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March/April 2017

Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial
Louisiana’s capital city comes back from last year’s flood to observe 200 years of incorporation.

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

Hey! Hotty Toddy
Give three cheers for a weekend in Oxford, Miss.

Southern Comforts
Four historical hotels offer the best in grace and hospitality.

Bank on a Good Time
North Carolina’s Outer Banks offers history, lighthouses, and wild horses to visitors.

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

All That Jazz
Our Final Word looks at some tips to make the most of your New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival experience.

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

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

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.

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

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January/February 2017

History Runs Deep
Named after the Mississippi River, the Magnolia State is celebrating 200 years of its distinctive culture, food, and music.

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

It’s a Party at the Lake
In southwest Louisiana, Mardi Gras cooks with a different flavor.

Now Picture This
Experience the unexpected in Fort Smith, Ark.

Squares that Will Steal Your Heart
Beautiful Savannah is the perfect romantic getaway.

Freedom Trail
Our new standing feature called The Final Word looks at the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

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Book Nook
New Louisiana cookbook captures the best of Creole and Cajun cultures.

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

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

Southern Sailings
Carnival Cruise Line departing from Mobile, Ala., again.

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

A Fork In The Road
Cajun Boudin
Johnson’s Boucanière in Lafayette links the past with present, creating authentic flavors.

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November/December 2016

A Toast to New Orleans
Raise a glass to today’s crafted mocktails that pair perfectly with some of the city’s best food and holiday gatherings.

Be Our Guest
Little Rock and Jackson throw out the welcome mat to your holiday guests with outstanding shopping, lodging, and activities.

Tackle Tucker County
This West Virginia destination turns into a winter wonderland in December.

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

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

Pretty Little City
Natchitoches, La., is especially festive during the holidays.

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North Pole, Southern Style
New Orleans’ indoor Christmas festival will feature an expanded ice-skating rink and a new gingerbread house exhibit this year.

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

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September/October 2016

The Ale Trail
Fayetteville Ale Trail gives thirsty travelers a taste of Arkansas.

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

Feasting on Festivals
Celebrate delicious Southern food during these autumn events.

Boil Order
A Southern delicacy, boiled peanuts will be celebrated at upcoming festivals.

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

Super-Sized Getaway
Carve out a made-to-order weekend in Houston.

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

Pacifica
Chrysler’s cool new minivan for 2017 impresses.

Fork in the Road
Doe’s Eat Place in Mississippi dishes up tamales and steaks in a homespun atmosphere.

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

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

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July/August 2016

It's All About Perspective
Top entries beautifully capture a sense of place in our annual Best of the South photo contest

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

Enjoy a State Park Summer
Two Arizona adventurers experience the diverse activities available at three Southern State Parks

Are You Game?
Tunica, Miss., delivers blues, gaming and history with Southern ambiance

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

Come Sail Away
A vacation hat combines a cruise with time to explore Galveston is sure to float your boat

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

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

That’s a Mouthful
Sicilian-inspired muffuletta sandwich is big enough for food-loving New Orleans.

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

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May/June 2016

National Park Centennial
From the mountains to the sea, the Southeast boasts a diverse selection of national park lands, roads, and preserves.

Lafitte's Louisiana
Six sites comprise the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, giving a glimpse into southern Louisiana’s culture.

Down by the Sea
Padre Island National Seashore offers a natural beach escape in southeastern Texas.

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

Legends Come Alive
Visitors to Jackson, Tenn., will find railroad history and toe-tapping music.

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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.

Birds of a Feather
Birding enthusiasts flock to south Texas and the World Birding Center’s nine sites.

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

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March/April 2016

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

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

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

Grand Dame of the River
Natchez, Miss., is celebrating its 300-year history this year in a big way.

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.

Blooms & Bargains
Louisiana's Monroe-West Monroe area shows off its gardens and shops for spring.

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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.

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

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

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January/February 2016

Three Getaways for 2016
Pamper yourself, get active, or learn a new skill this month at one of these rejuvenating Southern getaways.

Heartfelt Hideways
Three Southern getaways suited for a romantic escape are close to home but far from ordinary.

Hills That Can Heal
A restorative vacation waits for you in Texas Hill Country.

Uptown Small Town
Bentonville surprises visitors with its own brand of hip hospitality.

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

All Hail the King Cake
Celebrate Carnival season with a sweet treat from Manny Randazzo King Cakes.

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

Southern Sophistication
Charleston's history, architecture, cuisine, and beauty blend to create a charming getaway.

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Nov/Dec 2015

Our Favorite Light Trails
We've made a list and checked it twice to present three lighting trails sure to ring in the holidays–Southern style.

Small Town A-peel
The Stark family's cultural venues add to a getaway to Orange, Texas.

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

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

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.

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

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

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Sep/Oct 2015

Autumn Adventure
The Mississippi section of the Natchez Trace Parkway offers beautiful fall vistas and activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

A Tale of Two Trails
Motorcycling through Arkansas's Boston Mountains is a colorful adventure for fall.

Louisiana's Favorite Haunts
At Louisiana's cemeteries, homes, and historical sites, you may find folks who are dying to meet you.

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

Relaxing on 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.

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

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.

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Jul/Aug 2015

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

Southern Exposure
Readers and editors name their favorite places to visit and play in the annual Best of the South poll.

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

Resilience and Renewal
Mississippi's Gulf Coast may have been knocked down by Hurricane Katrina, but its communities have made courageous comebacks.

Memphis Rhythm
Music provides the soundtrack for museums, barbecue, and baseball on this Tennessee getaway.

Central American Adventure
Costa Rica's biodiversity and stunning natural beauty call to travelers.

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

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

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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

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May/June 2015

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

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

Moveable Feasts
Road warriors this summer can fill up on satisfying fare and plenty of stories at these landmark eateries in Arkansas.

Compare & Contrast
Lake Charles, La., blends the old with the new to create a great getaway.

How Sweet It Is
Charming South Carolina town touted as the birthplace of sweet tea.

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

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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.

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March/April 2015

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

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

Best of the South Readers Poll
Send in your vote for the annual poll

Roadside Rescue
AAA has been helping stranded motorists for 100 years.

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

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

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

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

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How Sweet It Is
Charming South Carolina town touted as the birthplace of sweet tea.

