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The North Trail with Griffith Observatory in the background, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
Finding Beauty: Winners of our 2021 Photo Contest

The pandemic upended our lives, but that didn't stop AAA members from submitting more than 2,600 entries to our 2021 Westways Photo Contest. The result is another gorgeous, timeless collection in our winner's circle.

 

From the Winter Issue

Italian Reverie

A return visit to Florence allows a writer to try things her younger self had only dreamed of doing. 

Slow Train to L.A.

A cross-country rail journey provides ample time for reflection, conversation, and observation.

Day Trip: Miracle Mile

The new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is just one reason why it's a good time to visit L.A.'s Miracle Mile. 

My SoCal Life

A writer's passion for paddle tennis (a.k.a. "Venice tennis") blooms anew during the pandemic. 

Bon Appétit

Westways food critics review restaurants around Southern California.

The Dish

San Diegans take their fish tacos very seriously. Here are three great places to try them.

Drive Smart

Here's what you should know about extended warranties, gap insurance, and other car dealer add-ons. 

Smart Coverage

Construction costs are going up. Do you have enough insurance coverage to rebuild your home?

Digital Extras

A Perfect Santa Ynez Valley Weekend

Savor crisp nights and spectacular eats in the friendly towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang.

Top Restaurants of 2021

Westways’ restaurant critics review a year’s worth of meals and reveal their favorite places to eat in 2021.

10 Charming Central Coast Towns

Easily accessible yet a world away from clogged freeways, California’s Central Coast is a haven for stressed-out souls.

Day Trips

Atwater Village

This neighborhood between hip Los Feliz and family-oriented Glendale is where inventive restaurants and cool boutiques coexist with dry cleaners and fortune-telling joints. 

Upland

Like so many locales along the historic “Mother Road,” Upland is flush with fun places to discover.

Leimert Park

Check out our 10 picks to explore in Leimert Park, which was once dubbed “Black Greenwich Village.

Gainey vineyards landscape
Santa Ynez

This authentic old-west village in the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country offers a taste of history, adventure, and farm-to-table delights. 

California Getaways

A Dog-Friendly Escape to June Lake

The alpine village in California’s Eastern Sierra is an ideal setting for a low-key, dog-friendly vacay. Check out these pet-friendly things to do in and around the June Lake Loop.

California's National Scenic Byways

Pack up the car and hit the road. Here’s a snapshot of California's eight national scenic byways—where the journey is the destination.

Joshua Tree National Park Hikes

To help you explore this fascinating Southern California national park, here’s a list of day hikes—from easy walks to more difficult treks.

An Airstream Adventure

A camping weekend on a Central Coast apple farm resets a couple's outlook on life. 

Travel

Iceland’s Wow Factor

From flaming lava to snowcapped glaciers, this island's natural wonders are awe-inspiring.

Climbing Mount Fuji

Can parents and their 13-year-old make it up Japan's tallest mountain?

Visiting the Caribbean

Our guide will help you choose the right tropical vacation spot for you.

Reasons to Visit Europe Now

Reason No. 1? You may find some deals. 

Food & Drink

tri-tip
Scrumptious Egg Sandwiches

Finally, the nutritious egg gets a starring role.

Rocio's Mexican restaurant
Fall Restaurant Reviews

Our roundup of restaurants worth a visit all over Southern California.

Dough Girl Pizza
Top Takeout Spots

Westways' restaurant critics’ favorite takeout spots. 

Takeout Ramen

Some Japanese eateries have devised inventive ways for you to enjoy a piping-hot bowl of ramen at home.

The Quarter Creole Cuisine's Creole Seafood Filé Gumbo
6 Restaurant Recipes

AAA's Southern California restaurant critics share easy-to-follow recipes from their favorite restaurants.

Sinful Cinnamon Rolls

Try New Hampshire food blogger Sarah Kenney’s recipe for warm, gooey cinnamon rolls.

Streak carne Asada tacos by Danny Trejo
Talking Tacos With Danny Trejo

The SoCal native, tough-guy actor, and taco titan shares stories and tasty recipes that you'll love. 

4 Fantastic Holiday Cookie Recipes

Freshen up your holiday baking routine with homemade treats shared by New Hampshire inns.

Auto

Owner’s Manual Essentials

Reading your car’s owner’s manual will save you time, frustration, and money.

Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic converter theft has become epidemic. Here's how to protect your car.

Why Use Synthetic Mototr Oil?

It protects engines better than conventional oil for all cars—older ones included. Here are its other benefits.

Car Safety Kit Essentials

Keeping certain items in an emergency kit could help you get back on the road quickly, or keep you comfortable and safe until a AAA truck arrives.

Ford Bronco Sport

Good looks that beckon the great outdoors.

Toyota 4Runner TRD

Off-road capability to match its rugged image.

Mini Cooper SE Hardtop

A blast to drive, but short on range.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The least-known, most-fun sport sedan on the road.

Home

Assessing Your Insurance Needs

A life insurance needs analysis is a first step toward peace of mind.

Clutter Cures for Every Room

Here are some tips from Kati Wadsworth, who loves organizing homes. 

Are You Covered for a Natural Disaster?

Disaster-related can vary depending on your location and the type of home you own. 

Watch Out for Porch Pirates

These steps will prevent the theft of packages from your porch.