Morocco is a vibrant cultural crossroads at the northwest tip of Africa.
Originally settled by Berber peoples in prehistory, it was strongly influenced by Arab conquerors from the east and then by French and Spanish colonization from the north. American travelers may know Morocco best as the setting of the 1942 film Casablanca, but there's much more to discover on an adventure through the kingdom's many bustling souks, stone-walled medinas, and garden oases.
"Morocco is a magical destination for travelers of all ages," says Andria Gonzalez, one of AAA's top travel advisors. "Morocco has some of the coolest doors—the detail and architecture of the buildings, mosques, and riads are beautiful. Walking the medinas and smelling the different spices and seeing all types of vibrant colors around you makes this destination so unique and like no other; there is just so much history and culture. One of the greatest gifts of travel is the people we meet. Exploring other traditions and cultures can really put life into perspective."
With so many choices, advice from a travel agent is invaluable. Here are just a few of Morocco's highlights, plus insights from Andria, who has traveled around Morocco from the coast in Casablanca to the Sahara Desert, and seen much in between.