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.

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

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

Big and Luxurious
GMC debuts all-new Yukon SUV for 2015.

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January/February 2015

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

Faulkner's Footsteps
Oxford, Miss., is for lovers of food, football, history, and literature. Create your own story on a weekend getaway.

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho
It's off to Fantasyland we go at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The new area is the largest expansion in the Magic Kingdom's history.

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Eclectic Appeal
Greater Belhaven in Jackson, Miss., is honored as one of the 10 best neighborhoods in the country for its array of diverse amenities.

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

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

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

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

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November/December 2014

Mighty Museums
Branches of the military and its veterans are honored at these Southern attractions.

Deck The Halls
Southern homes and landmarks glow during the holidays.

Acadian Adventure
Plantations and rich history beckon along the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway in southern Louisiana.

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

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

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Eclectic Appeal
Greater Belhaven in Jackson, Miss., is honored as one of the 10 best neighborhoods in the country for its array of diverse amenities.

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.

Birthday Salute
Veteran celebrates 105th birthday at The National WWII Museum

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September/October 2014

Allons Danser!
Let the good times roll this fall at Louisiana's dance halls.

Can You Dig It?
Visit Mount Ida in western Arkansas for quartz crystals, crafts, and fun.

Best-Selling Getaways
Immerse yourself in Mississippi's literary culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July/August 2014

Best of the South 2014
Readers of AAA Southern Traveler have chosen their favorite cities, attractions, restaurants, and more in our yearly poll.

Best of the South Photo Contest Winners

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

No Small Wonder
Craft a creative getaway to Denison in north Texas.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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May/Jun 2014

Beloved Beaches
These three Southern beach towns are idea for summer escapes.

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

A Tree-mendous City Tradition
New Orleans gets ready to celebrate 160 years of City Park.

Country Music Mecca
See where country music was born in Meridian, Miss.

Ozark Odyssey
For a summer vacation loaded with variety, head for the hills.

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.

Legendary Lighthouse
Reconstructed New Canal Lighthouse illuminates Lake Pontchartrain's ecology and history.

Great Performer
Nissan adds tweaks to Altima Sedan for 2014.

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

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Mar/Apr 2014

Come and Get It!
There's plenty of cultural information to chew on while trekking across
Mississippi's virtual culinary trail.

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

Cajun-Style Renewal
Get away to Lafayette, La., for the shops, food, and outdoor adventures.

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

We're Crazy for Crawfish
It's crawfish season in Louisiana, so fire up those boiling pots.

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

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

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Das Sedan
Volkswagen adds another turbo engine for 2014 Jetta.

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

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

Recipes from Lafayette

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Jan/Feb 2014

300 Years in the Making
Natchitoches, La., will mark its tercentennial in 2014 with a yearlong celebration of events, exhibits and festivals.

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

My Funny Valentine
Unusual getaways give distinctive couples romantic options.

Ouachita Wonder
Experience nature's playground in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of southeast Oklahoma.

Retro Orlando
Upcoming developments are proving that everything old is new again at the Disney and Universal resorts.

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

Enchanting Valentine Escapes
AAA Inspectors Select 14 Favorite Places

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

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

Southern Love Stories
Romance is not lost in the South, as these legends will prove.

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

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Nov/Dec 2013

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

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

Eureka Springs for the Holidays
This jolly northwest Arkansas town brims with good cheer, including events, a parade, shopping, and more.

We're Nuts About Pecans
Regional growers help to feed Southern holiday traditions.

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 South's Top 10 holiday lighting displays.

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

12 Nights of Holiday Magic
Our favorite hotels for the holidays

Pecan Recipes

Worth the Drive
This will be the 12th year Moody Gardens stages its Festival of Lights, and there is plenty of holiday fun at the popular attraction.

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Sep/Oct 2013

Artful Escapes
Create a getaway this fall by visiting an arts and crafts festival.

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

Aerial Encounters
All trails lead to Alabama's abundant birdlife.

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

Digging the Delta
Take a journey through the soul and soil of Arkansas's Delta.

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

Toast of the Coast
Recipes inspired by California.

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

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Jul/Aug 2013

Best of the South 2013
Readers of the AAA Southern Traveler have chosen their favorite cities, hotels, attractions, day tours, 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.

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

Splash Down!
Abundant water recreation found throughout the South will keep you cool.

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

River Soundtrack
Blues roots run deep through the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta.

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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.

Worth the Drive: Cool Down In Hot Springs

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

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May/Jun 2013

Vicksburg Remembers
Over Memorial Day weekend, living history presentations will illuminate the Vicksburg Campaign sesquicentennial.

Best of the South (FInal Ballot)
Vote online for your favorites in our 4th Annual Poll.

Natural Choice
Choose Louisiana's Northshore for a getaway rich in recreation.

Acadian Acclaim
Spanning multiple locations, the Congrès Mondial Acadien will celebrate Acadian culture and history next summer.

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

Unexpected Treasure
Southeast Missouri shares its rich stories of cotton, French colonial and Civil War history.

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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.

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

Worth the Drive
Tupelo, Miss., rolls out the red carpet in June for musicians and fans of the King of Rock ‘n' Roll.

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Mar/Apr 2013

Family Time
The South offers a treasure trove of great getaways that you can take with the kids and grandkids this spring.

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

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

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

Texas-Size Deals
For First Monday Trade Days, small Canton in northeastern Texas balloons into the country's largest flea market.

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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.

Toss Cares, and Fish, to the Wind
Think Mardi Gras with buckets of dead fish and that pretty much sums up the 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss held on Perdido Key in Pensacola, Fla.

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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, but AAA can help them find vehicles with features to improve their safety and comfort.

Prepare to Swoon
Get away to Fort Smith, Ark., and find a dizzying array of historical attractions, including where Elvis got his GI haircut .

Let Freedom Ring
The original Emancipation Proclamation, which is 150 years old, is part of a sweeping Civil War exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum.

Super Gras!
This year, beads and Bowl collide to bring Mardi Gras revelers and football fans into New Orleans for one hot party.

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

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

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.

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Nov/Dec 2012

Hail to the Chiefs
Elect to visit these presidential libraries and gain a new understanding of our country's past leaders.

