Cities across the region, including St. Louis, invite their residents to discover the treasures available to them in their own back yards.

Good, clean fun
July in the Midwest is as hot as a firecracker, but these water parks throughout the region will help you chill out and beat the heat.

Unabashedly Offbeat
These Midwest attractions are delightfully different and proud of it

Recipe Contest Winners
A tisket, a tasket put this picnic fare in your basket

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State fairs in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi

Family friendly
New Orleans may have an adult-oriented reputation, but it offers plenty of fun activities for children too

Cool it!
The South's many waterways–from water parks and beaches to raging rivers–provide lots of great ways to beat the summer heat.

New Orleans, La. and Jackson, MIss. attractions

May/Jun 2003

Big bang theory
Fireworks and festivals will heat up July 4th

Summer in the city
From sharks at the Shedd to baseball's All-Star Game, there'll be a hot time in Chicago this summer

Patriotic pride in mid-america
Indianapolis remembers vets with a wealth of war memorials

Show me some great picnic sites in Missouri

Ridin', ropin' and wranglin'
Discover the spirit of the American West at these museums that honor cowboys and cowgirls

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A city to be desired
Tennessee Williams' hometown drips with Southern charm

Cities, towns and parks light up in the South

Southern barbecue
With summer on the way, cravings are sure to surface for succulent sauce, smoky flavors and all the finger-licking fare

Mar/Apr 2003

Strike it rich
Gold mining has panned out in south-central Colorado, but visitors can still find a wealth of inspiring scenery and delightful activities

Deal of the century
Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri celebrate the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial

Exploring an ancient valley
Beauty of southern Missouri's Ozarks shines through Arcadia

Highways to history
Illinois roads lead to sites from Lewis and Clark's era

Lewis and Clark
Follow in the footsteps of the famed explorers during the 200th anniversary of their expedition when exhibits, re-enactments and activities will celebrate their courageous adventure

Quintessential Quebec
Experience hospitality, old-world charm and great food in the largest Canadian province

AAA poll results on transportation, safety issues

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Beautiful scenery sets the stage for northern Alabama adventures

Big changes in Little Rock
The capital city of Arkansas is undergoing a rejuvenation in its downtown with updated attractions and a renewed spirit

Searching for Florida treasure
Nearly 160 state parks, historic areas and cultural sites preserve the best of Florida's natural beauty and fascinating heritage

Jan/Feb 2003

Alaska, naturally
Customized tour revealed wildlife, history, natural beauty

Clearing the smoke on emissions inspections
Model year 1996 and newer vehicles in metropolitan St. Louis must have their emissions checked using a new test

Sacrifices for freedom
Several Midwestern sites tell inspiring stories of black Americans who fought to free themselves from slavery during Black History Month

Beads, beignets and bowls of gumbo
Roll out these food favorites for Mardi Gras

Sweet retreats
Midwestern candy kitchens delight visitors with chocolate and plenty of charm

Small town, BIG ideas
An active Main Street and river recreation wait in Hardy, Arkansas

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Black threads
Hear the sounds and find the places where black Americans have left their indelible mark on the South

History Channel
Florida's St. Augustine and Amelia Island provide lessons on explorers, settlers, soldiers and vacationers.

A century of flight
As aviation looks back on its first 100 years, Midwesterners can be proud of the region's men and women who made great achievements in the history of flying machines

Heart of Mississippi tour
Follow this guide to sample central Mississippi on a multi-region trip

Nov/Dec 2002

Small town traditions
Small Midwestern towns celebrate their heritage during the holidays with an array of festivals

Magic voyage
Disney Cruise Line's new western Caribbean itinerary enchants more than just children

Sending his very best
Joyce Hall of Hallmark put his stamp on greeting cards

Magnificent Mexico
Our affordable, accessible neighbor to the south has something for all

Saucy South America
Crystal Cruises sparkles on voyage

Down Mexico way
Sea of Cortez gives cruisers another choice

Let it snow
Beat the winter blues with these Western escapes featuring sun

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10 Reasons
Celebrate the holidays in New Orleans, with Christmases past not only remembered but relived

Sep/Oct 2002

Alabama's coast: dive in
Sparkling with sunshine, Alabama's Gulf Coast is defined by water and water-related activities.

