AAA Explorer | April 2022

Blue Ridge Parkway
Epic scenic drives in national parks

America is blessed with some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes. Here are 10 scenic drives that are worth a detour.

Coasting along

On a trip to the Oregon coast, a couple on the road to retirement put their RV dream to the test.

Sizing up the electric vehicle landscape

Electric vehicles are generating a lot of buzz, but how practical are they, and should you start shopping for one?

Drive Smart

As vehicle prices soar, is it possible to find an affordable new car?

Ask the Traveler

How do I pick the right all-inclusive resort?

Hawai‘i

10 beautiful waterfall hikes in Hawai‘i

The arrival of spring, at the end of the rainy season, is a great time to experience these natural wonders at their most potent.

7 of O‘ahu’s best plate lunch spots

When you’re hungry and in a hurry, head to these eateries. They take the soul-satisfying plate lunch to delicious new heights.

Where to find beautiful blooms

Renew mind, body, and soul at these Island flower farms.

Texas

Murals bring this Texas town to life

Its neighbor Marfa may be better known for its art, but the works in Alpine feel more authentically “local.”

Texas Kitchen

The Couple in the Kitchen bloggers share their beef queso dip recipe.

8 Houston restaurants to try now

Our guide lists places where you can taste devotion in every bite, whether you crave down-home Southern cooking or global cuisine.

Take a musical road trip across Texas

Check out our guide to honky-tonks, juke joints, historical landmarks, and big, beautiful concert halls across the state.

New Mexico

Enchanting New Mexico road trips

We've mapped out 3 scenic driving loops that lead to spectacular natural and cultural sights.

8 natural hot springs with stunning views

Some of the prettiest soaking spots are found in nature, and they don't cost a thing.

6 New Mexico food trucks worth following

At these mobile kitchens, you’ll find delicious craft doughnuts, barbecue, paletas, waffles, and more.

South

Coastal Mississippi lighthouses

These lofty monuments will guide you on an intriguing historical road trip.

A magical visit to Birmingham

Nicknamed the “Magic City,” this north-central Alabama metropolis still deserves that moniker.

16 outdoor activities in Alabama

Whether you prefer tiptoeing through tulips or kayaking a mountain river, our guide will get you outside enjoying the fresh air.

8 Alabama food trucks worth a detour

You’ll want to line up after reading this mouthwatering guide.

Virginia

Exploring Virginia's Native American heritage

Visit Machicomoco State Park to walk in the footsteps of Pocahontas or Chief Powhatan.

Ashland goes all out for trains

If you're loco about locomotives, check out this charming town for a deep dive into rail history, model trains, and more.

Where to sample delicious oysters

These chefs put their unique spin on a Tidewater specialty.

New England

Hiking in land-trust nature preserves

Go explore your—or someone else’s—neck of the woods at Northern New England’s best preserves.

Best rail trails for biking

Cyclists will enjoy the scenery—and the flat terrain—on these converted train routes.

Restaurants that locals love

Who doesn’t like discovering a down-home place with good food, friendly service, and great prices?

Midwest

On an Ozarks road trip

Discover the region's amazing landscapes and mountain folkways.

Fun things to do in Wichita, Kansas

Wichita has a long list of attractions that make it a go-to city for arts and entertainment.

Visiting Indianapolis? Here what's new

Here’s a short list of the latest and greatest spots to check out on a visit to the Circle City.

Other U.S. destinations

10 cozy cabin getaways

These lodgings offer springtime getaways that bring you close to nature and far from your everyday worries.

6 lovely places for hiking

You'll find some of the most scenic and dramatic landscapes in West Virginia on these trails.

10 heavenly barbecue joints

From Kansas City and St. Louis to New Orleans and points in between, these down-home spots dish up finger-licking fare.