Country Christmas
Holiday celebrations in St. Francisville, La., offer a sleighful of treats for visitors, such as home tours, concerts, and more.

Merry Memories of Mississippi
For actress Sela Ward, Meridian means family and long-standing holiday traditions.

Sink Your Teeth into Italy
It's not hard to dine with the confidence of Caesar using these practical tips from a well-seasoned traveler.

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

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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

Library of Legacy
Jefferson Davis' life will be interpreted and celebrated when his presidential library opens in Biloxi, Miss. .

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.

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Sep/Oct 2012

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

Timeless in Texas
Jefferson exudes a memorable historical atmosphere with restored buildings, a train ride and more.

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

Lamar House
The restored home of a Mississippi statesman offers visitors to Oxford a compelling story told against the back- drop of a divided country.

Football Fever
September ushers in a new NFL season, with Houston and New Orleans ready to welcome fans.

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

You and Your Girls
A wonderful ladies-only weekend is in the bag when visiting these three Southern cities.

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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. 

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

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Jul/Aug 2012

Best of the South 2012
Readers of the AAA Southern Traveler have chosen their favorite cities, hotels, attractions, Civil War battlefield, restaurants, and much more.

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

Independence Day Getaway
With festivals and attractions, the South celebrates July 4 with a bang. Enjoy music, food, history, and fireworks.

River Ramblings
History and outdoor fun flow freely in Pocahontas, a quaint Victorian town tucked in northeastern Arkansas.

Texas Twosome
Padre Island National Seashore and Corpus Christi make a perfect Lone Star State pairing for summer.

Southern Exposure
Photo by Louisiana educator selected as South's best.

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Southern Exposure
Photo by Louisiana educator selected as South's best.

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.

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May/Jun 2012

Good Stewards
Alabama Gulf Coast businesses and visitors work to protect the natural beauty of the beach.

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

Historical Charm
Stately homes and outdoor tranquility beckon in Eufaula, Ala.

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

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

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

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

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Mar/Apr 2012

Historical Gumbo
Louisiana's bicentennial this year will showcase the state's singular blend of cultures, cuisine, and music through exhibits and events.

Poll Results
Among the findings in our annual poll, AAA members resoundingly oppose allowing heavier trucks on the highway.

No One Throws a Party Like the South
Music, history, food, and fun welcome springtime at these three events.

Tennessee remembers Bloody Shiloh
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, two teams of reenactors will engage on separate fields.

A Stroke of Genius
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is one of the country's best golf destinations.

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

A Capital Idea
A weekend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital, is a getaway all can enjoy.

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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.

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

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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.

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

Jackson Rejuvenated
New tours, restaurants, and a children's museum are revitalizing Jackson, Miss.

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

Krewe of Delicious
Three noted Gulf Coast chefs dish up Mardi Gras memories that will awaken your appetite.

Home on the Range
Wrangler wannabees can saddle up for a super family vacation in Arkansas, ranging from campgrounds to all-inclusive ranches.

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

A New Look for a Coastal Classic
Traditional meets nouveau cuisine at The Chimneys in Gulfport.

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

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

Fortess in the Forest
A medieval castle is taking form in the Arkansas Ozarks.

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.

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Nov/Dec 2011

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

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

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.

5 Golden Getaways
Before the first day of Christmas arrives, pack your bags for a weekend of cheer, shopping and plenty of joy.

Artistic Appeal
Discover amazing art in all its forms woven into the fabric of life in this trio of Southern cities.

A Recipe for Fun
Cook up a weekend in central Louisiana that's sure to satisfy with historical attractions and great cuisine.

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

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

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.

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Sep/Oct 2011

War and Remembrance
At the onset of the Civil War's 150th anniversary, events and historical sites commemorate Southern conflict and culture.

Seventh Heaven
Arkansas's first scenic byway, Highway 7, is a first-class choice for a fall journey with lovely vistas and charming towns.

Monarch Migration
Catch a glimpse of these beautiful butterflies as they journey along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Beautiful Byways
Three byways and two parks in Tennessee provide leaf peepers days of scenic autumn beauty.

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

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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.

Hometown Perspective
New Orleans native, Harry Connick Jr., says city came back from Katrina “more than 100 percent.”

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

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

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

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Jul/Aug 2011

Best of the South
Readers of the AAA Southern Traveler have chosen the best places in the South to shop, stay, eat and visit, and New Orleans was among the top choices.

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

Shore Serenity
Follow these seven steps at Alabama's Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area to achieve inner peace and relaxation with sand between your toes.

Historical Treasure
Any trip to Memphis should include a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, which is marking its 20th year.

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.

The Ultimate Caribbean Cruise
Celebrity's 10-night eastern Caribbean cruise can keep any adventurer on a dead run.

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.

Saucy Weekend
Barbecue pilgrims make the trek to Memphis and Neely's.

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May/Jun 2011

Outdoors in Louisiana
Louisiana's diverse ecosystems offer visitors an array of natural adventures.

Hill Country haven
Retreat to Texas Hill Country, where wildflowers, wineries and small towns offer an oasis to travelers.

We're diggin' this park
Family hunts for treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park are priceless.

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

Travel connections
Make new friends on Grand Bahama island through this innovative program.

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

Refuge off the Interstate
Explore these natural worlds just off the interstates in Arkansas and Mississippi.

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.

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Mar/Apr 2011

Glorious Gardens
Six Southern cities and show gardens bloom with springtime color and seasonal events.

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

Footprints of History
The Northwest Arkansas Heritage Trail links historical events and sites, including statues, parks, cemeteries and more.

Lakeside surf and turf
Land the big one or sink the perfect putt at Louisiana's Toledo Bend Lake area, an outdoor-lover's paradise.

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.

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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.

Discovery in the Delta
Greenville, Miss., presents a heritage as rich as river bottomlands with historical sites, literary traditions and more.

Arkansas's Spa City
Choose a getaway in Hot Springs to revive your spirit this winter with healing mineral baths and a relaxing pace.

The Right to Know
Alabama's Civil Rights Trail teaches powerful lessons from a painful part of America's history.

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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.

Echoes of Battle
Re-enactments, tours and the restored visitor center at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve recall the Battle of New Orleans.