Autumn tumbles into Tennessee
The Smoky Mountains explode in a riot of color each fall, providing a vibrant backdrop for sightseeing, shopping, dining and more.

Hiking trails, festivals offer the best of the Smoky Mountains

And the beach goes on
There's more to northwest Florida than its spectacular beaches, including incredible seafood, aviation history and funky museums.

Spanning time
From building a monumental bridge to deepening the channel at New Orleans, James Eads forever changed the face of the Mississippi

Massive rehab of Eads Bridge is nearing completion

Some like it hot
Relax in the thermal waters of Hot Springs, Ark., where you can also find great museums, an array of art galleries and scenic fall beauty.

Larger than life
The Texas Independence Trail traces the state's legendary origins, linking sites where defining moments of Texas history unfolded.

Missouri wine country
Drink in the splendor of autumn at nearly a dozen charming wineries clustered along the Missouri River west of St. Louis.

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America's Mother Road is 75
If America had a main drag, it was Route 66. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the route.

Get your kicks at the massive Route 66 fest in Springfield, Ill.

The French Connection
Three intrepid explorers helped France lay claim to the Mississippi River and left behind remnants of their presence.

Once sleepy Biloxi has awakened
In the last decade, casino gambling has transformed Biloxi into an exciting Mississippi destination with plenty of attractions.

The True Natives
Visit the sites of the original settlers -- the American Indians -- that are being respectfully preserved throughout the Heartland.

Jul/Aug 2002

Fulfilling your wanderlust before winter
If you've waited or procrastinated in making your summer travel plans, there are still some bargains, especially cruises, to be found.

Indiana getaways
From climbing giant sand dunes to sipping lemonade on a veranda, the Hoosier state knows how to celebrate summer's best.

Dip into Missouri
Drop a fishing line or a paddle into one of the numerous rivers and lakes of Missouri to beat the heat during the summer.

Travel through time
Unique festivals and exhibits in Kansas offer the chance to converse with great historical figures and see a collection of Russian treasures.

Outdoors in Illinois
Whether you're a hermit, hedonist of somewhere in between, Illinois has a camping spot for you with great scenery, history and more.

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Rough or ready made
Whether you're a hermit, hedonist or somewhere in between, Arkansas has a camping site for you among its 50 state parks.

Not just fun and games
Before you pack fun things in the car to occupy your children on a long trip, prepare your car to make sure it's in good working order.

Escape across the lake
Across Lake Concatenating from New Orleans, the North Shore serves as a retreat with galleries, shopping and animal encounters.

Summer's swan song, coastal style
As the final days of summer wind down, head to Mississippi's Gulf Coast for great beaches, golf, casino action and hot deals.

Summer, coastal style

May/Jun 2002

NASCAR excitement is only a short drive away to two Midwest tracks, where your senses will be overwhelmed by the powerful cars.

A guiltless getaway
Pamper yourself on a family resort vacation in Florida, with plenty of amenities and lots of activities planned exclusively for children.

Plain and simple
Amish communities in Missouri and Illinois welcome visitors to shop, dine and experience their unadorned and peaceful way of life.

Kentucky's Bluegrass Country
Lexington offers a slew of equine attractions, tours and thrilling races, as well as a variety of museums and historic sites.

Into the high country
Explore the border territory of Wyoming and South Dakota to find stunning sights, grand geologic formations and historic towns.

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When the West was wild in Arkansas
Once at the edge of the frontier, Fort Smith preserves the memories of its wild days, while nearby Van Buren recalls a more gentile past

Explore Chile's Wine Country
Few places in the world are as well suited for producing wine as Chile.

