AAA Explorer | July/August/September 2024

Dan and Ursula Oko with their backpacking gear.
Father and daughter take on the Appalachian Trail

A weeklong trek along the famed trail pushes the duo out of their comfort zone.

Maya Train.
All aboard Mexico’s Maya Train

The rail project is changing the way travelers explore the Yucatán Peninsula.

Sunset over Prague.
Prague shines in its second act

Beyond its famed castle, Prague is enchanting with a playful, bohemian spirit.

Illustration of a traveler passing through a shorter airport security line.
Ask the Traveler

Do you need TSA PreCheck or Global Entry? It depends on how often you fly, especially abroad.

Photo illustration of person standing in a ring of cars in different colors.

While the color of your car can reflect your personality, it can also affect resale value.

Illustration of a living room on fire.
Smart Coverage

Many landlords require tenants to buy renters insurance. Find out how this coverage works.


Cricket player hitting the ball.
Will Texas bring cricket into the limelight?

The world's second-most popular sport is gaining popularity in the United States.

Slice of chocolate cake with 1886 drawn in frosting on the top.
Texas Kitchen: The Driskill’s 1886 Chocolate Cake

Pastry chef Kristen Groth puts her spin on the dessert that’s been served since the 1950s.

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11 Texas getaways to fall in love with

From secluded cabins to an hacienda-style lodge, the Lone Star State has many cozy escapes.

Northern New England

Aerial view of Fundy Trail Provincial Park.
Enjoy the view at Fundy Trail Provincial Park

The New Brunswick national park has great vantage points of the world's highest tides.

Galaxy Bookshop
10 independent Northern New England bookstores

Kids and adults alike will discover good reads and community at these booksellers.

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Fun things to do in Northern New England

A curated list of the best upcoming events in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.


7 national park sites in the Midwest

A guide to 7 natural, cultural, and geological sites in the Midwest that inspire awe.

Tank Trip: Hannibal, Missouri

Explore caves, cruise on a riverboat, and stroll along charming cobbled streets.

Fun things to do in the Midwest

A curated list of the best upcoming events in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri.


Mississippi Beach shoreline.
6 spectacular national treasures in the South

A guide to 6 national parks with intriguing history, geological wonders, and more.

Woman and children at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
Tank Trip: Shreveport, Louisiana

Enjoy art and history in this metropolitan area that extends across the Red River.

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.


Boat with trays of food and drink.
How to spend a weekend in Fairhope, Alabama

The perfect weekend in Fairhope involves fine dining, shopping, and coastal adventures.

Grand Hotel croquet lawn, lined with covered tables and chairs.
Family-friendly places to stay in Alabama

With rich activity calendars and places to play, these lodgings are perfect for a summer trip.

Chefs Jennifer and Tyler Lyne of Tasting TBL.
4 must-try dining experiences in Alabama

With ghost kitchens and pop-ups in unlikely places, foodies are sure to find something unexpected.


Elk are making a comeback in Virginia

Thanks to conservation efforts, elk are roaming Virginia after a 150-year absence.

Exploring North Carolina by ferry

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

5 great trails for family bike rides in Virginia

Virginia is home to many scenic bike trails that make for a fun, active adventure.

New Mexico

Fireworks erupt in the sky behind the Zozobra sculpture.
What's the story behind Zozobra?

Learn the history behind burning Santa Fe's favorite scapegoat.

Lemonades with chopped green chile.
10 must-taste green chile treats

Taste your way through Las Cruces' Walk of Flame with foods that incorporate green chile.

Illustration of activities in New Mexico.
Fun things to do in New Mexico

A curated list of the best upcoming events in New Mexico.


10 ways to explore Hawai‘i at night

From diving with manta rays to paddleboard yoga, the fun is just beginning as the sun sets.

3-day Hawai‘i Island road trip

Here’s how a local spent 3 days cruising and visiting stops along Māmalahoa Highway.

Fun things to do in Hawai‘i

A curated list of the best upcoming events on Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu.


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