Louisiana's Heroes and Heritage Trail

Savor Mississippi's The Shed BBQ Joint

Break Free in the Great Land

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

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

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Nov/Dec 2010

Howdy, Holidays
San Antonio offers an illuminating yuletide getaway with twinkling lights, markets and fireworks, deep in the heart of south-central Texas.

King of the Roads
The El Camino Real cuts through a portion of northwest Louisiana to connect historical sites, cuisine and diverse cultures.

Mountain Magic
Mountain View, Ark., celebrates the holidays with folk music, an array of crafts and festive light displays.

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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Fishing for Answers
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, Louisiana Gulf Coast fishing and tourism industry members wonder what's in store for 2011.

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

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Sep/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.

Treasure Hunting
Search for antiques, interesting architecture, a splendid mansion and Southern charms in Washington, La.

Respite on the Ridge
Tucked into the forests of Crowley's Ridge in eastern Arkansas, Village Creek State Park offers hiking, fishing, birding and, most of all, relaxation.

Home Sweet Home
Travelers return to two Mississippi cities for the annual autumn Southern ritual known as Fall Pilgrimage.

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

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

A Streetcar System to Desire
New Orleans steetcar system celebrating its momentous 175th anniversary of being an iconic facet of transportation in the Crescent City.

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Jul/Aug 2010

Best of the South
Readers of the AAA Southern Traveler weigh in on the best places to visit, eat, shop, stay and more in this poll.

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

Sounds of Summer
The familiar “ka-ching” of the casino is the background music to the many seductive sounds found along Mississippi's Gulf Coast.

Fall Vacations
These four scenic drives and several exciting cruises will put leaf peepers in the mood to plan autumn sojourns to enjoy the vibrant show.

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

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

The Diamond Grill
Alexandria, La.
Offering an evening of fine dining in a visually lavish building that once was a jewelry store.

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

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

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.

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.

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May/Jun 2010

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

Fascinating floats
Paddle your way through the South on these compelling kayak trips.

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

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

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

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

Getaways for Mother's Day
Shreveport heads the list of four favorite Southern cities that will make mom queen for a day or weekend.

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.

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Mar/Apr 2010

Echoes of War
With the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War approaching, beat the crowds by exploring these battlefields, monuments, museums and more across Mississippi.

Best of the South
The South is blessed with many gems, and we'd like to hear from you about your favorite places to visit, eat and shop in this reader poll.

Colorful Fort Smith
Arkansas's second-largest city is enlivened by its natural treasures and vibrant past when it was on the cusp of the frontier.

Tooling along the Tammany Trace
Enjoy small towns, historical sites and nature during a leisurely bike ride on Louisiana's Northshore.

Treasure Island
Although Maui is one of the best-known vacation destinations, you can uncover these hidden gems on your next visit to the “Magic Isle.”

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

Pink is for Girls
Driver and guide Debbie Graham sees natural wonders of the Southwest many people can only dream about experiencing

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.

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

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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.

Member Poll
Should a person convicted of DUI face mandatory jail time? Please answer this and other transportation-related questions in our annual member poll.

Shoreside Sanctuary
The North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana offers a relaxing retreat with plenty of shopping, arts, a rails-to-trails path and more.

Mardi Gras in Mississippi
Cities along Mississippi's Gulf Coast hold parades, parties, bed races and more to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

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

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

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

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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.

New Orleans Noel
New Orleans gets into the holiday spirit with plenty of music, cuisine, decorations and fun activities.

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.

Cruise through Galveston
This sassy Texas port city extends a welcome to ship passengers and offers first-rate attractions, dining and lodging.

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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The Inn Thing
A quartet of lodgings makes for a fantastic first impression of California Wine Country

Tales of Courage
Texas Civil War Museum educates visitors about the state's role
in the great conflict

Returning to their Root
Farmers' wives turn sweet potatoes into heavenly treats.

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Sept/Oct 2009

Great Bowls of Fire
Texans love their chili and enjoy pursuing the perfect bowl of red. Sample these chili cook-offs and festivals for some hot and spicy fun.

Alabama Autumn
Fall in northern Alabama provides a colorful backdrop for exploring the outdoors and enjoying the region's festivals and attractions.

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

Delightful Detours
Exit off Highway 71 in northwestern Arkansas to discover lovely gardens, architectural gems, interesting museums and genuine hospitality.

The Pure Life
Visitors to Costa Rica discover awesome natural beauty that is well preserved by its people. It's a splendid example of sustainable tourism.

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Home on the Range
Cowboys score with new stadium

Holy Grail
Arkansas actor finds his calling in a dream job with Eureka's Great Passion Play

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

Abita Spring's Mystery House
Welcome to the wacky, whimsical and sometimes serious world of John Preble

Inspired Italian
Savor Northern Italian Cuisine on Louisiana's Northshore at Ristorante del Porto

Acme Oyster House
Acme Oyster House Serves Up Great Classic New Orleans Comfort Food

Las Paletas
Nashville's gourmet popsicles shout down tacos as numero uno south-of-the-border treat

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Jul/Aug 2009

Roadside Curiosities
Giant statues of catfish and a pink mansion are among the roadside oddities that will add some whimsy and fun to your summer road trip.

Fair play
Mississippi celebrates summer with local fairs and festivals, each offering its own style of family fun.

Order up!
Southern diners cater to hungry patrons by serving tasty, home-style meals along with a generous portion of hospitality.

Louisiana's Heart
Sister cities Alexandria and Pineville offer up a double dose of Southern traditions along with museums, mansions, art and great cuisine.

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

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

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

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Good Gulf Fare
Established Fort Walton Beach restaurant serves up fresh seafood and great steaks.

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Las Paletas
Nashville's gourmet popsicles shout down tacos as numero uno south-of-the-border treat

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May/June 2009

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

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

Mississippi Meanderings
In rural Mississippi, find colorful towns, historical cities and plenty of blues and catfish.

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

Gardens & More
Tyler, Texas, is known as America's Rose Capital, but the city also has a great science center, zoo, an aviation museum and a historical depot.

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

Alabama on a Shoestring
Travelers seeking value will find attractions, parks and beaches in Alabama for the entire family to enjoy.

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

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Mar/Apr 2009

Recovery Redux
The amazing wildlife and coastal marshes of southwest Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail are recovering following a damaging storm season.