Welcome, chér
Louisiana's Acadiana greets visitors with a heritage as rich as the darkest roux

Experience the ‘waterful' World of Disney
A Walt Disney World® Resort vacation offers unique ways to have fun and stay cool.

Vineyards of the South
Drink in the bounty of the South at these verdant vineyards and wineries

Bucolic Bastions
A national exhibition touting the cultural significance of barns brings its message to Indiana this spring and summer.

Mar/Apr 2002

Visit Carthage and Joplin
History, inspiring sites and simpler pleasures are waiting

A century of service
For 100 years, AAA has served as a source of advocacy, assistance and information for motorists and travelers

Shower of flowers
Colorado's summer wildflower displays dazzle trekkers who venture off the path

Get your hits on Route 66
Baseball road trip from St. Louis to Chicago is laced with history of the Mother Road

Cards/Cubs rivalry always delights

St. Louis weekend
Satisfy everyone's interests in the Gateway City

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Bentonville: craft fair capital

In the footsteps of Jean Lafitte
From the bayous of Barataria to the back streets of New Orleans, the search for the pirate Lafitte takes some unexpected turns

Down Mexico Way

The Beauty of Switzerland

Mad for mudbugs
Whether in étouffée, boiled or crawling in a race, the crawfish is king in spring

Cook up a Cajun feast with these crawfish recipes

Jan/Feb 2002

Romantic retreat
With the addition of a full-service spa, The Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks offers even more relaxing getaways

Forget the chocolates this Valentine's Day and give these delicious destinations a try

Pavement to paradise
Follow the 11-mile Dallas Parkway to find an array of places to shop, plus restaurants, an ice rink, a climbing wall, hotels and more.

By wheel, keel and rail
Explore Alaska by land and by sea to truly experience its natural wonders, fascinating history and spectacular scenery.

Winter sport resorts
If you can't make it to the Rocky Mountains for winter sports, an array of close-to-home choices will sate your passion for powder.

Adventure Trail
Follow Florida's Outdoor Adventure Trail to find fantastic canoeing, swimming and snorkeling amid beautiful natural wonders.

Turbulent times, bold decisions
The common-man president, Harry Truman, left a legacy of forward thinking, from road building to rebuilding nations.

The buck stops in Independence
Renovated Truman Presidential Museum and Library recalls Missouri's favorite son

Living history
Re-enactor honors Truman's memory with his accurate portrayal

AAA celebrating a century of service on behalf of motorists and travelers

A presidential address
The Lincoln legacy is alive in Springfield, Ill.

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The spirit of Mississippi's Delta sings in Greenville, where history, culture and entertainment combine to create a sweet melody.

Sure cures for the winter blues
With spring a few months away, find antidotes for winter weariness in these historic sites, romantic places, plantations and beaches.

Wichita: worth your while
Make this vibrant city your headquarters as you plow into the pioneer past.

Gateway to the South
A new travel program from AAA, Gateway to the South, lets you explore and learn the stories of Southern places, independently and flexibly, while having someone else take care of the details.

Nov/ Dec 2001

Shopping spree
In these Midwestern towns, you can shop till you drop, but leave plenty of time for tea with teddy bears, plays, museums and more.

The royal treatment
You'll feel like royalty on a cruise through the British Isles as you discover medieval castles, stately palaces and verdant valleys.

The Wonder of it all
The Disney Wonder cruise ship offers generational appeal, with plenty of fun for children, as well as for parents and grandparents.

Never too old for the cold
Colorado's mountains bring out the kid in you, with an array of fun activities that include snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and more.

Winning tables
Finding great cuisine in Las Vegas is a sure bet. Fine restaurants have joined the traditional attractions of gambling and shows.

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Forever grateful
The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans is a tribute to the spirit, teamwork and courage of the men and women who won World War II.

