AAA Explorer | January/February/March 2024

New Zealand camper van.
Exploring New Zealand by camper van

After a profound loss, a writer sets out on a solo trip around South Island.

 
Overhead view of cyclists on Bogota roads during Ciclovia.
Along for the ride at Ciclovía

The open-streets event brings family-friendly festivity to Bogotá, Colombia, every Sunday.

Illustration of train passengers looking at passing scenery.
Essay: Trains of thought

On a cross-country rail trip, a writer sees the route to his hometown in a new light.

Illustration of a traveler with a suitcase, where the ground is actually a passport.
Ask the Traveler

These days, renewing your passport takes time, money, flexibility, and even a little luck.

Rendering of a high-tech car dashboard.
Navigating high-tech cars

If you’re a perplexed owner of a newer car, here are suggestions for dealing with its features.

Couple watching a leak inside their apartment.
Smart Coverage

Here's what tenants should know about renters insurance.

Texas

Tour group viewing rock art.
Appreciating Indigenous rock art

Archaeologist-led treks in southwest Texas offer a look at efforts to preserve ancient art.

Plate of bunuelos served alonside a cup of coffee.
Texas Kitchen: Buñuelos

Sylvia Casares shares a family recipe for this Latin American street food that’s a symbol of good luck.

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Have you seen these 7 attractions?

In a state as large as Texas, it can be hard to keep track of all the noteworthy things to see and do.

Northern New England

Animal ice sculpture.
9 winter festivals in Northern New England

Fend off winter’s dark-and-drearies by attending any of these merry cold-weather events.

Group of snowshoers lifting their arms to the sky.
9 snowshoeing spots in Northern New England

Find some of the area's best snowshoeing at these resorts, outdoor centers, and preserves.

Snow-covered landscape.
3 Northern New England winter destinations

Visit these towns for a picture-perfect trip complete with museums, shopping, and great dining.

Midwest

Shedding light on Michigan’s maritime heritage

Michigan boasts more lighthouses than any other state. Join us as we climb to the top of several.

Tank Trip: Independence, Missouri

History comes alive alongside charming shops and flavorful cuisine in President Truman’s hometown.

10 shops with handcrafted creations

These makers in the Midwest and South craft pottery, soap, candles, confections, and pet treats.

South

Rex Ball queen.
Behind the mask of Mardi Gras traditions

Check out the main attractions in New Orleans for a deeper understanding of the annual tradition.

Boy playing in the water at the Mississippi Childrens Museum Meridian.
Tank Trip: Meridian, Mississippi

Hip mixes with history, with a century-old carousel, a discovery center, and an art deco hotel.

Illustration of activities in the Southern United States.
Fun things to do in the South

A curated list of the best upcoming events in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Alabama

Sunset colors glow on Lake Guntersville.
What to do in Guntersville, Alabama

The Yellowhammer State's largest lake town has fishing, water sports, plus a quaint downtown.

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6 crafts from Alabama makers

With these kits and workshops, you can create memories along with candles, instruments, and more.

Person walking along West End Beach.
Have you visited Alabama’s sunset capital?

With miles of sand that’s home to many natural wonders, there’s fun for everyone on this island.

Virginia

Exploring North Carolina by ferry

Follow along as a history buff traverses coastal North Carolina by boat and by car.

Learn about Virginia's Native American heritage

Machicomoco State Park looks at the state's history through the eyes of its original inhabitants.

Perk up at these 5 Virginia coffee shops

Whether you like your coffee hot, iced, or blended into a slushie, pick up a treat at these shops.

New Mexico

An arrangement of whole, sliced, and powdered red peppers.
A taste of Albuquerque’s fiery foods

A writer’s scorching journey to the heart of America’s hottest food show.

A person and dog seen walking in the distance at White Sands National Park.
Why visit New Mexico’s national parks in winter?

The state's public lands have plenty to keep you active and entertained.

Mug of hot chocolate topped with a red pepper.
9 hot chocolate spots in New Mexico

These spots are serving up the sweetest way to stay warm during winter.

Hawai‘i

5 animal sanctuaries in Hawai‘i

Visit any of these spots for a fun educational experience that the whole ‘ohana can enjoy.

8 reasons to visit Maui now

Lāhainā is closed, but the rest of Maui welcomes guests who care for the island in return.

5 eco-friendly activities in Hawai‘i

Explore the Islands while leaving their resources in a better state than you found them.

 

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