Beauty and Beats
Roused from its winter slumber, Natchez presents its lovely pilgrimage each spring followed by a rousing blues celebration.

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

Keeping the faith
The Hallelujah Trail sings the praises of northern Alabama's spiritual and cultural heritage.

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

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

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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.

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Perfect Pizza
Any way you slice it, Sal and Mookie's pizzeria in Jackson delivers.

Gulf Shores Plantation
A beachfront resort where you'll find plenty of space to enjoy your favorite activity.

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Jan/Feb 2009

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

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

Louisiana Legacy
The African-American Heritage Trail traces the triumphs and travails of blacks in Louisiana, linking more than two dozen museums, plantations and other historical sites.

Crazy Carnival
New Orleans throws its annual Mardi Gras party, mixing old and new attractions with a host of parades and other amusements.

Tuscan treasures
Wine, food, art and historical hillside villages are tossed together to create a memorable tour of central Italy.

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Ticket to Ride
Maybe all you need is love, but visiting London on the cheap means using public transportation and planning just about everything in advance.

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

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

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

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Nov/Dec 2008

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

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

Texas Treasure
From miniature horses to a presidential museum and historic sites, Brenham near Houston offers diverse vacation delights.

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

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

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

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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

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Sept/Oct 2008

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

Border Beauty
Straddling Kentucky and Tennessee, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area offers stunning autumn sights and delights.

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

Byway by the Bayou
History, eclectic attractions and museums are found along the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway in southern Louisiana.

Where to wander this winter
Heat up your winter with a train trip, a busy Ozark adventure, Disney discounts or a Mardi Gras celebration along the Gulf Coast.

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The Big Uneasy
Paranormal complex will tell more stories about haunted New Orleans.

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

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

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Jul/Aug 2008

Beach Break
Trace the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Texas to find some of the best beaches in the country featuring great views and lots of Southern hospitality.

Summer Treats
In an online poll, our readers let us know their favorite summertime foods and picnicking treats, including iced tea and fried chicken.

Screen Gems
The show goes on for these Southern vaudeville-era theaters, which have been saved and renovated.

Fairly Simple Fun
The Clothesline Fair in Arkansas looks at 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.

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

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

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May/June 2008

Great River Rhapsody
Follow the Great River Road through the Arkansas Delta to discover note-worthy towns, festivals and history.

Behold Beauty
Hattiesburg, Miss., is a daylily destination that offers a range of other delightful diversions.

Top 10 Shopping Getaways
From elegant malls to main street shops, the South is a shopper's paradise with endless possibilities.

It's Good to be King
A world-class museum opening in Indianola, Miss., this fall will capture worldwide attention for B.B. King.

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

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

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

A Summer of Red Hot Music Events
Southern-styled blues can be enjoyed throughout the summer throughout Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Mar/Apr 2008

COVER STORY
Quick Trips to Slow Food
Find locally grown, natural and delicious food at Southern restaurants and farmers' markets.

Lingering in Lynchburg
The home of Jack Daniel's whiskey, Lynchburg has plenty of attractions, events and Southern charms to fill up a flavorful getaway.

Lake Escape
You can catch your limit on relaxation in the Bull Shoals Lake area of northern Arkansas with fishing, camping, golf and more.

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

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

Motoring Issue
Poll takes pulse of readers on transportation issues.

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Reviews from the Road
The Cuevas Fish House in Picayune, Miss., has been a regional mainstay for the past 36 years, drawing countless seafood fans from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and southeast Louisiana.

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

Wild For Flowers
Explore these 10 Colorado trails and find nature at its colorful best.

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January/February 2008

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.

Walking in Memphis
Americans must become involved in the energy debate amid growing concerns about the availability of oil in the future.

A Change in Mississippi
As the home of Medgar Evers, Jackson preserves its civil rights heritage.

A Capital idea
Roll into Little Rock, Ark., this winter for a weekend featuring fine performances, restaurants and museums.

Divine Diversion
Louisiana's Grand Coteau and its neighboring towns cook up a charming Cajun experience locals call gumbo for the soul.

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

Ladies Only
Grab the girlfriends and get away for a ladies only vacation.

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November/December 2007

Holiday Feasts
Whether dining at home or in these fine Southern hotels, make family feasts part of your holiday traditions.

Boutique Chic
Southern boutique hotels offer distinctive and elegant places to celebrate a charming holiday stay 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.

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September/October 2007

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

Oh come, all ye cheerful
May your days be merry and bright–and even white–when you visit Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays.

Tamale Trail
You can shuck your blues away on Mississippi's Delta Hot Tamale Trail, featuring spicy and delicious fare.

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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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.

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July/August 2007

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

HANDSHAKES & HOWDYS
The Texas panhandle is a scenic slice of the Lonestar State where you'll find cowboys, steak houses, rodeos and a spectacular canyon.

ROCK ON!
Chattanooga offers much more than its famous rock garden, including a fantastic aquarium, art museum, rail excursions and more.

COOL GETAWAYS
From an aquatic playground to a day at the beach, these ideas can help cool Southerners off during the dog days of summer.

PARK WITH A PAST
Once an Arkansas boom town, Washington has found a second life by interpreting its history for state park visitors.

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May/June 2007

Gulping Down the Gulf Coast
These eateries on Alabama's Gulf Coast are sure to please your palate and top off a great beach getaway.

Native Refuge
Tahlequah in northeastern Oklahoma preserves its rich Cherokee heritage.

Roll Up Your Sleeves
“Voluntourists” are helping to rebuild hurricane-ravaged communities in south Louisiana and Mississippi.

Genuine Gems
As coastal Mississippi continues its recovery, these sparkling attractions are sure to put a gleam in your eye.

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

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

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

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

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Mar/Apr 2007

Member Poll
Poll finds how motorists feel on current issues.

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

Texas Treasures
There's more to Texas than cowboys and barbecue, as these 10 extraordinary places show.

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

Louisiana's Cultural Gumbo
Influenced by a host of different cultures, Louisiana celebrates its spicy heritage at many interesting museums and events.

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

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

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Jan/Feb 2007

On the Border
Saucy South Texas towns delight visitors with a blend of cultures and storied histories.