Recall Pearl Harbor, Pacific campaigns in new exhibition

Adventure Trail
Follow Florida's Outdoor Adventure Trail to find fantastic canoeing, swimming and snorkeling amid beautiful natural wonders.

Breaking Gibraltar
Explore the battlefields, historic sites and museums that tell the story of the Gen. Grant's grueling campaign to capture Vicksburg.

Sep/Oct 2001

Follow the shoreline
Trace the Gulf Coast through Alabama and Florida to find Civil War forts, great museums and plenty of attractions besides the beaches.

Hayrides, history and headless horsemen
Indiana's Conner Prairie heralds Halloween with its thrilling Headless Horsemen program. Other area communities hold similar events.

The trailblazer
Born into slavery, Missouri native George Washington Carver helped revolutionize botany and agriculture with his many discoveries.

There's no place like Main Street
Thanks to the Main Street Program, communities in Missouri and Kansas have restored and revitalized their downtown districts.

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Florida sun, Italian style
Experience the beauty and Old World Charm of Naples, Fla., in its abundance of shops, wonderful hotels and interesting history,

Forever Fayetteville
This college town in northwest Arkansas gets high marks for its active arts scene, storied history and vibrant cultural life.

Ghost trails
In Mississippi, travelers can tour haunted mansions, explore ghost towns and peek into the past at the state's most famous ruins.

Jul/Aug 2001

In search of souvenirs
Take the road less traveled this summer, and take a piece of your destinations home with you by buying fascinating and fun souvenirs.

Little Rock's renewal
A big vision is helping Little Rock, Ark. revive its riverfront area, with a lively Rover Market District, performing arts center and more.

The beat goes on
The Main Street program has helped towns across the country save their downtowns, including these two in Indiana and Illinois.

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Festivals for feasting
Sink your teeth into these delicious summer food festivals in the South, which celebrate everything from shrimp to "slugburgers"

Coastal cruising
Small towns along Mississippi's celebrated gulf coast offer a quiet retreat, interesting history and diverse cultural pursuits

May/Jun 2001

Get into the act
New York sets the stage for visitors with an array of dramatic delights, from stellar shows to first-class museums and restaurants.

A park pilgrimage
There's no campfires in Indianapolis' White River State Park, but you will find a zoo, lovely gardens, excellent museums and more. Also, add these items to your Indianapolis itinerary.

The less-wild West
Beyond the Grand Canyon are equally spectacular southwestern canyons carved through eons of time and visited by fewer tourists. Also, railway planning grand anniversary.

Sedalia honors "King of Ragtime" with festival.

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Where the Buffalo roams
The magnificent, meandering Buffalo River in Arkansas overflows with wilderness adventures for floaters, anglers and hikers.

Louisiana's Happy Lands
The stately antebellum landmarks and lush gardens of Louisiana's Feliciana parishes are sure to put a smile on your face.

Simpler times at Shaker Village
The Kentucky living history village invites modern travelers to slow down and savor the simple yet fascinating life of early Shakers.

A deluge of watery destinations in the South.

Mar/Apr 2001

Strike It Rich
Colorado mining towns that once beckoned to fortune hunters now welcome travelers looking for jackpots of fun, history and gambling.

Land along the river
Tucked in the Missouri River Valley, Washington and its outskirts offer charming shops, award-winning vineyards and natural beauty.

Gardens galore
After a long winter, welcome spring with a visit to these Midwestern botanical gardens, where brilliant blossoms are busting out all over.

For love of the game
Buck O'Neil steps up to the plate to tell fans the story of the Negro Leagues and its museum.

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Hit the road
A new scenic byway, Colonial Trails, winds past historic sites, acres of wildflowers, plantations and much more in central Louisiana.

A merry-go-round about Meridian
A historic carousel is at the center of a circle of attractions in this storied Mississippi city that has great museums, music and homes.

