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America the Beautiful

When you think of beautiful places to visit, what comes to mind? For me, it’s our national parks. Whether it’s Old Faithful in Yellowstone, the beautiful vistas in the Great Smoky Mountains, or historical Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, our nation has been blessed with many majestic sites and a system that preserves them. This year, the National Park Service celebrates a century of stewardship. During this centennial, there is no better time for members to plan their next road trip, and with the help of AAA, to explore some of our country’s most cherished resources.

This issue of AAA Southern Traveler focuses on Park Service sites in the Southeast United States. Learn about south Louisiana’s history at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Relax at Padre Island National Seashore or Gulf Islands National Seashore. Explore some of our country’s impressive wetlands at the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area or Florida’s Everglades National Park. Our selection of travel stories is as diverse as the sites themselves.

From the earliest days, AAA has been helping our members visit the national parks. We were among the first to produce maps of highways linking the parks, starting with one for the southwest region in the early 1920s.

This year, our AAA cartographers have been busy creating special Commemorative Edition maps to many popular parks, including Yosemite, Death Valley, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Our Indian Country Guide Map includes Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, and Arches. There’s also a AAA Mini Map for young travelers featuring games and puzzles that highlight scenic destinations around the country. These complimentary maps, which will be released throughout 2016, are offered as part of your membership. Check with your local branch for availability.

If you’re planning to visit a national park during this centennial year, we offer many resources to help, including TripTik® Travel Planners, park tours and packages, and assistance with hotel reservations and discounts. Our AAA Approved Auto Repair program can help get your vehicle in shape for any trip. And if something should go wrong while you’re out on the highway, you can rely on us for Roadside Assistance.

When you’re packing for your next trip, don’t forget that one of the most important things to bring along is your AAA membership card. No matter where your vacation takes you – from Acadia to Zion – you’ll have the peace of mind you’ve come to count on from AAA.

Jim McGrath

May/June 2016 Issue

Jim McGrath


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