Bough Wow
These tree houses for grown-ups provide luxury and romance without sending your vacation budget to the dogs.

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

History and Heartstrings
These romantic Mississippi Inns will capture your heart as you laze on porch swings, admire antiques and walk in Gen. Grant's Footsteps.

Recipe for Recovery
Louisiana's cuisine continues to satisfy the taste of returning tourists.

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

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Laredo celebrates G. Washington, Texas style

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

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Nov/Dec 2006

Children's museums
When the winter doldrums hit, discover a variety of fun and educational experiences with your children or grandchildren at these fascinating museums.

Hill Country Holidays
San Antonio's missions and festive River Walk area put plenty of sparkle in the season. Lights, luminaries, spicy fare and music herald the holidays in this Texas city.

Tank Trips
Branson in southwest Missouri is a great place to gather for the holidays with millions of lights, plentiful shows and outstanding shopping.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Southern Comfort
Dig into these regional dishes that offer travelers a little bit of home in every delicious bite, from chicken-fried steak to spicy Texas chili. Web Bonus: Recipes

Tank Trips
Enjoy the bounty of Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas where you can sample a variety of fine wines at charming wineries and enjoy its festivals.

Georgia Peach
With a new aquarium, an expanded art museum, a new shopping and entertainment development and more, Atlanta is a vibrant destination for Southern families.

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Time Travel
Louisiana's Great River Road reveals plantation homes that remember the Antebellum South.

Katrina Anniversary


Jul/Aug 2006

A Byway of Note
The Zydeco-Cajun Prairie Byway in southwestern Louisiana is a culinary, cultural and scenic adventure brim- ming with music and fun

Tank Trips
With museums, fantastic festivals, unique shops, great food and scenic landscapes, Louisiana's Cajun Coast is a tasty destination.

His and hers
For a getaway with the guys, girls or with your sweetie, these Southern spots have it all, including sports, shopping, spas and more.

Museum Milestone
The Louisiana State Museum, which consists of 12 landmark sites across the state, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with changing exhibits and special events.

In the Bag
Along Alabama's Gulf Coast, take a break from the beach to shop for souvenirs and more, from T-shirts to live palm trees and metal sculptures.

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

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


May/Jun 2006

Heaven on a Houseboat
A weekend cruise in western Kentucky's Lakes and Rivers region offers a relaxing getaway with plenty of swimming, sightseeing and quality time

Tank Trips
With an array of out-of-this-world attractions, Huntsville, Ala., can justly call itself America's Space Capital.

You Go, Girl
From spas to shopping, wineries to cooking schools, choose from these weekend getaway ideas for Southern girlfriends.

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

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

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

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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.

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

The Great Northwest
Traveling to Legendary National Parks on a storied train made a memorable trip laced with luxury.

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

Festivals Herald Gulf Coast Rebirth


Mar/Apr 2006

Pilgrimage Performances
Take time from home tours during the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage for musical and theatrical shows.

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

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

Island Paradise
Rip Van Winkle Gardens on Jefferson Island, La., have been restored in recent years and are thriving with beautiful blooms.

Tank Trips
From the green space around the Louisiana Capitol to the city's outlying gardens, Baton Rouge is flush with verdant foliage.

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.

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Let the good times–and parades–roll
(2nd in a series on Gulf Coast recovery)
If you ever thought about going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras but the large crowds seemed too much to face, this carnival season may be the perfect time to finally make the trip.

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

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

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


Jan/Feb. 2006

Open for Business
Following the hurricanes, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are reopening museums, casinos, hotels and restaurants, like the Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar in the French Quarter

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

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.

Spanning Time
Charleston, S.C., offers a pleasing collection of old and modern attractions, including a new landmark bridge, Civil War sites, an aquarium, historic homes and great food.

Tank Trips
Located in central Mississippi, Philadelphia offers the excitement of a casino, the quaint charms of a town square and the rich heritage of the Choctaw Indians.

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Gulf Coast Begins Year In Recovery
This is the first column by AAA Southern Traveler associate editor, Don Redman, who will give a firsthand account of recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast region. His column will appear each month on this Web site.

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

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.

Let the good times–and parades–roll

Gulf Coast Begins Year In Recovery


Nov/Dec 2005

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.

Military Honors
Museums throughout the South examine the history of the nation's military and pay homage to the sacrifices soldiers have made in the name of freedom.

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.

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.

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.

Tank Trips
At Christmastime, visit Vicksburg for its antebellum architecture, interesting museums, a national military park and historic holiday 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.


Sept/Oct 2005

Autumn Adventure
Throughout the South, discover breathtaking byways where vibrant fall color provides the backdrop for festivals, shopping and historic sites.

Gulf Coast Gems
From the shores of Texas to the tip of Florida, the Gulf Coast offers an array of attractions beyond the beaches, including wildlife trails, spas, tours and great hotels.

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

Colorful Kentucky
During fall, southern Kentucky offers a treasure trove of rivers, lakes, forests, trails and other places where you can enjoy spectacular views, including Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.

Tank Trips
In Austin, Texas, New Age meets Old West in unhurried harmony. Glimpse bats, tour the state Capitol, visit a presidential museum and enjoy a diversity of great blues, jazz and country music.

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The Bahamas
An Island for Every State of Mind

Different By Design
Known for its outstanding architecture, Columbus also offers an array of family attractions, shopping and autumn events.

Nature's Palette
Pick one of these pretty fall drives to enjoy Midwestern splendor.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich

Touring on the Trolley
Hop on these trolleys for historic & entertaining city tours.

Warming Up
Make plans now for a winter vacation where you can dangle your feet in the gulf or warm your toes next to a fire at a Midwest inn.


Jul/Aug 2005

Hollywood comes to the south
The film industry is growing faster than kudzu in the South, where you can see where some of your favorite movies were filmed.

Artful Folks
Folk art centers and festivals in the South offer high-quality crafts, living history demonstrations and weekend workshops.

Tank Trips
The Shreveport-Bossier City area in northwest Louisiana has revitalized its downtown area as an entertainment center, with family attractions, restaurants, casinos and more.

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

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Southern Gem
Savannah's sultry breezes, parks and architecture will captivate you.

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


May/Jun 2005

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

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

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

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

Outdoor Odyssey
For nature lovers, broken bow in Southeast Oklahoma is a perfect catch.