The other side of Orlando
After you've visited Orlando's theme parks, make time to discover the city's wonderful art, gardens, springs and its space center. Plus, new thrills at the big three.

Hello, Dolly!
Cross the mist-covered Great Smoky Mountains to find the music of Dolly Parton, family attractions, scenic beauty and entertainment.

Jan/Feb 2001

Kewpie's creator
This Rose bloomed in adversity

Southern Indiana's River Country is brimming with attractions, fun

Essence of Italy
Explore the country renowned for art, architecture and magnificent churches

49th state escape
Discover Alaska's golden sights by sea, land

In the lap of luxury
Pamper yourself this winter at these warm and cozy Midwestern retreats, where you can escape from all of your worries

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Star Spangled Sites
For Presidents Day, visit these towns that influenced our country's leaders

Southern retreats fit for a president

A town in Arkansas
Music is the tie that binds Mountain View folks together

Some enchanted evening
Look for love in these scintillating Southern getaways, close to home and your heart

Unmasking Mardi Gras

Nov/Dec 2000

Adventures in Arizona
Arizona's southeastern corner is filled with historic treasures, spectacular scenery and restored hotels perfect for warm winter getaways

Winter wonderlands
During the holidays, seek out these six Midwestern cities where you can shop, gaze at lights and enjoy the splendor of the season

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Colossal cruising
Immense new Voyager of the Seas pushes the envelope on cruising, with an onboard ice skating rink, rock climbing wall and more

New controls strengthen cruise safety, security

Carnival's Triumph is big on fun, relaxed attitude

Carnival's new Victory sails the Caribbean

Dressing up the holidays

Christmas cooking, decorating tips

More Christmas decorating tips

Hunting for treasured homes in Key West

Sep/Oct 2000

Midwest Apple Festivals

Scenic drives unveil beautiful autumn colors

Destined for paradise (Fort Walton Beach, FL)

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Life's A beach (Corpus Christi, TX)

Tour King Ranch

Go for the Gulf (Alabama's Gulf Coast)

Island 101

Southern Indiana's Ohio River hills

Made in the South - creative artisans

Entrepreneur cooks up GRITS

The South's grande dame - Charleston, SC

Jul/Aug 2000

Is this heaven?
Eastern Iowa boasts pastoral scenery, varied attractions

Ohio River National Scenic Byway
Discover southern Indiana's architectural heritage, river towns and rolling farmland

Adventures underground in southern Indiana
Explore caves and trace history along the Ohio River Valley

It's doggone unbelievable
Memory of Missouri's famous Jim is preserved in Marshall park

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A tasty gumbo of cultures
A Baton Rouge weekend encourages sampling

From the Cape to quakes
Southeast Missouri tour combines river lore, history in a relaxed pace

What's Cool
Searching for places to beat the heat in the South during the dog days of summer

Sassy Southern belle
Mobile entices suitors with museums, historic sites and plenty of charm

May/Jun 2000

History, hogs and high art - Mount Vernon, Illinois

As nature intended - Florida beaches

Tears of blood - Military road in Kansas divided a nation

Stop for history on byway

A rich patchwork - Hamilton County, Indiana

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Native nuances - American Indians in Oklahoma

The Real deal - Louisiana's cajun country

Go for the gold - Georgia's southeast coast

Mar/Apr 2000

That's Entertainment (Branson, MO)

Colorful Route 79

Route 79 towns call artists to area

Motoring issues: how motorists feel (survey results)

In search of Harmony (New Harmony, IN)

A Walk In The Clouds (Colorado Springs, CO)

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Hello, Columbus

Deep in the heart of Texas

Echoes of war - Memorials and battlefields preserve Civil War history in Arkansas

Motoring issues: how motorists feel (survey results)

Jan/Feb 2000

Basking in Bloomington

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Clearing the air
Study shows cars, light trucks are falsely portrayed as the major cause of smog