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

Universal Understanding
Tips to help you at Universal Orlando®

Glorious Greece
Where the young and the restless play.

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


Mar/Apr 2005

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

Ride these Southern streetcar lines

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.

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

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

Motoring Issues
Poll finds how motorists feel on current issues

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

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.

Family Fun
In North-Central Mississippi, you can explore hills and learn about a mound-building culture.


Jan/Feb 2005

Little Rock Renewal
The new William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is the cornerstone of a major downtown revitalization project that's underway in Little Rock.

Treasure hunting
Feather your nest with some finds from the revamped Magazine Street in New Orleans, where you can find all sorts of antiques.

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

Sweets for your sweetie
For Valentine's Day, give a gift from the heart that will make any Southern sweet tooth smile, from gourmet cookies to peanut brittle.

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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.

Halls to the Chiefs
Discover history at these Presidential libraries and museums.

Sapphire Sojourn
Princess' newest ship is a palatial gem, offering cruisers multiple options and outstanding amenities.


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.

For the birds
Texas and Louisiana feature great places for bird-watching, offering a variety of habitats from woodlands to wetlands where you can capture our feathered friends on film.

Sparkling Crystal
Crystal Cruise's newest ship, the Crystal Serenity, offers such world- class service, amenities and luxury that passengers easily experience their own serenity.

Holiday getaway
Whatever your penchant for holiday shopping might be, consider these Southern getaways as opportunities to bring home some great regional gifts for family, friends or yourself.

Cane River Christmas
Natchitoches in north central Louisiana celebrates the holidays in style, with a spectacular celebration in its 33-block historic district illuminated by 300,000 lights.

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

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

Down Under
See Australia and New Zealand by sea.

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

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.


Sept/Oct 2004

Football Weekends
Fans live for football in the Southeastern Conference, where these college towns offer plenty to cheer about away from the field.

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.

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

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

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

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


Jul/Aug 2004

It's a Breeze
Find a cool, calm summer escape at Mount Nebo State Park in Arkansas, where hang gliding enthusiasts from across the state converge in late August, as seen below.

On stage
Live theater is blossoming in New Orleans, where patrons of the arts can enjoy a wide array of performances ranging from opera to cabaret to Broadway.

Mississippi Blues
Stories and music resonate throughout Mississippi, where work songs evolved into a true American art. Many blues attractions can be found along Highway 61, above, in southern Mississippi.

Animal Magnetism
It's not just the animals that draw visitors to southern zoos. today's guests will find interactive exhibits, camp-outs and close encounters with beasts.

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

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

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.


May/Jun 2004

Many Colors
The cultural roots of Louisiana have Spanish, German, African-American and Native American Branches that have influenced the state's unique evolution.

Museums on the plains
Off the beaten path, small Oklahoma museums scattered across the state are sure to delight, including the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

Offbeat Branson
From a wood carver to a toy collector, discover colorful characters along the byways of this entertainment mecca nestled in the Ozarks.

Tank trips
From Elvis to Beale Street, Memphis will strike a chord as a place for great music, food, a variety of museums and more.

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Dad's Day Out
Springfield, Mo., is a good choice for a father's Day getaway, where he can enjoy sports, wildlife and civil war lore.

It's a family affair
Myrtle Beach delivers fun for dad, mom and kids.

I-70 Gardens

Girlfriends' Getaway

Grand Excursion

Holy Cow


Mar/Apr 2004

Take Me Back
Acadians to converge on Nova Scotia
this summer for worldwide reunion.

Peggy Matt of Lafayette, La., is looking forward to summer when she and a few thousand of her distant relatives will convene in Nova Scotia.
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Hometown Hospitality
A cluster of northwest Arkansas communities charm visitors with natural wonders and historic sites.

Treasure Island
Uncover Florida's natural beauty in Indian River County, where you can kayak, explore a wildlife refuge, go hiking, bite into a delicious Florida orange and more.

Tank Trips
From boot-scooting boogies to botanical gardens, shopping to sports, Nashville hums with foot-stomping fun.

Spring Fever
For garden lovers, Natchez in springtime blooms with possibilities. Around plantations and private homes, enjoy the splendid beauty.

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

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Prairie Fire
Ranchers in the Flint hills of Kansas burn the prairie to help it thrive, and one community celebrates the phenomenon with a festival

Celebrate Spring
Maeystown in southwestern Illinois is hosting a spring antique and garden show, offering the perfect opportunity to explore this quaint historic village.

Devil in Missouri
Fascinating geological formations named after the devil abound in Missouri, like the Devils Well pictured above.

Center Yourself
Historic attractions, Amish communities and out-of-this-world museums make central Illinois a great family getaway.

Legendary Fun
Southern Indiana is home to Santa Claus, Lincoln lore, a herd of bison and musical marvels. It's truly a family destination.

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.

Mile-High Magic
A host of new attractions in Denver make a trip to the mountains a must this year.


Jan/Feb 2004

Blast Off
Have an out-of-this world time in Houston, which is in high gear preparing for the Super Bowl, All-star game.

Literary mojo
Mississippi provides fertile ground for the written word.

Strike it rich
Alaska's interior is as colorful as the folks who live in this great land.

Soak it up
Arkansas's Springs are a balm for your mind and body.

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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

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.

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.


Nov/Dec 2003

Resort to the Caribbean
These tropical digs provide fun and more in the sun

Heralding the holidays
From a cave to log cabins to a plantation, the South welcomes the holiday season with traditional decorations, celebrations and song

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

Of dolls, blocks and wooden trains
Independent toy stores across the South offer a treasure trove of childhood delights

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Gazing at geese, looking at loons & peeking at pelicans
Take the family and head outdoors this autumn and winter for some bird-watching fun

Historic holidays
Historic sites in the Midwest re-create holiday scenes and celebrations that are appropriate for their periods

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


Sept/Oct 2003

Escaping winter
Exchange your galoshes and coats for flip-flops and bathing suits this winter in the coastal areas of Alabama, Texas and Florida

The good, the bad and the ugly
Trailing outlaws and lawmen in Oklahoma

America on the move
AAA, Smithsonian are teaming up to showcase the history of transportation

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

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Bunches of Beaches
Florida's Pinellas Peninsula
has a beach for every mood.

The Big 12
College football may be king,
but there's more to do in these cities

Holidays aglow
Celebrate the season and shop for gifts
during a Kansas City getaway

Fall Foliage in Massachusetts

Inspiring views
Art imitates life as Katy Trail calls to artists

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?

Remembering a rebel
James Dean's hometown in Indiana celebrates its favorite son

Uncork a great getaway
Explore Shawnee Hills Wine Trail


Jul/Aug 2003

Family friendly
New Orleans has an adult-oriented reputation, but it offers plenty of fun activities for children, from museums to an amusement park.

See your town like a tourist
Residents of New Orleans, La., and Jackson, Miss., can rediscover the treasures in their hometowns as if they were just visiting.

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.

Fair play
Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi are preparing to hold their state fairs, the fall ritual of fun, food, music, rodeos and livestock shows.

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St. Louis attractions

State fairs in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas

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.

Unabashedly Offbeat
These Midwest attractions are delightfully different and proud of it


May/Jun 2003

A city to be desired
Tennessee Williams' hometown drips with Southern charm

Big bang theory
Fireworks and festivals will heat up July 4th

Southern barbecue
With summer on the way, cravings are sure to surface for succulent sauce, smoky flavors and all the finger-licking fare

Ridin', ropin' and wranglin'
Discover the spirit of the American West at these museums that honor cowboys and cowgirls

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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


Mar/Apr 2003

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

Deal of the century
Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri celebrate the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial

Searching for Florida treasure
Nearly 160 state parks, historic areas and cultural sites preserve the best of Florida's natural beauty and fascinating heritage

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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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

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


Jan/Feb 2003

Alaska, naturally
Customized tour revealed wildlife, history, natural beauty

Black threads
Hear the sounds and find the places where black Americans have left their indelible mark on the South

Heart of Mississippi tour
Follow this guide to sample central Mississippi on a multi-region trip

Beads, beignets and bowls of gumbo
Roll out these food favorites for Mardi Gras

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Sacrifices for freedom
Several Midwestern sites tell inspiring stories of black Americans who fought to free themselves from slavery during Black History Month

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

Sweet retreats
Midwestern candy kitchens delight visitors with chocolate and plenty of charm


Nov/Dec 2002

Magic voyage
Disney Cruise Line's new western Caribbean itinerary enchants more than just children

10 Reasons
Celebrate the holidays in New Orleans, with Christmases past not only remembered but relived

Magnificent Mexico
Our affordable, accessible neighbor to the south has something for all

Down Mexico way
Sea of Cortez gives cruisers another choice

Saucy South America
Crystal Cruises sparkles on voyage

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Early gas stations reflect auto's revolution of travel

Hardy, Arkansas
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t may be small in population but it is a big town in other ways.

Sending his very best
Joyce Hall of Hallmark put his stamp on greeting cards

Let it snow
Beat the winter blues with these Western escapes featuring sun


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.

Once sleepy Biloxi has awakened
In the last decade, casino gambling has transformed Biloxi into an exciting Mississippi destination with plenty of attractions.

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.

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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.

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

The True Natives
Visit the sites of the original settlers -- the American Indians -- that are being respectfully preserved throughout the Heartland.

Missouri wine country
Drink in the splendor of autumn at nearly a dozen charming wineries clustered along the Missouri River west of St. Louis.


Jul/Aug 2002

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

Escape across the lake
Across Lake Concatenating from New Orleans, the North Shore serves as a retreat with galleries, shopping and animal encounters.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Indiana getaways
From climbing giant sand dunes to sipping lemonade on a veranda, the Hoosier state knows how to celebrate summer's best.


May/Jun 2002

Vineyards of the South
Drink in the bounty of the South at these verdant vineyards and wineries

Welcome, chér
Louisiana's Acadiana greets visitors with a heritage as rich as the darkest roux

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

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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.

Bucolic Bastions
A national exhibition touting the cultural significance of barns brings its message to Indiana this spring and summer.

Experience the ‘waterful' World of Disney
A Walt Disney World® Resort vacation offers unique ways to have fun and stay cool.

Vrooom!
NASCAR excitement is only a short drive away to two Midwest tracks, where your senses will be overwhelmed by the powerful cars.

Explore Chile's Wine Country
Few places in the world are as well suited for producing wine as Chile.


Mar/Apr 2002

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

A century of service
For 100 years, AAA has served as a source of advocacy, assistance and information for motorists and travelers

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

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Down Mexico Way

Visit Carthage and Joplin
History, inspiring sites and simpler pleasures are waiting

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

The Beauty of Switzerland


Jan/Feb 2002

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.

By wheel, keel and rail
Explore Alaska by land and by sea to truly experience its natural wonders, fascinating history and spectacular scenery.

Greenville
The spirit of Mississippi's Delta sings in Greenville, where history, culture and entertainment combine to create a sweet melody.

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.

AAA celebrating a century of service on behalf of motorists and travelers

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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

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.

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

A presidential address
The Lincoln legacy is alive in Springfield, Ill.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.


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.

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

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

Little Rock's renewal
A big vision is helping Little Rock, Ark., revive its riverfront area, with a lively River Market District, performing arts center and more.


May/Jun 2001

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.

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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.


Mar/Apr 2001

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.

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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.


Jan/Feb 2001

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

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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


Nov/Dec 2000

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

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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


Sep/Oct 2000

Life's A beach (Corpus Christi, TX)

Tour King Ranch

Go for the Gulf (Alabama's Gulf Coast)

Island 101

Destined for paradise (Fort Walton Beach, FL)

Southern Indiana's Ohio River hills

Made in the South - creative artisans

Entrepreneur cooks up GRITS

The South's grande dame - Charleston, SC

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Midwest Apple Festivals

Scenic drives unveil beautiful autumn colors

Destined for paradise (Fort Walton Beach, FL)


Jul/Aug 2000

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

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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


May/Jun 2000

Native nuances - American Indians in Oklahoma

The Real deal - Louisiana's cajun country

Go for the gold - Georgia's southeast coast

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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


Mar/Apr 2000

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)

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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)


Jan/Feb 2000

Clearing the air
Study shows cars, light trucks are falsely portrayed as the major cause of smog

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Basking in Bloomington


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